Barrett Steam Car - making progress.
This video shows Greg Walker checking out the systems on the Barrett steam car.
Greg Walker, and staunch winger Martin (Dai) Rees are getting closer to re-commissioning Peter Barrett's
Steam Car - based on 1963 VW Beetle, with after market Aztec body. Engine is modified 1500 cc Air Cooled
Beetle engine, but only two of the cylinders. Space that was occupied by the other two (right bank)
cylinders is now occupied by a stainless steel monotube boiler with spinning cup burner atop.
We got very close to moving under its own steam on this run, but on the next test run a needle valve
controlling steam feed for tickover failed - so we couldn't stop off the steam flow to the engine.
This engine is exceptionally efficient. Designed to run on 1500 psi steam, with fixed 5% cutoff & poppet
valves. So it's not self starting. Started with standard starter motor.