Acetylene lights on a Stanley Steam Car
A lot of work went into the steamer again this year. Most of it is maintenance but I also decided to get the headlights to work. Carbide headlights on cars were deemed obsolete well over 100 years ago. Originally, water would be dripped on Calcium Carbide in a sealed canister to create Acetylene. Refillable Acetylene tanks became the norm around 1910. Two streams of gas aimed at each in the lamp housing create a wide flat flame which is reflected off a mirror in the back. It actually gives a surprising amount of light.
Herb de la Porte.
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