Shay - Painting
This page shows how some of the pile of smaller parts were painted.
One of the first small parts tackled was the reversing gear. The reversing gear does triple duty in that it supports one end of the shelf over the rear cylinder and also the atomizer regulator. The reversing gear bracket also supports the air input plumbing and the air/steam manifold that supplies the atomizer and blower. Hence, it was important to get the reversing gear in place as soon as the boiler was painted and bolted down.
The reversing gear and also the throttle don't lend themselves to painting or powder coating since the paint would clog up the teeth of the racks and the sliding latches. Bluing and the black oxide on some machine screws were considered. An Internet search lead to several suppliers of small kits to do black oxide finish on mild steel at room temperature. The chemicals won't work on tool steel or stainless or non ferrous metals. A black oxide kit was purchased from Caswell Plating.
Update: After some use it was found that the oxide coated parts are prone to rust. However, a light coat of oil both minimizes the rust and restores the black finish.
The left side .......
The right side..... with the engine missing.
This is a good point to stop this page. The next steps are:
After those steps are completed it will be ready for a real test on the rails.
The final items include:
That is the list of excuses to be used when asked to do landscaping, etc.