Engine rebuild progress...the block, piston rods, crank assembly, heads, are all shipped off to the machine shop for machine work. The block will be bored and new pistons made (new rings too). The piston rods will be hard chromed and thread repair done...finally the crank gear will be replaced (chipped tooth) with a new old stock gear.
Peter Turvey Writes:
Making a curved pad to firmly fix a new side mirror to the oval windscreen pillars on the Stanley steamer and match existing tapped screw holes. The clamp on one keeps falling off as its for a circular pillar. Tried filing the curve first but kept getting a bell mouth shape instead of a smooth curve.
The Force of Nature Steam Bike team writes:
This morning was an early start to get to CPE pressure vessels in Tamworth for 6.00AM . Taking the “Force of Nature” rocket bike to have the second pressure test on the main vessel. All went well and the vessel is now tested to 80 Bar 1176 psi .It was hydraulically tested for 30 minutes and passed with ease due to the superb design and workmanship of CPE who manufactured the vessel.
Whilst I was there the rear plenum and thruster tubes were finished purge welded and look and fit perfectly. Now it’s back home, it’s time to strip the bike back down and lag the pressure vessel and finally finish re building the bike in preparation for rig testing the new valve set up. This is when it all starts to get very interesting. I’ll keep you all posted on progress in the coming weeks. Thanks for all your support and kind comments about the project. If all goes to plan we will be ready to start dynamic testing the bike in the the coming months. Fingers crossed!
Billings Cooke Writes:
After some problems with a few fittings leaking on both top and bottom of the boiler, I'm happy to say that Tilly now has a tight boiler with all fittings on the top and bottom installed.
With a normal operating pressure of 200 to 250 lbs/ sq.in. I'm very happy with a hydro' check of 400 to 500 lbs. in the boiler.
Joseph Fedullo writes:
I think today might be the last ride of the season. I have been trying to quiet a howling 20HP baker burner down for a few month and today it seemed to cooperate. Done trying things until next season and hopefully what worked today will work then as well..
Peter Turvey writes:
Stanley In steam boiler inspection successfully completed that's the season done for 2019, blow down drain down and lay up until April 2020.
Joe Shukay writes:
Early Stanley, small frame 30HP engine we rebuilt years ago as a spare engine for the Model 85. I've helped rebuild about 10 Stanley 20-30hp engines since I started working on them. I really enjoy that.
Seamus Michael Hnat writes:
I always forget to put pictures in this album. Most recently I took the 10hp engine and rear axle out of the 1913 Stanley 64. It is going up to Rempco in Cadillac, MI for a 10hp kit upgrade as well as some axle work. Wheels are going to get sent out for new spokes and fellows. I am going to start checking out some of the pumps, valves, and check valves, to make sure they are all up to snuff and get a better understanding of how they all work. I am also going to re-pipe some of the car to make it more organized. A completely mechanical car.
Bill Barnes Writes:
Stanley model 63, 1910 car.
New Boiler,Burner. New body . Repaired the steering , rebuilt the engine . Retubed the front axle . Modern bearings in the rear end.
New wheels . It's a car again
Stanley Steam Car Cold boiler inspection completed, inspector happy with bottom tube plate thickness so burner back on this afternoon.
Joe Shukay writes:
Some views under the Stanley from yesterday. The packing glands (which i was repacking) and area between the crankcase and cylinder head, rear axle assembly and master cylinder. I find i often would rather be on the creeper under the car inspecting and looking at everything, finding things that need tightening or cleaning. Just getting up and down is the hard part. It's been tough doing any work the past week with these migraines that come on suddenly. It seems they love to come on in middle of working on something. UGH
We have recently moved from the world of steam rollers to the world of Stanley's and got ourselves a 1921 735 #21088. It has been in a private collection for many years and needs a good dose of looking at, but we hope to have steam up next year.
Does anyone know of any history, previous owners etc. or just have any hints, tips and guidance for us?
8 Steam Cars were entered for this year's run on the 3rd November. As usual Ray Clark ran his Steam Car coffee stop at Redhill, which was appreciated by all. Photos Courtesy of Simon Webb, Jamie Allen and Chris Wedgewood.
Mark Herman visited the Smithsonian to view the 1906 Stanley "Rocket" Land Speed Record Car Engine.
John E Barrett writes:
In 1969 Bill Lear, inventer of the Lear Jet, created a Steam Powered Indy Car known as the Vapordyne. See it August 28th at the Geneva Concours d'Elegance.
Hi Ladies and Gentlemen, My name is Vic Plummer and I,m in the gold coast Australia.I.m building a steam powered sidecar outfit..I have the engine done and most of the boiler done and very close to bench testing every thing prior to putting it all in the outfit. I,m looking for automatic boiler control valves or any information on them so I might have to make them. Or maybe someone I could phone or show me what I,m looking for.I certainly don't mind paying for help as I realise its very one off stuff.Once I get it all running on the bench putting it all in the bike will be no problem at all.I,ll also be running a condenser.Thank very much in advance,
Yours in steam ,
Cleaning underneath the model 85 and packing the piston packing glands on the 30hp engine.
Rising Star ·
model 85 Stanley
· 1901/02 Mobile Steam Car at the Hershey Auction. Great early motoring machine from Tarrytown NY. John Brisbane Walker’s product after his split with Locomobile.
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