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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Red white and blue
« Last Post by Chris Thomas on Today at 01:00:59 PM »
It is either a Peerless or a Warwick

Chris T
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Red white and blue
« Last Post by steven mandell on Today at 11:16:26 AM »
I attended the Queen's English Car Show in Burbank CA last weekend.
At least a couple of hundred English sports cars gleaming in the sunshine made for a very pleasant outing.
I brought my blue and white Nobel 200 there in 2010.  This time I brought the red and white.
Only a few recognized it or knew that it was an English car - not even the organizers.
But everyone seemed delighted to see the lightest, smallest displacement and arguably cutest car there, even if it was the slowest.
A red and red Reliant Robin was closest to being another micro there, but it's engine size was a bit over the 700 cc limit.
Other favorites there included a Lotus 23 B, and a very early stationary window Europa like my first love before I even knew that microcars existed.
The dark blue Griffith has the potent Ford V8, but despite it's impressive appearance has terrible handling, as it suffers from approximately 1/4" of toe in per inch of jounce.
Anybody care to say what the light blue car in the picture is, or does that have to post in the off topic lounge?
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Brakes
« Last Post by Rusty Chrome (Malcolm Parker) on April 24, 2017, 03:47:20 PM »
Let us know how you get on. You never know there might be someone else searching for the same info in a years time!
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Brakes
« Last Post by Jean on April 24, 2017, 11:44:43 AM »
Zef, May I suggest you get your customer to put his car on the Register of Unusual Microcars by making contact with alastair.rumcars@btinternet.com Once his vehicle  is on our Register,  he can ask Alastair to put any other owners of, either Empolini's or Piagio's, of which there are a number among the now some  1,500 vehicles registered,  who may be able to advise him, and you, how to overcome any  problems.   

That is one of the many advantages of Registering any microcar, especially those that have no one-make Club in this country, you can then be put in touch  the owners of similar vechicles and share your experiences.  This data base, even though it is now international, is run very strictly adherring to all the rules of confidentiality of the Data  Protection Act and none of your information will ever be disclosed to a third party without your consent. We pride ourselves  in helping all enthusiasts to enjoy their hobby as much as we have done in the past.  This is the reason we are applying for Charitable status for our Archive  of Microcars which will not only include the vehicle data base but give access to the wealth original paper information we hold in the form of factory records, sales brochures , contempory magazine articles from the 1950/60's , and precious correspondence from  designers and manufacturers long since deceased.  Any owner of a car which is on the Register will automaticaly have access to these records in the future as they become digitised. Watch this Forum for details  as we make progress with our ARCHIVE PROJECT.  Jean, Founder of the Register of Unusual Microcars in 1980.
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Brakes
« Last Post by Rusty Chrome (Malcolm Parker) on April 23, 2017, 08:15:34 PM »
Hi Jon

I don't have any more info myself unfortunately, and all the on-line stuff just seems to give you a picture. I'd try giving one of the suppliers a bell or you could use Google translate and try posting to one of the Italian Ape forums e.g http://www.mondoape.com/tecnica.htm
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Brakes
« Last Post by zef on April 23, 2017, 04:40:27 PM »
Hi,

I have a problem I hope you can help with. A customer of mine has brought me an Empolini 50cc 3 wheeler. From MANY Internet searches I've found out it shares some parts from the Piaggio ones. Now the problem I have is he wants it MOT'd and the rear wheel cylinders are shot, the sidewall of the cylinders looks too thin to get them machined and lined. The idea I've come up with is to replace the cylinders with ones of the same physical size. So has anyone got the dimensions (bore and overall length) of Piaggio Ape wheel cylinders? The cylinders I've seen online look very similar with just the retaining studs in a slightly different position.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Jon
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Southwest Unique Little Car Show
« Last Post by steven mandell on April 21, 2017, 07:06:19 PM »
It was the 1970 Fiat 500 L Scoiattalo / "Squirrel".   One of the few other cars I took pictures of as it was the only car there that I had never heard of or seen before.

Snuggy has a bench seat, so might be considered a 1 and a half seater.
MiniComtesse has but a small suspended fabric bucket, so is more "Useless at the Drive - in" ( theater).
That makes two awards for the Minicomtesse, as it won the highest possible award at the 2014 Concours De Lemons in Monterrey California.   Out of 125 inter continental entrants, it won the most highly esteemed "Worst of Show" there.
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Thanks Steve, looks like an interesting mix of very smart vehicles, whats the orange one? Did your Snuggy win?
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Southwest Unique Little Car Show
« Last Post by steven mandell on April 21, 2017, 12:14:38 PM »
I was lucky enough to have this major meet occur less than 10 miles from where I live in Southern California a couple of weeks ago.
There were 83 registered entrants. To my eye about half of them were Nash Metropolitans, Crosleys, or Mini Cooper's, in that order of commonality.
So about half were mini, leaving the rest as true micros.

 Subaru Vans were well represented, and of course a few Isettas and Fiats, but surprisingly, not a single Messerschmitt, even though the organizer had a black one in his driveway for a spaghetti dinner get together the night before.

Due to the lapse in publication of the Vintage Microcar News, I was unaware of the event until the day before.
My intention was to get 4 of my Sans Permis cars on my trailer sideways.
However when I realized that there were no good handholds for the rear of the Snuggy that could be trusted not to be damaged by the vehicle's own weight, I disappointed myself by settling for three entrants.
Should not have worried though, as no one else brought more than one.
However the quality of the average entrant was surprisingly high.

Can you guess which one won one of the ten Best of show awards shown?
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