Bringing Tilly our '03 Grout steam car back to life has been a long process. Thanks to the skill of Randy Beaudoin Tilly now wears a new suit of clothes. Now, I have to go back to work. Lots of pieces to fit back into place.
Yesterday we went to Wadebridge Wheels with Whistling Billy. We were on the corner near to the ring. Billy steamed for about three hours. The ring was in fact a rectangle and Billy could just make the narrow side on full lock. The car steamed well after initial blowbacks as I had the pilot light turned up a little too high for the present fuel. I am trying to escape from the modern petrol/diesel mixture with ethanol in it which keeps changing to kerosene (heating oil) but it is a question of getting correct the height of the pilot light, the vaporizer size with the correct rods in it, the main jet size, the fuel which still can vary, the operating pressure and a few other things.
Some of the many cars that attended the Easter Steam Car Tour. Held at Auburn heights.
Thank you Marshall Steam Team.
Check out the link for the 2018 Eastern steam car tour
2018 Eastern Steam Car Tour
Despite rain we all enjoyed an excellent route in excellent cars.
We left Melle on day 3 and headed towards a new hotel, 60 miles away, through beautiful countryside with beautiful weather.
Glorius weather accompanied a brilliant route for today’s run. The majority of the cars ran very well through the beautiful countryside around Melle.
Day 1 commenced at 10am, with great weather and great cars. 30 plus cars are attending, 9 steamers with the rest being Internal Combustion Engined cars. 7 Brits attended along with their cars.
I asked Basil. "Can you take one of the steam cars to a little village fete." The answer was affirmative, the only stipulation was the route had to be pretty. Know quite how I got the job of route master is questionable but pretty they wanted pretty they got, with truly picturesque places to siphon water. One has to admit it wasn't all down to me, much of it was to do with that glorious thing called the sunshine.
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