First Modelworks Likamobile steam car registered in UK
Apparently it fell under the same category as scale model traction engines which are easily registered for road use.
Road Test and a few Modifications.(Click here).
The First Steam. (Click here).
Letter from Rick Stoeber re-news on the boilers. (Click here).
Kit 16. Boiler and Burner has arrived. (Click here).
Leaf Sring Modification. (Click here).
Engine Modification. (Click here).
Rick Stoeber is offering Likamobile accessories. (Click here).
Modelworks Likamobile Kit.
By Rick Stoeber.
Hello, fellow steam enthusiasts. My name is Rick Stoeber, Red Bank, NJ. Like most of you I've always had
a fascination with steam, especially cars. This is my first venture into the steam automobile and I'm
learning everyday and meeting new steam people all the time. This is very exciting so please forgive me
if I get ahead of myself.
First I would like to state that Simon Cast, Brad Patton, and Steve Baldock (Mr. Tech), of Modelworks, are very
enthusiastic and are ready to help whenever they can. I know that they have probably been overworked with trying
to get the first kits out and getting everything sorted for smooth transition from kit to kit.
The original kit 1 was supposed to arrive at the end of December 2004, but they had some foundry problems
and were not satisfied with the product and decided to delay the first kit till around March of 2005. This
was my first experience with Modelworks commitment to quality as my future build notes will prove. Then
there was another delay, not sure why, but then I received a shipping date and Waybill # for TNT Transportation,
June 10, 2005. Now I had to follow the shipping and it arrived at US Customs. I had to file a Power of Attorney,
and supply my Social Security #. Now I'm suspicious, you don't supply your social to anyone unless it really
is important and they can prove themselves. I received several phone calls from other purchasers as to my
thoughts on that as well. I made a phone call to a friend of mine who is in charge of Home land security for
the NY and NJ ports. As of Sept. 11, 2001, this is now standard procedure if you have never been logged in to
their records. I was assured of the security of my records as they can understand my concerns. Once the paper
work is done, Oh Yeah, I only had 15 days to get through this red tape; otherwise storage fees are applied, from,
what I've heard they aren't cheap. I was dealing with Ileene Keeny, with Eagle Global Logistics, she handled
everything on my behalf and was totally professional and quite knowledgeable with customs procedures, she was
also quite interested in what all these packages from Modelworks were, and she also told me that customs will
open the package to inspect its contents. (Guns, bombs, chemicals, etc.) On June 30, 2005 the first installment
cleared customs and was now in transit to my door.
During August, I attended an early car show in McCungie, Pennsylvania. What came steaming onto the show field
was an 1899 Locomobile Steam Carriage. Needless to say I introduced myself and explained the Likamobile project.
The owner of this wonderful steamer is Mr. and Mrs. Donald Davidson. They had heard about Modelworks project
and expressed as interest in seeing its progress, and gave me an open invitation to their home in the future.
I hope to get together with them soon. There are several photos of their car posted. Our project is closer to the
1899 model than the 1900, especially the center tiller, which changed to side tiller in 1900. Also the rear axle
center support is flat steel in 1899 and round steel tube in 1900. There is a great deal of engineering in our kit
to keep it true as possible to the authentic, along with the improvements that Locomobile did incorporate as they
went with production.
If you have any information or ideas for improving or building, please pass them along as I will try to get them
on the site.
Also I would like to set up a roster of all US Likamobile projects, as well as world wide so we can help each other.
Two local friends in NJ are also building Likamobiles, Gil Harris, and Rolf Marganeau. Hopefully we will be
steaming by July 2006.
Feel free to contact me, don't be insulted if you don't get an immediate response, I will get back to you.
Here's to the future steamers, have fun.
Click here for Kit 1 and 2.
Click here for build at the end of 2006.
Click here for short movie of Likamobile in steam.
Click here for latest movie of Likamobile in steam.
Click here for another movie of Likamobile in steam.
48 Broad St. #332
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Web page:- MemoriesDreams.com
Click here for Kit 1 and 2.
Click here to go to
Kit Three and Four.
Rear Brake Caliper Mounting Correction.
Kit Four B and Five.
Kit Six and Eight.
Addendum Kit Ten.
Kit Seventeen and Eighteen.
Leaf Spring Modification.
Brake Pedal, Brake Line, and Throttle Pedal Installation
Fuel Line Pickup Modification.
Super Heater, Hand Pump, and Plumbing.
Some Final Assembly and First Time Steam Up.
Road Test and a few Modifications.
Locomobile Cylinder Drains July 2009.