Naohiro Tanaka has sent in this photo of a rare 1900 Mobile Surrey. Mobiles are not common in preservation, and even less common in the Surrey style, most of the surviving cars being 2 seater runabouts.
Following the posting of this photo on Steam Car Network's Facebook page, George Hounslow posted a photo of this same car, at a much earlier date, from his archives. The Following Conversation resulted.
Take a look at this! American Chuck Williams' Land Speed Record steam car.
Chuk Willy That the way it used to be.......now it's a wreck-on the way to being rebuilt!!
Basil Craske The world of steam cars is looking forward to seeing Chuck and the car back . I hope you have recovered well from the crash.
Chuk Willy Thanks Basil-yes I have recovered. I'm testing and developing the new engine to be used in the next Attempt-we have a way to go!
Dear English Steam Car Enthusiasts!
I ran across a Steamobile in a quasi-museum (photographed below) and am going to write a bit about it.
Kelly Williams tells me that someone in England has a Steamobile and that it ran in the 2009 London to Brighton tour.
I'd love to learn more about it.
Very best wishes!
The Virtual Steam Car Museum, Inc.
PS The Stewart Biography will be out in the spring.
The last I knew, the car we spoke of was owned by a man in Belgium named Loic d'Arbre. He has brought the car to England several times to run the London-to-Brighton.
There's another one in England, as well, owned by Dr. John Dyke.
By Herb de la Porte when I first got my car, it was equipped with a propane setup. It allowed for the vaporizer tube to be removed and one of the holes to be used to hold a sparking unit. the sparking unit would be on all the time, which caused an annoying rhythmic ticking sound whenever the pilot was lit. On the plus side, It seemed to work well. Unfortunately, propane pilots seem to have fallen out of favor in the US and that, combined with a system that had a lot of fire damage, led me to fabricate a vaporizer tube and convert the pilot back to Hexane, with all similar results that you're experiencing. The addition of the tube took away any easy option to place thermcopiles or spark generators close to the flame. Don Bourdon has a little shield he sells that may be worth trying. In my case, I have mounted the license plate on a hinge in front of the boiler so when it's down, it somewhat covers the flow of air and that seems to help somewhat but I'm still dealing with frequent blow-outs
Rolly Evans a well known steam car enthusiast and regular contributor to the site has kindly shared his latest work with us. It is a 1/8th scale replica of the Stanley 30hp 1905-6 Rocket engine. Rolly explained that the engine differs from the model K engine in that the 1905 engine had a two piece end on the main bearing part of the rod.
This is possibly the only 1/8th scale miniature of the engine ever made.
What an in creditable piece of model engineering and skill.
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Thank you SACA for your support and help.
Peter Turvey writes:
Trial setup of Stewart Warner speedometer drive bought last year for the Stanley, need to save up for correct speedometer and drive cable next. Dr T keeps reminding me that its very easy to exceed the village speed limits!
does anybody know the original number of teeth on the drive and driven gears on a 1919 735 with van sicklen speedometer? - I am collecting parts so I can reconstruct the speedometerdrive on my my 735A
Does anyone know the correct cycle-term for this unusual Steam Bike?
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