If you have a pile of old motorcycle parts, some tubing, an old steel drum, the seat from a junk car, you might think it’s time to get it all hauled away, so you can get serious about building your next project, right? But wait, why not upcycle this junk and turn it into parts? Professor Pardal in Brazil did exactly that, he looked at all of this and saw a steam powered trike hiding in plain sight, so he built one.
The principle behind the drive system is well known, you heat water in a boiler, build up a head of steam and release the pressure into cylinders that drive the wheels. You can even scale it up into something huge.
The professor has a channel with multiple videos showing how he built this trike and it’s well worth watching. There’s a lot of ingenuity in this build and it’s the kind of project that can stimulate young minds to think, “Hey, I could do that!” and if they give it try, they might.
Sometimes we get bogged down, we can’t build anything until we have all of the right materials, a well equipped shop, a great set of plans, maybe Solidworks loaded on our computer so we can turn out those CAD drawings and 3D renders, and while we’re spending our time and money assembling all of that, someone like Professor Pardal is out building something and driving down the road.
I like this guy. I like this trike. Very cool.
Related: The Hubbard Steamcycle