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H-M Supporter - Gold Member ($25)
- Feb 14, 2016
I was down at HJE awhile back and one of the guys showed me that very item. Very cool, old piece of equipment. I think there are corners of that building that haven't been touched since the 1930's. I love going there! They stock Kant-twist clamps now, so I see a trip across town in the near future for me.Only $300. get em' while they last .
I've toured the old Utex manufacturing plant about 70 miles north of me back in the early 1990's and watched them making that "rope". They made all the different grades of that material including the "Graphoil" packing, boy that was nasty stuff to make. You felt like you were sliding around on the floors in the areas where that stuff was made in. Get high in the room where the impregnate the rope with nitrile rubber using Acetone and MEK as the solvent. All of the floors in these areas were coated with graphite to reduce the chance of static electricity. Sure glade to get out of that room!It is for cleaning up the gland packer casting. There are standard sizes and the recess in the packer needs to be true to pack the gland evenly. Should be somewhere on it to assist in cutting the packing at an angle as well. Square Graphite impregnated Asbestos rope is a pretty awesome product given what it can do. I have a few packs of different sizes sitting on a shelf, as a seal if installed correctly it lasts and lasts and lasts. Nip it up if it weeps. Good Ships Chandlers and Propeller makers usually have it in stock. The greenie eco-terrorist fear mongers have not been able to come up with even a suggestion of a matching product that I am aware of. In a pinch you can double up or pull out your trusty knife and cut/trim to size. A spool of cord or string is the emergencey go to.
Terry is right: the O'Brien is VERY cool if you get a chance to go aboard. My Dad was a merchant mariner during WWIIThe SS Jeremiah O'Brien is a Liberty ship that is docked in San Francisco, and I toured that ship last February. Awesome place to visit. The tour is self-guided, so you can linger in areas that are of greater interest if you wish. The engine room was fantastic, and the ship is still operational, it sails a couple of times per year and is steamed regularly just to keep everything in working order. Anyway, I did not see such a lathe anywhere, but that doesn't mean that they don't have one. Considering that the ship had been in the mothball fleet prior to being brought back to operation, I'll bet that they still have one on board.
I was surprised to see that the Brown had welded vertical hull plate seams but the longitudinal seams were lapped and riveted, at least the ones I could see.The redesign from riveted to welded hulls was in part responsible for cracking in the decks and hulls of the Liberty's. Later ships had
different steel in their hulls, reinforcements, and better process controls for the welders.
There were some freighters with turbine engines: the pre-war C-3 design had turbines, but the engines were costly to build and needed