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40 Gaar Scott Restoration


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Old 01-20-2009, 02:18:24 PM
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Well folks, it has been a few days since I was able to log on. Apparently too many days, as I recieved a mayday call last night just too see if I was still alive and breathing...rest assure I am.

With the time I haven't been spending on Stak I have been making progress on dismantling the 40hp motor. Currently I have the high pressure cylinders, high and low pressure pistons, intermediate head, cross heads and connecting rods, the complete Stephenson gear and a few odds and ends removed. So basically I have just the main motor castings still bolted to the two mounting brackets. I am pleased with how things are coming apart and how nice the motor looks internally. Jerred is quite pleased as well...at least that is what he told me on the phone when I gave him the laundry list of parts that are now taking up space on my shop floor. I have taken roughly a couple hundred photos...so either Jerred or myself will be updating the webpage he has devoted to this project.

I would like to give special thanks to Rev. Jim Jake and Mike McKnight, as they were kind enough, one, to take a call from me late on Friday night while I stood in the shop pondering how I was to remove the intermediate head, which I was calling a "plug" till I was corrected about its true name. Thanks again fella's. With you assistance the plugs came out fairly easy...considering they had been in there a few decades.

It is interesting...in one years literature they, the GaarScott company referred to set-screws that aided in keeping the intermediate head in place. Like it could have gone anywhere sandwiched between the low and high pressure cylinders. But in another publication there was no mention of these set-screws. This particular motor doesn't have the set-screws. But with the aid of a little bit of heat and using a port-a-power pushing on the piston rod and using the low pressure piston as a ram, things moved out quite nicely!

Anyway, a picture speaks a thousand words...so I have ten's of thousands of words to share with you all soon.

Lawrence

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Old 01-26-2009, 01:03:57 PM
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Well, another week has gone by and another trip down and back from Jerred's has resulted in a 40hp engine not looking so much like a 40hp engine anymore. At present, the only items still hanging on the old boiler is the saddle tanks, steering mechanism, front axle, front wheels, smoke box door ring and door, and firebox door ring and door. A lot of work has taken place in a very short amount of time. The ol' girl definitely did he share of hard pulling. Most of the gearing is worn out...consequently, so is a lot of the shafts. The rear wheel hubs must be worn out of shape, as the axle is both worn on the top and bottom adjacent to one another. The bevel gears are folded over. The intermediate gear and stub shaft shows the same signs as does the rear axle and hubs. All and all...now the real work will begin...rebuilding/replacing the worn out parts.

Jerred and I have both take loads of photos and we promise to update the webpage soon. Till then, hope my report will carry you all over till then.

Lawrence
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Old 01-27-2009, 12:10:26 PM
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I updated the web site with work completed through this past weekend. My thanks to Oly Maas, Nick Feltas, Lawrence Swanz and Nicholas Swanz for their help.

Enjoy,

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Old 01-27-2009, 02:08:37 PM
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Jerred,

Thanks for updating the webpage. As I had stated before, pictures speak a thousand words...and those pictures say a lot. Like I said, the ol' girl doesn't look much like a 40hp GaarScott anymore. And like I said on Sunday, this is the easy part, the real fun will come in repairing/replacing most of the running gear that obviously was put through its paces back in the day. This has been a very exciting project to be involved in and I'm thankful that life has given me the opportunity to be involved with it. I've enjoyed the camaraderie of the project thus far and look forward to being involved in its total restoration. Thanks again Jerred for allowing Nicholas and I to be a part of such a historic project. Thanks.

Lawrence
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Old 01-27-2009, 04:31:39 PM
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I'll wager a bet that once Lawrence gets the engine rebuilt that he'll connect the 1/2 scale Case boiler to the 40 hp Gaar engine to give it a test run. He knows that you cant beat the Case boilers for steam capacity.
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Old 01-27-2009, 06:22:09 PM
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Aww, man! It's killing me to only be able to be an armchair quarterback on this project! Dang, I wished I lived closer and could be helping spin some wrenches and help out!

Good job, guys!
Mike
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:25:36 PM
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Mike.....Mike..... once you get your Case fired up you'll refuse to trade it for a dozen tigers..... lets have some updates on your progress...
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Thanks for the updates on the progress. Do you have an estimated month of completion at this time?

I'm also wondering what shows this fine machine will be at so that I might plan a trip to see it in action!

Keep up the good work, and THANK YOU for preserving our history!
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I bet Nicholas is excited to be helping with "The Mighty 40 Gaar!"
Thanks for the updates Jerred & Lawrence
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Old 01-27-2009, 08:48:20 PM
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Mike.....Mike..... once you get your Case fired up you'll refuse to trade it for a dozen tigers..... lets have some updates on your progress...
Future 1/2 scale 65 Showmen engine maker,
All I can report is that a few more Case parts have sprouted up in the yard....

Somehow I doubt that it's going to take the place of the Tigers in that spot nearest and dearest and closest in my heart reserved for 'em!
Mike
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