Go Back   DIY Go Kart Forum > Building Plans And Advice > Mini Bikes, Trikes, and Choppers

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-21-2019, 03:28 PM
Randy H Randy H is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 895
Thanks: 851
Thanked 474 Times in 368 Posts
Default Steam powered mini

Stolen from Facebook.
Attached Thumbnails
FB_IMG_1569097293608.jpg  
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-21-2019, 05:38 PM
Kartorbust's Avatar
Kartorbust Kartorbust is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Lincoln, NE
Posts: 2,827
Thanks: 601
Thanked 760 Times in 639 Posts
Default

After seeing X4014 Union Pacific Big Boy in person running, part of me likes the idea of a steampunk mini bike. Question is, other than a picture, was such a mini bike actually built?

Other than a homemade steam boiler, I have no idea where one could even source it. I could barely make out what the old article says (reading on a phone is a bit blurry), but it appears to run at 600F and at 450psi...that's a lot of pressure to be near your legs if it were to go boom.

Regardless of any dangers, I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
__________________
In the age of information, ignorance is a choice.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Kartorbust For This Useful Post:
mckutzy (09-22-2019), Randy H (09-21-2019)
  #3  
Old 09-21-2019, 05:48 PM
Randy H Randy H is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 895
Thanks: 851
Thanked 474 Times in 368 Posts
Default

Creative at least.

I'm able to zoom in on the photo on my phone.

I might try to convert it to text. It's an interesting story. The guy actually built it.

I use Firefox, opening in a new tab works well for me too.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-21-2019, 07:29 PM
anickode's Avatar
anickode anickode is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: S.E. Michigan
Posts: 1,796
Thanks: 59
Thanked 800 Times in 555 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kartorbust View Post
After seeing X4014 Union Pacific Big Boy in person running, part of me likes the idea of a steampunk mini bike. Question is, other than a picture, was such a mini bike actually built?

Other than a homemade steam boiler, I have no idea where one could even source it. I could barely make out what the old article says (reading on a phone is a bit blurry), but it appears to run at 600F and at 450psi...that's a lot of pressure to be near your legs if it were to go boom.

Regardless of any dangers, I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
Any good steam engine does. Pressure = power.

Hobby steam boilers are actually exempt from pressure vessel design and testing regulations. It would seem anyone interested enough to build their own boiler will know enough to be scared enough to overbuild it.

I'm a bit of a steam nut myself. Very cool stuff.
__________________
"Well that would be a bomb."
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-21-2019, 08:04 PM
Kartorbust's Avatar
Kartorbust Kartorbust is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Lincoln, NE
Posts: 2,827
Thanks: 601
Thanked 760 Times in 639 Posts
Default

Okay now I can read the dang thing. I was using Tapatalk before. Jumped on to chrome on my phone, and its infinitely better. So judging by the article, it was a converted 2 stroke engine?
__________________
In the age of information, ignorance is a choice.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:03 PM.