P.O. Box 2312 Mansfield, Ohio 44905.
This is a new steam-powered automobile which may interest IMA readers. On the following page is an illustration of an automotive steam engine intended as a replacement for the highly-polluting, presently used gasoline and diesel engines in autos and trucks. This engine will also be used in the Centurion, shown below, a new automobile currently under development, which when ready for market would sell for about $3,995.
The idea of automotive steam engines is not new. Steam once powered such automobiles as the Stanley, the White Steamer, and several other makes. Had the Stanley brothers been better business people, we might now be driving steam-powered autos instead of fouling our breathing air with noxious fumes and making the OPEC nations super-rich.
One advantage in my design is that this engine could be mass-produced for about two hundred dollars ($200) each, as it can be made from stock parts readily and economically available. The cylinders are made from heavy wall seamless steel pipe machined and honed on the inside. The pistons are a stock type. The cylinder heads are heavy wall pipe caps. There is nothing expensive or difficult to manufacture. No costly, exotic machines will be necessary to produce this engine in quantity.
SELLING PRICE $3995
STEAM POWERED - 5 PASSENGER
TO BE MADE IN THE U.S.A. BY AMERICAN WORKERS
CAR AND STEAM POWER PLANT DESIGNED BY FRANK LOCKHART
A STEAM POWERED AUTO DOES NOT NEED A RADIATOR, FUEL PUMP, WATER PUMP, SPARK PLUGS, DISTRIBUTOR, CARBURETOR, OR ANY OF THE TROUBLESOME, EXPENSIVE PARTS OF A GASOLINE OR DIESEL ENGINE.
GASOLINE & DIESEL POWERED ENGINES REQUIRE A MANUAL OR AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION AS THEY DEVELOP VERY LITTLE POWER AT LOW SPEED. & CANNOT RUN BACKWARD.
STEAM ENGINES CAN PRODUCE FULL POWER AT ANY SPEED & ARE ABLE TO RUN IN REVERSE AT THE TURN OF A SWITCH, THEREFORE NO EXPENSIVE TRANSMISSION IS NEEDED.
STEAM POWER IS IDEAL FOR HIGH AL TIT OPERATION AS IT IS NOT DEPENDENT UP THE DENSITY OF THE SURROUNDING AIR. GAS 8. DIESEL ENGINES LOSE POWER IN PROPORTION TO ALTITUDE ABOVE SEA LI FRONT WHEEL DRIVE FOR EXCELLENT TRACTION IN SNOW, MUD, ADVERSE CONDITIONS.
HEATER, TURN SIGNALS, ALTERNATOR, 12 VOLT BATTERY FOR LIGHTS, RADIO, E STEAM GENERATOR (PROVIDES DRIVING POWER IN 2 MINUTES).
A steam engine has unique features. It can also run clockwise or counter-clockwise. This makes it reversible. Also it can develop full power at very low r.p.m. Therefore no type of transmission (automatic or manual) is needed. Transmissions are very costly, complicated things to produce. They are needed to overcome some of the shortcomings of gasoline and diesel engines which cannot run backwards and develop little power at low r.p.m.
PARTIAL DETAILS DF THE
CENTURION STEAM ENGINE
2 CYLINDER MODEL SHOWN. OTHER SIZES AND HORSEPOWER RATINGS TO BE AVAILABLE FOR LARGER TRUCKS, ROAD BUILDING MACHINERY, FARM EQUIPMENT, ET
contact = FRANK LOCKHART
76 N. FORD ROAD - UNIT 31 MANSFIELD, OHIO 44905
TELEPHONE (419) 589-7585
My engine will incorporate a steam generator to produce operating pressure within two minutes. This idea was also used in the last models of steam automobiles.
The space to manufacture these steam engines and the Centurion car has been located. I will be pleased to provide more information to interested readers.