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Old cars at our museum


There are two old cars at our museum, a 1932 Graham-Paige and a 1918 Stanley Steamer.  Both were taken out and driven for display at a local Concourse d’Elegance (old car show).  And, we got a ride in the Stanley Steamer!

It took well over an hour to get the Stanley up to steam.  Partly because of poor fuel; there is little kerosene available.  Also, the boiler is almost 100 years old, so it makes sense to bring up steam slowly.  Once going however, we felt that the Stanley was quiet, smooth and powerful.

Both cars in front of the Pearson hanger.  The Stanley is steaming

Both cars in front of the Pearson hanger. The Stanley is steaming

A good view of the Stanley Steamer

A good view of the Stanley Steamer

Detail of the boiler room

Detail of the boiler room

Now that is a real tilting steering wheel!

Now that is a real tilting steering wheel!

Lots of smoke!

Lots of smoke!

Pumping the starting fuel pump

Pumping the starting fuel pump

Checking to see if it ready yet

Checking to see if it ready yet

Almost ready....

Almost ready….

The condenser (radiator) is actually blowing steam rings

The condenser (radiator) is actually blowing steam rings

Finally, enough steam is showing to go for a ride

Finally, enough steam is showing to go for a ride

John in the Stanley

John in the Stanley

Looks like Romola is getting ready to drive off

Looks like Romola is getting ready to drive off

An overall view of the Graham-Paige touring car

An overall view of the Graham-Paige touring car

Port side view of the Graham Paige engine

Port side view of the Graham Paige engine

Driver side view of the Graham Paige engine

Driver side view of the Graham Paige engine

Closeup uf the Graham-Paige emblem

Closeup of the Graham-Paige emblem

  1. Jen
    August 5, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    It was an awesome time, wasn’t it? 🙂

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