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Jim Bow
05-25-2017, 12:18 PM
I thoroughly enjoy people discussing mechanical technology.

Plus, I like the noises this little beast makes. Especially the animal-like moaning as the steam builds. I wish they would have explained what causes the noises.

https://youtu.be/5Me8b0ed59s

CWSmith
05-25-2017, 12:42 PM
Ordinarily, I do not care for how rich people spend their money. They tend to be quite boring.

Leno is the exception. His car hobby is TERRIFIC!

Garret
05-25-2017, 02:06 PM
Thanks! What a great video. Now I have to get back to work...

Gerarddm
05-25-2017, 02:24 PM
Need to wear a leather helmet when driving that thing, and goggles and a duster, to complete the period look. Gauntleted gloves, too...

Stiletto
05-27-2017, 12:27 AM
That was interesting, thanks!

skuthorp
05-27-2017, 01:59 AM
Spectacular I reckon. Nearest I ever got was driving a Foden steam truck for an hour or so on a long trawl to a steam rally.
Solid tyres, slow, bumpy, noisy, dirty. Not fun after the first half hour.

Jim Bow
05-27-2017, 01:31 PM
Any explanation for that noise?

Old Dryfoot
05-27-2017, 01:38 PM
Harmonic resonance? It changes in pitch as he adjusts, something. . .

Garret
05-29-2017, 09:10 AM
Any explanation for that noise?

The firebox obviously has some serious air moving through it (hence the messing with baffles to get the heat more even). Maybe it's from the airflow being adjusted?

Paul Pless
05-29-2017, 09:24 AM
check out those front brakes

amish rob
05-29-2017, 09:27 AM
Jay Leno is going to leave the greatest car museum of all time when we lose him.

I would really enjoy touring his collection. I like his style. He seems to have a great time.

His dumb garage youtubes are a time suck, though, boy.:)

Peace,
Robert

Garret
05-29-2017, 09:35 AM
Jay Leno is going to leave the greatest car museum of all time when we lose him.

I would really enjoy touring his collection. I like his style. He seems to have a great time.

His dumb garage youtubes are a time suck, though, boy.:)

Peace,
Robert

Bet you can't watch just one!

;)

amish rob
05-29-2017, 09:39 AM
Bet you can't watch just one!

;)
I am reminded of his old doritos ads. Crunch all you want, we'll make more. :)

Peace,
Robert

Garret
05-29-2017, 09:45 AM
I am reminded of his old doritos ads. Crunch all you want, we'll make more. :)

Peace,
Robert

That was my intent... :)

amish rob
05-29-2017, 09:53 AM
That was my intent... :)
I sometimes forget this place is as wonderful as it is.

I love the fact we were both thinking the same thing.

Peace,
Robert

Garret
05-29-2017, 08:04 PM
I sometimes forget this place is as wonderful as it is.

I love the fact we were both thinking the same thing.

Peace,
Robert

Yep! One big ring around the collar...

Canoeyawl
05-29-2017, 08:45 PM
Jay Leno is going to leave the greatest car museum of all time when we lose him.

I would really enjoy touring his collection. I like his style. He seems to have a great time.



Peace,
Robert

Bill Harrah's collection in it's prime was pretty amazing, 1400 cars.
Some of the buildings were measured in acres. I was fortunate enought to spend a couple of days there in 1968. Along with the showrooms he had impressive shops, machine shops, body shops, paint shops...

All history now.
http://www.oldcarsweekly.com/news/editors-picks/bill-harrahs-legacy-in-pictures

For the curious
https://www.flickr.com/groups/1119118@N20/discuss/72157622045568251/

Canoeyawl
05-29-2017, 09:13 PM
I think one of the most impressive feats of his restorations was that he saved all the removed original paint, and reground the pigment to reconstitute the original paint!

William Harrah Automobile Collection

Teresa Aquila (https://teresasgarage.com/author/female_mechanic1)
https://teresasgarage.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/thomas-flyer-harrah-001-938x535.jpg
Here is a story written about the William Harrah Automobile Collection In Reno, Nevada during 1964. At one time it was the largest collection of vintage cars under one roof. Bill Harrah was a true automobile enthusiast. After his death the majority of the collection was auctioned off and now the cars that once were owned and restored by Harrah are in homes around the world. I remember during the mid 1970’s when the cars were finished being restored, the mechanics would test drive the vehicles up and down Glendale Blvd. in Sparks, Nevada where the museum resided to insure that all repairs were perfect. Many times they would even dress up in the clothing of that era. It was a site to see. I hope you enjoy the story.
https://teresasgarage.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/harrahs-collection1-004-300x224.jpg (https://teresasgarage.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/harrahs-collection1-004.jpg)One of the most fabulous arrays of antique, classic, vintage, special interest cars and related automobiliana in the world was Harrah’s Automobile Collection, located in Reno, Nevada. The collection numbers, during its heyday, were over 850 cars with more than 300 of them on display. Purchasing, research, restoration, and display was the task of some seventy employees. William Harrah started the collection in 1948 when he purchased a 1911 Maxwell and a 1911 Ford. Shortly after, he acquired a 1905 Ford and a 1902 Curved Dash Oldsmobile. From that modest beginning, the Harrah’s Club’s collection grew steadily until in 1961, its size and importance justified the Club’s acquiring a permanent museum for the display.
The first display and restoration shop was in a large four-car garage. From there it was moved to a larger commercial garage. This too soon became crowded, as museum restoration was competing with servicing of modern vehicles from other departments of the Harrah organization. Restoration facilities were housed at the museum where visitors can see upwards of thirty cars being restored in spotless surroundings with up-to-date equipment for performing every phase of rebuilding and renewal from sandblasting to upholstery. No detail of reconstruction and preservation is over-looked. Every car that leaves the shop and receives “gold star” approval must be in as good condition as when it left the dealer’s showroom. A tour of the museum included a visit to the library where thousands of catalogs, manuals, books and magazines are cataloged and used for research to authenticate and restore cars belonging to the collection. This of course was pre computer days but still managed to obtain all the restoration information necessary.
There was a department for purchasing and warehousing of cars and parts—-also a department devoted entirely to research. Each car was made to salvage original parts or acquired original replacement parts rather than substitute newly made items. Wheels, rims, and tires must be the correct type and size. Demountable rims were never substituted for non-demountable ones. The ignition system, carburetor, lamp equipment, etc., could only be the correct original type listed in parts books, manuals and original factory catalogs. An example of the extreme attention to detail was the 1910 Oldsmobile Limited. Restoration was delayed several years until 43 x 5 tires and 33″ rims could be found for the car. The method of duplicating original floor mats and running boards were of interest to Antique Automobile Club of America members, since most of the original rubber items that are found have deteriorated with age and are suitable only for patterns. The restoration shop used flat rubber sheets in black, gray or white as desired, and has original designs hand carved to duplicate the original. The collection included 195 make of American cars with such famous names as Duesenberg, Mercer, Stutz, Adams-Farewell, Thomas Flyer, Pope-Hartford, and Stanley. Also in the collection were some of the more popular makes such as Dort, Metz, E-M-F, and Essex that Grand-father or Aunt Minnie Drove.https://teresasgarage.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/harrah-collection-3-003-300x206.jpg (https://teresasgarage.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/harrah-collection-3-003.jpg)
The most famous car in the collection was the original Thomas Flyer that won the New Yor-to-Paris race n 1908. This car had been restored in the Harrah’s Automobile Collection shop to its appearance upon arrival in Paris, July 30, 1908 at the end of the race. Hundreds of photos were scanned and every bit of the contemporary literature was read to insure the correctness of every detail. Extreme care was taken to preserve every original piece, including bolts and screws. Mr. George Schuster, the only man of the Thomas crew to cover the entire race route, was called in for consultation. When the car was torn down, Mr. Schuster was able to authenticate it as the actual New York-to-Paris car because repairs he had made to the engine, flywheel and frame during the race were there as he remembered them. The car was on display at the museum in 1964 when this story was written and then headed to the Glidden Tour in Colorado shortly after.
There were 29 makes of foreign cars in the collection, representing seven countries. Also included was a fabulous Bugatti Royale. The motorcycle collection numbered 43, with such famous makes as Excelsior, Pope, Thor, Yale, and Indian. Of interest to “hot rodders,” old and young, was the speed engine display. Speed and racing equipment, including Rajo, Frontenac, and Miller heads.
Winfield carburetors, Bosch ignition, etc, was on view mounted on appropriate engines. A display popular with youngsters and railroad buffs was the old Porter Steam Locomotive. The locomotive and tender were restored to new condition and were on display in a special building on the grounds. In addition, the museum had several early day railway cars and it was planned to eventually have a complete early day railway in operation for visitors to ride. Unfortunately due to Mr. Harrah’s death, it never prevailed. Many items from the former Parker Lyon Pony express Museum were to be seen at the museum. The display included stage coaches, guns, Indian artifacts, many Wells Fargo and Pony Express items as well as personal items that belonged to famous personalities of Western history. The museum and shop areas were open to the public seven days a week, 10 a. m. to 4 p. m., and visitors were free to wander through the various areas at their leisure.
https://teresasgarage.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Harrahs-collection-002-300x276.jpg (https://teresasgarage.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Harrahs-collection-002.jpg)Admission was free upon completing an application at the Harrah’s Club in downtown Reno. Free bus transportation to the museum was available from the club, or visitors could have driven directly to the museum, there was an admission charge of $1.00 for adults and $.50 for children. The entire charge was refundable upon application at the club, by adults, within 24 hours. As you have read, this museum was incredible. I was lucky enough to have been living in Reno when this museum was around for all to feast their eyes on so many wonderful pieces of various parts of history.
The museum still exists today in Reno, unfortunately most of the collection was sold at auction and isn’t the same magnitude as it was back in 1964. The literature collection is still intact and the museum offers copies to the public upon request for a small fee.
Reference: Antique Automobile Magazine dated 1964

coelacanth2
05-29-2017, 09:20 PM
Thank you - that was a gas. Our previous tankless water heater was prone to emitting a loud mooing when the burner first lit off. It was a condensing model and vented through about 30 feet of PVC. Nice deep tone - perhaps a resonance similar to the resonances of a pulse jet?

Canoeyawl
05-29-2017, 09:21 PM
For Rob...
https://www.flickr.com/groups/1119118@N20/pool/


https://farm1.staticflickr.com/468/20332775031_f83061f4d5_o_d.jpg

Canoeyawl
05-29-2017, 09:33 PM
Here's your Stanley Steamer engine
My neighbor used one of the to pump water from his wellhead up to the tank on the hill. He was 80, and died in a fall recently.
The pump has been in continuous operation since about 1940. (The hiers have scrapped everything)

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/656/20877386349_c3d5321db7_k_d.jpg

amish rob
05-29-2017, 10:48 PM
Bill Harrah's collection in it's prime was pretty amazing, 1400 cars.
Some of the buildings were measured in acres. I was fortunate enought to spend a couple of days there in 1968. Along with the showrooms he had impressive shops, machine shops, body shops, paint shops...

All history now.
http://www.oldcarsweekly.com/news/editors-picks/bill-harrahs-legacy-in-pictures

For the curious
https://www.flickr.com/groups/1119118@N20/discuss/72157622045568251/

Just awesome. Really cool. I like machines people have made, so when people save them, I love it.

Thanks.
For all the info, I just quoted this one. What a cool thing to do, eh? Just save cool machines. Wonderful.

Peace,
Robert