Steam Engine Restoration
In the early twentieth century the Kramer family ran a threshing
ring powered by a Port Huron traction engine. It has become a
family tradition, and also a way of carrying on our heritage, to preserve and
restore steam engines. We are equipped with working knowledge that has been
passed down from former generations.
If an engine has been sitting a while or didn't receive proper lubrication the
cylinders often need to be bored out. We have the capability to line bore
compound cylinders. The largest cylinders we have bored were for a 35hp Advance
compound engine. This engine never ran right before we bored the cylinders and upon setting
it up in our lathe we found the high and low pressure cylinders were not
machined in line with each other thus causing the engine to be in a bind!
We have the proper tools and experience to accurately heat, pour, and scrape
Babbitt bearings. We use high quality materials to ensure the bearings have a
long life. We can fabricate shim sets or if you have a complete set (original)
we can use those as well.
Wheels, Gears, & Flywheels
times, due to the fact that it wasn't always a daily necessity, greasing the
wheels was sometimes forgotten all together. KPE is able to bore and turn wheels
and gears. We can either make bushings or pour Babbitt to make a better than new
Boiler Tubing & Piping
Occasionally boiler tubing needs to be replaced. Flues are designed to transfer
heat very well and thus are thin and prone to pitting over time. KPE can remove
and install new flues in minimal time. We can also provide boiler tubing to
those who wish to do their own work. KPE also can make and replace custom length
pipe which is also occasionally required to maintain safe operation. We have
most sizes of full length black pipe in stock.
Hand Hole plates
KPE can easily machine and fabricate new hand hole plugs. We use an original as
an example and cad a drawing. The studs are machined new and permanently
installed. These provide a nice tight fit and help prevent gaskets from blowing
out! This can be helpful when repairing a hand hole in a boiler as we can make
the plug oversize to fit the larger hole.
Oil Field and Gas Engine Restoration
NEW - 4HP Reid Flywheels!!!
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