Friday, October 2, 2015

O Frabjous Day!: Bessemer Update!!!!

Gary still has many little chores to do for the old Mailbox Engine, but it runs! He needs to add a gas valve to regulate the fuel, and he is going to assemble the cooling system and put it all on a cart. The magneto that Gary first installed on it developed an open circuit in the windings. Gary built two mags that work out of five mags he had stashed in his parts bins, so now he has an extra.  Anyhow, he makes it fire right up now, but it floods out pretty quickly with the temporary gas hookup that he is using. It took a long time to make the decision to part with this old piece of iron but we are extremely glad that we sent it to a good home. It is hard to believe that 39 years have gone by since Susan and I loaded this into the back of our station wagon at Martha, Kentucky. It's even harder to believe that we went to the effort to drag it all the way to Southern Illinois.

Video by Gary Bahre.

UPDATE!!! Sunday, October 4, 8:30 P. Gary reports that a proper gas valve has been installed, and Bessye runs and runs and runs, until you shut off the gas!

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