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Steam in the fields (slightly OT)

1564 Views 3 Replies 3 Participants Last post by  Eric M.
Proving once again that you can take the boy out of the Midwest, but you can't take the Midwest out of the boy, I fired up my Traction Engine on Saturday for a little agricultural fun.  The engine in question is a modified D.R. Mercer. It has been Americanized, painted, weathered and I installed a radiant ceramic burner.

I cannot speak highly enough about the burner.  It is dead silent. It resulted in a massive performance increase from the stock alcohol burner. 

As I mentioned in a previous thread, I am dumber than a bag of hammers when it comes to alcohol firing./DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/crazy.gif  My first attempt firing this engine resulted in a full meltdown of one of the rear wheels/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/crying.gif  "Oh that was soft soldered?!!!"

I won't bore you with the details of the tractors miraculous recovery, but as you can see, I re-built her,  better, faster, stronger!   She had absolutely no trouble pulling my custom Case threshing machine.

Here are a few vital stats on the tractor.

Base machine: Type 1 D.R. Mercer Traction engine, manufactured in England, factory assembled, unpainted.
Scale: 5/8" = 1' (very close to 1:20 scale)
Powerplant: One, double-acting cylinder, full Stephenson valve gear, fully notchable reverser in cab.
Boiler and fittings: Pot boiler, in cab throttle control, single safety valve.

Mods:  Custom "lip" on smoke stack, sheet metal re-done on cab, Brass fuel bunkers added behind rear wheels, full disassembly and paint, insulated firebox, radiant ceramic burner, butane tank from Accucraft Ruby installed in fuel bunker, 8 ball shifter, fuzzy dice--  (just kidding about the last two);)

Thanks for looking!


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Very nice traction engine. It came along way remembering the pictures in your first post. It looks like she gives you some good exercise too.

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