Cleaning cleaning cleaning. What a wondrous job an ultrasonic tank and citrinox does for cleaning this 100 year old stuff!! 2 more pump shaft to make and start assembling!
Not a ton of work but progress is progress. Chromed water pumps rods are fully assembled. Need a new fuel piston and support slider yet. And a bunch more cleaning.
The car hit some sunlight today! The dash went back in after the windshield frame repair a while ago. The kidney gauge is back installed. A bunch of things cleaned up and working on mounting the condenser to see how plumbing will fit. We are making progress now!
Basil Craske races his 1909 Stanley R up Prescott Hill Climb in 2012.
The three Stanleys and a 740 purchased at the Stanley Museum return to England. With over a thousand miles covered touring beautiful Vermont going home was hard to do. We Leave with wonderful memories. Thanks to all our old and new friends for alll the support we have had. Alan and Clair,Steve and Basil
A Collection of Stanley Steam Powered Cars were on display at the Cartier Style et Luxe concours d'elegance at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed, between 28th June-2nd July. Robin Hamilton won the "Full Steam ahead-120 years of the Stanley Motor Carriage" prize with his 1902 Stanley B. A great time was had by all who attended.
Steam cars and owners supporting event in aid of Prostate cancer.
We had the Stanley out last weekend and had a pilot failure. Stopped at Lost Nation Brewery for a good beer and lost the pilot. No flame but also no dripping fuel although both pressure and fuel in the system.
I was able to get a quick pilot light, just enough to get a very wet main fire lit. We were in the car and gone. I ran the main fire as low as I could so that the burner would not cycle off. I only drove through one red light but we made it home with no issues. This was the first failure in 15 plus years.
Yesterday, the pilot came out and was completely dismantled. I found some carbon blocking the fuel passage hole in the hollow bolt holding the "H" fitting to the pilot body. All clean now.
This is a pilot from John Packard, now available from Don Bourdon. It uses a needle valve rather than a flat filed in the metering wire as Stanley did, very reliable, except for last Saturday.
Tom Laferriere Great information. Always like reading about anything Stanley
Steve Bragg I also recommend you add temperature indication. I use a thermocouple setup I came up with - takes no power and is extremely accurate. A small thermocouple gets installed near the pilot and also will read main flame temperature. As you can see it looks correct, pm me if you're interested- I have about 10 already made up. These are on my 1922.
Billings Cooke Hello Steve,have you more info on these, cost ECT. I am interested. Though I try to keep and operate my '12 as built, this is a modern advancement worth while.
Check out the Media page as we feature a series of 5 videos of the construction of Billy's special Baker burner for Brent Campbell's 30HP Stanley Steam Car.
Herb de la Porte writes:
"In order to fix my Stanley's fuel automatic, I ended up drilling the nylon insert out and making a new one. I also redid the one-way valve in the neck and, because of the extensive build-up of crap in the diaphragm, added a marine filter/ water separator to the fuel system. It all seems to work fine. It has not lost pressure in weeks."
Check out these recently re-discovered documents depicting three Stanley's, entered by British Stanley Agents Galloways of Gateshead, hill climbing performance at Ragpath Hill Climb in 1907, along with a document informing the public of Galloways' sister premises in London.
Check out these photos from Mikkel Posselt from Denmark of the re-boilering and re-plumbing of his 1919 Stanley 735A. He hopes to have the car running again by the spring and informs us that he will then send us more photos when the car is back on the road!
A lot of work went into the steamer again this year. Most of it is maintenance but I also decided to get the headlights to work. Carbide headlights on cars were deemed obsolete well over 100 years ago. Originally, water would be dripped on Calcium Carbide in a sealed canister to create Acetylene. Refillable Acetylene tanks became the norm around 1910. Two streams of gas aimed at each in the lamp housing create a wide flat flame which is reflected off a mirror in the back. It actually gives a surprising amount of light.
Herb de la Porte.
I have a Stanley motor carriage co. pilot pressure fuel pressure gauge. sn # 4747708
50/200 64917 can anyone tell when it was made and it's value.
phone USA 262 510 3636
Its value would depend on its condition. Do you have any information on the state of its body, face, glass, needle, whether or not it works, and whether or not it is accurate?
CHRIS WEBB ( ACTONPLACESTEAM@GMAIL.COM )
Hi don, would you be interested in selling the gauge?? Look forward to your reply, chris
DON PLEHN ( DPLEHN@ATT.NET )
The gauge in good shape. It was last used on a air tank. It was removed.
Please call for more in-fo
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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
Check out this video of Peter Turvey's 1914 Stanley 607 on the Veteran Car Club's Irish Tour earlier this year.
Don Bourdon of Bourdon boiler works now makes and sells the Stanley steam car pilot as manufactured by the late John Packard.
This is the most common and most successful pilot used in the Stanley steam car burner.
The 20 hp Stanley Model R was introduced into the range of models in 1909 and was manufactured for one year only. It is estimated that 100 of the model R were produced.
The Stanley model 70 five-passenger touring car (top), with a larger back seat, and model 71 four-passenger toy tonneau (bottom) were introduced in 1910. these cars were both rated at 20 hp. There were 259 of the popular Model 70 produced between 3/3/1910 and 8/3 /1912 produced. There were 124 of the less popular model 71 produced between 3/3/1910 and 3/5/1911. The model 71 had a much larger water tank, placed under the rear seat with the fuel tank moved to the front, the opposite configuration of the model 70, but a concept that would be carried on to later coffin-nose Stanley models. Photos courtesy of Concept Cars. Information seen courtesy of the excellent Kit Foster book “The Stanley Steamer America’s Legendary Steam Car”, available from the Stanley Museum.
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