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Wilesco D12(I think) "restoration"


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Old 12-26-2018, 10:05:12 PM
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Just bought a wilesco engine at an "antiques/oddities" shop. Looks to be almost complete, and it's rather clean! After some digging I've decided it's probably a D12. I really bought it for the boiler (would like to use it to run my PM Research engine on steam), but it might be fun to see if the original wilesco engine runs... it does turn over, but not smoothly.

I do have a few concerns... (1) I feel it would be a good idea to hydro test the boiler before firing it, but don't know what normal operating pressure is... (2) there doesn't appear to be any way to lubricate the cylinder, do I need to worry about that? (3) It doesn't look like it's super rare/valuable, should I be concerned about modifying it to power another engine?

I promise I'll get some pics up soon...
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Old 12-28-2018, 10:15:32 PM
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A few drops of oil here and there and the engine runs on air...
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Old 12-28-2018, 11:11:00 PM
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Old 12-30-2018, 07:15:05 PM
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Esbit tabs plus distilled water equals...



Not sure if it will embed, if not here's a link... wilesco
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Old 12-31-2018, 07:50:34 PM
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So now that I've run this thing a few times, I'm thinking I like it enough to not modify it... at least not permanently. I've thought about figuring out a small manifold attached to the steam line to allow running my PM Research #3 off this boiler, if I did that I would probably get another steam line and modify that one instead of cutting up the original line. That's not gonna happen any time soon though...

I am considering buying some of the wilesco accessories for it, such as the hacksaw or drill press (would prefer the saw- I like moving parts). Will this engine produce enough power to run those?

Thanks for the help!
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So this boiler will run a PM Research #3 quite nicely (with no load on the engine).



Figured it was worth a try, but I won't be using this boiler to run the PMR in the future, I do like the "tinplate" nature of the wilesco enough to not modify it permanently. You may notice that the safety was lifted- it was to some extent the whole time I ran the engine. Apparently the PMR is more efficient than the wilesco engine and was consuming less steam than the boiler was producing. A fun experiment...
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