Photos taken during a steam car tour in Melle Germany.
1904 White model D in the workshop just arrived from Holland for some repairs.
Steam Engine Motorcycle – Hubbard Steam-cycle By Paul Crowe
Steam engines would seem to be a bit impractical as motorcycle powerplants go but they look so cool you just have to try. This particular steam-cycle is being restored by Jim Anderson of CAMA, the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association. It was built in the early '70s by Arthur "Bud" Hubbard of Monroe, CT following a design from The Model Engineer and Electrician in an article published in 1918. The writer never actually built the bike but Bud thought it looked pretty interesting so he figured he would give it a try.
The steam engine itself is a two cylinder, 6 cubic inch single acting engine using a direct chain drive. The engine is mounted in a 1956 Maico frame. Jim says it's supposed to run for about 2 hours on one water fillup and uses about 1 gallon per hour of gasoline, though he hasn't actually had it running yet according to the website, a few details remain to be repaired.
Bikes like this may be impractical but if you like old machinery, you just have to smile. I like it a lot.
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Here are some photos of another conversion I did for a 30 HP 1910 Stanley rear-end, making the patterns for the casting was a little challenge, but it all worked out. I fitted it with O rings for the connections to the rear end hubs.
Trial assembly of speedometer drive and cable for Stanley, all restored contemporary Stewart Warner components as original setup. No more steam car work until after Xmas now. PS The blue string guiding the cable so it does not rub on the NS tyre at full left lock will be replaced by a leather strap!
Check out this video of the 1906 White F when owned by Saxon Littler at the 1955 West of England Steam Engine Society Rally. The car is now owned by Richard Hounslow. Video Courtesy of the West of England Steam Engine Society.
Billy shared his steam bike with Jay Leno.
Basil Craske races his 1909 Stanley R up Prescott Hill Climb in 2012.
Stanley Steamer Automobile
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My father has this steam engine in his basement, which supposedly as he once said was from a “Stanley Steamer race car”. How might I go around figuring out what it is exactly?
(It is not for sale)
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I am looking for a steam powered air pump for my '03 Grout under restoration. The original info I have says the car did have one from new.
The car has been in the family since the early '60s never having one present. Can anyone help?
Thanks, Billings Cooke
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Any help with this pump would be great.
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With 3" of snow on the ground,it's safe to say steaming season in Vermont is finished. I've resumed work on my 1903 Grout. This car is a model J drop front.
When I stopped working last spring I had started to get the front body braces refit. Orginal parts, New wood, New holes.
All pieces fit, removed and primed, then final fit.
This winter will also see a rebuild of the 1912 Stanley's rear axle. Time, time, time.
Check out this video of the Jimmy Built Steam Car, being prepared for the 2017 Sema Show in Las Vegas.
A few of Andi Meads photos of the tour sent for publishing. Check out the face book page for all 285 photos.
Founded in 1900 by Major D Porter of New York, inventor of the Porter Electric Motor, the Porter Motor Co. of 950 Tremont Building, Boston Massachusetts, claimed to build “The Only Perfect Automobile”. In that case, perfection was too much for the average American of the time, as the company folded in 1901.
Many claims were made by Major D Porter (Major being his Christian name, not a rank). Automatic water control, a perfect burner, a fuel and water supply that will last 60 miles; all to be made in a 100 ft x 35ft factory “within a mile of the business section of the city” that is “well fitted for building motor carriages”.
All wishful thinking. Further research carried out by my friend Keith Burton during his visit to Boston revealed that Major D Porter’s occupation was a “Patentor”, writing patents for other people’s inventions for a living hoping to live off the royalties. His own inventions included the before mentioned electric motor and a Fibre Container, very similar to modern day Cardboard Milk Containers. However, at the time, it seems his income was slight; he and his family shared a modest house with another family in Boston; the company office of 950 Tremont building, was in fact a hotel-9th floor, 50th room. It seems that a factory, of the type previously described, was built, the building surviving until recently. However, it appears Major Dane Porter was ultimately arrested for Larceny of upward of $3000 . A Canadian by birth, he attempted to repatriate to Canada towards the end of his life, and indeed, died there in 1918, aged 59.
Ray Clark and his brother Chris once again put on a very much appreciated coffee and water stop at Redhill, the half way point. Thank you to Ray and Chris for doing this yet again.
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