How about a Steam Car?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by CA357, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    With all the oil insanity, it sounds like it's time to get that old Stanley Steamer running.

    How hard would it be to put together a steam car or SUV? Since it's been done, the technology could just be refined and redesigned for modern production methods.

    I am a handy guy, but engineering and building something like that is way beyond me. However, the talent to do so is here at FTF. It might be interesting to fool around with the idea a bit.

    Would it be possible to take mostly standard automotive parts with the exception of the actual boilerworks and cobble a vehicle together?

    How expensive would it be? Obviously the prototype would cost a fair amount of money, but after that?
     
  2. c3shooter

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    Your challenge will be weight. In terms of weight/power ratio, the IC engine is way ahead of a steamer. You need the entire boiler side, which is a lot more than a tank of water you heat. You will need a HOT burner setup (unless you want to wait 30 minutes for a head of steam to build) and then you have the steam engine side of things- as well as condensing the used steam, lubing everything, etc. I have known some folks that have done the steam engine thing for a fixed power source- guys with scarred knuckles (from turning wrenches), It is a lot more than tossing a handful of twigs into a firebox and zooming away.
     

  3. Yunus

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    Safety is a concern as well. When you get into an accident now your engine dies. Fuel does spill but it doesn't explode like the movies. With a steam car you would have boiling water/steam escape during an accident.

    Plus you still have to continually heat the water which requires a portable fuel source.
     
  4. cpttango30

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    use a propane O2 set up burns really hot really fast. I am sure you could make it work but how far will 50# of propane and 2 o2 tanks get you?

    Jay leno has a steamer he said it takes for ever to get going.


    Rick Derringer ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  5. Trez

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    how 'bout water or air?

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFIlXaABU54]YouTube - Stan Meyers Water Car[/ame]

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzJZJjo9MNA]YouTube - Water as Fuel[/ame]

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f15thOvhE38]YouTube - *** Car Runs on Air! FREE ENERGY! Even Self Sustaining! Why are these not made by GM?! ***[/ame]
     
  6. CA357

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    That's the way to go Trez. I saw that in the running out of oil thread. That's insanely great stuff. Now, we need to get it away from NASA and into public domain.
     
  7. bgeddes

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    If you use a nuclear reactor to make steam it might work better.
     
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  9. orangello

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    It is my understanding that colonial British peeps were known to use mummies as a fuel supplement for their steam engines; i vote we start making some more mummies, preferably Arab ones. :D
     
  10. amoroque

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    If we built one steam car, I think that would be great! But if the whole world started to use steam, I wonder what would be the affect on the atmosphere? One of my friends is a meteorologist and says that if cars started to produce water vapor emisions that the climate of the world could change for the worse!
     
  11. c3shooter

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    Well, cars ALREADY produce water vapor emissions- you get water from burning hydrocarbon fuels.
     
  12. CA357

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    The info Trez posted about that guy Meyer's invention will do the trick. The problem is prying it away from NASA.
     
  13. orangello

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    At the end of the day, the U.S. has a surplus of one thing that can provide us with basic transportation, our fat arses; pedal power could make a big dent with proper incentives. The feds sold a lot of smaller, more fuel efficient cars with that ethanol program of theirs; when will they limit driving to those over 30, forcing the youngsters to pedal or walk to their destinations?
     
  14. Trez

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    meyer's car runs on hydrogen, the only difference between it and the new cars that are coming out is instead of buying the compressed hydrogen from a pump, his generated its own from water. from what ive read the tricky part is finding the right electrical pulse to make it efficient.

    the air concept is new to me, and find it very interesting.......;)