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RUMCar News / Rumcar News 147
« Last Post by Chris Thomas on December 07, 2020, 12:06:40 AM »
Dear Rumcar News Readers

All of the printed and digital copies of Rumcar News 147 have been sent out. Some copies have already been received, read from cover to cover and subscriptions made for 2021, Others should be with you in the coming week, Depending upon the postal system.

I do hope you all continue to enjoy reading Rumcar News. Please have a good Christmas and New Year and I know 2021 will be better than 2020.

Keep in touch

Chris Thomas
The Archive of Microcars
Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Is it a Rytecraft ?
« Last Post by JK4644 on December 05, 2020, 01:37:16 AM »
Apologies for the delay in replying!
My Eastbourne registered Rytecraft was purchased new by Caffyns Garage as a runaround delivering small parts. The car has been registered in my dads name since the late 1970's when it was rescued from a school that seemingly wanted to cut it up.
All of its log books are at my parents, so I have no idea if it has just the old blue single sheet logbook, or an older buff book as well?
The car is running poorly. It is hoped to be out and about on the ahow circuit in 2021. It fits perfectly in the rear of my dads 1958 Austin J-type van. The van is nearing the end of its 8 year restoration.
The Rytecraft has the smaller villiers midget in. We recently found a box that came with the car in the late 1970's. This contained the headlights (we fitted Austin 20hp sidelights temporarily in 2013) and we also discovered the footbrake pedal. We now need to work out how to set it up on the car? Depress to accelerate and release to brake? The pedal fits on the inside of the handbrake.
The car lives in my workshops near Worthing, West Sussex.
Just for fun, this is my driving the car in 1977 I was almost 2..
RUMCar Mart / wanted nobel parts.
« Last Post by rettus72 on December 01, 2020, 10:52:23 PM »
Hello everyone, i am searching for headlights and headlight rings for my nobel, as well as some hubcaps. They are hard to find here in the states, and hope someone has some for sale. Thanks in advance. 
Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: What is this for? Nobel question
« Last Post by rettus72 on November 30, 2020, 04:51:12 PM »
Great, thank you for the fast reply. That does make sense.
From looking at other photos of pickups, this appears to be alloy strip which is slotted at the rear and wraps round to run up inside the windscreen pillars. It would serve as a handy point for mounting some kind of side screen that could slide into the slot. I've never seen anything to suggest that side screens were every offered, but then so few of these pickups exist. The early brochure does show a sort of frame structure for the roof and you could have some weather protection that wrapped around this with some kind of zip in doors or windows. - In fact I just re-read the brochure and it actually mentions canvas side panels though the ones in the photos don't cover the door area.
Unusual Microcar Discussion / What is this for? Nobel question
« Last Post by rettus72 on November 30, 2020, 02:39:31 PM »
Good morning, can someone please tell me what the metal object that runs parallel with the right side window frame is for? I do not have this on my Nobel, and I’m curious as to what it is used for. Picture attached. Thanks Joel
Unusual Microcar Discussion / Smyk - Polish microcar from 1957
« Last Post by MamaMoomin on November 27, 2020, 08:40:15 AM »
Did you know that Poland had plans to create their own microcar? Smyk was a prototype Polish microcar developed in 1957 in the Warsaw Automotive Industry Construction Office. The idea was to create the cheapest possible microcar for four people in the 2+2 system, i.e. two adults and two children.

Engine S03
Displacement: 349 cm³
Cylinder diameter x piston stroke: 75 x 75 mm
Compression ratio: 6,8
Maximum power: 15 HP (11 kW) at 5500 rpm
Max. torque: 24 Nm at 4000 rpm

Suspension: independent for all wheels
Front/rear brakes: drum 200 mm/reel 200 mm

Dimensions and weights
Wheelbase: 1700 mm
Wheelbase front/rear: 1100/1100 mm
Kerb weight: 470 kg[1]

Acceleration 0-100 km/h: nonexistent
Maximum speed: 70 km/h
Fuel consumption: 5 l/100 km

Source: Wikipedia
Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: Lloyd 650
« Last Post by keithstewart on November 26, 2020, 04:38:40 PM »
Thanks Jean, I have done
Hello everyone and thanks for the great information. This i s the color I decided to go with. I hoping it will look nice.
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