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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Seab Flipper Microcar
« Last Post by steven mandell on October 13, 2016, 08:08:13 PM »
I spent a few months getting one of my two Seab Flippers ready for the Little Car Show and Concourse De Lemons for the fabulous Monterrey California car week that concluded about 6 weeks ago.
Seemed like I had to fix everything except the left rear turn signal, but with Big Al's never ending technical support, I was able to get all systems functioning, and looking as well as can be expected for an unpainted car made of ABS plastic that has been exposed to natural levels of UV  for nearly 40 years.

Most of what was needed that wasn't a generically available part was resuscitated, adapted or created.
So if you need some help with anything other than the windshield that you are currently after- please don't hesitate to ask, as I may have already had to deal with it.
My windshields show signs of mild to moderate delamination.  Pass it off as "charm".

Word of warning- do NOT hook up 12 volts to either headlight if it is not connected in series to the other one, as they are 6 volt 6 watt yellow screw in halogen bulbs that I never found a replacement for.
The rest of the car is exclusively 12 volt.

However, I did turn this need into a challenge to come up with something better.
It did require a lot of time on research, but in the end I finally prevailed.  It required some tedious de-crimping of the backing plate to very fragile headlight shell, and a bit of lathe work on a focused 7 led 7 watt cast bulb assembly. 
But the results were worth it-  clean white bright 600 lumen lights at virtually the same amp draw as the original dangerously feeble units.
It does help to be able to see where you are going. ;)
Microcar Events / 2016 National MicroCra Rally Review meeting
« Last Post by scootacar on October 12, 2016, 09:22:24 PM »
The 42nd National Micro Car Rally Review meeting will be held on Sunday 23rd October 2016 in Pinxton Village Hall, Kirkstead Road, Pinxton Derbyshire NG16 6NA at 1.00pm to discuss this year’s rally and plan for next year’s rally.

Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available. Everyone is welcome to attend – further details contact Ray and Jenny on 01773 782688 or 07712 654777. Centre will be open at 12.30pm.

Directions: Leave M1 at J28 heading towards Pinxton/South Normanton on B6019. After approx. ¼ mile take the first road on the left “Pinxton Lane” and then at the traffic lights turn right “Victoria Road”. Take the second road on the right “Church Street West” (Chip Shop on the corner) and then the next left. The Village Hall is on the left hand side (approx. 1 mile from J28 of M1) There is adequate off road parking at the side of the hall.

If you are unable to attend but would like to raise any issues then please e-mail :
Off Topic Lounge / Re: Further illness, further Messerschmitt bits
« Last Post by Big Al on October 12, 2016, 07:10:18 AM »
I like it, fashionable illnesses. I wouldn't be seen died in February, Dharling, everything else is so stiff and pale. But Duodenal Ulcers are going to be in after the Christmas excess. Consider Colic by Channell, as a timely gift.
RUMCar Mart / Re: Mini Comtessa For Sale
« Last Post by Barry on October 11, 2016, 07:44:09 AM »
Hello Pas. 
Perhaps you could tell us a bit more about your interest in Microcars and more about the Mini Comtesse.
It would be nice to have some background information and photos.
RUMCar Mart / Mini Comtessa For Sale
« Last Post by pas on October 10, 2016, 07:55:33 PM »
hi i have a 1975  mini comtesse  for sale in really good condition looking for £2500, all working
Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Seab Flipper Microcar
« Last Post by AC-Boy on October 09, 2016, 09:51:51 PM »
Thank you Jean, will Register. Lee  :)
Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Seab Flipper Microcar
« Last Post by Jean on October 07, 2016, 12:55:00 PM »
Dear Lee,

Have you put your Flipper on our Register?  I know there are several owners who have, so once you are on the Register Alastair may well be able to put you in touch with one of them who may be able to help you.  Whilst there is one in the Hammond Collection but as yet we have had no reason to source any spare parts.

Go to our website (, go to 'About the Register' from where you can download an registration form to put things in motion.  Jean
Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Bond Mkd headlamp bowls
« Last Post by Big Al on October 07, 2016, 12:19:35 PM »
Off Topic Lounge / Re: Further illness, further Messerschmitt bits
« Last Post by marcus on October 07, 2016, 11:08:06 AM »
Sorry to hear your bad news, hope things improve for you soon.

On a silly note and hoping to give you a chuckle : Septicaemia is SO last month, now it's Octocaemia!
Off Topic Lounge / Further illness, further Messerschmitt bits
« Last Post by Big Al on October 07, 2016, 09:53:47 AM »
I am just back out of hospital after another attack of septicaemia. Just as I was really making headway on loosing weight. So back on light duties and got to remain undeviating on the diet. My emergency trip into the infirmary saw the end for one dog, Gooch, who had reached his time really. The other has been diagnosed with a a heart condition and water on the lungs. So looks like I will be dogless before I thought, as she is on borrowed time.

The only really important work to do is to go and collect a shed full of new Schmitt bits and some tooling on Saturday. The building is being redeveloped. In effect I could make up 10 Messerschmitts, with ID, missing a lot of mechanics out of this lot. But such is my state of not being able to do such work now I will be creating some flat pack cars for others to restore. Perfect entry Schmitt for a proficient welder on a budget, as nigh on all is new steel. Profit is all well and good, and their is potentially a lot here, but inaccessible to me.

Also the jigs to create the front cross members, the correct curvature of the tubes of a monocoque, not quite is simple a shape as you might expect. Then there is a jig for assembling the monocoque tubs, tubes to crossmember and with their panels. They will also repair a accident damaged tub back to straight. These tools do not belong to me and I will be storing them until a buyer is found. Frankly, I think they will be a bit of a bargain, certainly if anyone seriously wants to make steel tubed replicas, as this jig is correct, including the correct angle for the crossmember to floor that so many people have got wrong over the years, leading to cars that simple cannot be adjusted to handle correctly. The purchaser will get the intro to the sources of trade floors, firewall, sides etc. The same places the clubs get their panels.

I am keeping the hydraulic press tool. But you can buy one from Machine Mart. The adapters, if they are present, can pass on with the tooling. For instance the tool to stamp off the end of the tube, for the pedal assembly to fit onto.

Quite how I am going to shift several tons of steel on a gimp leg I have no idea, but its got to be done. Then, as I say so often, that’s buying in done. (this year I had Oddingley, and now these Schmitty bits, plus a few bargains) I just need to sell off a load of stuff! The cars gain on me and now sit well over 80 again.
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