Originally Posted by Silvergoose
Windy, thank you for posting, this is a very interesting hobby. Each time I read your posts I walk away with more questions, Can you suggest a site or publication that will start at the lowest level of flash steam power plants? You said that you used a solid lube, what would that be and how does it work at such speeds and pressures? Keep posting, please.
A good starting point about flash steam is Experimental Flash Steam by Benson and Rayman the design by Bob Kirtley which is the basis of my engine with a lot of mods that Bob is trying now i.e piston design.
When I stripped my engine after Kingsbury it did do a lot of laps before VTO the condition was as if it been plodding serenely along.
Cam follower a part that takes intense loads was very good.
My 2015 short slipper piston with new ring (gap 0.003") exhalent.
Could do with new gudgeon pin and maybe big end. Making a new manifold as the intense heat when it became an underwater missile hardened it out and it smashed when tightened.
Also after on site repairs the last run the generator burst the new section I had tig welded and joint was OK it was part of the old stainless that had degraded.
the dry moly paste on the cam and follower adheres to them more than the oil, Grathos on piston, cylinder and valve guide are used as I have my suspicion moly at intense heat causes more problems.
The potential for a new record is there but from my experience of my younger days when attempting motorcycle records with my scrap yard specials in 1971 and 1974 you can never take anything for granted.
A long reply for me but will have to get back to metal munching soon as will be going to Newby Hall Classic Car Show on Sunday to drool over real cars not modern tin cans.
The motorcycle speed record bug has never left me and you never know a high speed steam motorcycle might suddenly appear on the scene.
After a local young lad of 85 wins Classic TT http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-euro...f-man-22201823
I remember him from my youth there's hope for me yet.
By the way I never believe in luck if machine and conditions correct you will achieve your goals.