1869 12 HP Gibbs & Sterrett photo gallery 1


| February 2009

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    The Bessemer cylinder head as Stan found it.
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    Stan Ellerbeck purchased this 1869 Gibbs and Sterrett steam engine frame from a collector in Bradford, PA, where it worked on a local oil field. The engine was converted to gas in the late 1800s but the cylinder and other pieces from that conversion are long gone.
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    Stan came up with the idea for his crosshead assembly after visiting Coolspring Power Museum in Coolspring, PA, and looking closely at the Gibbs and Sterrett engines on display.
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    Stan needed to make a cylinder adaptor mount for the intake valve assembly. In this photo, Stan is boring a hole in the intake valve mount casting to the correct diameter of the intake valve assembly.  
    Stan Ellerbeck
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    An interior view of the Bessemer cylinder and piston as found. Stan rebored the cylinder.
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    Stan machines the bottom of the front cylinder mount plate. Back to the photo gallery menu 
    Stan Ellerbeck
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    Cylinder adaptor plate being bored to match the intake valve mount casting.  
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    The front cylinder mount plate is set in Stan’s milling machine to make it square.  
    Stan Ellerbeck

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Stan finds the bed and cylinder for his steam-to-gas conversion and gets to work. Click here to view this gallery.

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