Replacement Bowman Oiler Taps
Replacement Bowman oiler taps can be hard to come by! Fortunately, the ingenious Mr Steve_S, from the "Unoffical Mamod and other Toy Steam Forum" has found a way of making very accurate replicas!
This article republished here by kind permission.


My Bowman E135 has been missing the oiler tap since I aquired it several years ago, and I've used various bit of metal, nails etc, since then. I'm now in the process of giving the engine the attention it deserves so i decided to have a go at making a proper tap. I haven't got a metal turning lathe so I've used an electric drill and various files... inspired by the miraculous things that Wallace's brother has made by these methods!

I cut a bit of brass rod to a suitable length then fitted it to the drill chuck. Firstly I filed it down until it was a snug fit in the hole in the oiler....

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Then I shaped the handle part of the tap with small files, finishing with emery cloth and wire wool...

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Finally I bent the tap in the middle...

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And here's the finished tap in the oiler....

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I filed a slight flat on the side of the tap barrel opposite the handle so that oil can run through the gap when the tap's turned on. At first it didn't seem to work but after the engine has been running for a couple of minutes the oiler warms up, the oil runs easier, and the tap controls the drip rate very well.