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Old 03-08-2018, 10:34:16 PM
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I used to see Larry quite a bit when he lived here in the Raleigh area. The last time I stopped by to see him, some time ago, he had put the La France on the shelf and his attention was elsewhere.

Since then Larry has moved out of the area, I think somewhere in Maryland? And I've lost touch with him. I just checked and He hasn't logged in to Smokstak for two years.

Still, I too hope his attention returns to this project. His work is just fantastic an I too would like to see this project finished.
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Check post 217 and see this project mostly complete, with only the pump to complete, I too hope Larry is still with us, but it dose not sound good , Can only hope for the best. Maybe Harry would know.
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It's been almost a year since this post was brought up, but I still am curious as to what became of Larry and his beautiful scale model. Has anyone heard anything about him?
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Several years ago, I acquired a partially-completed Coles fire engine. Since this item is nearly a basket case, I'm curious about others who may be building one at this time. Hopefully, I may be able to tap into their knowledge of how this thing goes back together. (?)

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I tried emailing him a few days ago and haven't heard back yet , but my email address for him is a few years old
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Greetings my fellow model makers. Thank you for your concern about my well being. It has been a rough 5years, but things are settling down and somewhat normal, if there is such a thing. My wife and I left NC 4 years ago this coming Christmas.. we moved to Stuart, VA. We are about 4 miles from our daughter and 2 grandsons. It has been only within the last few weeks that I have become motivated to do any model work. Hence this posting ! Right now, I am finishing up a “Tiny Power” rope engine that my father started a long time ago. I am in the final stages of assembly. Pictures to come soon. Then I plan to get back to the LaFrance project.. Again, thank you all for my concern. Larry
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Welcome back to the stak. There are a ton of people that would like to see you back on track with the lefrance
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Old 07-13-2019, 10:49:04 PM
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Thank you to all for the welcome back to Stak. The LaFrance project is sitting on the bench with a cover over it. I promised myself to finish up a model that I inherited from my father before I get back to the LaFrance project. It is a Tiny Power Rope Engine. It has been great to get back to my model making.
When we moved to Virginia, I had a 30’x30’ concrete block barn to to put my shop in. It use to be a horse barn. It turned out the area I wanted to use for my shop was the dirt floor area that was the horse stall. I spent a good 6 months pouring concrete, wiring, painting and moving all my machinery from Cary, NC to our new residence in Virginia. The machine shop is 10’x30’. Sounds small, but actually very comfortable for a one man shop.
The first two pictures are of my machine shop. The next two are of the Rope Engine present status.
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Strung the rope or in this case 20’ of 3/32” diameter rubber O-ring on the model. Used Superglue for joining the ends together.
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This looks awesome.
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Great to see you back Larry / Case Place. Beautiful rope drive mill engine model. Shop looks great too.
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Many years ago, I purchased a Stuart governor kit to go with the Rope Engine. I figured if it would work on the Stuart twin Victoria, it should handle the Rope Engine. Below is a picture of what I have done thus far. The governor is interesting that it controls two steam inlet valves, one for each cylinder. Mounting two separate valves atop each steam chest, having a common linkage between them and then linked to the governor, should be a nice challenge.
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Good To See You Back and At It Again.

Looking Forward to Many More Posts From You.

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Greetings, spent last evening working up one of two throttling valves for the rope engines. A piece of extruded brass came with the governor kit, but it is so large, it just wouldn’t look right. So, I struck out on my own and came up with what see in the pictures. Basically I machinery up 3 pieces of brass and soldered them together, then machined the assembly as if it were a casting. Still need to machine the valve stem gland and nut.
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Good evening. First I would like apologize for high jacking my own thread with the Rope Engine. I should have started a new thread for it. Anyway, I finished making all the necessary parts for the engine this evening. Need to order some plumbing fittings and tubing. Meanwhile I will disassemble, paint, polish and generate some clearances where need be. I tend to build tight, then loosen things up at a later date. In the background of picture 2 you can see what I have my sights on for my next project. Yes !! LaFrance here we come.
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Nice to hear from you again Larry, glad you have some time to spend in the shop.
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Welcome back Larry, I missed your work, I've been following the American La France from the start. I can't wait to see both projects completed.
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