White Technicalities Issue 5
Covered in this article- Testing the Steam Generator and pipework, pressure vs temperature, burner howl, fuel tank safety, Flowmotor fuel valve adjustment made easy, packing water pumps, steam valves, etc.
11. Is there an easy way to test the integrity of the steam generator coils throttle seat, water check valves, etc.?
Ans. Yes there is. Close throttle, open right side blow off valve, and use the hand water pump until water dribbles out of the blow off. Close blow off and use all your muscle to pump up 400-500 PSI on the steam gauge. First time this is done pressure may drop off a bit as there is always a little air in the coils. Open throttle and bleed off air. Do this a few times or until the pressure holds steady. You should be able to pump 400-500lbs. pressure at night and have 100-200 lbs. showing the next morning. If your White system won't do this, there are too many leaks. Until they are fixed you're wasting your time in trying to tune up and drive your car!
Tony Marriott writes:
Lots of time has passed and lots of challenges in life over the last three years but I think finally the tide is turning for the better. Sometimes difficult decisions have to be made and I think one of my hardest has to of been what was too happen with the White Steam Car that Richard always wanted. Over many years he worked through the car replacing , rebuilding and resurrecting it from its slumber. After he was taken badly, work near on stopped apart from the body going away and being painted by Chris.
As time went on the car was left in the garage awaiting the day he felt better and regained interest, but unfortunately this was not case. In early 2020 he lost his fight with the big c word . Lots of people asked me what my plans were for the car including Chris, Harold, and our lot at home. The word pass came to mind as I have not a clue on things such as this. Eventually the call came from Chis that the body was ready to collect, so trailer on, and off we went. When the doors opened to the shed and the body was revealed the decision was made. Chis asked once more what's to be of the car , my reply was we are going for it !
Over several Saturday mornings myself, Tris and Millie refitted and started sorting the rest of the car. We managed to find a relatively local upholstery chap who has done a cracking job and done us and the old man proud.
I've just brought the car home today ready for pipework and finishing off.
Hopefully we should be out under steam next year.
I would highly recommend the upholstery chap Russell Davies, thanks for your assistance.
Anyhow here are the photos of the results.
White Technicalities Issue 4
Covered in this article- Burner Nozzle Hole Size, White Sub-Burner, Flowmotor control, thermostat rod, modulating fire, dragging fire.
1. Can One rely upon the size of the holes in the main burner nozzle as specified in the Owner's Manual?
Ans- No. The Chemistry of fuels today is not the same as it was seventy years ago. The trick is to try bigger and bigger hole sizes until you get the burner to howl constantly, then go one hole size smaller. I use regular no-lead in the main burner because I get it anyplace while on tours. And I have a nozzle drilled for it. Around the place here I add 20% no.#2 Diesel to the no-lead. I have to use a smaller hole size when using this heavier fuel but the car has more pep and the burner stays on less each cycle. Straight no-lead is actually a little bit light for your White Steam Car.
2. Can no-lead be used in the sub burner (on the New Regulation Whites)?
Ans. Not really. It will plug up the passages after a few hours running. Towards the end the flame gets dirty and yellow and then one has trouble with the main burner. Unlike the Stanley whose pilot burner in no way effects main burner fuel vapourisation, the height of the sub burner flame on the White does effect main burner vapourisation. There is only one satisfactory fuel for the White sub burner- Coleman Lantern Fuel or its equivalent. Coleman is expensive. CHEVRON make an identical lantern fuel and here in a 55 gallon drum, delivered to my farm, it is $2.35 per gallon.
Using it, the sub burner in the Model M is now on its second summer and has not been out of the car. It's flame is just as pretty now as when I installed it over a year ago.