Work continues on the Grout. With most of the large components fit, it was time to pull them off the body and move on to some paint work. My plan is to take care of the black on the inside and underside and let a pro help with the finish black and dark red on the body.
My friend Randy Beaudoin has painted my Daytona Coupe, GT40 and several motorcycles for me is going to do the finish paint. He has an open spot in two weeks that the Grout is going to fill. I must stay busy to get my own part done. Stay tuned.
Steam, Vintage and other photos of interest
We seem to be going through a car phase at the moment, so how about something a little different...? This 1901 Lifu steam car was spotted at the Enginuity Museum, part of The Ironbridge Gorge Museums. The car was built by the Liquid Fuel Company, Cowes, Isle of Wight but only remained in production for less than 3 years.
new water pump piston
Driving my car to a car show here in florida, somehow the piston fell out one of my water pump. Upon examining it I found that the linkage broke which let the piston come out. Since I'm a snowbird I don't have my machine shop at hand, I looked on line for a water pump, but that was no good. Then I gave Rolly a call, he lives about 1/2 hour from me. His replay was, come on over, Spent about a day making a new piston, I removed the other piston to use as a template here is the result after about 8 hours,
Rolly thanks so much for helping me get back on the road I couldn't have done it without you.
As we all know,the restoration of a early steam car means that during the process things will be fit to the vehicle and removed and refit many times. This is the case with my Grout.
Having fit the boiler, engine and many other components, I thought it time to return to some of the base work needed to be done and not delt with again.
With this in mind, I've removed. The boiler, engine, air tank and muffler so that I could fit the insulation to the frame work that supports the boiler.
The boiler shown hanging is 16" dia. 12" tall with 356 tubes. The original boiler was 14" dia. The engine is a proper Grout engine, having had a total rebuild.
The frame work will get a layer of Fiberfrax paper, with a steel cover to offer more protection.
Work goes on.
Although not hanging,here is the boiler and a better shot of the rear boiler hanger.
Steam car Land speed record holder killed in helicopter crash
Charles Burnett III died along with four others in the New Mexico accident.
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.
RON ROGERS ( ROGERSMACH@YAHOO.COM )
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