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Old 07-05-2010, 12:18:19 AM
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Default 90Hp Twin Klein Model B Some Assembly Required

This story begines in 1966 when Dr. John Wilcox decided to take on his largest engine removel... There were only two of these Model B's still around anywhere, and at the time John had no way of moving the engine in one piece...The engine was in the small town of Joy, OH and was operated by the Buckeye Pipe Line Co. John completely disassembled the engine to move, (and I do mean completely apart) it was all moved to the Trail Run pump station, which John had bought in 1959 from then the current land owner for a $1000.00. (This where the DeLa Vergne and Ruston where that I done the story on last fall). Most of the parts where well greased for storage and stacked in a small location in one of the buildings at Trail Run where they remained untill the summer of 2007, the wife and I purchased Trail Run from John in late 2005. I had nowhere to move the engine or anything else until the fall of 2006 when we got our engine building up $$$$$...

The summer of 2006 I was going down to mow the grass and look things over, and my good friend and helper Mike Murphy decided to come along to see this historic place call Trail Run Pump station... Mike walked into the building where all the Klein parts were stored and we got the doors open for some light... I pointed out the pile of parts and told Mike that was most of the parts for the 90Hp Twin Klein. Mike looked things over and then looked at me and said Some Assembly Required right, laughing as he said it.

This engine serial# 657 was built in 1908 and weighs 31,600lbs. I recently acquired a full set of blueprints from John for this engine and they are dated 1909, and are the first and only thing we have ever seen that refers to this engine as a Model B

The first photo is a shot that was taken right before John started to remove the engine, photo 2 shows the pile of parts, #3 is the loading of the bed plate after it was moved into the building and had some minor cleaning done on it, It had been stored out behind the place since it was moved there in 1966. #4 is a photo of the bed plate after it had been run through the car wash and has arrived at it's new home outside of Newark, OH. where it will be put pack in one piece.

Please be patient with me as this is a one man operation and it takes time to put something this large back in one piece, My wife is great help, but she keeps saying I need to collect coins....I don't think they're as much fun.....DH
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Old 07-05-2010, 12:43:54 AM
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Default Re: 90Hp Twin Klein Model B Some Assembly Required

Here are a few more photos of some of the parts being moved home. There was also a pickup load of parts and a small tlre. l moved from John's place the same summer...

#1 is the crank one piston and rod and two cylinders. As you can see one of the cylinders is broken real bad. This happened in the early 80's and was caused by lime in the water jacket that expanded. John did not know there was a problem until it was too late..... Lucky for me that when Buckeye pipe line was winding down in the 70's John was able to sucure an extra cylinder and head, (which had also cracked) Photo #3 is of the massive crank... 24'' stroke and is 6'' dia. and 6' long. #4 is the two Flywheels loaded for their trip home, and there were pipe flanges, and the cam shaft also on this load, it's about 10' long....
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Old 07-05-2010, 12:54:49 AM
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Default Re: 90Hp Twin Klein Model B Some Assembly Required

Just a few more, Load of Flywheels home, and a shot of the broken cylinder... The last photo is the Bed Plate on a new set of 3 10''X12''X13' long Oak skids. I spent most of that summer cleaning and wire brushing, and getting a few coats of new Black paint on.....DH
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Default Re: 90Hp Twin Klein Model B Some Assembly Required

BuckeyeMan,

Nice!! That'll keep ya busy all winter.

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Default Re: 90Hp Twin Klein Model B Some Assembly Required

Back in Nov. or Dec. while working on the DeLa Vergne I took a week from that and got the crank installed in the bed plate.
I had 2 new lower bearings and I needed a 3rd. While out at Lauren Langdon last year he give me the parts to use as a mold for pouring the 3rd bearing, Thanks lauren. I took the parts to Gary Stoner to undertake the job, Gary does lots of babbitt work, but this was a little bit bigger. (1 gallon of babbitt or 10 lbs.) after 3 tries Gary got the job done, Thanks Gary.
Now I've got 3 new bearings and they all needed to be scraped in, I can not begin to tell you how many times I had the crank in and back out, but after a week of at least 5 hours a day I got the job done.

So the cranks been in the engine for a long time. At the first of June it was time to get back to work on the Klein. I got all the shims cleaned up and started doing the measuring, I'v got about .375 thousand on both sides of each bearing cap, and they were on and off quite a few times as well.. here's a few shots of the crank in and bolted down, and I'm glad to say it turns over fine.....DH
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Thought you might all like to see these. I got the original Blue prints from John back a few weeks ago. I don't know how there going to come out. This is a copy of a copy that was then scaned.....DH
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Old 07-12-2010, 01:19:11 PM
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Got a few parts together and on the engine last week, had to make a new key for the big gear to the shaft, Buckeye was using a tapered key and some hacksaw blades.(anything to keep them running in the oilfield) The key needed to be a straight .500x.525 it was a nice fit, this piece also holds the back end of the cam shaft.....
Also got one of the cylinders set. This was the better of the two that will be used, the other will be making a trip to a shop to get the bore cleaned up a bit, it's egg shaped and a little tapered, and was bored out by the buckeye and it's about .280 over the size of the piston. when the cylinder gets done there will be some .350 bigger then the piston, so then it will be going to a shop to have a sleeve put on it. So got to spend some $$$$ before I can get the other cylinder set on.
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Looking good Dave. Thanks for taking the time to document this project.
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Got the last coat of paint on the cylinder the other day, I wanted to make sure everything was going to fit ok before the last coat was put on just in case. Ther are two tapered alignment pins that need to be drove in, this aligns the cylinder square to the crank. These pins are the 2nd nuts back from the head end, one on each side. If the cylinder needs to to be removed for any reason, you just run the nuts down and this pulls the pins back out.
Also got the nuts machined up and installed and pulled them down tight. Had to go buy about 40- 1" Nuts at a cost of $2.23 each, to put everything back together, most where beatup bad. I have a good place to go get the old style nuts here in town, But they have some casting marks in them that I machine off.
The other cylinder was also cleaned out over the last month with acid in the water jacket, it was also full of lime. Luckly it had not cracked, because it was all most full in the head end and around the port. So its ready to go to the machine shop over in Pa. on Friday. I'v spent lots of time trying to find someone that could do this work, the size of the bore is not the problem, its the length of the cylinder 48" long...........DH
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Where in Pa did you find a shop to do the work? I have a friend near Butler who still runs a couple Evans engines on his leases & needs to have them sleeved. Thanks, Bill Klein
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That would be me. It is going to be a challenge to bore this thing. I have 60" of travel with the bar but only 48" with the column. Theoretically I could bore 108" long feeding both to their limit. You always want to bore feeding the table or column since the bar will sag as it extends. Although in this case using the outboard I might get away with feeding the bar. There will be more time in indicating and setting up the job than machining it. This is the same mill that polished the wheels on the Struthers Wells that was in the expo building at Coolspring.
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It looks great Dave!! Keep up the nice work.
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Please explain the process of acid washing the lime out of the water jacket. Thanks, Fred
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Muratic acid is what I'm using. I'v been plugging all the water holes and standing the cylinder on end, then I put 5 or 6 gallons in and let it sit out in the sun. The acid will foam and sizzle for 4 or 5 days, when it stops foming, I wash it out and do it all over again untill all the lime is gone. Then I put 2 boxes of baking soda and fill with hot water for 2 days, doing this twice I used about 30 gallons of acid on the cylinder I sent to the machine shop. Used 5 gal. on one of the heads, it would stop foaming in 24 hours. This really cleans it out good, rust and all.....I hope this is what you were looking for.....

WARNING...... IF YOU USE MURATIC ACID. GLOVES, SAFETY GLASSES AND A RESPIRATOR NEED TO BE USED.... this stuff is ..............NASTY....................... DH
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I'v been getting a little work done the last 3 weeks, after my trip out west. Most of what I'v been doing is cleaning up parts and repairing, and machining some stuff. I got the one good piston in 2 weeks ago, and that turned in to a 5 hour job. The piston was the easy part, I made this as easy as I could by putting things in as parts. After the piston was in I pulled it back far enough to get the wristpin out part way out, then put the bearings and the yoke that holds them to the rod in, then put the pin back in, Then rigged the rod on to my chainfall to where I could lower or raise which ever end of the rod as I needed, got it up inside the piston and secured the end of the yoke to the rod. ( show more detailed photos of the rod ends when I put the other one together ). John said I did it the hard way. He told I should have put it all together and then put it as one assembly. The crank end was pretty straight forward, The bearings are easy to adjust, having tapered pines that drive together to tighten the bearings, like most steam engines had. The head was put on last week and I gave it 2 more good coats of paint before tighten up the 12 head nuts, thats right 12. I guess they did not want it to fall off..........enjoy..........DH
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Comin' right along! Nice work as usual Dave.

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Went to R/T a few weeks back and got some photos of the other 90Hp Model B that was in the pump house with mine. This is what the engine looks like all together and running..

I'm at a stand still on putting anything else together on mine till I get the other cylinder pack, so I'v been cleaning some of the other parts do the machine work that need done and painting parts..............DH
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I did find one thing on R/T model B they have one of my cylinder's on there engine, I should make them give it back and let them the broke one. John did tell me that the Buckeye moved parts around a lot, doing repairs and all....Owell mine will be better then new when Tim gets it done........DH
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I'll be there sometime tomorrow to check on your work! :-) Also, itching to see the De LaVergne and the rest of your toys.
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Well I have some good news, the Cylinder thats been at the machine shop is supposed to get board today and hopefully will get to see some photos of the job being done, lets keep our fingers crossed.............DH
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