Farmingdale village Type B

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Farmingdale village Type B

Post by Truckie6119 » Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:28 pm

Hello all, I took our Diaphone down to do some maintenance on it, new screens,gaskets and gonna finish it with new paint.
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Re: Farmingdale village Type B

Post by gareee » Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:39 am

I was wondering when you reinstall the cylinder back into it's cast housing, there is suppose to be a large rubber "O" ring that fits in the outside groove of the cylinder to hold back escaping air..Did this horn have one? Maybe that's why you can't get the horn to blow a higher tone? Too much air pressure not getting into the cylinder to make the piston shake faster. In other words air is bypassing out the back of the horn.

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Post by Truckie6119 » Sat Jan 25, 2020 2:04 pm

I spoke to gentleman with great knowledge on Diaphones from L.W. Bills co yesterday and he’s sending me all the correct screens,gaskets and o ring that I need.

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Re: Farmingdale village Type B

Post by gareee » Sat Jan 25, 2020 2:36 pm

So it is missing that "O" ring that goes around the cylinder.. Now, that I look closer (zoomed in) I don't notice the groove around the outside of the cylinder..This is the older type B. Maybe they don't need the O ring.
Let me see if I can find a photo of a later cylinder and post it.

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Post by gareee » Sat Jan 25, 2020 2:48 pm

Maybe you should call LW.Bills back and mention to them this cylinder might not take the O ring.

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Post by Truckie6119 » Sat Jan 25, 2020 2:54 pm

Yes it needs one, that was probably the issues to start with, I will be testing it before putting it back up.

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Re: Farmingdale village Type B

Post by Truckie6119 » Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:55 pm

Hey Chief Do you Have Facebook messenger ? I sent you a video

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Re: Farmingdale village Type B

Post by Jim » Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:13 pm

My memory from earlier discussions is that early Gamewell Type B's had a tight fit cylinder that took some pressure to remove and install.
Later ones had the o-ring and the cylinder was much easier to remove. Perhaps the o-ring made the looser tolerance possible.
The tightness was relative. If yours took a lot of pressure to remove, it might be an indication of which you have. If the ring you get fits, it probably is a good thing.

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Re: Farmingdale village Type B

Post by gareee » Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:52 am

The only concern I have is Farmingdale's older model horn doesn't have the groove around the cylinder where the "O" ring gets installed.

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Re: Farmingdale village Type B

Post by gareee » Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:38 am

gareee wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:52 am
The only concern I have is Farmingdale's older model horn doesn't have the groove around the cylinder where the "O" ring gets installed.
I didn't get your video.

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Re: Farmingdale village Type B

Post by Truckie6119 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:39 pm

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Post by Jim » Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:32 pm

I am impressed by the beauty of the casting and machining of these instruments every time I see them.

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Re: Farmingdale village Type B

Post by Truckie6119 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:09 pm

I’m thinking it doesn’t need an o ring? What do you guys think

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Re: Farmingdale village Type B

Post by gareee » Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:02 pm

Actually that's an older horn and they didn't make the cylinders with the groove around the middle of them back then for the O ring. I am still looking for a photo of the newer cylinders with the groove.

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Re: Farmingdale village Type B

Post by Truckie6119 » Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:32 pm

I just received my box of goodies in the mail today from L,W,Bills co.. A full set of gaskets and new screens, I was shocked that the back plate gasket is just a thin piece of paper, guessing it’s just to cover the holes on the stator.. They even sent me A bottle of Graphite with instructions for the piston.
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