1915 Harley Davidson

Discussion in 'Model engines' started by ESC, Dec 18, 2019.

  1. ESC

    ESC Silver

    A number of years ago I started on a 1/3 scale pocket valve Harley. I carved patterns and cast the crankcase conventionally in aluminum, and the flywheels in cast iron . I made knife and fork rods and dummy pistons from the solid so I could mock up the cylinders. My first set of cylinders were made in aluminum by stacking the wax fins fusing them together and then investing, burning out and pouring in a small chamber. When I moved on to the pocket and head I wasn't able to pull the silicon mold from the pattern due to the depth and dimension of the fins. One attempt with latex rubber failed due scorching the wooden pattern. I stalled out there and moved on to something else.
    These images were clawed back from photosuck, but I had started a thread over at AA.

    Harley3.JPG Harley4.JPG Harley5.JPG 72andmodel.JPG Harley7.JPG Harley8.JPG Harley12.JPG Harley15.JPG

    So after the experience I had with the brake calipers for the 9" Ford in the EDM I thought it was worth a try to pour a cast iron cylinder in the core molds like I used for the Indian heads and then use the EDM to cut the space between the fins.
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  2. ESC

    ESC Silver

    I prepared the patterns by filling between the fins with modeling clay, then gave it a skin of shellac to harden. IMG_20191216_095413.jpg

    I made a frame from aluminum to hold the mold while the it is baking, then slip it up and dust with parting and cut the locator divots before ramming the cope.


    I had a corebox for the bore and pocket so I made multiples to cover the loss from breakage.


    Vents were cut in the cores and glued together with flour paste. and finally mounted in the mold.



    Then when I went out today, the mice had eaten one of my cores. They were after the flour, and maybe a little of the linseed oil. The intake above on the left is gone and they gnawed at the repair I had done on the bore.
    I set the water trap and rammed up more pocket cores.
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  3. Jason

    Jason Gold

    Drown those little sob's !!!
  4. ESC

    ESC Silver

    Yep, five last night.
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  5. ESC

    ESC Silver

    Fixed the mold and rammed them up in a flask.




    I did not cut gates before ramming so I could keep the sand out, and then used a dremel stone to shape them to match the runner and gates of the oil bonded sand. I sprayed graphite on the mold to improve the surface finish of the casting.
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  6. ESC

    ESC Silver

    All misruns today, but the chill wedge came out sweet. Grey all the way and there are three strokes with the file to test the softness. IMG_20191221_145546.jpg
  7. Al2O3

    Al2O3 Administrator Staff Member


    You'll get'er next round.

  8. ESC

    ESC Silver

    Yep, molds already in the oven.
  9. ESC

    ESC Silver

    Merry Christmas everyone.
    I wasn't ready for a CI pour yesterday, so I whipped up some simple foam patterns to make an indexing head for the EDM work on the castings.



    I set the head up in the "A" axis on the CNC and made 15* locating holes around the circumfrence. That is the angle between the head fins on the engine and will allow the use of the same electrode without re-positioning.


    I used some of my old oxide contaminated pieces to use them on something where appearance doesn't matter. I just melted and poured without even skimming. I came out decent. The "T" slot is metric on the EDM is metric, so I will have to use the vise on the bridgeport, or shim it on the EDM.


    And today I finished it. This is one of the lost wax cylinders for a mock up.

    Last edited: Dec 26, 2019
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  10. ESC

    ESC Silver

    I ended up with some core blow in the Harley cylinders, but it was soft iron so I started machining to fit the rotary fixture. They were awkward to hold, so I heated them in the toaster oven and used them as a pattern to hot shape a foam sandwich. Then poured them in aluminum without coating since the finish is no concern. With just minimal cleanup and machining to create a step for repeatable orientation I bored out the cylinder and then switched to the
    CNC and a keyseat cutter to square the flange and cut the OD. I had thought I would need to use the cutter to machine below the flange, but ended up cleaning that up on the lathe.


    Then I mounted it on the rotary fixture ready for the EDM tomorrow.


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  11. Rotarysmp

    Rotarysmp Silver

    Fantastic work you are doing there.

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