A Boy and his Baker
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There were still a few mechanical details to complete, such as
making new intake and exhaust valves and reaming the worn valve
guides in the exhaust valve cage and the cylinder. The exhaust
valve was simple to open up from 5/16- to 3/8-inch. Reaming the
intake valve guide to the same 3/8-inch proved to be more of a
challenge. To assure perfect alignment with the intake seat and
exhaust cage taper, a special reaming fixture was made to guide the
reamer. The fixture was bolted in place and we reamed the intake
valve guide true again.
In conjunction with the engine work, we began working on wooden
rails to go with the set of Rock Island trucks we had picked up at
Tri-State's 2004 spring Swap and Sell in Portland. SEL member
Richard Fink came up with a nice piece of oak that we sawed into
rails for the cart. Local cabinet maker and engine buddy Clayton
Ballard and his son David helped us plane, sand and router the
details on the edges.
Once they were ready for finishing, Devin stained and
polyurethaned the rails to make them look nice.
In late July we began assembling the engine and got some paint
on it. We built a pump assembly in early August from PVC pipe and a
foot valve that fit up inside the pump. We began putting the whole
thing together on the cart and got it done about a week before the
2005 Portland show. Devin and his engine had their debut at the
40th anniversary of Portland. We've got the engine running slow and
it pumps water at a nice, leisurely rate. It's great to have youth
involved in the hobby and it's important that we pass our passion
for old iron on to them.
Contact engine enthusiasts Curt and Devin Holland at: 209
Wynnchester Road, Gastonia, NC 28056; (704) 853-2992;
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