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Doll 360 Repair or Not


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Old 07-01-2019, 07:32:39 PM
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Not knowing what this engine is worth, here is my dilemma. The bushing for the fill plug is broken off and part of it is laying in the boiler. Sight glass is missing, and part of it is also in the boiler. (Must have been a U shaped sight glass?) This is going to require boiler disassembly, and I believe the pressure gauge , whistle, and throttle valve are all soldered in. After sufficient heat is applied to get one end cap off, I am afraid everything will have to be re-soldered back on the boiler. Is this engine worth the time and effort to bring back to steaming condition, or should I just clean it up for display?
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Old 07-01-2019, 10:39:09 PM
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Static display is no fun. It's worth it if you'd like to see it run again, but not if you might do it harm. Doll and other German makers soft soldered threaded slugs on the inside of their boilers, so if someone was running it until it ran dry, the slugs all fell out inside. The sight glass was U-shaped and held in by compression from two small tabs that were held on by screws. A guard was attached over that. Most of all don't repaint anything or it will lose nearly all its value. These are not rare but would bring a few hundred in good original condition. Good luck.
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Does anybody have a source for the parts I would need to repair this boiler? Things like the sight glass and seals, the bushings (slugs), and appropriate fasteners.
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Sorry to report but you have to make all of the above; there are no commercial sources unless you can find another "parts engine".
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Is this engine worth the time and effort to bring back to steaming condition, or should I just clean it up for display?
The value at this point is the fun you might have making it run again.

I discovered my father's Weeden model 123 engine when I was a kid (1970s). We fired it, probably for the first time since he was child back in 1930s. The crank was made of pewter(?), the whistle handle was dry rotted and the base was rusted and burnt. The crank loosened on the shaft and it stopped working. My father, who was a machinist, took it to work with him and brought it back home, with a new brass crank, the base repainted and a new whistle handle. I had a lot of fun running that engine and we never worried about it's value. FYI, every one of those engines I've seen pictures of has the fire chamber half burnt up and the new paint job mentioned in my story met the same fate. LOL.
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