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Barry

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Isetta - Tasteful modification
« on: January 12, 2013, 10:56:08 AM »
Any other well executed custom Microcars out there?

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Re: Isetta - Tasteful modification
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2013, 11:43:28 AM »
I was down on the south coast before Christmas delivering a barometer I had re tubed and gave the customer my email , the one that starts with Gyrostarter, the customer inquired as to what that meant which lead to the coming out that I was a microcar fan, the guy said "Well I never, so am I, I have an Isetta which is currently being converted to sequential gear change"  Sequential gear change I replied? that's impossible on an Isetta, to which he repied "Not if you are having a Kawasaki 750 engine put in!" I tried to explain that this would make the car undrivable, uninsurable, more or less worthless and is destroying a vintage vehicle. It just wont be an Isetta anymore! Why cant people just leave microcars alone! >:(  
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Re: Isetta - Tasteful modification
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2013, 12:20:39 PM »
your one to talk bob . obviously you have been kidding us as we now have photographic proof that the custom built silencer was for THUMPER all along  ;)


hows this from mrscharroo on flikr again
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrscharroo/8231114035/in/photostream/
« Last Edit: January 12, 2013, 12:28:27 PM by lightweight dickie »
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Re: Isetta - Tasteful modification
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2013, 12:57:32 PM »
No no no! Silly boy! :D  I'm just making something out of spare parts, thats not the same as destroying an existing microcar.

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Re: Isetta - Tasteful modification
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2013, 01:06:33 PM »
Yea gods. A Hoffman Autokabin! Well as near as your going to get.

It is all the rage to re engine or tune up microcars to go faster, see the American productions. Trouble starts when a conversion has been done very well and then convergent thinking has someone else try the same thing. Has to be as good or better or its all really rather boring to all but the guy doing it if it is not. It is an odd thing to do as well, as you could buy a bigger/better car designed to do the speed you want. So I guess it is more about being the centre of attention for many, though some will point to the challenge. John Bannell springs to mind. An engineer needing to exercise his considerable skills.

As for the picture. Is that the end of the old caption competition.

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Re: Isetta - Tasteful modification
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2013, 01:12:35 PM »
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she never 'ad 'er brake lights workin' officer . there she was stopped in the middle of the road and i had no time to stop ! lucky for that front opening door - i went on an' right through it ! mind be quiff missus !!
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Re: Isetta - Tasteful modification
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2013, 01:47:18 PM »
Any other well executed custom Microcars out there?

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Re: Isetta - Tasteful modification
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2013, 02:23:09 PM »
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Re: Isetta - Tasteful modification
« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2013, 02:50:26 PM »
well he looks like a " ton up kid " so about that on what would have to have been  a tuned up BSA Super Rocket ?
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Re: Isetta - Tasteful modification
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2013, 03:23:43 PM »
Could it be? No, it can't be! Bloke looks familiar.

Back in 1976 when I sold off my collection, two guys from the London area came and bought my old seized up Isetta for £10 and towed it back home. They were dressed like the bloke in the photo, about the same age too. Think they were going to make a "hot-rod"?
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Re: Isetta - Tasteful modification
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2013, 08:37:18 AM »
well he looks like a " ton up kid " so about that on what would have to have been  a tuned up BSA Super Rocket ?

So more of a B.S.M. Rockette by Quifftune.
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Re: Microcars - Tasteful modification
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2013, 08:05:19 AM »
I don't like these modified cars but they are of some interest.
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Re: Isetta - Tasteful modification
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2013, 05:37:03 PM »
Allard Atom???

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Re: Isetta - Tasteful modification
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2013, 05:49:06 PM »
 now we are headed to the off topic lounge
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Re: Microcars - Tasteful modification
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2013, 08:57:05 AM »
I don't like these modified cars but they are of some interest.



Other forums exist for Hotrods, dragsters and general classic car destruction Barry, this isnt one of them. ::)