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Post  JPDenver Sun 15 May 2022, 10:11 pm

Greetings all.

I am starting this thread as part of the record of my build.
My first 13 Kits are siting on a pallet at STW and soon will be en-route to me in Denver, Colorado USA.

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Sorry about the rotation, not sure how to cure that.

I am going to keep a detailed blog at:
https://poppapope-steamcar.blogspot.com/

This thread will be for important Q&A, mistakes and fixes, kind words of encouragement etc.

From what I can tell, I am the first blogger for this series of kits.  This may be important (or not).
There was a previous series of the Model 2 that occurred over the last 4-5 years, (sorry if I am wrong on the time).
This previous build was important in that it was the FIRST - Model 2 series, but this also meant that builders were out there
on the "bleeding edge" so to speak.  Dean and company were finishing the design on each kit as they were produced, making changes
to the prototype and then releasing the rest of the kits.  So there were some miss-steps along the way, corrected of course, but I can only
assume that some of the builders were frustrated with the process.  

While I have not talked to Dean about this, and will stand corrected if I have miss-spoken,  
I will assume that the corrections and fine tuning have all taken place and this series of kits is the result
of all the engineering reviews being in place.

SO - Time will tell if I am correct.

I will try to be faithful in my reporting and honest in covering my mistakes and resulting corrections.

I hope you enjoy the build, I know I will.

I want to thank Grier for all his current and future assistance.

OH - ONE LAST THING.
I am not a "car guy".  I have never packed a bearing, bled a brake system, wired a tail light.
So as we go along you will see a true and accurate "beginner's point of view".

Take care,
Get your boosters.

Jim Pope
Poppapope
Denver, CO
USA
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Registration date : 2021-07-25

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Post  IanL Mon 16 May 2022, 3:17 pm

Hi Jim.
I started building the current series Feb 2020 and have recently received  kit 13. The final engine kit ie. The valve bits etc. Although I have fitted the brakes I have not yet put fluid in and bled them. Brake fluid absorbs moisture over time hence why car manufacturers replace the fluid every few years.

The build does go together with a bit of fettling without needing special workshop tools. Although it is a good excuse , if needed , to acquire a few more toys ( tools)
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Post  JPDenver Mon 16 May 2022, 10:30 pm

Hello Ian,

Thanks for the information on your build and the encouraging news as to the quality of the kits so far.

I do not know if it is available in the UK, but over here there is a DOT5 brake fluid that is
a lot friendlier to your paint job if spilled.

Regards,
Jim Pope
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Post  JPDenver Sat 28 May 2022, 3:09 pm

My pallet has made it's way to Heathrow, waiting for a plane on Wed or Thurs next week.
I have finally figured out at least part of the International Freight process, so I owe Rosemary at STW an
apology for badgering her every day for news. Basically, you have to make a reservation a week or so out,
and wait for the airline to acknowledge they have the room. oh yeah - and trust STW and the Freight Forwarder -
they do know how to do this.


So in preparation - to keep myself busy, I have been spending money on the "extras" -

Batteries - Optima Blue Top Deep cycle.

Black Oxide Supplies - If I do not paint/powder coat a piece, I will blacken it. Nuts and bolts too.
But only after I experiment - new technology to me.

Lots of metric bolts. nuts, washers all different sizes. Just to have a selection.
Plus I like to use washers - flat and split - It's just the way my father taught me.

Oh - And because you can not have enough tools - I got a battery powered angle-grinder,
in the same series as my drill and impact driver, just to share batteries.
Along with a multi-grit package to flap discs.

More to come, thanks for reading.
Jim Pope
Denver, CO
USA

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Post  LiveSteam Sat 28 May 2022, 10:00 pm

I think someone's getting quite excited bounce bounce

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Post  JPDenver Mon 30 May 2022, 3:05 pm

It is a quiet Memorial Day Monday here in Denver. For those in the UK (and around the world), we spend the day reflecting on those who gave all in the defense of these United States.

Or so it is supposed to be. In reality it is mostly an excuse to have a three-day weekend, followed by a 4 day work-week, where nothing gets done.
A day to wash the car, or the boat, get ready for the antics of summer, and finally be socially acceptable to wear flowered Hawaiian Shirts.

I am sitting on my patio, with three Greyhounds at my feet, enjoying the quiet ripple of water in the fountains in the garden,
and mentally going over the first steps I will take when my pile of goodies (kits) arrives - maybe by the end of the week.

So - to those of you around the world - please raise a pint to Absent Friends, and take care to keep all the fingers out of harms way.

More to come -

Thanks for reading.

Jim Pope
Denver,CO
USA


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Post  JPDenver Sat 11 Jun 2022, 11:35 pm

Hello from Denver,

I received my shipment yesterday.
Sorted it out and started to wrap my head around the process ahead of me.  

One thing I will say to all of you over here on this side of the pond that may be
batching your kits - "Trust the process" but know that information is few and far between during the actual transit.

For someone who is spoiled by "insta-cart" and Amazon - where I can track a shipment down to watching the truck
go around my neighbor hood and receive updates every 15 minutes when it is getting close to my turn, - The whole
importing $12K worth of stuff and not even know when it passed thru customs, there is a secret code for each step in
the process, but no one will tell you what it means, can be very nerve racking.  

So my apologies to Dean and Rosalie and everyone else for badgering them.  All is good - and I have a lot of work to go.

Here is my shipment - now in my garage -
(with the QC inspector at hand)

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Post  Grier Mon 13 Jun 2022, 9:19 pm

You will now wake up in the middle of the night thinking about which parts from which kits to sequence to keep everything flowing in an orderly way. What things you may have forgotten to do and other things that need to be done. Getting multiple kits is fun, complicating too as best how to start and finish these kits. And it is all fun!

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Post  JPDenver Tue 14 Jun 2022, 2:15 am

Yep - already done that - woke up yesterday trying to figure out in my head which surfaces to mask off for the powder coater.

So far I have sorted out Kits 1,2 & 3. Put my eyes on all the parts, leaving the fiddley bits in the baggies for now.
Mocked up the chassis, and put some cleaning effort in. Masked off the obvious places, like the bearing locations
and threads on the studs.

Off to the powder coater tomorrow, time to learn the best way to use their services.

More details in the blog:
https://poppapope-steamcar.blogspot.com/
I am not sure how to get notices on updates, so check back often.

Thanks for reading -
Regards,
Jim Pope
Denver, CO USA
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Post  JPDenver Tue 12 Jul 2022, 3:01 pm

Mid July now.

I have my chassis on wheels - I had a few trials getting there, but she freely rolls down hill at this point.

The Blog has the meaty details, but here are some pictures:  

The first few parts coming back from the powder coating company.
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First assembly on rolling jack stands:
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Now on wheels, Differential built and all greased up with nowhere to go:

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So please see my blog, hope you enjoy it, comments welcome.

Regards to all,
Jim Pope
Denver, CO USA



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Post  JPDenver Tue 02 Aug 2022, 3:59 pm

Greetings,

I have gotten the frame pieces back from the powder coater.  Got some help sorting screws.

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Assembled the base section on the jack stands and then fitted to the chassis.

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Off to California to visit the grandkids, more progress later this week.
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