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Title: Dodge baquet ish build.
Post by: jim on 21 November 2019, 06:57:26 am
So I thought I would build a cyclekart. Something simple that wouldn't take too long. The inspiration was a 1935 Dodge baquet.
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Post by: jim on 21 November 2019, 07:04:06 am
This is my original sketch of what it might look like.
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Post by: TheGiantTribble on 21 November 2019, 09:09:13 am
Nice choice, something a bit different again for the ranks.
And from your sketch it would appear to scale very well for a CK.
I approve :-)
Title: Re: Dodge baquet ish build.
Post by: RhysN on 21 November 2019, 02:28:20 pm
That's a nice looking car. I would suggest spending a bit of time on figuring how you get you, and the drive package in there though.
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Post by: jim on 21 November 2019, 05:38:54 pm
I had some 2mm sheet cut to my graph paper drawing which was just measured off the sketch. A few strips of 30mm x 2mm for the top and bottom of the chassis. I used some old shelving brackets to jig it.
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Post by: jim on 21 November 2019, 05:56:01 pm
Keep it simple went out of the window, there's gonna be miles of welding ahead. Tacked up with front cross member and a rear which will be the seat support.
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Post by: jim on 21 November 2019, 06:24:29 pm
Front leaf springs fitted. 1 1/2" × 3/16 × 20" They feel like the correct poundage.
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Post by: jim on 21 November 2019, 07:18:29 pm
Front axle halfway through and rear leaf springs fitted.
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Post by: StefanN on 21 November 2019, 11:09:10 pm
Love it....rear springs too?!
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Post by: jim on 22 November 2019, 06:20:46 am
Thanks for the nice comments everyone. I have no idea if the rear leaf springs will work properly or just keep chucking the chain off. I had a look at a few chain driven cars with leaf springs at the nec classic car show a couple of weeks ago so  it can be done. The diff is done and now almost have a rolling chassis. Why didn't I just keep it simple.
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Post by: TheGiantTribble on 22 November 2019, 09:31:09 am
Impressive progress indeed.
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Post by: ChrisS on 22 November 2019, 10:33:38 am
very nice work Jim, looking forward to your next report!
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Post by: Graham Hill on 22 November 2019, 11:40:22 am
Hi Jim. I've not commented previously but thanks for taking the time to post regularly and share your skills and ideas. I love what you are doing, keep them coming please.
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Post by: Marek.Z.N on 22 November 2019, 07:24:39 pm
Wow! that is amazing
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Post by: jim on 24 November 2019, 10:58:18 am
Thanks again for the nice comments. Hub adapters done and mocking up the rear brakes.
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Post by: RhysN on 24 November 2019, 03:47:35 pm
That's an exotic build Jim. Makes my KISS cars look pretty primitive.
 Can I suggest you have a look at your ratio on the sprockets. I suspect that you may be geared a bit high, with a simple drive (no TAV) most folks are finding they need to be about 9:1 from the engine sprocket to the axle.
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Post by: jim on 24 November 2019, 04:33:31 pm
Thanks Rhys, I think my ratio is 7.2:1. I am making a a plate that will bolt to the engine and support two sprockets. Similar in design to tav but with reducing gears. It is what I have kicking around the garage. I am on a very low budget with this build and it has to be under a grand. So far  £400.
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Post by: RhysN on 24 November 2019, 05:43:39 pm
I like low budget! From memory Chris used about that on his ERA, subsequently changed. I'm sure he will chip in. You have spent more than I have so far :)
Title: Re: Dodge baquet ish build.
Post by: ChrisS on 26 November 2019, 08:04:49 pm
I have a selection of 4 sprockets which can give me final drive ratios ranging from 9.6:1 to 7.6:1.  At Stretton in November I was running 8.8:1 which was probably slightly undergeared as the governor was cutting in quite early on the straights but the hairpin slows you down so much that without a TAV the engine really labours as you accelerate out.  My first time out at Stretton the hairpin wasn't in our circuit and I was running 7.6:1 and it pulled it fine.
Title: Re: Dodge baquet ish build.
Post by: jim on 19 December 2019, 10:43:08 pm
A few more bits done. Steering wheel made from an old bit of ali sheet with some ply wood glued on. Brake pedal and master cylinder which is an old toyota supra clutch one. Fitted some brake discs and calipers from a scrap Chinese 125 bike. Made a plate  to mount the reducing sprockets. I think that's about it.
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Post by: jim on 29 December 2019, 07:58:42 am
Well, I don't think my maths are up to much. I had 3 to 1 on the first chain from the engine and 4.1 to 1 on the second. I added them up and came up with 7.1 to 1. I actually had about 12 to 1. So I have made a couple of sets of change sprockets to alter the ratios. Currently 8 to 1. I also changed my steering slightly by adding another track rod. This made the wheel angles better at full lock. I felt I would get a lot of under steer using the kart type of set up.
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Post by: jim on 29 December 2019, 08:06:45 am
I like the ball joints from eBay. M8 and all 4 were about 11 quid posted.
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Post by: ChrisS on 29 December 2019, 04:10:39 pm
Well, I don't think my maths are up to much. I had 3 to 1 on the first chain from the engine and 4.1 to 1 on the second. I added them up and came up with 7.1 to 1. I actually had about 12 to 1. So I have made a couple of sets of change sprockets to alter the ratios. Currently 8 to 1. I

Yes, you need to multiply them so 3 x 4.1 would have been 12.3 to 1. But I think if you now have 8 to 1 that's a very good ratio to start with.

Very impressed with your chassis fabrication!
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Post by: jim on 30 December 2019, 07:08:29 am
Thanks Chris. I have mocked up a fuel tank  with card and cable tied a wheel to get an idea what size to make the tank . I will only be using tyres on the back because a wheel is heavy. I will make the brackets so the engine is covered a bit more but will also allow air flow.
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Post by: Marek.Z.N on 30 December 2019, 01:15:08 pm
AWESOME BUILD!!!!!
Is this fuel tank you are mocking up going to be functional or just a cover for the engine? Also, I love the back wheel and chassis and the radiator is looking cool. Cant wait to see this progress.
Title: Re: Dodge baquet ish build.
Post by: jim on 30 December 2019, 07:20:52 pm
Thanks Marek, the tank will be just for show but a small tube shape proper tank will be hidden underneath. I will make it so it can be filled from the outside. This evening I have made one of the end caps from a bit of Ply and some ali strips . It's quite large but when finished it should  cover the engine.
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Post by: Marek.Z.N on 31 December 2019, 12:12:02 pm
I love the tank idea and the use of CAD (cardboard aided design). this is going to be quite the cyclekart, I love the dodge baquet as a car
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Post by: Marek.Z.N on 31 December 2019, 12:13:04 pm
making a seat/livery similar to the original would look awesome aswell.
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Post by: jim on 10 January 2020, 06:57:58 am
Dummy tank almost finished and an old bmx wheel held on with a quarter turn fixing with some brass finials.
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Post by: Marek.Z.N on 10 January 2020, 07:03:16 am
that looks so cool. the BMX wheel doesn't look out of place or too small and the tank is absolutely splendid!!!
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Post by: jim on 11 January 2020, 06:18:23 pm
Thanks Marek. I love this stage of the build. Making all the little adornments like the fuel guage. It's a bit of an armoured cable gland and I coloured in the dial ect on card then covered it with perspex. I also used the same thing for the radiator thermostat guage. The dodge has loads of adornments so that is gonna be fun. Really looking forward to painting all the signage on as well. When I paint the number on the side of the fuel tank I'm gonna drill lots of holes in the number to aid air getting into the fan.
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Post by: jim on 25 January 2020, 07:19:21 am
I have modified the brake pedal to make it more adjustable and give a bit more leg room. I am waiting on a bead roller from Amazon so I can start on the body work. I have some 1.2mm aluminium sheet left over from a couple of other projects so I will use that.
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Post by: Applejack on 25 January 2020, 07:51:06 am
Great work Jim looking forward to seeing the finished CK.    Graham A.
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Post by: jim on 06 February 2020, 06:31:17 am
Hooray, the chassis is finished at last. I hope to paint it this weekend and start putting it all back together. Thanks for all the kind words, it is very encouraging and has kept me going. I'm still hoping to get it out for testing before the end of March.
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Post by: StefanN on 06 February 2020, 07:31:11 am
It looks great
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Post by: RhysN on 06 February 2020, 10:03:03 am
Very exotic, the face of our sport is moving in an exciting direction.
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Post by: jim on 17 February 2020, 09:49:58 pm
I managed to paint the chassis and start making the floor last weekend. The satin black paint reacted with the primer and crackled. Luckily I'm not after a show finish.
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Post by: TheGiantTribble on 18 February 2020, 10:26:13 am
Don't worry about a bit of crackle finish, I worry about the paint finish on my CK
then I remember the brush strokes visible on a lot of the cars at the
Brooklands museum, and I feel a whole lot better.
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Post by: Marek.Z.N on 18 February 2020, 12:18:15 pm
that may just be a lucky accident with the rustic/patina finish on the baquet. looks like a really interesting floor
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Post by: jim on 28 February 2020, 06:57:05 am
With the floor finished I put the car back up the right way and started reassembling it. I also made the bonnet sides from ali and hardboard that has the rear on the outside. This is so it looks like the canvas stuff on the original car. I will paint it white later.
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Post by: Little French on 28 February 2020, 08:15:19 am
really superb !!!  :o :o
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Post by: ChrisS on 29 February 2020, 08:57:17 am
Looking very nice Jim!
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Post by: jim on 09 March 2020, 10:09:12 pm
I have almost finished the bonnet and painted and couple of wheels. I fitted one of the new tyres 2.75 and like the block pattern on them. Ebay and 85 quid for the set. Started on the exhaust using some 27mm tube from a scrap bin.
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Post by: Applejack on 10 March 2020, 08:56:42 am
Great  build Jim    looking forward to seeing the next stage
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Post by: Graham Hill on 11 March 2020, 09:41:53 am
Beautiful Jim!. Looking forward to seeing it at Whilton Mill on 26th.
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Post by: jim on 13 March 2020, 10:24:54 pm
 Made the sides of the seat and tried to re-create the shape of the dodge. With only two weeks to wilton I am cutting it fine to get it finished.
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Post by: ChrisS on 14 March 2020, 07:23:37 am
2 weeks of 'self isolation' should get it sorted!
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Post by: Little French on 14 March 2020, 10:22:42 am
Really too beautiful !!! ::)
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Post by: jim on 14 March 2020, 03:36:57 pm
Thanks for the kind words. It has crossed my mind to self isolate.  ;D
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Post by: jim on 16 March 2020, 08:05:43 pm
Replaced a couple of spokes and painted the rear wheels. Fitted a catch to hold the dummy fuel tank.
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Post by: jim on 16 March 2020, 08:18:12 pm
From the back.
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Post by: RhysN on 17 March 2020, 07:53:46 am
Thanks for the kind words. It has crossed my mind to self isolate.  ;D
I am supposed to for the next 4 months.
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Post by: ChrisS on 17 March 2020, 05:45:53 pm
It's looking great Jim, have you run it yet?
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Post by: jim on 18 March 2020, 06:42:34 am
Thanks Chris,  I haven't run it yet but it is a new and mighty 6.5hp clone engine. Hopefully I will get time to fire it up over the weekend and try a test drive. If not it will be at Whilton mill, virus allowing. The 6.5hp engine will get a little tuning later if it turns out to be ok and the plan is to run that with the other cyclekarters.  I have an old gx390 engine that I shall build into a nitromethane/methanol screamer to see how fast I can get the cyclekart.
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Post by: RhysN on 19 March 2020, 11:54:40 am
Won't be a cyclekart with the 390 :)
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Post by: jim on 23 March 2020, 06:43:52 am
All ready for a test drive but no where to go that is open to the public. I am lucky to have have a private road that is a loop only half a mile away so I can test there and keep my social distance at the same time. Hopefully next weekend.
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Post by: jim on 23 March 2020, 06:51:43 am
I meant to attach this photo to the last post but pressed the post button too soon.
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Post by: Graham Hill on 23 March 2020, 08:46:17 am
Jim, it looks a real treat and I see on Facebook it's running well too. I want to thank you for taking the time to post your progress frequently for everybody. Just what is needed to spread interest and enthusiasm. Hope we can all meet up soon.
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Post by: Chris Brown on 23 March 2020, 03:05:23 pm
Superb work, looking forward to seeing it when everything gets back to normal.
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Post by: RhysN on 23 March 2020, 03:21:36 pm
Looking great Jim, any idea of eight at this stage? Do I spot a diff in there?
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Post by: jim on 23 March 2020, 05:21:35 pm
Thanks Rhys, I haven't guessed at weight yet but will probably take 3 to get it off the bench. I made the diff case and used the gears from an old quad bike.
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Post by: RhysN on 23 March 2020, 08:01:44 pm
Thanks Jim. I'm just curious why people use a diff when it's been rejected by the long term cyclekarters as a "not good idea".
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Post by: jim on 24 March 2020, 05:41:25 am
I put a diff in because it will help with under steer in tight corners and it will be easier to push when turned. I don't have a diff in my dragster and it can be hard work pushing it with the steering turned. The other reason is just because I can and it was fairly easy to do. Also I had most of the bits lying around so it was cheaper than buying a kart axle.
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Post by: RhysN on 24 March 2020, 09:22:52 am
Do you have 2 brakes then Jim? 1 each side outboard of the diff, otherwise only one side is braking, unless you have a cunning plan.
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Post by: jim on 24 March 2020, 08:03:16 pm
Yes I fitted two vented discs, one on each half shaft with twin pot calipers. They were from some sort of 125 Chinese bike that I was given because the engine had seized. It turned out to be a bit of a god send as I have used loads of bits from it on the kart and other projects.
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Post by: jim on 29 March 2020, 08:08:38 am
I have some brown diamond pattern material left over from the electric trike I built a couple of years ago. It is bit new looking for the ck but it is all I have. If you guys think it looks really terrible, I will change it in the future.
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Post by: TheGiantTribble on 29 March 2020, 09:31:11 am
Well personally I recon, by the time you've leapt in and out, out and in a few hundred times that'll ware in beautifully. Don't worry about it I can assure you, you don't notice these things when your driving them :-)
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Post by: Marek.Z.N on 31 March 2020, 12:39:54 pm
It has been a while since I have looked on here and wow! That is looking so cool. And you have made so much progress! very jealous and impressed indeed :)
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Post by: jim on 13 April 2020, 06:40:10 pm
Well it's been a couple of weeks since I put a post on here. Unfortunately due to the corona crisis my work has gone mad busy and I haven't done much to the kart. I did get to test it round the garden and everything went really well except the clutch slipped a bit up hill. So I changed the gear set to a lower ratio and it livened up no end. It seamed pretty quick to pick up speed. The suspension was a bit bouncy over the curbs so I have made a friction damper from a shoulder bolt, a couple of Belleville washers, a bit of conveyor belt, aluminium and some steel sheet. Bench tested ok. Now to make the other 3 and fit them.
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Post by: jim on 13 April 2020, 07:27:49 pm
A pic of the first drive.
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Post by: RhysN on 13 April 2020, 07:56:21 pm
I hope it wasn't too much like the last photo Jim :)
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Post by: Marek.Z.N on 14 April 2020, 11:22:43 am
looks great. How did it drive? all go smoothly?
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Post by: Adrian on 14 April 2020, 03:17:23 pm
Jim, I confess that I have just seen your car for the first time today. I now realise that I need to keep looking regularly, I'm missing such a lot. What you have done is brilliant and I truly admire your work. I can learn so much from what you are doing. I think your sheet metalwork is knockout.
This virus is a terrible thing and I don't wish to make light of the situation when I say that its a great shame we can't see the results of all your work in the flesh for some time yet.
I, like Rhys, am locked down for three more months. At seventy two and with only half a kidney, I have to try very hard to stay well.
My workshop is four miles away so I can't get to do any more work on my Renault so I'm restoring the interior of my R170 SLK on the drive instead!
Brilliant job Jim, You can start work on my Duece anytime.
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Post by: jim on 14 April 2020, 08:20:08 pm
Thanks guys. Marek,  it drove pretty much  just as I remember Grahams and Bills at Stretton and it  brought back the big cheesy grin. I am looking forward to a proper test soon hopefully. How is your ck coming along? Have your exams been cancelled and will  you get your predictive results? Adrian I thought the pictures of your ck that I saw the other day were great. Amazing work on the wheels and the attention to detail was first class. Definitely best to stay safe at home. My Dad is vulnerable and we have no idea what his body's reaction will be if he catches the virus. Hope to catch up again soon.
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Post by: StefanN on 14 April 2020, 08:30:36 pm
So what's your car's number going to be Jim?  http://www.cyclekartsgb.com/ck-number-register/race-number-register
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Post by: Marek.Z.N on 14 April 2020, 09:05:59 pm
my kart has had little to no progress recently but starting tomorrow dad and i are back to it. very excited to see your kart as soon as this is all over :)
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Post by: jim on 18 April 2020, 07:34:41 pm
Fitted the front dampers today.
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Post by: StefanN on 18 April 2020, 10:39:24 pm
Nicely done!
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Post by: Marek.Z.N on 19 April 2020, 08:59:15 am
talk about attention to detail!
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Post by: jim on 26 April 2020, 06:44:55 pm
Thanks for the nice comments. Here's a pic of the lh rear damper. They are adjustable so hopefully one day will get the chance to set them up.
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Post by: jim on 26 April 2020, 06:58:05 pm
I removed the governor and made a new throttle linkage. Made an air filter from bits of god knows what laying aroung and painted the covers green.
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Post by: RhysN on 27 April 2020, 04:21:06 am
I do like that you have a return spring on the throttle butterfly Jim.
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Post by: Marek.Z.N on 27 April 2020, 10:50:46 am
That is very cool. That simple detailing on the engine makes it look period and I love it!
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Post by: jim on 03 May 2020, 01:32:00 pm
I made a back light this morning out of a tea light holder, a bell, a guage bezel and some other bits. Maybe not to everyones taste but it was cheap.
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Post by: Marek.Z.N on 04 May 2020, 12:40:26 pm
I like it!
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Post by: jim on 04 May 2020, 07:55:30 pm
Thanks Marek, I found a photo from a couple of weeks back. Hope it doesn't keep going upside down.
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Post by: Marek.Z.N on 04 May 2020, 10:27:31 pm
is the brake light you made functioning? im trying to find ways that people are making functioning ones
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Post by: jim on 05 May 2020, 06:17:10 am
The light is only a battery powered led in a silicone rubber housing that would stretch around handlebars. A brake light is easy to put in using a pressure switch teed into the brake lines or switch that is operated by the pedal.
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Post by: jim on 05 May 2020, 07:02:35 am
I have bought one of those 38 quid gx200 engines off ebay and the quality looks the same as the other clone engine I have which is ok. I had an old  carb so I reamed it out to 16.7mm and polished the bores. I removed a load of excess material from the throttle butterfly and got rid of the choke. I also drilled the jet to 0.9mm. I have opened up the ports on the head using a dremel, fitted 1.3 ratio rockers and 18lb springs. I filed the key to give 4 degrees more advance and removed the governor. This should hopefully be quite a revvy motor.
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Post by: Chris Brown on 05 May 2020, 09:38:07 am
I assume it has a 3/4" output shaft then, I did ask them, but have yet to receive an answer.
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Post by: jim on 05 May 2020, 10:28:37 am
Hi Chris,  yes it has a 3/4 output shaft.
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Post by: RhysN on 05 May 2020, 12:21:47 pm
Not 19mm Jim?
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Post by: jim on 05 May 2020, 12:51:26 pm
I'm not sure Rhys. I  haven't put a micrometer on it yet but I will when I get home from work. I'll also do a comparison with the other engine That's in the kart.
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Post by: RhysN on 05 May 2020, 05:42:24 pm
Just curious Jim. As you probably know all the TAV units are imperial. At least getting a 19 mm shaft to 3/4 is not as difficult as getting a 25mm to 1 inch :)
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Post by: jim on 06 May 2020, 06:54:10 am
Measured the output shaft on the 38 quid engine and it was 19.00mm so an imperial tav should fit.
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Post by: RhysN on 06 May 2020, 07:22:33 am
Standard practice is to bolt the engine down and dress it down with emery tape while you run the engine until you get the fit I was told. Theoretically 19 mm is 0.748, I'm informed some of the TAV won't quite fit.
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Post by: Chris Brown on 06 May 2020, 10:04:09 am
Just checked and the metric equivalent of 3/4 is 19.05 mm, so it should be a slightly loose fit, just needs a bit of 0.025 shim.
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Post by: RhysN on 06 May 2020, 03:54:37 pm
That's the theoretical Chris. all the ones I have had aren't quite that accurate.
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Post by: jim on 08 May 2020, 05:34:24 am
Hooray, a day off work today. I put the 38 quid engine in the kart last night. The weather looks like it might be nice today so a little test could be on the cards. Please remember folks, safety is important and when testing, drive it like you stole it.
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Post by: jim on 18 May 2020, 06:59:50 am
I managed a longer test yesterday and it pulled real well, Even up quite a steep hill. I need to make some adjustments to the rear dampers possibly because there is quite a bit of shake at low acceleration. Caused by a bit of bounce in the rear springs. I held the accelerater pedal at the point where it was at its worst and lost vision for a moment which made me laugh a lot. Hard acceleration gets past the shake quickly and it smooths out nicely. New choke fitted as well.
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Post by: Chris Brown on 18 May 2020, 10:57:08 am
Was the TAV a straight fit on the engine Jim, or did you have to shim it?
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Post by: Marek.Z.N on 18 May 2020, 01:21:00 pm
also what is the story behind the metal mug on the engine ??? ;)
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Post by: jim on 18 May 2020, 01:36:49 pm
I am using a centrifugal clutch and it fitted nice on the shaft without any shim. The metal cup is my new choke system. :)
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Post by: Chris Brown on 18 May 2020, 02:28:41 pm
Thanks Jim, forgot you weren’t using a TAV, no matter, the fact your clutch fits without shimming has made my decision for me. A number of the bits that come with a standard engine will be no use for my next two builds, so rather than buying one Honda Gc190, I'll buy a couple of these while they’re available.

Chris
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Post by: RhysN on 18 May 2020, 03:37:33 pm
I pulled the genuine Honda I have offered via here  (£60 with everything attached, clutch, fuel pump.., no interest) off the shelf yesterday and found yet another shaft size for genuine kart engines, 23 mm!
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Post by: jim on 22 May 2020, 07:04:42 am
I painted the radiator a sort of brass colour. It's a tin of gold spray that was very old and I don't really like it but its all i have to hand. I will paint on lots of patina in the vain hope of improving it.
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Post by: Chris Brown on 22 May 2020, 08:12:46 am
French polish might do the job of antiquing it, you can always remove it with meths if you don't like the result.
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Post by: RhysN on 22 May 2020, 09:36:50 am
I think it looks appropriate, but that's cos I like the look of used cars!
Title: Re: Dodge baquet ish build.
Post by: jim on 23 May 2020, 06:57:38 pm
I painted the bonnet and one of the sides black satin car paint and a sort of turquoise that I mixed using Windsor and newton acrylics. I diluted it and tried it in an air brush hopefully creating a bit of patina. 
Title: Re: Dodge baquet ish build.
Post by: StefanN on 23 May 2020, 07:30:53 pm
It's looking great.  Love the paint effect.
Title: Re: Dodge baquet ish build.
Post by: StefanN on 24 May 2020, 07:14:06 am
What friction material have you used in your dampers?
Title: Re: Dodge baquet ish build.
Post by: jim on 24 May 2020, 08:02:12 am
I used some old conveyor belt material that was in the bin. I don't know how effective it is compared to other stuff but does dampen well. It cuts ok with sharp scissors and I have plenty, so if you want some I can mail it to you.
Title: Re: Dodge baquet ish build.
Post by: RhysN on 24 May 2020, 10:00:03 am
If the conveyor belt doesn't work out, do the same as many of the vintage race cars (and my CK Hartfords) and use oil tempered hardboard, as used to beon the bottom of drawers and back of cupboards. It works perfectly with no snatching as most other materials do.
Title: Re: Dodge baquet ish build.
Post by: jim on 31 May 2020, 05:34:58 pm
The paint has been rubbish on the kart. Every time I go nearby it gets rustier. It hasn't even rained.
Title: Re: Dodge baquet ish build.
Post by: Marek.Z.N on 31 May 2020, 06:20:57 pm
that is absolutely stunning!!! also what is the mysterious motorbike in the right of the picture?
Title: Re: Dodge baquet ish build.
Post by: jim on 31 May 2020, 06:33:10 pm
Thanks Marek, the bike is an old honda cg125 that I converted into a flat tanker, board tracker type pit bike.
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Post by: ChrisS on 31 May 2020, 07:19:57 pm
really cool, great work Jim!

So frustrating that we can't play yet.
Title: Re: Dodge baquet ish build.
Post by: RhysN on 31 May 2020, 08:31:16 pm
The car looks good Jim, not sure about the driver :)
Title: Re: Dodge baquet ish build.
Post by: Applejack on 01 June 2020, 09:05:46 am
Great looking car Jim the paint work is a brilliant job. 👍.
Title: Re: Dodge baquet ish build.
Post by: StefanN on 01 June 2020, 10:36:01 am
The car looks good Jim, not sure about the driver :)
I don’t know Rhys,  I think he suits the car.
Title: Re: Dodge baquet ish build.
Post by: jim on 01 June 2020, 06:43:53 pm
Thanks guys. I do feel as decrepit as the car looks. Lol. The paint was dead easy. Black satin base lightly sprayed and purposely patchy. I next used a cheap airbrush with about a 0.5 nozzle to spray some cocktail of turquoise  acrylic I mixed up. Again patchy I sprayed the centre of the panels and finally I am still going over it with some burnt umber in small areas at a time to give the rust colour. I will seal it in when it looks like it has almost completely rotted away.