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Re: Mini Comtesse France
« Reply #30 on: July 16, 2007, 03:46:15 PM »
Just back from testdriving the comtesse. The automatic gearbox is very weird. As i kicked the throttle down nothing really happens.
The car is going slowly forward. I did stop the test run due to the horrible hot temperature we have outside.
How are your Comtesses are running mates?
I am a totally novice in this microcar  ???

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Re: Mini Comtesse France
« Reply #31 on: July 16, 2007, 05:02:14 PM »
As far as I can make out with mine, although it is indeed an automatic two-speed gearbox, it will only change DOWN automatically. To change UP into top gear needs manual assistance, which is what the handle on the right-hand side under the steering wheel is for.

 To drive away from standstill, let the revs build up to a noteable degree, then ease off throttle and at same time pull the handle against spring pressure (not too hard or you will pull the handle off the cable as I have done many times!). Revs should noticibly drop. return handle slowly. You should now be in second (top) gear. If revs immideatly rise again, it has not found second. Try again but hold handle out a little longer time. Eventully you will get the feel for it and learn the precise rev range in which it will change. Too little & it will not change, too much & it will not change.

 I belive you need to make this manual change every time you want to get top gear!

 Note, it will only drop back into first gear when you have slowed to a near standstill. Then you will feel & hear a distinct "clonk". This is it dropping into bottom gear.   

 As far as I can see, changing gear has no effect on the forward speed. Only on the rev range of the engine.
 
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Re: Mini Comtesse France
« Reply #32 on: July 17, 2007, 12:25:44 AM »
Hi Stuart,
tx for your kind illustration. Hope i got you, not sure coz my english isn't well enough.
Anyway i'll try to find it out to drive this loony micro asap.
Cheers
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Re: Mini Comtesse France
« Reply #33 on: July 19, 2007, 05:17:31 PM »
Dear friend
I am very happy to know than few of you are also in love with these so nice little without licence microcars.
Of course the top speed isn

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Re: Mini Comtesse France
« Reply #34 on: July 19, 2007, 05:26:38 PM »
The links for Minicomtesse vid

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Re: Mini Comtesse France
« Reply #35 on: July 19, 2007, 05:39:26 PM »
I love the little one with eyes. Don't they all look sad with the Citroen type embellishment on the front? :(
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Re: Mini Comtesse France
« Reply #36 on: July 26, 2007, 12:31:18 AM »
Had another test driving right now.
Gear changing works propper, and this tiny car is running about 40 km/h
Makes me feel like it runs 80 !! :o :o
By the way, thanks a lot for your help inacoma !!

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Re: Mini Comtesse France
« Reply #37 on: July 26, 2007, 11:52:27 PM »
Is that Denis de Sousa?  Microcarfan?  Welcome aboard!  Love the photo, some great cars.

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Re: Mini Comtesse France
« Reply #38 on: July 27, 2007, 12:51:49 AM »
No Nick ur wrong.
 Its me, Ferdi Tillmanns from Germany. You don't remember me, don't you!
...and this is the picture shown of the other side.

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Re: Mini Comtesse France
« Reply #39 on: July 27, 2007, 09:01:44 AM »
Hi Ferdi

Glad you got the rim O.K.

If I get info about any new ones I will let you know.

I like Denis's picture as well and have set it as my computer background for a while.

See some of you on Sunday if weather O.K.


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Re: Mini Comtesse France
« Reply #40 on: July 27, 2007, 05:14:27 PM »
Nice one Ferdi.  ;D  How does your gearchange work? Do you have to help yours change up like mine?

 Major apoligy needed from me to you John (& everyone else). My boss has sudenly seen fit for no good reason at all to refuse me & Dad the use of the works van this weekend  :'(  :'(  :'(, despite the fact the arrangements were in place since February!  Therefore alas I have no (sencible) way of getting the Mini- to Jean's now. At 3pm I was all set to spring it from its hutch and DRIVE the thing to Jean's, but it was then pointed out to me, even if I set off right then, I wouldn't actully get to Jean's until half-an-hour after the last visitor had left Sunday night. 

 I am somewhat fed up with work at the moment (cobblers to the lot of it!), so I'm still coming to the Open Day anyway, even if it chucks it down (Try keeping me away!), I'm just coming by foot now......

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Re: Mini Comtesse France
« Reply #41 on: July 27, 2007, 07:13:12 PM »
Hi Stuart,
the gearchange works well without any help.
Have all a nice day on Jean's open day. :) :)

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ACOMA Mini Comtesse France
« Reply #42 on: January 17, 2021, 12:40:24 AM »
I purchased my 1975 ACOMA Mini Comtesse in December 2020.  What do the five letters in the acronym ACOMA stand for?

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Re: Mini Comtesse France
« Reply #43 on: January 17, 2021, 11:50:13 AM »
Ateliers de Construction de Matériel.  https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini_Comtesse
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