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    • #12537
      Carolyn Whitlock
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      Marshall asks:

      What is the best way to free up the piston in a horizontal piston ringer? Seems like even with heat it wont free up. Bell itself is in excellent shape.Says transportation device corp on side and I believe it is a #8095858 emd.? If using a solid chisel which side could be hit? Never did this before dont want to ruin….Are there any cradles out there for this? thanks guys

    • #17952
      PRRcollector
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      Soaking the air ringer in penetrating oil or kerosene should free it. There is an Amish family in Pa. near me that has a foundry. They make cast iron reproduction bell yokes for the 12″ diameter diesel locomotive bells and larger bells. The three pieces, cradle, yoke and handle are around $200 for the rough castings. You need to do a little grinding, drill and tap a few holes, etc. I don’t know if I’m allowed to list the foundry but it’s Cattail Foundry, 167 Cattail Rd., Gordonville, Pa. 17529. Emanuel J. King 717-768-7323
      They can cast anything in bronze, brass, grey iron and aluminum and have some farm bell parts too.

    • #17953
      nightflier51
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      I checked them out via phone and the operator says the number is no longer in service. I was going to try find a upright for my American Casting Co no 2 farm bell.

    • #17954
      PRRcollector
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      I know Cattail Foundry is still in business. They are Amish and never had a phone years ago. The number was a cell phone and maybe the number has changed. They called me a few months ago about a finished locomotive bell clapper. They used to send post cards when your casting was finished. I usually just stop in because I’m close. You can normally find someone around Monday through Friday and Saturday mornings. Of course they are closed Sunday. There is a lot of info and comments from satisfied customers if you search them online.

    • #17955
      Garry
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      I haven’t had occasion to deal with this problem, so I am only offering this as a thought!
      Might not an automotive engine shop be able to offer solutions to this issue? I suspect they deal with ceased pistons from time to time, and might provide a solution that the average person doesn’t have access to. Just something that occurred to me.

      Garry

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