This weekend's progress. Because it's my first attempt, I didn't get everflex/bison vinyl and opted for a UV treated vinyl on sale instead. It is much softer and super stretchy in comparison. And I recommend just getting the good stuff cause I have to compensate on a few things. I used a multipurpose adhesive spray to attach the lining material- I can now forget about securing the layers for the rest of the project. On the parts that were used as bracing or interfacing, I will be adding a layer of a heavy interfacing to combat the vinyl stretch. The back's 3 panels are complete minus hardware.
Simon Webb getting ready for the London to Brighton 2021
We regret to report that Brent Campbell, one of the most prominent members of the Steam Car Community, passed away on the 24th October, after a long illness. Brent had been around Stanleys since the early 1950's, when he rode in his grandfather George Monreau's (who had worked for the Stanley Factory) 1913 Model 65. A keen driver, Brent believed in using his car's rather than just displaying them; his first Stanley clocked more than 35,000 miles in the 13 years of his ownership. Indeed, in his Stanley model 85 he clocked 424 miles in one day, and regularly took part in the Trans Continental and Red Rock Tours.
He was an absolute authority on Stanleys, and was a great help to many Stanley Owners, always offering help, as well as historical information. Indeed, his contribution to the Stanley Steamer Book, written by Kit Foster,and produced by the Stanley Museum, was invaluable.
Brent was not a person who believed in the brake pedal. In 2006, the Buick Hot Rod he owned crashed when a rear tyre blew, throwing the car firstly into the central reservation, then back across the highway to the nearside followed by five somersaults, destroying the car. Brent suffered multiple injuries in addition to three vertebrae in his spine needing to be frozen together. After a long rehabilitation period, Brent was back driving his Stanleys.
Brent had a great collection of steamers over the years, including a Stanley CX (sadly lost at the bottom of the Atlantic after taking part in the centenary of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, when the container ship broke in two), a Stanley Model K, a Stanley Model 74, a Stanley 731, Stanley 82 and Stanley 85. But perhaps the cars he is known best for are the two Raymond Stanley Specials he owned, Effie, a 1911 30HP Roadster, and a 1912 30HP Roadster, the latter a painstaking multi year recreation by Brent.
With Brent, alot of Stanley and Steam Car information passes. He will be sadly missed.
Images in slideshow above courtesy of Wumf Tuxworth.
Bill Barnes writes:
Drilling and Tapping a Stanley Boiler.
By code you shouldn't drill into the weld ..
As shown in pictures
I try to stay away from the tubes as much as possible..
You run the pipe tap in a little over half way on the tap and check it to your fittings .
I never use bronze or copper fittings in the boiler..
Steel on steel is the best ..
Pipe tap chart below .
Burt Hermey writes:
Yesterday the Stanley's engine/rear axle assembly came home from the brake shop. It's now sporting two new disc brakes in place of the old band brakes.
Today begins the process of reinstalling it. Lots of little things to remember along the way!
Once in the car the engine will get a bath of Gunk, then the crankcase cover will be installed (with new gasket, of course!)
Steam Car Enthusiasts,
I wanted to reach out and announce the 2021 Midwest Steam Car Tour. We are shifting the tour days slightly from past tours. We will be touring starting on Saturday September 11th and the final tour day is Thursday September 16th 2021. The tour is based out of Cedar Rapids, IA and the host hotel is The Hotel at Kirkwood. You can book your stay at the hotel by calling 319-848-8700 or toll free at 877-751-5111 and ask for the Midwest Steam Car Tour block. The hotel only has a little over 70 rooms but has a very large parking lot for trailers. We hope you will join us for a nice roads tour. More details to follow. We are excited to see everyone out touring again.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email or phone below.
The 2021 Eastern Steam Car tour is underway, with the first two days having taken place. Photos courtesy of Billings Cooke, Sarah Moon, Herb de la Porte, Steve Bragg, and Mark Turner.
Burt Hermey writes:
The engine and rear axle are out of the Stanley, and will be heading to the brake shop tomorrow. Here it's hanging on the garage hoist.
Thank you to Ian Larcher for providing us with these fascinating pieces of Literature on White, Locomobile, American, Crossland and Vapomobile Steam Cars.
Billy Barnes has almost finished this 1910 Stanley Model 60, just awaiting paint.
Jim Trotta writes:
My new water pre-heater which uses exhaust steam thru heat exchange. The water side has water from the water pumps to boiler. This is so you can use heat from the exhaust steam to heat the incoming water. This helps greatly as your not putting cold water into the boiler.
Photos and Videos courtesy of Jan Kuhlmann.
Here are some photos of the cars Bill Barnes has recently been working on. A Stanley 740 tourer, 731 Roadster, SV Sedan, 1914 Stanley 606, and a 1923 Stanley 740 Roadster.
Steam Dreams writes:
I’m rebuilding a 20 HP Stanley engine. The block was apparently operated with too
little steam oil and the valve seats were damaged as well as a bronze repair was attempted with poor results.
This repair of the worn valve seats uses a machined steel plate and high temperature silver solder - very pleased with the results. Gilbert Hall and Rempco did the work. My crank gear also had a broken tooth, I had a NOS gear that was pressed on.
Tom Attwood writes:
This weekend just past, saw the first steaming of the year for my Stanley 726 that I was lucky enough to acquire just a few months ago. Greatly encouraged in the purchase by George Hounslow having spent the New Forest Tour navigating for him on his Porter Steam Car. I am incredibly grateful to George and his parents for then leading the recommission of the car, sorting out a number of jobs associated with wear and tear, as well as preparation and arranging a hydraulic and steam boiler test. A number of safety improvements/replacement parts, not to mention extremely good tuition in maintenance, management and driving! After many weekends work from myself but 10x more from George, we had a very successful 3 days cruising around Wiltshire in some pretty challenging terrain at times. The Stanley performed faultlessly and I really couldn't be happier with it! Here's to a busy 2020!
Unfortunately the weather has been rotten and the roads are filthy so the car got quite dirty, the photo below was taken Sunday morning. However, Sunday afternoon was spent in the garage cleaning for a few hours!
Roel Rasker writes:
Today we ( Arnoud Carp and Roel Rasker ) assisted Philippe Mulders to get started with his model 60 Stanley in the city centre of Maastricht.
Philippe is new in steam but after a few hours he was able to start the car without any problems himself.
This now means there is a beautiful, unspoiled, original Stanley in the Fineautomobiles Collection in The Netherlands.
Can anybody help with a drawing for the stub axle for a Stanley or Locomobile buggy?
If so Please Contact Udo Joerges via email@example.com.
Photos courtesy of Joe Shukay.
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.
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..
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