We've switched from work on the '03 Grout to a more modern '12 Stanley. On last year's tour in Ohio "Stan's"water tank started to leak. It is now with Chuck Niles of American Honey Comb Radiator in Maine for some solder repair work.
He was also suffering with a nasty noise from the rear axle. With help from Bill Barnes that's been repaired and we're now working to get it refit under the car.
Don't know when it will be, but when life returns to normal we'll have both cars ready to steam.
With the National Steam Car Association now closing here is the heading photo the organisation used.
Steam car photos to enjoy .
Grout Steam car restoration update
It was really a good day in the Cooke garage today. After sitting dormant for almost 25 years Tilly is now showing the first signs of life. With the new pilot tank mounted in place and the feed lines to the pilot all run and pressure checked , I thought it would be nice and light the pilot.
The pilot is burning Coleman fuel and running currently at 20 pounds PSI pressure. After a short preheating. I open the valve allowing the fuel into the pilot. It lit with absolutely no difficulty. It's settled down nicely after getting thoroughly hot. I know that adjustments will need to be made. They will be made at a later date when I'm able to get the car outside.
I've included in this post a photo of
the new pilot tank in position and the burner when viewed from the left side and the right side. Sarah came out and took this short video of what for Tilly is a rebirth. Now if this damn snow would disappear I'd really be happy.
Steam Dreams writes:
I’m rebuilding a 20 HP Stanley engine. The block was apparently operated with too
little steam oil and the valve seats were damaged as well as a bronze repair was attempted with poor results.
This repair of the worn valve seats uses a machined steel plate and high temperature silver solder - very pleased with the results. Gilbert Hall and Rempco did the work. My crank gear also had a broken tooth, I had a NOS gear that was pressed on.
Mark Herman writes:
Amelia Island 2020, 1st in class, 1902 Grout Brothers Steam Car Model K Prototype. Bill and Barbara Parfet, Hickory Corners, Michigan.
Congratulations to the Parfets, Mark Iles, and the M S Herman & Co crew:
The best team ever.
Douglas D.W writes:
Back in the 1960's there was brilliant steam inventor named Dick Smith. He developed a light steam carriage/buggy named the Educator. His work has inspired me on my project. Here is a copy of his Educator plans and patents he used to control the fire and water flow
To view the plans click here.
Billings Cooke continues to work on his Grout Steam Car Tilly:
"From what we can gather from photos of other Grouts, Tilly originally had 1 brake on the differential hub. Dad put a cable pulley system on Tilly when he added the second shoe. It's a tight fit, because the brake linkage has to pass through the engine. Took me a bit, but we're upgraded to rods."
We regret to report that the British Steam Car Movement has recently lost two of it's members.
Richard Marriott passed away on the 21st February, after his long battle with cancer. He had restored the 1922 Stanley 740 Valentines Massacre Car, and was well along with restoring a 1906 White Model F.
And Brian McMorran, who was progressing well with his wood pellet fired BMC Mini.
We send our condolences to their families.
I recently re-cored the condenser of my 1922 Stanley 740. When I got the car last July some parts were missing, among them the condenser inlet elbow. Posting some "wanteds" on another site I found Allen Blazick, in Fremont, California. He has more than a dozen Stanleys in various states of repair, from Museum/Concours quality to "diamond in the rough". I inquired if he might entertain a visit where I might take pictures of interiors and interior construction, and also possibly purchase some parts. He has a large collection of parts, and proved to be quite helpful! My sedan has no interior. I wanted to take photos of similar cars to see how the rear floor, with jump seats was constructed, as well as interior panels and upholstery materials. I was invited to explore to my heart's content.
Tom Attwood writes:
This weekend just past, saw the first steaming of the year for my Stanley 726 that I was lucky enough to acquire just a few months ago. Greatly encouraged in the purchase by George Hounslow having spent the New Forest Tour navigating for him on his Porter Steam Car. I am incredibly grateful to George and his parents for then leading the recommission of the car, sorting out a number of jobs associated with wear and tear, as well as preparation and arranging a hydraulic and steam boiler test. A number of safety improvements/replacement parts, not to mention extremely good tuition in maintenance, management and driving! After many weekends work from myself but 10x more from George, we had a very successful 3 days cruising around Wiltshire in some pretty challenging terrain at times. The Stanley performed faultlessly and I really couldn't be happier with it! Here's to a busy 2020!
Unfortunately the weather has been rotten and the roads are filthy so the car got quite dirty, the photo below was taken Sunday morning. However, Sunday afternoon was spent in the garage cleaning for a few hours!
GMA engineering have produced these replacement burners for White Steam Cars built from 1906 onwards.
Billings Cooke has now fitted the Don Bourdon Burner to his Grout Steam Car, replacing the original burner, seen in the photos.
Roel Rasker writes:
Today we ( Arnoud Carp and Roel Rasker ) assisted Philippe Mulders to get started with his model 60 Stanley in the city centre of Maastricht.
Philippe is new in steam but after a few hours he was able to start the car without any problems himself.
This now means there is a beautiful, unspoiled, original Stanley in the Fineautomobiles Collection in The Netherlands.
Hi, does anyone know anyone who designs and builds modern computer controlled steam engines for retrofitting into a standard modern car? Something which even someone with no technical knowledge could drive.
If you can help Stephen please email him email@example.com.
Can anybody help with a drawing for the stub axle for a Stanley or Locomobile buggy?
If so Please Contact Udo Joerges via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Grout Steam Car that is being restored by M.S Herman & Company is coming together after much hard work.
Photos courtesy of Joe Shukay.
Very cool to see. Some early 70's 1971-72 pictures of the Model 71 of the original restoration done by Jim Keith. Pictures courtesy of Kelly Williams. The car was finished in 1973 and shown at Hershey the following year. It's been a running and touring car ever since.
Engine rebuild progress...the block, piston rods, crank assembly, heads, are all shipped off to the machine shop for machine work. The block will be bored and new pistons made (new rings too). The piston rods will be hard chromed and thread repair done...finally the crank gear will be replaced (chipped tooth) with a new old stock gear.
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