Discussion in 'Model engines' started by PatJ, Apr 26, 2019.
So much eye candy and machine porn. Where is this magical place??
I set up there in the 90's with a display about the size of Pat's with just the cast V8 block, and grew my showing to two tables with all my patterns, core boxes and cam grinder. The show moved from Wyandott to Southgate to Toledo and back to Southgate during that time, but always a good crowd. I first met Ironsides there before he became famous .
I was looking for folks that I may know, but there is a crowd there, and lots of noise, and so it is difficult to get around and talk to everyone.
And I spent some time taking photos, and invariably I zoom in on the engine, and don't take a photo of the person behind the engine, so I can't go back and look at who was behind what engine.
I really liked the show, but the exhaust fumes got to be rather challenging after 9 hours, and I had some respiratory distress that night and the next day.
I would not have been able to take a second day of exhaust fumes.
I noticed some were running their engines on propane, and that would help with the fumes if everyone did that.
I would probably stand out in the crowd if I wore scuba gear during the show, but at least everyone would know who I was after that (ie: there goes the "scuba-steam" guy).
I liked my castings the best, but I am a little biased about that.
There were some superb castings and associated engines there. It was quite inspirational.
I did not meet any non-commercial individuals doing iron work though, and even PM farms out their iron work, although they do their aluminum and bronze work in-house.
2007 was the first time I visited Names and I walked in thinking that no one would know me but I was talking to some one about my model engines and how I cast all the parts for them in iron. He then said I know you from a website that showed photos of my furnace and workshop. It seemed at the time that very few were using waste oil to melt iron and that is how he knew me. In 2019 it is a very common thing to melt cast iron with waste oil. I still have fond memories admiring your patterns for the V8 engine and talking to you.
Yep, I still have the sketch you drew of a waste oil burner. Then it took me ten years to actually get around to building a waste oil fired furnace.
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