Stanley Mountain Wagon Model 826
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~~~ requesting information on 826 double
boilered racer ~~~
I am searching for information about Mr. Fred Lewis, and his 1916 model 826 double boilered Stanley Its serial number is 16813 and it
is only one of two model 826 Stanleys ever made.
Mr. Fred Lewis of
New York owned real estate in New York, California and in later years he had a large ranch in Vancouver, British
Columbia, Canada. A few of his luxury cars have survived today, like our 1916 Stanley model 826 that was taken in on trade
at The Clark Bros. Buick dealership in 1922 in Pomona, California. His employees had stated that Mr. Fred Lewis's model
826 was raced at Daytona Beach, Florida.
The model 826 Stanley was delivered 8/26/1916 from the Stanley Steam Car Co. as a
running chassis and it was set up with two boilers. Where the second boiler was installed is where the driver usually sat.
Everything in the driver's area was moved to the rear to make room for the second boiler. Moved to the rear by 30
inches were the steering gear, both brake cross shafts, hook up and brake pedals and even the pump pit was moved to the rear.
The car's Daytona racing career was short because it was soon sent
to Mr Fred Lewis's California Diamond Bar Ranch outside of
Los Angeles. About this time the rear boiler was removed and the model 826 was refitted as a truck to haul workers and
supplies to his ranch. Goldie Moore of La Verne California purchased the model 826 from the Buick dealer in 1922 and he used
it in his plumbing and welding business up until 1929. In 1961 Goldie built a depot hack body for it and that is the way
that it was when I purchased it in 1998 from Goldie's son, Richard Moore.
The model 826 is a steeled frame Mountain Wagon
type with the 30 hp Stanley engine and boiler mounted on a 136" wheel base. The cross member that holds the engine support
strap is notched so the engine could have a larger crank gear for higher speeds. The engine presently is geared 50 to 80. The frame is still drilled for the relocation of the driver's controls to the rear and it also has the
mounting holes in the frame for the second 30 hp boiler. All these extra holes all look like they there were professionally
drilled at the Stanley Factory.
The pump pit is still mounted at its relocated rear position. To return them to their single boilered forward location the hook up levers still show where new pieces of rod have been welded back in. The firewall and doors
look like they came from the Stanley factory but the aluminum body looks like a custom built body. Brent Campbell looked at
some of the early photos of this steamer's body and he thinks that it has historical significance and that it should be preserved.
The model 826's unusual aluminum flush sided two place cab is now stored in my garage. I have mounted an authentic noncondensing
12 passenger Mountain Wagon body on the frame and I am restoring it as a correct 12 passenger Mt. Wagon. A couple
of the Mountain Wagon
components, that the model 826 still had under it, are the under-frame mounted 57 gallon water tank, and its original Mt.Wagon fuel tank.
These two items wouldn't have been found on the frame when it was used as a double boilered
racer. This is where I am now at with my information. I am
appealing to you for any photos of or information on the model
826 or on Mr. Fred Lewis.
6647 Bridgewater Lane, Sedro Woolley, WA 98284, U.S.A.
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