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xoxoxoBruce 06-29-2016 08:50 PM

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Swamp Rat...

Gravdigr 07-02-2016 04:08 PM

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Here's a couple pics I took of my buddy Frasier:

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xoxoxoBruce 07-05-2016 12:23 AM

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A steam cab, I suspect is not old but a new steampunk creation.

footfootfoot 07-05-2016 07:18 AM

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Are you my mother?

Pico and ME 07-05-2016 05:50 PM

awwww, I loved that book

footfootfoot 07-05-2016 08:51 PM

One of the better reasons to have kids. ;)

xoxoxoBruce 07-06-2016 08:26 PM

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One of the two contenders for first steam powered bike.
Experts are arguing over whether it was built in 1867, 1868, or 1869.

xoxoxoBruce 07-10-2016 07:31 PM

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I'd love to mow the lawn, dear, but I just polished the mower...

Gravdigr 07-11-2016 02:56 PM

That's pretty cool. When there's a tractor/farm equipment show around these parts, there is always a few old riding mowers that look like Von Dutch has went at them with a pinstriping brush. I think they're kinda cool.

Baby moons, chrome steelies, and the spats make this little mower cool.

Gravdigr Approved™.

xoxoxoBruce 10-11-2016 05:45 PM

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Mack halftrack...

glatt 10-11-2016 06:03 PM

Looks like pontoons for a floating bridge?

Flint 10-12-2016 12:11 PM


Originally Posted by footfootfoot (Post 963861)
Are you my mother?


Flint 10-12-2016 12:16 PM


Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 963474)
Swamp Rat...

See many Swamp Rats at the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, FL.

xoxoxoBruce 10-12-2016 08:49 PM

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Looks like helmets...

glatt 10-13-2016 07:22 AM

Awesome. Literally. That thing is massive.

They must have assembled the machine on site. It looks way too heavy to move in one piece.

xoxoxoBruce 10-13-2016 07:54 AM

Yes, all those machines come from IKEA. :lol:

Gravdigr 10-13-2016 02:17 PM

Most of your larger punch presses are indeed final assembled on-site. Sometimes the base for the press would be set 5-10 feet or more deep into the concrete. I understand really big presses are sometimes set in a pad that sets on bedrock.

I used to work with Minster Piece-Maker punch presses. 100 ton and 150 ton presses, we'd run at about 150-200 strokes per minute. We/they had a 300 ton Niagara press that ran at about 40 strokes per minute most of the time, unless we were running particularly thin material.

Griff 10-14-2016 06:42 AM

How does your head feel after a shift of that?

Gravdigr 10-14-2016 12:52 PM

Normal, believe it or not. The vibrations and bumping that you feel (and then get accustomed to) in your feet make you feel a little weird for a few minutes after the presses stop, though.

The 100-150 ton press noises didn't make it, but when that 300 ton Niagara press was thumping, you could hear/feel it at the front door, and it was as far from the door as you could get and still be inside the plant.

It's amazing what the human body and it's systems can get used to.

xoxoxoBruce 10-14-2016 05:34 PM

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fargon 10-14-2016 08:58 PM

Why can't they just cut them up and recycle them?

Gravdigr 10-15-2016 02:29 PM

They're still building their band saw.

It's a big one.

fargon 10-17-2016 11:31 AM

Are they building it out of wood, using mostly scrap lumber?

Gravdigr 10-17-2016 01:47 PM


xoxoxoBruce 10-26-2016 05:00 PM

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I need three of these made of unobtainium.

Happy Monkey 10-26-2016 05:17 PM

I love that one.

footfootfoot 11-03-2016 03:52 PM


Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 971221)

Wide load coming toward me the other day. Didn't see a house and wondered what was so wide. It was one of those tires.

Very big.

xoxoxoBruce 11-25-2016 04:27 PM

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Air powered locomotive...

xoxoxoBruce 12-21-2016 07:25 PM

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From 1965 to 1982, the NYFD had the most powerful pumper in the world.
It could hook to eight hydrants, or 12 in supply, and pump 10,000 gpm at low pressure and 8,800 gpm at 350 PSI.
The tender has an 8 inch cannon that could move 10,000 gpm up to 600 ft.
Three satellite tenders had smaller cannons.

The whole story here.

glatt 12-22-2016 07:28 AM


Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 977059)
The tender has an 8 inch cannon that could move 10,000 gpm up to 600 ft.

600 feet sounds impressive until you look up the height of the world trade center and realize it could barely reach a third of the way up.

xoxoxoBruce 12-22-2016 08:54 AM

A water cannon that could reach the top would knock most buildings over. :lol:

Gravdigr 12-22-2016 12:13 PM

I thought some handsome bastidge had posted that super soaker before...:rolleyes:

xoxoxoBruce 12-22-2016 04:09 PM

Well, you're half right, it was posted before. :p:

Griff 12-23-2016 08:37 AM

Did they take it out of service to protect the humans?

xoxoxoBruce 12-23-2016 08:42 AM

No, after 17 years it was tuckered out, and too expensive to replace.

Gravdigr 12-29-2016 04:06 PM

A very simple machine, but, a machine nonetheless:

glatt 12-29-2016 04:21 PM

It's beautifully made too.

xoxoxoBruce 12-29-2016 04:59 PM

Love the rocker feet, but it's made of wood. That makes it a traitor. :rolleyes:

glatt 12-29-2016 05:33 PM

almost a cannibal, even

Griff 12-30-2016 11:05 AM


xoxoxoBruce 01-14-2017 06:39 PM

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Killer lawn mover...

burns334 01-15-2017 09:30 AM

I would think foot foot foot might have a comment here

xoxoxoBruce 01-19-2017 01:39 PM

Ever wonder what the inside of a 4 stroke engine looks like running? Skip the first minute.

Gravdigr 01-19-2017 02:17 PM

A guy here in town has something like that clear chamber cover on a scooter.

Like a strobe light between his legs.

ETA: His may be just a light. It looks a lot brighter than this clear head.

xoxoxoBruce 01-22-2017 01:19 AM

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Imagine a family of four traveling coast to coast on one motorcycle in 1914.
Have to be careful how they fed the kids to keep it balanced.

Gravdigr 01-22-2017 11:19 AM

I don't like riding two up. Forget this.

Pico and ME 01-22-2017 11:34 AM

Yeah, I wish there was a picture with all of them in it, just to see how awfully uncomfortable it would look.

glatt 01-23-2017 07:31 AM

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Gravdigr 01-23-2017 05:00 PM

They deserve it. What's gonna happen.

xoxoxoBruce 02-11-2017 10:02 PM

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Correcting the Internet...

Undertoad 02-12-2017 07:43 AM

Always wondered how they made waaay more 'lectricity by making these kinds of things more efficient over the decades. Well there ya go, they couldn't have made a part like that when they built, say, Hoover Dam. Not with precision anyway... and not that Hoover Dam is a steam oriented -- ah you get my drift

(they didn't have xoB around is why)

xoxoxoBruce 02-12-2017 08:10 AM

The biggest reasons were the precision and strength of materials allowed higher pressure steam. There are three sections in modern steam turbines, the steam goes through the high pressure section, then the medium and low before it's condensed and pumped back to the boiler. The lower the pressure the larger the blades.

EPRI(Electrical Power Research Institute) funded by all the power companies in the country, had a test turbine at PECO's Chester station running 5,000 psig steam(close to 1,000 deg F). Just to add a pressure tap or thermocouple was a major pain in the ass because the wall thickness of the pipe was over three inches of high strength steel. Drill the hole, then follow a strict procedure to weld in the tap with each layer of weld inspected. Lastly make sure there is NO chips or slag on the inside of the pipe to become missiles when restarted as they would wipe out blades at that speed.

xoxoxoBruce 02-13-2017 02:28 AM

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I found this picture with no information. Obviously it's a manufacturing facility. Tin-eye couldn't find it. Google found it... on fucking pinterest.:mad: I just had time to grab the title before they shut me out. It said, "Elevator Flywheel".

glatt 02-13-2017 07:31 AM


Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 981912)
I found this picture with no information. Obviously it's a manufacturing facility. Tin-eye couldn't find it. Google found it... on fucking pinterest.:mad: I just had time to grab the title before they shut me out. It said, "Elevator Flywheel".

Check this page out.

They have a digitized old brochure that says it's a "turning flywheel in pit lathe."

And they found the original of the photo here. The flywheel was at Mesta Machine Co in Pittsburgh

xoxoxoBruce 02-13-2017 10:36 AM

Excellent, so we know who made it and when, just not what it's for.

Gravdigr 02-13-2017 02:44 PM

Good find, da bof o yas.

Griff 02-14-2017 06:49 AM

Great find fellas, I appreciate the effort.

xoxoxoBruce 03-03-2017 04:23 PM

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I'm putting this in machines rather than rims because I doubt it ever made the road, despite what the 1914 Mad Men claim, and the claims are whoppers.


The Airmobile used a “frictionless rotary engine fueled by crude oil” to power a “rotary air compressor” located behind it. Air pressure was stored in a pair of tanks and routed through a throttle to an air motor at each wheel. No one has uncovered photos or more information about this car other than an advertisement in the program for the Santa Monica Road Races and a few other places, the effort then disappeared into thin air…. By 1915 the Rotary Air Brake Company was promoting an air-steam-gas-water engine that is known to have been produced.
The company’s name was changed to the Rotary Products Company and in 1920 they began manufacturing air driven machinery for industry.
I think "frictionless" means I don't hear no squealing or scraping. :rolleyes:

xoxoxoBruce 03-07-2017 02:31 PM

Shred a whole car, and I mean whole, tires, glass, interior, engine, in less than 3 minutes.:eek:

Carruthers 03-07-2017 04:39 PM

Presumably a cubic yard (or thereabouts) of compressed metal and other stuff comes out of the other end of the machine.
I'm just wondering how it's processed for re-manufacture given the volume of material that isn't steel.

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