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 Post subject: Re: Steam Actuated Inlet Valves?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:56 pm 
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Here in the states we subjected our British motorcycle systems to as good deal of good natured (usually) opprobrium. "Lucas, home before dark", and the like. There was some option that Lucas might have been the manufacturer of refrigerators thus the consumption of warm beer in the isles. Batteries placed high in the frame so that gravity could help the electrons along. Just as stone weird were the Spanish and Italian ignition systems wherein the ignition system had a ground return through the stop light. Bulb failure meant a engine stoppage when you applied the rear brake.

My 1956 B.S.A. Gold Star Clubman had a light bulb in the headlight. In an evil moment I replaced the whole assembly with a sealed beam until. The Magdyno charging device could not keep ahead of the sealed beam's draw.

To be quite fair, we knew that there was no extra capital floating around in G.B. for any new developments thus we were dealing with prewar designs. The stuff on Harleys was every bit as primitive. My first Japanese bike in the sixties was startling to ride at night.

I am guilty of thread hijacking in the first degree. Enough!

Bart is mud wrestling with a new job or he would be chiming in here about his new uniflow engine. Cam driven poppet valves on the intake and cylinder ports for the exhaust I believe.

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 Post subject: Re: Steam Actuated Inlet Valves?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:36 pm 
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My older brother bought a brand new 1968 BSA 650 Lightning. It was burgundy and I thought it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen, he paid $1100 for it, and remember thinking it's going to take him forever to get that paid off :lol: He kept it about three years and it ran beautifully and he never had a minutes trouble with it. He married a girl that didn't like motorcycles and that took care of that.

Mike, one of my steam buddies is your age and is an old Trials rider, he still rides an old Bultaco even now, You and him would have lots to talk about I'll bet.

Fred, Another steam buddy of mine was one of the principle engineers on the SES Dodge Monaco steam conversion project that you mentioned for General Motors and DOE.

Yes, sorry for the thread Hijack, back to steam operated valves.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:39 pm 
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Ron gets the first prize for the proper name as I have known it for many decades:

George Lucas, The Prince of Darkness.

"Lucas was the successor of Powell & Hanmer of Birmingham England, they made the Kerosene and carbide lamps that are on my Locomobile, over a hundred years old still working..."

Do any of us have an ELECTRIC lamb that is 100 years old and still working?

Enough Humor, back to the serious business of Steam!


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Fred,

On Saturday at the North American Model Engineering show, someone coincidentally brought up Mr Lucas and remarked he was called "The prince of darkness" and followed up with Lucas light switches had three positions "Dim, flicker and off". And the reason some Britons liked warm beer is because they owned a Lucas refrigerator.. No offense to anyone of course.

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