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1/3 Case 65hp Steam traction model.


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Old 03-10-2019, 11:03:04 AM
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Hi I am a 14 year old boy who is converting a Myers water pump into a stationary steam engine. The machinist who is helping me build the Steam chest, and D-valve. Has just gifted me a 1/3 Case 65hp Steam traction engine. This is a scratch built engine, started decades ago. The original builder passed away before it was finished. Looking for any advice on it. The boiler appears to be completed and it was pressure tested, crankshaft and eccentric are in place. No gearing, but running gear and steering is in place. No steam chest or cylinder on it. Any or all advice is appreciated. Thanks Johann
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Old 03-10-2019, 01:16:09 PM
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Default Re: 1/3 Case 65hp Steam traction model.

What's a score, congratulations on your acquisition.
Reduction engineering was selling the castings for the third scale.
There's a few build threads here on the stack to research through.
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Default Re: 1/3 Case 65hp Steam traction model.

Can you give more detail? how thick is the boiler and fire box sheets ect and the dia of the main boiler tube ? can you give the dia's of the wheels? what sort of drive gearing does it look like was intended did you get any of it? I live in mpls and built my 1/3 scale.
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Hi I have some additional details on the model Case, Boiler and firebox thickness is 1/4 inch, the diameter of the boiler itself is 8 5/8 inches, the Id of the flues is 0.80 inches, the diameter of the front wheel is 12 5/16 inches and the width is 3 1/2 inches, the diameter of the rear wheels is 19 5/16 inches and its width is 6 inches, and for the gearing their is no gearing what so ever and no clue as to what was intended. Thanks Johann
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Old 03-12-2019, 04:28:29 PM
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sounds like from the dimensions its a bit smaller than the standard 1/3 scale 65 There is a book out there some where its out of print but shows up on amazon and stuff by Ralph Andres that has sorta become the bible for this stuff you should get one the next routine might be to drag it to a steam show with a lot of models and people that know what they are talking about! they can look it over and make some guesses as to whether this is do-able I would suggest heritage park in Iowa in early june another would be some of the guys from rollag like Ray Wangler sometimes if you ask the full size guys about the scale its not well received Usually remarks about blowing up and killing every one ect.. The second and most important thing to do is go to steam school!! forest city has one in the spring and rollag has one around fathers day the schools fill out fast really fast so sign up NOW
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Old 03-12-2019, 04:29:15 PM
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Default Re: 1/3 Case 65hp Steam traction model.

Congratulations. Looks like a good starter project. I assume you have access to some equipment. I would suggest you get ahold of the book by Ralph Andre's on how to build a 3d scale Case steam engine. There is a wealth on information in there. Also Dave Hoover has a lot of old manuals on operating steam engines. Maybe take some classes in machinning if they are available to you. Get on YouTube and watch some of the machine shop videos. Kieth fenner has a ton of them on almost anything you could run into. Kieth Rucker is another. There are others. Most stalkers are more than happy to share their knowledge. Ask a lot of questions and post your progress on here. Good luck.
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I thought I was the only one younger then 30 on this forum. I guess not. I wish you the best in your restoration
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Great start to a lifetime of engineering ! If you drop down a few lines on this forum you'll see a picture of me with the boiler I built when I was your age. If don't have an academic goal now , start with a degree in engineering . I wish I had completed one.
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That book is advertised in the models ads.
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Default Re: 1/3 Case 65hp Steam traction model.

Congratulations on your gift

With the dimensions given I would say it is around a 1/4 scale model in size
You will have lots of fun finishing the build and operating the engine when complete
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Default Re: 1/3 Case 65hp Steam traction model.

Hello thanks to all who have responded to my thread. I have just received an early birthday gift from my parents, a copy of "How to Build a 4" Case Traction Engine and Water Wagon by Ralph W. Andres". After reading through this book it is obvious my engine was intended to be slightly larger then a 1/4 scale Case Engine. The book will be a big help with recalculation for the measurements of the engine. The Myers homemade steam engine project is also coming along nice. We have just finished the slide vale and steam chest, and now we are currently working on the linkage. Will post pictures soon.

Thanks to all-Johann
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Hello to all who have responded so far to my thread. I would like to update on my other project of converting the Myers Water Pump into a steam engine. I have just finished the Slide Valve for the engine and I am now working on the linkage and Eccentric. If all goes well I should have a running engine by summer. Also I would like to use a similarly designed slide valve for the model Case Traction Engine. Here are some photos of the Slide Valve, and me machining it.

Thanks Johann
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Default Re: 1/3 Case 65hp Steam traction model.

Chris, thanks for the confidence! I certainly would help if I can. Johann, feel free to send a PM and I'll send you my phone and contact info.
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