As Purchased Condition Of The Car
The invention of moving the engine to a direct mounting on the rear axle is credited by most as the definitive advantage a Stanley car had over the competition. Without the need for chains, gears, and slack adjustment mechanisms the Stanley innovation of a steam engine directly mounted to the rear axle provided a great performance and maintenance advantage. It also allowed for easy access to tighten and replace piston rod and valve rod packing.
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