Karl Petersen is seeking information on the Staley Steam Car that was created as a chassis at Purdue University about 1920. It was apparently scrapped after some experiments and he has seen only the engine block. Karl would like to hear from anyone knowing anything about Staley or the chassis. See Staley's article in the Purdue Engineering Review.
Ken Hamlich reports having found significant biographical information on Allan Conkling Staley for his research on Staley and Charles French for Tom Kimmell's book.
Staley worked for Doble-Detroit, Stanley, Scott-Newcomb then on the Coats and apparently the Endurance steamers. Finally ended up as a fairly big wheel at Chrysler where he seems to be the lead developer of automotive air conditioning in the 1930s, aircraft supercharging in the 40s and then onto seminal work in gas turbines. He was a professor of gas and mechanical engineering.
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