I am currently restoring a 1901 Porter Stanhope steam car. This car uses a vapourising burner that burns unleaded petrol, pressurised to around 40PSI. The pressure forces the fuel through the vapouriser, where it is turned into a gas, out of the jet and into the venturi, where the fuel mixes with the air, and then through a few thousand holes in a cast burner grate, where it is ignited, producing around 250,000 BTU’s of heat, which subsequently heats the boiler.
This early car used an early system by which the whole fuel tank is pressurised. As such, a container that would hold the pressure was needed. Luckily, I had a Compressor, with a defunct motor, but almost brand new tank. The air tank proved to be exactly the right size, with the brackets in the right place. Firstly, having removed the motor and compressor parts, the tank was sandblasted. However, the two pack paint used on compressor tanks is quite resilient to sandblasting it seems, and following a failed attempt with paint stripper, the tank was suspended and then heated with a blow torch and, with the use of a wire brush, all the paint was removed.
Now, a fuel filler needed to be installed. A suitable stainless steel filler and cap of superb quality were obtained on Ebay, with a 1.8” spout. However, without a suitable sized drill or cutter, how to cut the whole for this to be fitted? The answer, was to strap the tank to the bed of the pillar drill, using a car strop and pieces of wood to support the round tank, and then drill a series of small holes in the area required, this area being marked by placing the spout on the tank and drawing around it. Once the holes were drilled, a dremel was used to cut between the holes and then create a perfect circle that the filler would snugly fit into. The filler was then silver-soldered into place, the whole tank then being pressure tested to 100PSI. This being successful, a coat of smooth Hamerite was applied to the tank, to prevent corrosion until final painting of the car, some Oak spacer blocks made up, so that the tank would fit to the frame correctly, and, finally, the necessary ¼” holes were drilled, and the tank mounted in place. Hence, a suitable fuel tank was easily and neatly made and installed.
A video from way back in 2013 of Whistling Billy's debut at Race Retro.
Check out the sale pages. There are lamps , Hart steam car , steam car engines ETC.
Here is Alice my model R Stanley at the Royal and Bath Showground last weekend. Just the place to teach people to drive a steam car!
Bob Dyke has sent this video of his 1905 White Racing Car "Whistling Billy" out on the track at Castle Coombe two weeks ago, during a track day there.
Peter Turvey has sent us the following of his time at Prescott Hill Climb over the 1st and 2nd October 2016 with his 1914 Stanley 607 10HP:
Well here we are at Prescott, but where is everybody else, no other steam cars in sight
And below an excellent photo taken by Noel Skeats of Peter's Stanley during one of the cavalcades.
The two Locomobiles, mentioned in a previous blog posting, both sold at Bonham's "Preserving the Automobile Auction" on 3rd October. The 1899 Example sold for $33,000 (£25,902.90) exc. premium, and the 1901 Surrey for $110,000 (£86,381.83) exc. premium, the highest price achieved at the auction. This surely shows the growing appreciation of "Barn Find" Cars!
Photos taken by Steam man Bev on a weekend out with the cars.
Today in Norfolk it rained heavily first thing in the morning but by the time Basil's three Stanley steamers were out of the garage and in steam ready for the journey to the Forncett Industrial Steam Museum the sun had broken through and apart from the odd spit of rain, the 18 miles of picturesque route were blessed with sunshine. Once again rather than rely on the water supply at the museum with only a mile to go we topped up from the local river. Not that passing motorist couldn't get through they just stopped to watch and photograph the spectacle. We obliged in taking part in the model steam engine run to the local Tank Museum, a mile and a quarter away, certainly not the quickest mile and a quarter we had done but all power to their elbow when you see the size of their engines.
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