Although I must be well behind some of my more capable fellow builders, I feel that progress is being made.
I also had to avoid screwing the piston rod too far into the crosshead as the small end of the connecting rod wanted to be in the same place.
I think I shall press on with the next stage before taking anything apart; I really want to see how the 'modified Hackworth' valve gear works in practice.
Putting everything together is a bit like those metal puzzles sometimes found in party crackers.
and reduce the risk of getting burnt. It might help with reducing condensation in the steam ways and cylinders - we don't want hydraulic lock in the cyclinders, although I have been assured that the slide valve to be used does help to minimise the effects.
The engine can be turned over by hand, but will be much easier when there is some steam pressure available.
As an aside, I have been thinking about moving the steam car when it is not 'alive'. The obvious answer is a trailer, but a local supplier advises that there are too many people about who like the idea of driving off with someone else's trailer. With that thought in mind, plus the lack of space for a trailer, it occurs to me that an A-Frame towbar would work and take up less space. It works for motor homes towing small cars, so should work for a Lykamobile (with the chain removed, of course). There only need be two fittings at each end of teh front axle.