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8" Rider Ericsson Hot Air Engine

Crossley Kid

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Have been after this one for a few years. Didn't think I'd get a chance to restore it.

Even came with a spare hot bulb.
So nice to find one in it's original place of work.

 

Brent Rowell

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08/14/2016
Nice find. Looks like it's next to a river. Were you able to find out the history of its use there--for irrigation? Did it have a nameplate? Should be able to find the serial no. on one of the cranks or end of the crankshaft. Thanks for posting.
 

Crossley Kid

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Yep got all the history I could. It used to pump water from the river to a high tank to supply the house. Does anyone sell the leathers for the pistons and the water pump ?
 

Brent Rowell

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No one here makes leathers for Riders, but they're not hard to make using the engine's pistons and cylinders to form them. There are a couple suppliers of pump leathers.
 

Crossley Kid

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Had to go back and pick up the engine last Sunday.
Thought a small truck would be better than a trailer due to the not so good roads.

Had it home one day and got the cold side piston out. Got the hot side soaking.



 

Crossley Kid

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Got the hot piston out also the water pump removed and mostly stripped down. What are the check vales made of ?? Rubber Balls ??



 
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Brent Rowell

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Check valves were originally solid rubber rods. I've used polyurethane rods and I'm sure others have tried other materials.
 
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