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Claude Windgrove's Home Made Steam Car

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Published on Feb 15, 2014

Claude Windgrove's home made steam car, Lincoln, Nebraska. Stanley style boiler, propane fuel, two oscillating steam engines direct driving the rear wheels to imitate the look and feel of a steam locomotive. Very careful workmanship. The two discs that were the oscillating steam valve parts had close to 20,000 pounds of force pushing them apart when 125 psi of steam and thus the steam leaked and it would only hold 100 psi and therefore it did not have enough torque to go up a hill. It would only travel on level pavement.
Charlie Briar's Doble-Simplex made on an underslung early Ford frame. Briar was from San Diego and owned a Doble. He scrounged parts from the Besler at the old Doble factory and got the original auxiliary package: large electrical generator/starter and water pumps. The engine was a small V-2 Besler had for an auxiliary power plant and thus the car was underpowered. The boiler was a Besler smoke generator with the Doble quartz rod controller.

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