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The ICEBREAKER

Postby art&fire » Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:32 am

It's big, It's cool, It will be a Landmark......
What is it ?
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Follow the Transformation/Makeover of this
boat to appear as an Old Steamliner Paddelboat

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Re: The ICEBREAKER

Postby art&fire » Wed Sep 05, 2012 1:31 am

The Boat was Dead...waiting for the torch
Not today....not on my watch......

The Name Is: ICEBREAKER
The whole banner consist of five sections, joined by welding.
The overall size it 16 feet x 3 feet.

Side View.JPG

The Boat is now used as an Ice Cream Parlor
at Bush's Marina, Port Severn, Ontario, Canada
right next to Lock 45 of the Trent-Severn Waterway

The next step is the design and fabrication of the smoke-stacks

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Re: The ICEBREAKER

Postby art&fire » Wed Sep 05, 2012 1:55 am

Here is one of the finished smoke stack crowns.

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Re: The ICEBREAKER

Postby art&fire » Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:05 am

This is the Idea
Yes i'ts not real..
for now!
Coming soon

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Re: The ICEBREAKER

Postby tnbndr » Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:20 am

Great Idea. Good Luck and keep us posted.
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Re: The ICEBREAKER

Postby Largemouthlou » Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:27 am

That is awesome!! :D
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Re: The ICEBREAKER

Postby art&fire » Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:02 pm

I have finished the fabrication of the smoke stack mounting base.
The base will be wall-mounted and the stacks will be bolted to the flanch.
The rivet straps and patches achieve the appeareance of old age
and wear and tear. Dimentions 21"x21"x30"

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Re: The ICEBREAKER

Postby art&fire » Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:21 pm

All components for the banner / cross member are cut out.
Next step is the fabrication of the arched frame in order
to receive the components. Total width is 178"

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Re: The ICEBREAKER

Postby bigcreek » Sun Sep 16, 2012 3:35 pm

That is really, really cool

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Re: The ICEBREAKER

Postby art&fire » Tue Sep 18, 2012 3:38 pm

The Smoke-Stacks are ready for paint. 15" diameter x 16' high.
Added some rivit plates to patch up some dents and holes.

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We got the pipes from the scrap-yard. That's what they looked like
before sandblasting.

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Banner fabrication is still in progress.

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Re: The ICEBREAKER

Postby Oldsarge » Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:14 pm

This is a really really cool project! Can't wait to see the finished product!

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Re: The ICEBREAKER

Postby art&fire » Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:40 pm

The fabrication of the banner / cross member is almost complete.
And with that, all the parts for the smoke stack assembly will be ready.
Ones everything is painted I'll post some pictures of the install procedures.
Dimentions: 178" wide x 46"high / Letters are 22" x 10"

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Re: The ICEBREAKER

Postby art&fire » Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:26 pm

THE ICEBREAKER UPDATE
Our intention was to have the Smoke-Stacks mounted and in place on the boat this fall.
Unfortunately Bush?s Marina in Port Severn, Ontario, Canada had to switch into winter mode.
A lot of work is coming up in order to winterize the marina. All boats have to be pulled out of the water before it freezes. Oh ! Not all boats are lucky enough to escape the cold Canadian winter?. Not the ICEBREAKER

Keep checking in, as I will design and fabricate the Paddle-Wheel assembly this winter. You will be updated accordantly. The dimensions will be 8feet high x 12feet wide.

If you have any questions, just ask

Talk to you soon and have a safe winter.
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Re: The ICEBREAKER

Postby art&fire » Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:42 pm

Hi everybody,
We are back on the project. Next step is the Paddlewheel fabrication.
Some of the brackets are designed, programmed and ready for cutting.
The picture below shows the basic side view of the design.
To be continued........
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Re: The ICEBREAKER

Postby art&fire » Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:02 pm

The Paddlewheel Brackets are finally done.
There are almost 200 brackets in total.
It will take more than 800 Leg bolts and carriage
bolds to complete the assembly of the wheel.
PaddlewheelBrackets.jpg

The next step is the design and fabrication of the arms that connect
the boat with the wheel. The arms are also known as the "Pitman Arm"

Spring is almost here. Hopefully the Smokestacks are going up
sometime in April.

Come back for more..............

What are your thoughts of the project so far?

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Re: The ICEBREAKER

Postby art&fire » Sat Mar 23, 2013 10:58 pm

The End Points of the "Pitman Arm" are fabricated and tacked in place.
photo.JPG


The Axle mount receiver is ruffed in.
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Now we'll finish the edges by a long falling fast welding.
And some Grinding.

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Re: The ICEBREAKER

Postby art&fire » Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:46 pm

We are almost back in season. I really like to
show you pictures of all installed components.
It will happen very soon......
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Re: The ICEBREAKER

Postby East German » Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:53 am

Great work

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Re: The ICEBREAKER

Postby art&fire » Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:11 pm

We are back on the project. The Smoke Stacks are not installed yet.
More important matters holding us back. But we'll get there eventually.
Today, we started the fabrication of the Paddle Wheel Axle.
The axle is 12 feed wide and we ruffed it in with a key-way shaft
so we have the option to turn the wheel with an electric motor.
Don't forget - The boat is on the water but it will always be tied up. It's just visual.
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Re: The ICEBREAKER

Postby beefy » Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:16 pm

Great stuff, I find it very interesting.

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Re: The ICEBREAKER

Postby art&fire » Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:20 pm

The Pitman Arm fabrication is complete.
Guess what.....summer is here and the Marina
is too busy to sidetrack. But don't worry.
It will be done eventually. Just hang in.
Enjoy the Summer. And stay save on Land or Water

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Re: The ICEBREAKER

Postby art&fire » Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:49 pm

Here is a close up of the Pitman Arm Receiver Mount.
We kept most welds and grinds in a "Ruff Look" so it
appears like shipyard work was necessary in order to
reinforce the old riveted components.
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Re: The ICEBREAKER

Postby art&fire » Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:35 pm

Good news.
The installation of the Smokestacks and the Paddlewheel has begun.

Last week we fabricated a few Eye-brackets to carry the weight of the wheel assembly. Once again we added rivets to make it look like it was made in the past and reinforced in a shipyard to last just a little bit longer.
Eye-Bracket.JPG

Today, I've finished the Smoke Stack Supports. They will add stability, so strong winds cannot affect the tall assembly. The Ring is 15" in diameter. 1/2" Carriage Bolts are used for the connection. Even though it is all welded, there are no visible welds on the outside surface of the ring.
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Very soon, I will be able to show pictures of ready installed components.

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Re: The ICEBREAKER

Postby Zephrant » Sun Aug 25, 2013 12:54 am

Very nice- I enjoy seeing the attention to detail, as well as the design work.
The thanks for posting the pictures.

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Re: The ICEBREAKER

Postby art&fire » Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:11 pm

Ok. The moment we've been waiting for has arrived.
For the first time, all the components are coming together.
It took countless hours of designing and fabricating.
The Smoke Stacks were fully painted and installed by the crew of
Bush's Marina in Port Severn, Ontario

The Paddlewheel installation is almost complete. More Pictures follow very soon.

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