Steam Engines built by my father C.G.Schneider and myself

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This is a V 4 Marine Engine

Brass 4 cylinder

This engine was built (1978) from small pieces of brass, copper and stainless steel that Dad had in the shop. This engine was not built from a kit. however he did have the plans.

Brass 4 cylinder

This is concedered a Marine engine and I always seen it running on compressed air. there is a reversing lever on the top of the engine that will redirect the flow of air to reverse the engine.

Brass 4 cylinder

Most of the machine screws and nuts were made with a tap and die set that was also made by Dad in his shop.  Click to See it Run

Brass 4 cylinder

The unions, valves and fittings are also made in the shop. Flywheel 1.856″ Dia. by .485″ wide, the copper tubing feeding cylinders is .125″ od

This is a 6 cylinder Engine with 5 moving parts.

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Brass 6 cylinder

This is a most intresting engine, it has 6 cylinders but only 5 moving parts. Built in 1971 by C.G.Schneider.
Flywheel is 3/4″ wide, 3 1/4″ Dia. Lower cylinder 1 1/8″ Dia. Pistons are 1/4″ made from Drill Rod then hardened.

Brass 6 cylinder

The pistons are double ended and bent at 90°, as the flywheel turns the pistons go in,out and up, down which turns the lower cylinder housing. The flywheel is Aluminum with a piece of Brass tubing heat shrunk fit.

Brass 6 cylinder

As the air enters the engine the piston will push out and up turning the flywheel.Both the bottom and the side mounting plates are ported to move the air to the angled piston.  See it Run

Brass 6 cylinder

As the flywheel turns that air is exhausted while the next piston is pushed up and out. All bolts,nuts, and screws are hand made including the unions, valves, seal glands and fittings. This model was not a kit. Build from metal parts in the shop.

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This is a Twin Cylinder Vertical Steam Engine

Twin Cyl. Vert Photo 1

Stuart Turner No. D10, I gave to Dad for a birthday gift and he machined all parts and built the engine.

Twin Cyl. Vert Photo 2

Engine Height 5 13/16″ Width 3″, 3/4″ bore by 3/4″ stroke. At the time 1970′s the kit was $40.15 and completly finished and assembled was $301.88.

Twin Cyl. Vert Photo 3

The cranks being at 90 degrees, the engine has no dead centers.   Check out the Stuart Engines Site

Twin Cyl. Vert Photo 4

Dad added the larger flywheel   .525″ wide by 4″ Dia. This is a real nice little engine and runs smooth.

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This is a Single Cylinder Vertical Steam Engine my only engine.

Single Cylinder Vertical Photo 13

Stuart Turner Number 4, I bought this engine as a kit in the 1980′s for $38.48 it has 1 1/2″ bore with 1 1/4″ stroke. it is 10″ high.

Single Cylinder Vertical Photo 14

I also purchased the Reversing Gear Castings for $7.65 but have never had the time to get these pieces machined and installed.

Single Cylinder Vertical Photo 15

You may notice the drain cocks are not in place either, I still use the same excuse, no time.   See it Run

Single Cylinder Vertical Photo 16

Flywheel is 1 1/8″ wide by 4.57″ Dia.. This was a fun project and I sure enjoyed machining all the parts.

This is a Single Cylinder Horizontal Steam Engine
Stuart Turner No. 10H

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Single Cylinder Horizontal Photo 17

In my Suart Turner 1985 catalogue this engine is priced at $18.15, in rough castings form, and the fully machined ready to run engine at $177.10.

Single Cylinder Horizontal Photo 18

Bore of 3/4″ and stroke of 3/4″ flywheel is one inch wide by 2 3/4″ Dia. and according to the photo in the book it should have a Brass pully 1 7/8″ Dia.
Engine is 6″ Long by 3 1/2″ Wide.

Single Cylinder Horizontal Photo 19

It looks like Dad used the original flywheel on another engine and made this flywheel from Lead, it is much heavier and will cause the engine to run smoother at lower RPM.    See it Run

Single Cylinder Horizontal Photo 20

The Lead flywheel has a Steel rim and collar, He often made his own castings of Brass, Aluminum, Lead from moldings and forms he first turned on the wood lathe.

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This is a Single Cylinder Beam Steam Engine, Designed and Built by Dad in his shop

This is a Single Cylinder Beam Steam Engine
Designed and Built by Dad in his shop

Single Cylinder Beam Photo 21

The flat metal used in the Beam and Beam frame was salvaged from the side panels of a old TV chassis. My Dad wasted NOTHING. Engine is 6″ high 3 3/4″ wide.

Single Cylinder Beam Photo 22

Once again he used what metals he had in the shop and made the nuts and bolts using his home made taps and dies. Flywheel 4″ Dia. by 1″ wide.

Single Cylinder Beam Photo 23

Take a close look at the Valves, the piping and the unions, they were all machined in his shop. The sliding valve housing is on the side of the cylinder and slides up and down.     See it run

Single Cylinder Beam Photo 24

The flywheel is made from a outer race of a large ball bearing, he threaded the ends of 1/4″ steel rods into the hub then trued the bearing by backing the rods back out of the hub. This shows a better view of the valve.

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This is a Twin Cylinder Vertical Steam Engine
Designed and built by Dad

Twin Cylinder Vertical Photo 25

This Vertical Twin was designed and built by Dad with no blueprints or plans, and built with materials he had in the shop. Once again using all homemade nuts, bolts, and screws. Flywheel, 3 5/8" 1/2" wide.

Twin Cylinder Vertical Photo 26

Engine was built in 1970. Take a close look at the crank shaft, it was not machined from one piece of metal but from 9 pieces bored welded and machined.

Twin Cylinder Vertical Photo 27

The cylinder control valve is controlled by the eccentric on the crank shaft.The crankshaft has the pistons 90° off center therefore the engine will start at any position.   See it Run

Twin Cylinder Vertical Photo 28

The vertical tube above the engine is a built in oiler, it can be filled, then the screw cap put on and when it requires oil, just open the little valve.

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This was a Christmas Gift My Dad Recieved from Santa when he was 5
that would have been 1913. The Engine was made in Germany.

Christmas Gift Photo 29

Dad always said he had received this model steam engine when he was a boy.

Christmas Gift Photo 30

As you can see, the boiler has been so hot at one time it had to be resoldered. Notice the little whistle on top.

Christmas Gift Photo 31

The flywheel is not the original either, the flywheel had been damaged and replaced.The Engine is an osolating cylinder type. Power stroke in one direction.

Christmas Gift Photo 32

Other than that, the engine is complete with the Alcohol burner, pan, and funnel. The pan gets a little water in the bottom to keep it cool, then the burner sits on top of the pan.

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Another Stuart Turner Engine Vertical 10

Stuart Turner 10 V Photo 33

Stuart Turner No. 10V, 6″ high by 3″ wide. Completed 1972.

Stuart Turner 10 V Photo 34

Dad machined all castings and added the flywheel from the Horizontal No. 10 but I am not sure.

Stuart Turner 10 V Photo 35

This engine also has power stroke in both directions, Piston is 3/4″ stroke by 3/4″ Bore.   See it Run

Stuart Turner 10 V Photo 36

This engine looks nice with the two flywheels.

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The images and video of the engines below are taken from a 1989 VHS tape and are not very clear, sorry about that.

With 1/8″ stroke and 1/8″ bore this engine will produce 7000 RPM at 100 PSI. It is a single action piston. The flywheel is 3/8″ Dia. held in place with a set screw made from a nail, with Dad's own tap and die set he made. All unions, valves and pipe fittings were produced in his shop. Built in 1975.   See it Run

This Double Action “means the piston is powered in both directions” engine has a 1/4″ bore with 1/4″ stroke osolating cylinder. The engine runs very smooth but yet will produce high speed.   See it Run

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The Engines below were Dad's first attempt to build gasoline powered hit and miss type engines. With no plans, schematics, or proven directions he proceded to build from memory and his own ideas.

This is Dad's first Gasoline Powered Engine, it is a hit and miss type engine. The engine RPM is controlled by govenors “see them work inside the flywheel” that prevent the exhaust valve from closing therefore letting the engine idle. It is liquid cooled. All gas line check valves, globe valves, unions and fittings were machined in his shop. The spark plug has a teflon insulator and a needle as the electrode. Spark is produced by a quartz crystal salvaged from a Bick Cigarette lighter.   See it Run

Air cooled gasoline powered engine. On the day the video was made Dad had problems getting the engine to run properly. Dad machined all parts of the engine in his shop from materials he had on hand. The gas tank is from a brass tube that was from a sink waste pipe. The spark plug was made in his shop using a piece of polyester as insulator and a darning needle as the electrode. The ignition spark is developed from the quartz crystal removed from a discarded cigarette lighter, I believe a Bick. Notice the NE2 Neon bulb flash, proving ignition.  See it Run Video 1985.

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The Engines below are steam or “air” powered.

The chrome base of this engine is from a Ford car radio antenna, the frame supporting the cylinder is made from 1/4″ iron pipe, machined and bent to fit the base. The flywheel is from a piece of aluminum flat stock. Engine is also Double Action Cylinder.
  See it Run

photo 1 from Ethel

Stewart Turner castings machined By Clarence, he designed and added the govenor to the engine using metal pieces he had in the shop.

photo 2 from Ethel

Another photo from the other side of the Stewart Engine. Dad also designed and added the oiler on top of the cylinder slide and the moisture trap for compressed air.

photo 3 from Ethel

Looking from above the Stewart Turner. He made the valves and used many brass refrigeration flare nuts, he was also a Refrigeration Mechanic.

photo 4 from Ethel

The following 8 photos are the 3 engines in this photo.

photo 5 from Ethel

Engines were built from scrach with no drawings or plans and with pieces of metal he had in the shop.

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photo 6 from Ethel

You can watch this engine run by clicking on the link   Watch it Run, this is a double acting piston.

photo 7 from Ethel

The bolts in most cases were finishing nails threaded with taps and dies he had made in his shop.

photo 8 from Ethel

This engine is a single action and was built with no plans or drawings.

photo 9 from Ethel

The body is solid brass and the flywheel aluminum, all valves, fittings and fastners shop made.

photo 10 from Ethel

This little engine was one of my favorites with 1/8” stroke and 1/8” bore and a 3/8” flywheel, it would run on 5 psi with a max RPM of 20,000.

photo 11 from Ethel

This engine also was built without plans or drawings and from scrap materials Dad had in his shop,   Click  Watch it Run

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photo 12 from Ethel

I used to play for hours with this little motor, it was a gift for my Dad when he was a boy of 8 to 10 years old around 1918.

photo 13 from Ethel

Dad would give me the 1.5 volt dry cells from the telephones that were weak but still had a little power. I would use string for a belt to run other small toys.

photo 14 from Ethel

A Stewart Turner castings kit, verticle double action.

photo 15 from Ethel

Dad added the moisture trap and made the valves to the inlet.

photo 16 from Ethel

This hit and miss gasoline engine was designed and built by Dad with only the mental vision inspired him, He built the entire engine from pieces of metal in the shop at the time. The fuel tank was constructed from a waste water pipe from a sink drain. I remember Dad telling me the cylinder head was a piece of metal from a John Deere Tractor clutch plate.

photo 17 from Ethel

I aquired some virgin teflon from work that he used as the insulator for the spark plug. The ignition spark is supplied from the pizzo electric crystal salvaged from a Bick Lighter. Notice the Brass weights on the flywheel, these govenor weights control the spark and keep the speed constant.  Watch it Run   a VHS Video from 1985

photo 18 from Ethel

Stewart Turner horizontal double action.

photo 19 from Ethel

Valves and fittings were made by Dad.

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