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OT, anybody into these tiny steam engines?

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I'm looking for a burner and water funnel in the US

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Tiny engines are pretty cool!
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I've got a steam Tonka truck that Dad built. I had the coolest toys when I was growing up. :D
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Hot_Diggity wrote: Thu Apr 29, 2021 1:10 pm I've got a steam Tonka truck that Dad built. I had the coolest toys when I was growing up. :D
Wow that sounds awesome 😀
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My brother had an engine exactly like the one pictured, when we were growing up. It was really cool. I always wanted one of the rolling steam engines.
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Those little steam engines are so cool!! I have seen some run at railroad and hobby shows. I would love to get my hands on one.
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Check out the Jensen Steam website. They are located in Jeanette, Penn. and still making them using the original tooling from the 1930s.

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This is a project that needs to be finished. Had it running on compressed air a couple times showing it off... Then it became a catch-all 😁

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Tgarner01 wrote: Thu Apr 29, 2021 3:49 pm This is a project that needs to be finished. Had it running on compressed air a couple times showing it off... Then it became a catch-all 😁

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That’s a nice one. Is that a kit or did you fabricate all that yourself?
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A Seabee wrote: Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:23 pm
Tgarner01 wrote: Thu Apr 29, 2021 3:49 pm This is a project that needs to be finished. Had it running on compressed air a couple times showing it off... Then it became a catch-all 😁

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That’s a nice one. Is that a kit or did you fabricate all that yourself?
I believe these come already assembled. We got this after it went through a couple different people who never did anything with it... I'll try to find the makers name, but if I remember correctly they are still being produced? I'll see what I can find.
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Tgarner01 wrote: Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:52 pm
A Seabee wrote: Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:23 pm
Tgarner01 wrote: Thu Apr 29, 2021 3:49 pm This is a project that needs to be finished. Had it running on compressed air a couple times showing it off... Then it became a catch-all 😁

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That’s a nice one. Is that a kit or did you fabricate all that yourself?
I believe these come already assembled. We got this after it went through a couple different people who never did anything with it... I'll try to find the makers name, but if I remember correctly they are still being produced? I'll see what I can find.
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Hot_Diggity wrote: Thu Apr 29, 2021 1:10 pm I've got a steam Tonka truck that Dad built. I had the coolest toys when I was growing up. :D
Let's see some pics. Static is OK and in action is even better. Your dad must have been a master tinkerer.
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BSAGuy wrote: Fri Apr 30, 2021 2:13 pm
Hot_Diggity wrote: Thu Apr 29, 2021 1:10 pm I've got a steam Tonka truck that Dad built. I had the coolest toys when I was growing up. :D
Let's see some pics. Static is OK and in action is even better. Your dad must have been a master tinkerer.
Will do as soon as I can get time to grab it. It's about the time of year to play with my big engines too. :D
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I had one of the simple German steam engines when I was a kid. Back then it cost $8.95 at a Western Auto store. My nephew played with it when he was a kid, now he has the engine so his kids can play with it. When I was a kid I also played with the little Japanese pop-pop boats. Those memories somewhat faded away until maybe 40 years later I found out pop-pop boats were still made in parts of the world where batteries and such are still scarce and expensive. I have a number of them now and added "steam boat captain" to my resume. Below is my "Thunder Cruise" pretending it has a big Deutz 545 marine diesel engine.

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zoomkat wrote: Fri Apr 30, 2021 3:18 pm I had one of the simple German steam engines when I was a kid. Back then it cost $8.95 at a Western Auto store. My nephew played with it when he was a kid, now he has the engine so his kids can play with it. When I was a kid I also played with the little Japanese pop-pop boats. Those memories somewhat faded away until maybe 40 years later I found out pop-pop boats were still made in parts of the world where batteries and such are still scarce and expensive. I have a number of them now and added "steam boat captain" to my resume. Below is my "Thunder Cruise" pretending it has a big Deutz 545 marine diesel engine.

That is wicked cool!
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i had one as a kid , dont remember what ever happened to it , wish i still had it :-(
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A Seabee wrote: Thu Apr 29, 2021 11:35 am I'm looking for a burner and water funnel in the US

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I may be able to make you a burner. I have a number of different brands of these engines, some Jensens, Weeden, Empire, a German one I've forgotten the name of, and a couple Mamods. I don't know if I have a Mamod the same size as the one you show. I know I have the smallest one they made, and another, but don't remember the size designations.

What I would need to know is the size of the firebox door, where the burner goes in. Some of these were made to run on Esbit, and so they will have a quite small firebox door. A wick burner may not fit in those types. Some were made to run on denat alcohol wick burners and they have a little larger firebox door to allow the two or three wicks to fit into the fire box.

Measure the door opening, tell me how deep the firebox is, front to back, and be prepared to wait a couple months for your new burner. It won't cost much, but I am so busy that anything I take on at this time has a long lead time.

Also, as far as I know, Mamod is still in business. They are in England. They may still have things like burners in stock for this engine, too. Worth a try getting hold of them.
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i remember the one i had was electric , added some water , plugged it in and it would start spinning .
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When I divided up Dad's stuff I gave the steam Tonka to #1 Son, but he assures me that he can get me some pictures. While I'm waiting I dusted off Dad's boat engine and Double Reciprocating Grinder.
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Dad had built a model steam power generating plant, which was the largest boiler (2" diameter and 10" long) that he felt comfortable with.
He'd seen a traction engine boiler explosion at a steam show somewhere, and his father had worked with boilers when Dad was a kid. This was probably the root of his excessive caution when testing boilers and firearms. He didn't want to see anything blow up. So the power plant and the steam Tonka were the only live steam boilers that he completed, and they had to survive extreme hydraulic pressure tests.

My self-preservation instincts are sharp, but I haven't inherited his caution with explosions. The Marine Corps tempered it into a healthy respect. I do enjoy a well set water shot that will send a wave through the ground water and roll the landscape like an earthquake. 8-)
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I have a little bitty Jensen. I think I fired it once.
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Here is mine from when I was a kid. A favorite uncle gave it to me for Christmas in the early 70's. Have run it many times as MY kids grew up. Mostly sits wrapped up in my closet to be safe. I am missing the drive spring/belt and top part of the Faux governor long with the original stack but works as the day it was made. It is the electric heated version. Filler it with water and plug it in. add some oil occasionally
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I don't know if that still has the name sticker on it, Bob, but that is a Wilesco, made in Germany. They still make 'em, too. Nice one.
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Yes I believe it is a Wilesco but no sign of the sticker. I just remember the Box and such.
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