Insulating inside the smoke bonnet
Steam car stuff
Insulated and on the car
Steam stuff 1919 Stanley
VICTOR Steam compressor
I have now started renovating my Locosurrey, I have encountered problems with the steam driven air pump (compressor) with which the car is equipped.
It turns out that the steam cylinder that drives the pump is cracked, probably the car has been left in cold space and the remaining condensate has then frozen with the crack as a result.
Now I'm looking for spare parts for the compressor, either a loose cylinder or if there should be someone who has a complete pump that he doesn't need.
The steam-powered compressor is called "VICTOR" see attached photos
Whistling Billy and I did a day at St Buryan Show but the second day I did not go as the weather was very poor and one day is enough for my health at present.
The following Sunday Billy and I went to Ruin Minor down on the Lizard peninsular. They have a very enjoyable little rally and Billy won a salver for “Best in Show”! We did a few laps around the ring and steaming went well but we were not going fast enough for the burners to come in. I had to keep stopping to rebuild the steam. This was probably caused by the bottom water pump leaking.
The following Tuesday was “Morvah Pasty Day”. Morvah is a very small village about 5 miles from us. This is a delightful little day out where pasties, tea, scones etc. are sold in the old church. There is live music staged on an old horse trailer and quite a few stalls.
I have a place reserved for me to park a steam car in the centre of the action. Last year I took the 1903 White. This year I hoped to take the 1908 White but I am trying to get it running on kerosene. I have about 80% kerosene in petrol at present but I still have an 8 inch vaporizer with rods in the car as I do not have a second 6 inch one (Billy has that one) which is what it needs. I have made a pattern and am going to have some cast. The car steamed quickly but I could not stop it blowing back. This is not very logical and I am going to take another look at the flowmotor and its fuel needle as it was not cutting off sharply enough.
Anyway, I put it away and got out the 1903 White Model “C”. It steamed easily but as I was warming it up there was a "bang and a woosh” from the generator area; something in it had let go. I have not done anything inside the generator since I had the car but have spent many hours on the engine and the pipework from the generator to the engine. I think that a pipe has just cracked but stainless steel was used and not the proper steel.
I put this car away and steamed the 1902 White Model “B” Surrey. It steamed as easily as ever and Claude, Joseph and I went off, climbing our hill for the first quarter mile quite slowly but as soon as it was up on the more level ground and warmed up we went along to the usual 30 mph. She really behaved very well with no problems and grand-daughter Emma rode on the rear seat for the return trip.
After the trip my son Michael came over to collect Joe and Emma. He looked into the engine compartment and spotted a silver plated half-pint mug in the pipework. The next day I took it out. I had evidently put it in there with a bit of wire on the handle to keep it steady, to hold in the insulation on the pipe while some fire cement hardened--- and forgot to remove it. This must have been there for a long time and put there when I was not in the workshop but in my trailer, perhaps in the Isle of Man last year. It could not escape from its position. It has now been removed and polished up again. My wife’s father won the cup for runner-up at the Wimbledon Open Squash Tournament 1946 – 47 and it has done many years of service as a drinking vessel in the trailer where it will no doubt continue its function.
I hope that I have now sorted the 1908 White blowback problem. I found that the thread on the fuel needle (0.094 inch) was not clean inside its tubular fitting and I had not threaded it into its proper position. I think that it will be alright now as the needle seals the fuel completely hopefully making blowbacks impossible.
Yesterday I took Whistling Billy to The West of England Steam and Vintage Rally at Stithians. The car worked alright but I still have a problem with the bottom water pump not working properly. The hemp water pump packing in what looks like a mustard source that I used is too old and hard with the “source” dried. I need to get some fresh packing. This packing was too hard when I purchased it! Billy running at up to 800 psi will not tolerate poor packing anywhere.
I would like to find some steam packing like I had from my father’s kit which had copper within it. That worked well on the valve stems which are always difficult to keep in on this car. I have never seen it for sale and only had a short length. Has anyone seen it for sale?
The West of England Rally is a three day show. I left Billy up there where it will be on display today and I will be back up there tomorrow steaming. I will have to clean out the pilot light as it was getting very congested with carbon after sitting still for too long and using the kerosene which is still a bit smoky while I am adjusting the parts for this fuel which is new to the car. Billy has always suffered from sitting around too long and is much happier going around a track where there is more cooling to the pilot light area.
Barn Find (FS) from SACA FORUM
OK I put up a bunch of pictures that are high resolution. It's a 1961 Corvair Van with a 4 cylinder STEAM engine in it. It was built by Charles Reynolds in southern California. The van is located in southern Oregon and ready to be sold, open to offers because I know it's not worth what it cost to build. The engine look completely custom.
Stanley steamer mountain wagon restoration has started at Bourdon boiler works.
Billy Barns working on Stanley Steam car engine.
Gallery – Stanley Steamers in Woodbury
More updates on the steam car crankshafts.
All 3 webs now complete.
Just started the dry assembly.
Would couple of your “experts” kindly confirm that this 2 cyl steam engine is from 1899 Loco?
Had that car many years ago, this is extra engine. Thanks
Larry Metzman. 215 806 3363
We are deeply saddened to pass along the report of the passing of Coburn Benson (1935-2019) of Limerick, Maine. Coburn was a very knowledgeable fellow on vintage motor vehicles and steam cars in particular.
A great selection of photos from the recent Eastern Invitational Steam Car Tour in the Litchfield Hills, Southbury, Connecticut, USA. Thank you to Andi Mead, Steve and Sabrina Howard Bragg, AJ Joyce, Michael Zerega, Herb De La Porte, Daryl Kendall, and Nate Dickey for the photos.
Chris Wedgewood writes- Any ideas What, where.?.
Richard Stanuier- This is an 1895 steam car built by James Sumner, the co-founder of Leyland Motors, England.
Spring City Steam Works Reports:
22nd July 2019
While it's crazy hot and in between the new kid prep.... I'm printing some fixtures to test out and help decide on the fixtures for the pancake coils for the Mason. Hopefully a little bending and fixture time this week!
23rd July 2019
One may have been thinking... Why the need to pallet jack the weld table around.... Well, I'm trying to take a 21 foot piece of pipe and wind it into a double stacked pancake flat coil of pipe to replace some coils in the Mason's monotube steam generator. Shops too small, so out in the driveway it goes!!
As for the 3d printed pieces, I'm working out how to fixture the hairpin bent pipe so that the top leg is ~1/4" gap above the lower when it gets wound into a coil. The center section will be made of steel and there will be a clamp on top as well as the pipe getting tack welded to the clamp. Then the 11 foot long top pipe will swing a huge circle as the lower pipe is wound on itself to make the pancake coil. The whole mess then gets flipped over and hopefully that leg winds into a nice pancake below it. Works in my head, got to refine the pieces a little and make some chips and then try that plan out!!!
Basil Craske shows 740 Stanley Steam Car at a car show in England.
Billings Cooke and Sarah Moon drive there Stanley Steam car to the top of Mount Washington
Stanley Steamcars travel from England to attend the the Schnauferl Wander Fahrt car tour in Germany.
Ralf Denman was at Letchworth car club Picnic rally at Halls Green Weston Herts.with his Stanley
P2PonSteam – Peking to Paris in a White Steam Car
follow this incredible journey in a White steam car as it unfolds
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