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Author Topic: Simplest Inspiration Car  (Read 46 times)

StefanN

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Simplest Inspiration Car
« on: 02 June 2019, 07:33:16 am »
I’ve been wondering what car would make the “simplest” basis for a CK?

Some of the considerations would be:
Very simple body shape with few curved panels and no compound curves.
Scales easily
Reasonably central driver position
Lots of space for easy engine installation
Straight chassis
Easily recognisable

Any suggestions?

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Re: Simplest Inspiration Car
« Reply #1 on: 02 June 2019, 08:30:02 am »
I would have thought, the Edwardian race cars would have fit that description pretty well.
Some only had bodywork over the engine, large fuel tank behind the driver you could hide
a GX200 engine in. Dead straight chassis rails on most of them.
And given the lack of bodywork round the pilot, easy to get in and out of.
A google images search of Edwardian race cars, give an almost limitless list of inspiration...
stop tempting me!!!

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Re: Simplest Inspiration Car
« Reply #2 on: 02 June 2019, 10:25:22 am »
Have a look at Napier Gordon Bennett, that's what I am slowly progressing.
Of course, using the Stevenson is by far the simplest build, and should be strongly recommended. (IMHO)
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Re: Simplest Inspiration Car
« Reply #3 on: 02 June 2019, 06:59:46 pm »
I guess the simplest inspiration is really any slab side car with a "slab" tank, that should leave plenty of room for the power unit.
Think 1920s  like Fraser Nash, open top for where the engine etc is.
GN?
Bentley le mans (1920s) also does the business with an open passenger place, no cooling issues.....It will be a bit bigger, but, is that a disadvantage?

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Re: Simplest Inspiration Car
« Reply #4 on: 03 June 2019, 07:30:14 am »
More thoughts!
Mercedes GP car of around 1914, all flat panels except the grille surround.
To clarify my comment re the Stevenson method. It's a building method, not a particular car, but without any doubt in my mind, the simplest way to build a CK.

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Re: Simplest Inspiration Car
« Reply #5 on: 04 June 2019, 06:11:36 pm »
Not sure what this car was based on but it’s a simple body design.
I like the overall look
There are no problems with cooling the engine.
It’s nice and low which helps the c of g.
It would be quite easy to make in any garage/ workshop

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Re: Simplest Inspiration Car
« Reply #6 on: 04 June 2019, 06:38:56 pm »
Al's Model T bucket hot rod. (the one with the vague rack and pinion steering :))