Steam Car Challenge

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Steam Car Challenge

Bobby Speed Demon has run out of cash to build  his steam dream of setting the Land Speed Record at Bonneville.

Won't you help him and buy a raffle ticket for this awesome mini bike? He is half way there.

Website: http://bobbyspeeddemon.info
Location: Cumming, GA
Members: 7
Latest Activity: Mar 6, 2012

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Comment by Michael Thies on December 3, 2011 at 9:59am

Let's learn more about eh Salt Flats we are going to visit next year. :-)

http://www.utah.com/playgrounds/bonneville_salt.htm

Comment by Michael Thies on December 2, 2011 at 5:50pm

In 1906, Fred Marriott drove a steam powered vehicle built by the Stanley Brothers to an amazing speed of 127.659 MPH. The sanctioning body for international land speed records at the time was the FIA. Land speed records were measured across a marked mile in a single direction and a single pass. The time was recorded and the record determination was made from the calculations of that time.

Today the FIA is still the sanctioning body and recognizes a land speed record as the average speed of two passes made across a measured distance in opposing directions within 60 minutes of each other. The time of the two runs is then averaged to obtain the official recorded speed. 

Comment by Michael Thies on December 2, 2011 at 5:11pm

About the Car

Restoration pictures of the car.

Engine Comparment

Engine Compartment - Side view

Front of Car

Side View of Car

Top View

Left Rear View

Rear View

Right side View

Comment by Michael Thies on December 2, 2011 at 5:10pm

About the Engine

Bobby's racer will include an off-the-shelf steam engine powered by a 1200 psi steam boiler heated by a hydrogen gas open flame burner.  Below are pictures of engine components.

Cylinder Heads

Cylinder Heads

Cylinder Heads

Crankshaft

Crankcase

Crankshaft

Crankshaft

Mounting Brackets 

Spool Valves.  These valves slide horizontally above the cylinders

 

Brass Plates

EXTERNAL CONNECTING PARTS THAT CONNECT THE CRANKSHAFT TO THE SPOOL VALVES.
CRITICAL FOR TIMING THE STROKE OF THE PISTON WITH THE INCOMING STEAM PRESSURE

 

 

Heat Exchanger:  Specs: 150 linear ft. of 3/4" Sch 40 316 Stainless Steel. It has been heat treated.

Comment by Michael Thies on November 10, 2011 at 1:04am

If one searches the Web for "Steam Car Challenge", as they find is about the British challenge in 2009 that broke the record. We MUST change that and and do it now.  I set up a new domain www.steamcarchallenge.com so we can have our own website. What do we want on it to give it the best impact?

Comment by Michael Thies on November 7, 2011 at 7:48am
This is such great idea!  Let's get as much support for this as possible. I am looking for fund raising ideas and volunteers to help bring in the resources we need!
 
 
 

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