Project Double Fairlie

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Post by DLRdan » Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:01 pm

Corsa's are ok I supose but you really need a Focus :D
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Post by Chris Cairns » Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:27 am

Corsa's are ok I suppose but you really need a Focus
As long as you are not using them in Scottish winters. Had lots of problems with the brakes (badly warped front disks, seized on handbrake cable, etc.). Always been a Vauxhall fan previously (Cavalier then Astra's) before this Ford but the Corsa driver's position is too cramped for my 6' stature.

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Post by lukejpetch » Thu May 01, 2014 12:06 am

Chris Cairns:99611 wrote:the Corsa driver's position is too cramped for my 6' stature.
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I'm 6'3" so it does look a little funny when I climb out of it (I definitely agree about the cramped driving position -it's only when i see other people driving I realise how tight it is!) Anyway, back to the project chaps!

Some great progress has been made over the last few days, I now have all the body panels I need to complete the engine, all of which have been primed and are ready for painting (Haven't decided a colour yet - might pontificate for a while to put off worrying about the tricky stuff to come!)

Here's what I picked up from the show as mentioned in a previous post. Mike Chaney cylinders for the leading bogie, new side tanks, new RWM con rods and some other bits and bobs.
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Here's the bits that I had so far, just after the show - they are beginning to appear now!
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I placed an order with Roy Wood for the remaining body panels and my frame spacers which I have been meaning to get for so long! They arrived last week.
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I began priming parts at the beginning of this week and these are the results so far.
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Yes, before you ask, I have done my maths right. I have since finished priming the fourth one!
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All looking good!
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I also had this arrive the other day, it's the Tee Piece that will be used to split the steam pipe from the lubricator/regulator to the two steam bogies. I was discussing this elsewhere and decided that one roundhouse (or RWM) displacement lubricator would suffice - although I have seen plenty of examples with two. (I will get round to posting some of my photos of the double fairlies on display at P'boro soon!)
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I've also got some flexible pipe on order - it's actually the same stuff what's used for engine coolant so it should be good up to around 200 degrees or something like that - will update you when it arrives.

That's all for a little while again folks! I shall be contemplating colour schemes, burner arrangements, and steam pipe arrangements in between revision for the fast approaching set of exams!

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Post by lukejpetch » Sun May 11, 2014 11:15 pm

A touch more progress.

I was spurred on to prime all of the body parts and bolt them together after the FR's recent work.
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And now my attempt.
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The last view of project DF for this update.
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Just the steam bogies and a bit of plumbing to assemble, then on to worrying about the boiler and burner!

One last found I found online earlier. This time of FR Double Fairlie 'Merddin Emrys'. I reckon I might be able to achieve something that looks a bit like that... (Especially with Swift Sixteen's new Mamod Dome!)
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Post by Chris Cairns » Mon May 12, 2014 12:16 am

This is coming along very well Luke.

Are you going to upgrade the other set of cylinders to 'O' ring pistons? I know Ian (Titan) had to do that with his build to have similar performance power units. Mike Chaney upgrades are rare to find these days. I had 2 of those 'O' ring piston kits - one ended up in those MSS cylinders you now have from Sam and the other went to another Mamodificationist.

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