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Smart51

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My new chassis
« on: April 04, 2008, 02:58:41 PM »
Here are a few pictures of my new microcar chassis.  I'd hoped to have finished it by now but I guess that's how things go.

http://www.locostbuilders.co.uk/viewthread.php?tid=86345

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Re: My new chassis
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2008, 03:36:14 PM »
Great job, wish I could weld as well as you. I can't wait to see how you'll design the body.

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Re: My new chassis
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2008, 08:42:24 PM »
Looks good, keen to see how it comes out.
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Re: My new chassis
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2008, 09:23:38 PM »
Hi

The car is looking really good, what is the power plant, and where did you source the steering rack?

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Re: My new chassis
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2008, 07:52:58 AM »
The car is looking really good, what is the power plant, and where did you source the steering rack?

The engine is from a piaggio x8.  It is a 250cc fuel injected single and makes 22 BHP, enough for about 80 MPH flat out or a 50 MPH cruise.  The steering rack is from a Dihatsu Hijet, which is more or less the same as a bedford rascal or a suzuki super carry.  I got it, and most of everything else, off eBay.

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Re: My new chassis
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2008, 04:02:54 PM »
Hi

I am pulling some info together to try and calculate weights of the two sub-frames whic will hold the front suspension/steering and engine/drive train, do you know how heavy the X8 engine/gearbox is?

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Re: My new chassis
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2008, 07:15:52 PM »
Piaggio claim 36kg for the assembled quasar engine and CVT.  That seems to include the throttlebody / fuel injector / ECU assembly.  Mine felt a lot heavier than that when I moved it but it did have the rear wheel, brake and exhaust fitted. 

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Re: My new chassis
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2008, 03:59:14 PM »
I've been busy over the last few weeks making the internal body panels.  Here are a couple of pics of my progress.





I had to take it out of the garage today whilst the owner moved some stuff, so I took it for a little ride up the grassy access lane.  It power slides like a demon up wet muddy slopes :D
« Last Edit: July 14, 2008, 06:25:00 PM by Smart51 »

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Re: My new chassis
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2008, 06:11:52 PM »
Looking good! What are you making the body of?
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Re: My new chassis
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2008, 06:27:10 PM »
I'm making it out of fibreglass.  My first choice would be polypropylene but making tools for vacuum forming large sheets is a bit beyond the scope of the garden shed.

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Re: My new chassis
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2008, 06:16:52 PM »
Here is a rendered drawing of what I plan to make.