Full size Printed plans STANLEY STEAMER Scale 1:16 L 8 ¾” W 4 ¼”
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Full size Printed plans
Not a KIT or MODEL
Full size printed plan on a sheet28" x 22"
Four page article with building notes and photos
Scale 1:16 (¾ in=1 ft)
Length 8 ¾”
Width 4 ¼”
By R. J. DE CRISTOFORO
THE Stanley Steamer was rated one of the fastest cars of its day (a streamlined Stanley steamer racer broke the world's speed record with a speed of more than 127 mph in 1906) and is about the best known of all the steam cars manufactured in this country. The steam for the 1905 5‑passenger model was generated in a 26 in. boiler located under the hood. The 30 hp, 2 cylinder engine, which had a bore of 41/2 in. and a stroke of 61/2 in., was located under the rear seat and was hooked up directly to the rear axle. The pedal‑operated brakes were located on the rear wheel hubs. One big problem of the Stanley steamer was boiler trouble: the boiler might run dry and become scorched, and would eventually develop leaks. Also, those automobiles which didn't boast condensers had to be refilled with water every 25 miles, and the water had to be very soft, so harmful chemical deposits would not injure the boiler. Grandpa must have become quite steamed up himself when he tried to get a cold Stanley steamer in motion. In order to get up a sufficient head of steam the water in the boiler had to be heated by the burner, whose jets had to be lighted with a blow torch or acetylene torch. Flashbacks quite often injured the operator or the paint of the car, to say nothing of the operator's temper. In spite of these problems the steam automobiles were popular because their operation was smooth and quiet, and because they had great hill climbing ability, and good speed.