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Re: Napier 1903 Gordon Bennett
« Reply #15 on: 25 November 2019, 01:09:30 am »
Looking great Rhys, more space in the back end than most.
Thanks Chris, I'm hoping that I can do a few things with this other than round and round. My earlier post "You don't have to race" alluded to this, but so far nobody has picked up.

Having the space, both front and back, means there is room for perhaps a tent, sleeping bag and a little food , spare fuel and tools. It may also mean that it can perform a role as a tow truck :)
Thanks too Bill for your comment.

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Re: Napier 1903 Gordon Bennett
« Reply #16 on: 25 November 2019, 08:49:46 am »
Has anyone a piece of honeycomb material for the dummy radiator, approx 300 mm by 350 mm.
Iíll see if Iíve got anything that size.  Might be a couple of days before I can get to the garage.  Remind me if you donít hear.

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« Reply #17 on: 25 November 2019, 09:54:42 am »
Oh I picked up on your comment Rhys, just not sure where in this country it would be possible to do an expedition with something that wasn't road legal. Forestry is the only place I can think of, but a lot of it is small areas which would need the use of roads to link up.

I intend at some point to build something road legal but it would be a replica AC Sociable, and outside the cyclekart spec.

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« Reply #18 on: 25 November 2019, 10:34:31 am »
Oh I picked up on your comment Rhys, just not sure where in this country it would be possible to do an expedition with something that wasn't road legal. Forestry is the only place I can think of, but a lot of it is small areas which would need the use of roads to link up.

I intend at some point to build something road legal but it would be a replica AC Sociable, and outside the cyclekart spec.
I have actually found some places, opposite end of Wales to you Chris, large land areas that owner is OK with for a day trip or whatever. Anyway, I felt like doing it.

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« Reply #19 on: 25 November 2019, 08:50:22 pm »
Interesting, opposite end of Wales isn't as easy for me as for you, be I'd be up for it, could always tie it in with a few days away. Haven't been up there for a few years, so please bear me in mind.

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Re: Napier 1903 Gordon Bennett
« Reply #20 on: 26 November 2019, 11:53:32 am »
Has anyone a piece of honeycomb material for the dummy radiator, approx 300 mm by 350 mm.
Iíll see if Iíve got anything that size.  Might be a couple of days before I can get to the garage.  Remind me if you donít hear.
I've got a piece of aluminium honeycomb the size you need.   You might have to wait to get it mind because it won't post easily.

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« Reply #21 on: 26 November 2019, 09:22:55 pm »
Thanks Stefan, builder's meet would do.

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« Reply #22 on: 28 November 2019, 03:49:40 pm »
Next step, cross over from the second hand kart parts too.
I have decided to make another bonnet (hood for the 'mericans) from 0.9 mm aluminium. Isn't it surprising what having a little capital to spend allows. :)

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« Reply #23 on: 28 November 2019, 06:22:11 pm »
Well it can't all be good can it?
Because I changed the source of parts partway through the brake caliper mounting is now in the wrong place.
Out with the angle grinder and 1 mm cutting disc in the morning!
So I have stuffed up, learn from my mistakes, no swapping horses midstream.

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« Reply #24 on: 22 December 2019, 02:36:35 pm »
Huge progress the last 2 days as we managed to borrow a welder and Sean had some time to come and help.
Motor mount is welded in place, spring outboard hangers are done, body mounting tabs all in place, new caliper mount for the 4 pot hydraulic caliper in place, and the steering box (angle grinder gearbox) all done.
As I have a near vertical steering column there has been a lot of steam coming out of my ears as I try to find a way to deal with a drag link type steering system. I think this will work, only time will tell!

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Re: Napier 1903 Gordon Bennett
« Reply #25 on: 30 December 2019, 05:04:27 pm »
Trying for a few more pics to prove I have been doing something.
« Last Edit: 30 December 2019, 05:18:48 pm by RhysN »

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Re: Napier 1903 Gordon Bennett
« Reply #26 on: 30 December 2019, 05:21:36 pm »
Oooooo Its got some shape to that bonnet, like the progress

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« Reply #27 on: 31 December 2019, 12:10:09 pm »
starting to take shape and looks really good.

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« Reply #28 on: 02 February 2020, 05:34:06 pm »
It's been a while since I posted, work progresses most days an hour or so.
Another thing for folks to learn from my efforts! I frequently say, "Make your first build a simple one", this is far from my first (number 8 actually) but am I tripping myself up with this in a HUGE way, mainly revolves around my efforts to have the near vertical steering column. This necessitates a steering box with a drag link to the front stub axles, and has caused me tens of hours of thinking and experimenting. Even the CAD didn't help, (it's hard to make the cardboard do what I want.
To relieve the lack of progress the body work has now had a number of coats of either etch primer, or wood primer, then undercoat rubbed back between coats, I'm almost at the topcoat green.
Thanks to Stefan I now have the honeycomb for the radiator, and the I beam front axle is almost finished.
The drive system is ready to bolt in for final fit before painting the chassis, maybe that will happen this week.
I know, no photos means nothing.

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Re: Napier 1903 Gordon Bennett
« Reply #29 on: 03 February 2020, 01:54:55 pm »
Perhaps the way Kelly managed right angle changes on Little Miss Bacfire might be adaptable to what you need.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvmi4Hm_uLM&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3eDYR890tDh399wowh3PFUdCnzVKoXTEJAtYxigSkSrnMh0HGjvoU5r04