Box 51, Cold Brook Road, Gansevoort, New York
Enclosed is a check for my renewal subscription. I would like to
assure you that I find the magazine most enjoyable: the reading is
very absorbing, and the illustrations are superb.
I have been a steam engine enthusiast since pre-kindergarten
days: watching locomotives, chasing steam rollers, tractors, and
Stanley Steamers, running toy steam engines, etc.
I now have a 1922 model 740 seven passenger Stanley steam
touring car. It was reconstructed in 1935 by the American Steam
Automobile Company of Newton, Massachusetts. At that time the
company installed one of the Derr water tube boilers. These boilers
are like the Babcock and Wilcox boilers. The burner is a very
powerful gun type atomizing oil burner with blower. A 12 volt motor
runs the blower and fuel pump. The Derr boiler is probably the most
durable of automobile boilers and it is a fast steamer. Seven
hundred pounds per square inch can be generated from cold in seven
minutes. The fire, when on full blast, consumes six to seven
gallons of fuel (kerosene) per hour without the least smoke.
I find the car a source of great enjoyment. It is so silent and
runs so smoothly that it is a big surprise to those familiar only
with internal combustion cars. They are amazed to see a 1922 car
excel their new cars in these aspects of performance.
I am sending you some cuts. The wrappings on each one tell what
they show. If you can use any of them you are welcome to do so.
Your printer may be able to, do something to conceal the corrosion
on some of them.