Next step was the body panels,
or so I thought. It would be much easier to do the piping while the
panels were off. Space was pretty tight under the tender and struggled
with fitting everything that was needed without things hitting the
trucks. This tender project is a test of compromise.
Here is the tender frame
upside-down showing the piping. The barbs at the front are (left to
right); left-injector; return line; axle/hand pump; right injector. At
the very back of the tender, a ball valve (red handle) was installed to quickly drain
Here the valves for the
injectors and other water feed lines were silver soldered together to
give them something to mount to.
A ball valve (front, red handle)
shuts off the axle/hand water supply. Didn't have much choice where it went. It was the only
place with room.
The two outside injector lines
have a panel mount needle valve that extends through the floor. I will
later make extensions and install a handle at the top of the tender for
Here is the water return, hand
pump and overflow pipe. Brass bushings were made and soldered to the
floor for all the connections.
Needed some way to filter the
garbage out. I made 4 filters using #100 brass mesh screening.
Installed the filters and
finished the piping inside the water tank.
Here's a picture with the
baffles temporarily installed.
Well, the water piping is done.
Need to do the brake lines then its time (finally) to start on the body
panels. I bought about 2000 3/32" copper rivets and 1000 #2 drive
screws. I have a lot of drilling riveting ahead of me.