For those of you who know your Bible, you will know that Tubal-Cain was a blacksmith. He was also Tom Walshaw, an Engineer who designed many model stationary engines (not to be confused with stationery engines which are the things you knock together to look like a steam engine in Latin class using your pencil sharpener etc.)
For Christmas one year when I was about 7, the Patriarch made me a Tubal-Cain designed stationary engine. He tells me he knocked together in about 10 days on the run up to Christmas. You’d think he’d have been busy with other things given his occupation…
I gave it a once over and apart from needing a new wick (£2.20 with free postage from eBay for 10m of 3/16 braided wick – should last a while) and a new filling syringe as the rubber piston had glued itself to the cylinder of the syringe, all seemed to be well.
I ran it today to see how it went. There was still oil between piston and cylinder which shows the good build quality as it hasn’t run for about 25 years. After a quick clean, and oil round it was off. It was a little rough at first but with some more librication it improved. Then it had a monster prime, vomited out some gunk, stopped, and then restarted and ran sweet as a nut.