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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Mini Comtesse Help!
« Last Post by Big Al on February 19, 2017, 08:37:40 AM »
I think there is partial cover on this topic on a previous thread on the Comtesse on this forum. An interrogation of the files might yield the info you need. Not least the underneath of Steve Mandells car.

There seem to be quite a number of these cars escaped from France now, so with that and the French owners, there is a pool of interest. Sadly it does seem to be hard work to access a unified source of information, but I am informed that this is the modern, and better way of things, with FaceBook, and other temporary, and fashionable, media dividing the information into a kaleidoscope of dispirate resources. I must say, I was glad to sell my example off, for getting accurate info was very hard work.
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: The sky is falling
« Last Post by Chris Thomas on February 18, 2017, 08:52:47 PM »
Dear Steve and all other USA readers

Jim gave you all fair warning that  he wanted out and Jim means what he says. Therefore it should be no surprise to you all.

I think it is a great shame that Microcar News is no longer produced, and that Jim is not active in the microcar scene by his choice. But amongst the 750 people who are on the club membership for 2016, there must be more than one or two who are willing and able to take over the reigns of the organisation. Apathy was never a trait that described the American people.

It takes a very special person to do what Jim was doing. A hard act to follow.

Chris Thomas
Rumcar News
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Mini Comtesse Help!
« Last Post by Chris Thomas on February 18, 2017, 08:43:06 PM »
Dear Angus

The best thing you can do is subscribe to Rumcar news for 2017 as there will be 4 pages dedicated to the Mini Comtesse.

The restoration job for you will be like pulling teeth.

Chris Thomas
Rumcar News
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: MkD Bond help
« Last Post by Rusty Chrome (Malcolm Parker) on February 18, 2017, 08:10:46 PM »
It runs underneath the car and then up behind the dash entering into the inside of the car behind and running over the top of the fuel tank. This pic was before I put the tank in
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / MkD Bond help
« Last Post by Basket case on February 18, 2017, 07:46:49 PM »
Good day in the garage today but don't want to see another rivet or nylock nut.

Can anybody advise the routing of the speedo cable? Where does it come into the car from the back wheel? Does it run inside or underneath?

Also any idea where I can get a nut for the wiper motor? Very strange thread. Equivalent to M9, 32tpi???
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Mini Comtesse Help!
« Last Post by angus fognozzle on February 18, 2017, 07:02:55 PM »
Illustrated the point (once again!) that e-bay and alcohol make a dangerous combination;
I am now the proud owner of a Mini Comtesse which - in the absence of an available skip- needs full restoration.
To be fair, it is more or less complete- minus that lost in rust...
I can get what the chassis is supposed to look like, but it is the 'stabiliser wheel'/brake pedal bracket that the dreaded tin worm has left me guessing about.
I am hoping someone on the forum a. still has one and b. will take pity on me and provide photos and dimensions of this..
Any other info anyone may have on these dimiutive beasties would of course be very welcome...

Angus,
East Grinstead West Sussex

Isetta 300, Messerschmitt Kr200 x2, Wolseley 1500, Mini Cooper, Bedford Plaxton Embassy J2, Bedford Green Goddess.
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / The sky is falling
« Last Post by steven mandell on February 18, 2017, 01:38:22 PM »
This time I believe that it is for real, as for the second day in a row when attempting to renew my membership in the largest micro car club in the known universe-  the Vintage Micro Car Club, I have been greeted with the same ominous message:  MICROCAR NEWS
     NEW subscriptions/ members and RENEWALS are no longer available.
                                               The magazine has ceased being published.

With a roster of approximately 750 members, this is as big a crash to the world of micro car enthusiasts as the dispursement of the Bruce Weiner Museum's collection exactly 4 years earlier.

Together with the decline of activity on this site, I feel that I and others in the Microcar world have been set adrift.
Jim, if you are reading this, please know how much your stellar and successful efforts to keep this international community well knit and entertained have been appreciated.
I understand, and agree that your role as a caretaker comes first.
However, Please also be assured that if your station in life ever allows you to resume your leadership role, that there will be appreciably more than the 750 members showing up on your roster that will appreciate it immensely.

If it will at any time in the future be of use, I can commit to providing you with an article's worth of info and pictures for any forthcoming issues, should you decide to re- ignite the flame.

Sincerely Yours,
Steven Mandell
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Mini Comtesse
« Last Post by steven mandell on February 18, 2017, 01:03:24 PM »
Dear Rumcar Readers

During my research into the Mini Comtesse I discovered this great little piece of film.h

https://youtu.be/RoaE023ccjY

Chris Thomas
Great little piece indeed.
Also allowed me to discover another USA Today video that streamed in automatically after it concluded. It is an interview from the Concourse De Lemons featuring an early 1973 Mini Comtesse that I had brought to their Monterrey California show, during the Pebble Beach weekend.
This one was from 2014 where out of 125 international entrants, it won the most highly coveted award of the Concourse- "Worst Car of Show".
I had never seen it until just now, so thanks for the connection.
Last summer was the Flipper's day in the sun.
This year I haven't decided for sure yet.  But if I can get enough help sourcing a front windshield, and a way to make a buck to mold lower body battery case panels, I may go for the Tielhol Citadiene.
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Mini Comtesse
« Last Post by Barry on February 18, 2017, 11:43:43 AM »
Thanks Chris for the cooperation on DropBox files.  A great help.

Here is the link to Denis and Acoma.  The early one door cars are very interesting.

http://www.microcarfan.com/index.php/marques/72-acoma

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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Mini Comtesse
« Last Post by Chris Thomas on February 18, 2017, 09:47:41 AM »
Dear Malcolm

Thanks for that link. I had missed that previous discussion. I should have known better than to assume nobody had discussed this before.

Chris Thomas
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