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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Get that caravan!
« Last Post by Big Al on January 29, 2015, 06:54:59 PM »
Suggesting viewing a guy using skills I have not got. Like making home made turbo jets etc. I would suggest that is an invitation to be doing the opposite of dumbing down. So he modifies a TukTuk. Not exactly destroyed, nor is it rare. No different to matey bollox with that over engine Ape thing. I think its the blowing up of caravans that is the problem. Love those campers! That is what I found hysterically funny. Lets get the TukTuk and Furze to a Rally and watch the Furze fly. Or perhaps a club meeting down his place to learn how to do the wall of death on his home made installation.  :)
 
Getting ready to start modifying a Borgward to enter HRDC type sport is not dumbing down, either. Neither is playing with IC when no one was interested. Nor getting ready to restart business after building up a property. Constructing new parts from nothing, a new departure for me, learning new skills. If your saying I am getting more interested in things your not interested in, indeed yes, I probably am. Fact is Microcars seems to be an area of dumbing down, as it seems not to know where its headed, unless Rob is right. But I do not think anyone who knows me could accuse me of dumbing down. Indeed I seem to have posted rather a lot of new topics in the last month or so to this very site - just one of many sites regularly visited. Of these, most invite the observer to put a bit of effort in to find the facts. It weeds out those who are not so interested. Not being interested is an effect of dumbing down, is it not? If I am dumbing down I have never enjoyed doing it in so many new ways.

Still I will keep the wilder things going on out there to myself, if that is what the un dumbed down want. Talking of which, who is braving the snow to go to any of the three auctions this weekend? Three? You knew there was one. Some might know there is two but.....In line with policy and to not be dumb I could not possibly say more.   :o ;D 8)
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Off Topic Lounge / Isetta Fire Engine
« Last Post by marcus on January 29, 2015, 06:39:38 PM »
It was well past midnight in the sleepy township of Shipley, Yorkshire when a fire started inside the local chemical plant and in a blink of an eye it exploded into massive flames.

The alarm went out for all the local Fire Departments to get there without delay.

When the first Fire Fighting Appliances appeared on the scene, the chemical company President rushed to the Fire Chief in charge and said, "All our secret formulas are in the vault in the centre of the plant. They must be saved. I will give £50,000 to the Fire Crew that brings them out intact."

But the roaring flames held the Fire-Fighters back. Soon the local Radio station broadcast that more Fire Departments had been called in as the situation had become desperate. As the extra Firemen arrived, the President shouted out that the offer was now £100,000 to the Fire Crew who could rescue the company's secret files. But still the Fire Fighters could not penetrate the fierce blaze.

Then, from the distance, a lone "beep-beep" was heard as another fire truck chugged into sight. It was Ray’s red Isetta, with a ladder and brooms sticking out of the roof, buckets dangling from the rear rack and crammed inside with Ray were Keith and Graham.
 
To everyone's amazement, that little sparsely equipped Fire Engine roared right past all the huge sleek Fire Trucks that were parked outside the plant and without even slowing down it drove straight into the middle of the inferno.

Outside, the other firemen watched as the Isetta crew jumped out right in the middle of the fire and fought it back on all sides. It was a performance and effort the likes of which had never seen before. Within a short time, the Isettarists had extinguished the fire and had saved the secret formulas.

The grateful chemical company President promptly rushed over to personally thank each of the brave Isettarists and announced to all the assembled Radio and TV Media that for such a superhuman feat he was upping the reward to £200,000.
 
The local TV station caught the Thank you“ on film and interviewed soot-stained Fire Chief Ray, asking "What are you going to do with all that money?"

"Well," without hesitation Ray, the leader of the Isetta Crew replied in a smoky, croaky voice , "The first thing we’re going to do is fix the brakes on that Bloody Isetta !
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Inspecting my Isetta front floorpan
« Last Post by marcus on January 29, 2015, 06:31:33 PM »
You probably know already but be VERY careful of fumes when welding galvanised pieces, extreme ventilation and quality mask absolutely essential. It is very toxic and cumulative, a friend of mine was not careful enough (despite my warning!) and he was hospitalised for 3 weeks.
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The Mick Leeson era Trienkels would cruise at 50 on the clock, so about 46/7 in reality. This is consistent with being able to use the Autobahn, as if you are driving to slowly they will chuck you off. But yes, on ordinary roads you rarely got the chance to do that. My experience is a Trienkel is faster over the ground. However I think they are more challenging to get right and possibly to drive.
A 1000cc Mini could not keep up with a 1000cc NSU on the straight and narrow. Admittedly that is a slightly later design, but BMC had had the chance to review the design and get a few niggles out of the Mini by then. The years of the later Mini saw Coopers and such offering more speed. As I have said, the Minis trick was in its handling. It was never a happy motorway car, but in its element in the lanes. There top speed was not so much the important thing. Just like the Saab Bullnose, sure footed predictability is more effective.
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Inspecting my Isetta front floorpan
« Last Post by AndyL on January 29, 2015, 04:23:57 PM »
I think they pressed out aren't they, rather than the ribs being hammered or rolled in?

To be honest it's more than what is required, because the corrosion is limited to the front pan. However the difference in cost is quite small, and if I have to have the floor out, might as well make it look like it came out of the factory.
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Get that caravan!
« Last Post by AndyL on January 29, 2015, 04:14:14 PM »
I didn't think the RUM was necessarily for vintage stuff. I mean it's been around for how long now, over thirty years?

Were the cars vintage then, or just old?  :D
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Inspecting my Isetta front floorpan
« Last Post by Jim Janecek on January 29, 2015, 04:12:33 PM »
Gospert gave me a quote of about £220 shipped for a complete floor pan from Germany. This a galvanized panel, and going by the picture it looks totally faithful to the original, although I would need to trim the master cylinder hole to a slot for the Girling model, no big deal.

Gosbert's floor pans are excellent for LHD, he has been supplying them for many years. 
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Get that caravan!
« Last Post by richard on January 29, 2015, 04:10:02 PM »
I think, perhaps unwittingly , you have summed it up  :'(
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Inspecting my Isetta front floorpan
« Last Post by AndyL on January 29, 2015, 04:08:05 PM »
Further wire brushing and prodding with a sharp implement has revealed a few more holes as expected, with the bulk of the rot on the lower left of the picture. I'm guessing this would have taken the bulk of foot traffic with folk getting in and out of the car. That area would require a fairly large patch, the other bits might get by with small plates let in carefully, but I'm thinking it's going mean a new floor to get it A1.



Gospert gave me a quote of about £220 shipped for a complete floor pan from Germany. This a galvanized panel, and going by the picture it looks totally faithful to the original, although I would need to trim the master cylinder hole to a slot for the Girling model, no big deal.

I looked at the Jim Hacking floorpans, they're £498 plus postage. I prefer to support a British supplier but not when they're more than twice the price!


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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Get that caravan!
« Last Post by Rob Dobie on January 29, 2015, 03:47:51 PM »
Because you keep putting boring stuff on here.  ;D
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