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Weeden 34 - Todays Flea Market Find


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Old 05-20-2018, 05:56:25 PM
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I Stopped by the local, every Sunday Morning Flea Market today and came across this engine, which is now a part of my collection. The seller was unsure of a manufacturer (as was I, initially) but it seemed to be in reasonable condition for it's age, and we could agree on a price that was acceptable to both of us so it came home with me.


Once home, I identified it as a Weeden engine from a model 34 (snowflake). I think it was from the earlier series as it doesn't have the slip eccentric reversing. I tried to run it on air, but the timing is way off, so I will have to work on that. The Black base that the engine is sitting on was not part of the deal. Just a cast Aluminum box I had sitting around that I set the engine on for pictures.


Jim in Minnesota
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Old 05-20-2018, 08:36:12 PM
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Nice find! Iíve always liked that style of Weeden. Timing is real simple. The valve eccentric should be phased 90 degrees from the crank pin. One way or the other will determine which direction the engine runs.
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Old 05-20-2018, 11:43:00 PM
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Nice Find! Earlier, but not the earliest with the flat slide valve



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By the way Jim, do you know of any place us Minnesotans can go to run our steam toys with others? any shows? After my trip to NAMES in Michigan I would LOVE to find something closer...
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Old 05-21-2018, 07:21:41 AM
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Thanks Nick,
I knew this was earlier then the reversing engine, and later then the flat valve. I am thinking 1920s?

I subscribe to your You Tube channel and your video helped me to determine for sure that it was from a Weeden 34.

I love the NAMEs show. I try to go every year, but I didn't make it this year.

As far as other shows in MN where you can run your engines, I usually go to 5 or 6 each year. I start with the Scott Carver threshing show near Jordan. They have a Steam building with full size engines, and would probably be fine with someone setting up a table in there to run models (I have seen this in the past there). I am usually out in the gas engine grove with my friends Hot air engines.

Next up is the NowThen show in Nowthen, north of Coon Rapids. They also have a steam building where a lot of people set up and show models.

The Week after that is LeSueur Pioneer Power. The Minitureland building is always well attended by model builders running their stuff.

After that is Rollag But I don't get there every year. The following week is Atwater where the Hot air building is very nice and well attended, but is of course geared to hot air engines of all types and sizes.


Other possibilities are the Almelund show (the weekend between Jordan and Nowthen), The Hastings show I think the weekend before Jordan although I have never been to this one. Closer to you is the show down near Hesper Mable on the MN/Iowa border (I am not sure if this is still happening).


In short, I think every threshing show or Pioneer power show has a place to set up and run although rules may vary. I have only set up at a couple of shows in the past, but hope to set up and show more often when I retire.


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Old 05-23-2018, 01:38:02 PM
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Jim a very nice find and one worthy to add to your collection.
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Jim: Here is a picture of my Weeden Snowflake 34. It's just a bit dusty from its shelf life .
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Paul,
Very nice. I forgot to thank you way back when you posted this, so Thank You! A question, My engine did not have the 4 screws in the valve box which I think are just to plug the holes left from drilling the ports into the cylinder. I think I have seen these with and without screws, so my question is are they necessary or just plugging holes?

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