Restoration of my 36HP Rumely #6153
By Jerred Ruble
Index to the Restoration
A little known 36HP Rumely surfaced and now
Anyway, using tensile strength of 55,000 and a safety
factor of 6, UTs indicated that the boiler is in excellent condition, and
will safely carry 200 PSI. It has a J. Brennan boiler stamp on the rear
bulkhead. The date on the boiler is 7/11/11. It as a 4X4 firebox stay pitch
pattern, 9/16” flue sheets, 9/16” shell and a 7/16” firebox and crown sheet.
I am still researching the boiler maker, but apparently they had shops in
A lot of TLC will be required to restore the engine as the old girl is showing lots of wear. All the gears will need to be replaced, the flywheel hub is cracked (not sure how to address this yet), pieces of the clutch are missing, one of the engine D valves is broken in two and its valve stem is broken as well, and all bearings will need to be poured throughout the engine and traction components. Although it means another busy winter and summer, I am putting a plan in place to have it restored and plowing at her 102nd year birthday. The birthday party will be held at the 2013 July show at Heritage Park of North Iowa in Forest City, IA.
Although I know that several steam people have known about this engine for some time, it is amazing to me that such a majestic engine could have fallen off most of the steam community’s radar screen for such a long time. Without revealing too much of its pervious location I will say that except for the last 6 years the engine was in the public’s eye since the mid sixties.