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  1. Modified stock ford manifold to accept a Stromberg intended for a straight eight Chrysler.  

    The Manifold was bored out to accept thin sleeves that have 1.4375 I.D.(to match the carb. I.D.) the manifold was heated in an oven, a household oven that was in a home, don't do this unless your wife is going to be away for weeks, to 500 F. and the sleeves were pushed into the intake.  The holes in the block for the carburetor preheat were tapped and pipe plugs installed. The engine has a 400 jr. track cam and pulls strong from around 45 to about 70 mph. about time I lift due to the bias-ply 16 inch light truck tires.  With the stock carbuetor there was enough vacuum that the wipers still operated with the bigger carburetor no. I bought a 6 volt electric wiper mtr. but have not installed it yet.


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  2. Hello here's a Bugatti update, the original front leaf springs gave up at the end of last year,  from the beginning their quality was suspect, late this summer I ordered low-grade spring steel from McMaster Carr and made some new springs.  They aren't chrome plated as original but they have a nice blue tint, and they work, the old springs would sag after a little while so's the frame would be setting on the axle.  They would get rearched by picking the car up and pushing the axle down, .

       The throttle pedal is moved all the way forward and our 8 year old is a little tight, inorder for him to drive it next year the  throttle pedal  would need to be moved up beside the steering linkage, instead we are going to put an older 1/4 midget together for him and the Bugatti can be for the younger youngins.

      I recently saw a few "operating Bugatti replicas" for sale that closely resemble our car.  The prices were quite impressive.


  3.  Hello I would like to tell you about our 48 Ford Coupe.

        This car has been in my neighborhood as long as anyone (those older than myself) can remember.  The original owner lived down the street from me and I would go and study the car then go home and pick out items from the J.C. Whitney catalog for it.

       When the Man passed away in 1968, I was 14 Yrs. old and was convinced nobody else was interested in this old car and had my Aunt making inquires.  The car stayed in the family belonging to one sister until she passed and then to another sister, when she passed in 1970 a local undertaker got car, house, and who knows what else.

      We go now to the spring of 2010, the undertaker dies and his nephew who is my friend is also the executor of the estate and I got the 48 Ford i wanted so long ago.


       Once I got the car running, it hadn't been on the road for 7 years or so, it wasn't running on all eight, so doing some investigating revealed a valve guide retainer clip had come undone and 1/2 of the valve guide was free to move.  The original engine was bored .030" and has no wear, I think this car has 185,000 miles on it.


    A friend built me an engine a 221 inch 1942 engine which ran fine for a summer and one day I think I actually heard the cylinder wall crack, so that engine came out and another was built.



    The car now has a 265 c.i. engine with headers and an Isky cam, stock heads and carburetor for now


      I am in the process of modifying a stock intake to accept a Stromberg intended for a straight 8 Chrysler.



    This thing is fun to drive and sounds great


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    Where the Bugatti is wintering, it turned out OK, the Grandsons have no idea what it is worth and don't care. There is a transition in pavement levels where they usually ride it and they get a little "air".

    I had to move things around to make room for the "Commander", I always wanted a Studebaker, a 57 Commander wasn't on the top of the list but I like it.

    Happy and Healthy New Year to All,



  5. Thank you Marrs for the information. I was checking on availability Of "#127 Octane" and will probably eventually find it on Amazon books or similar website. I did find it available from a site that may be from Malaysia "mybooks.my" and I think the price was reasonable, I had to convert RM 25.7 to US dollars which is about $8.00 US which is OK with me but they did not accept or recognize my shipping address.

    I'll find it eventually and again thank you for the info.


  6. Adrian, The motor I got from Old Foundry Toy Works is, I believe, the same as Monster Scooter Parts motor number MY1020 it is 4 1/4" Diameter and is 24 volts. As supplied from Monster Scooter Parts the motor will have a sprocket, Old Foundry sourced a gear from somewhere I don't know but what they did was to turn the motor shaft down to Approx. 1/4" and the shaft sheared in short order.

    The 4 1/4" diameter motor put the drive gear in fairly good mesh with the driven gear but I did use some shim stock between the motor and mount until I was happy with it. You can't get rid of the gear whine as they are straight cut gears.

    The gear that was installed on the motor had metric dimensions which might narrow your search for a gear. I think there are normally only two different pitches for gears that are in inch measurements so metric gears may also only have a few different pitches. I don't recall the exact measurements of the drive gear but am fairly sure it has 12 teeth.

    If my weld job on the original motor didn't work I was going to get another motor and a sprocket from Monster Scooter Parts and try to fit a sprocket inside the original drive case and use chain drive.


  7. Adrian, I am curious as to how our cars compare in some of the build details. What is the serial number on your car, the number on our car is stamped on the frame and inside the body in the seat area. Do you know when they were built? The manufacturers name on the tires has been ground off of the tires.

    Can you post some photos?

    For those reading along I have been corresponding to Adrian about powering the car.


  8. Hello out there, so far there are over 4000 views on the Baby Bugatti and before someone notices that I spent some time trying to eliminate gear noise on straight cut gears.

    A few months ago while lying in bed reflecting I realized thet the car has straight cut gears and eliminating gear noise isn't happening.

    The car is ready for another season, I still haven't decided on what to do about the 24 volts feeding the ignition on light but that is something I have to do when the spirit moves me.


  9. Thanks Mike I would appreciate any information available. We bought our car at an auction house in the coal regions of North East Pennsylvania, there were many unusual, mostly high priced, items scheduled for sale with the Bugatti being the headliner. according to the auctioneer he bought a storage locker from somewhere in New Jersey and stated it was an inheritance gone awry.


  10. Alsancle, Thanks for posting the Photograph. I wonder when someone first decided to replicate the baby, I have not been very successful in finding information on "Authentic Models" the most likely builders of our car but I was told the Authentic cars were built in the 70's (I don't know if that info is correct).

    The boys were driving the Bugatti forward and backward in the living room, about a 20 foot ride, they got a kick out of the reverse feature.


  11. Baby Bugatti Replica update. This thing has been in our living room for the last month, it's hard to hurt a house that dates to @1830 with hardwood floors, while deciding where to store it for the winter so I decided to do some more wiring. It now has reverse but still no pilot light. While cleaning up and thinking, I do most of that after the fact, I am now worried about shifting while in motion, I had a friend who would torture his torqueflight with reverse to first shifts, so I'm thinking about putting it in, "marche avant" pardon my French, and taking the handle off. Attached are some photos, I did all soldering in the kitchen where it is supposed to be done.

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone,











  12. Hello all,

    The Baby Bugatti Replica is working well. It will run just over an hour on a full charge and hits approx. 10 MPH. Donovan who was 4 in May drives the car with ease, Demetri who will be 2 in November pulls himself forward using the steering wheel in order to reach the throttle and away he goes. We put the car in the middle of the yard (lawn) and with the wheel at full lock he goes around in circles. We have spotters located on the course for emergency steering assist. Taking the key out off the power switch has foiled Demetri from departing on his own, he hasn't quite managed to master the task of inserting the key. Demetri is also crazy about our old cars, the first thing he says when seeing me is "drive it old car"

    Have a wonderful day,








  13. Hello everyone, a Baby Bugatti Update, last time out my grandson drove the Bugatti for approx. 45 minutes before it stopped. I had plans on making a strap to keep the motor from rotating due to torque reaction, but did not. Although the strap clamp supplied with the car was still tight the motor managed to rotate enough to cut the power wires to the motor. Shown in the attached photo is the anti-rotation device.

    There were some other items that needed addressing so the car came apart again. Work didn't progress too rapidly as I developed a 5mm kidney stone that was uncomfortable at times, it has passed.

    I finished assembling the car today and along with my Grandson am anxiously awaiting the next outing. I am hoping I have all bases covered as I want to work on a car I can drive.

    A reversing switch for the motor and wiring the amp gauge will wait for winter. The electronic control box in the car has a pilot light lead but puts out 24 volt so I either have to use a 24 volt bulb or drop the voltage to 12 volts, this can also wait for winter.

    Good night,



  14. No alsancle, I have the shaft supported at the top with a nylon bushing originally only a leather washer supported it. The problem was the class of fit between the threads in the nut and the shaft. Being it is a triple lead screw there are three individual threads running only 3/4 inch which gives very little stability to the nut so the nut would tip before transferring movement. With the arm attached the nut can't tip eliminating steering play. I haven't decided about showing it as it is a bit of a pain to transport.

    Thanks for your interest,


  15. Hello again, I worked on the Bugatti today. I made what I'll call a torque-arm for the steering nut. the steering shaft has a triple lead screw and the nut is only 3/4 inch or 19 mm so there was lots of rocking going on with the nut when turning the steering wheel from one direction to the other creating play in the steering. When we first got the car there was no less than one-half turn of slop in the steering. So I captured the nut within a metal cage with an arm running to a guide tube on the steering shaft, on the table there is very little play in the steering and i hope it will be more drivable. The last trip out I thought Donovan was going to get frustrated trying to keep the car straight. post-39071-14313907344_thumb.jpg








  16. The boys were in the Bugatti tonight, Donovan was very careful to the point his mom told him to go faster and you can see Demetri's hands are where he was told him to put them. Once Donovan got comfortable he was "letting it eat" for short bursts. I think I'll have to limit the throttle for less speed. He had a helmet on for a while but he pulled over and took it off.






  17. Update: The last post I was ranting about the practices of others, this didn't help in solving the problem.

    My Daughter-in-Law's Grandfather (would he be by Grandfather-in-Law?) told me he knew a fellow that pushed the shafts out of armatures and replaced them so I spoke to him but he did it on AC motors and this was a DC motor and he thought the commutator would be a problem.

    I put the armature in my arbor press and after not too long decided that something was going to break before the shaft started moving.

    Next trick, I put the armature in the lathe with an ancient steadyrest and faced the end of the snapped shaft and drilled a hole, #21 drill I think. Then took the shank from a grade-8, 1/2" bolt and turned a stem to fit into the hole in the motor shaft and cut a bevel and welded it to the motor.

    Now my friend, the machinist who made the axle, gets the gear and the motor. He bored the gear to 0.4375 and turned the shaft to 0.4390.

    I put the motor together and it ran just as smooth as before, which was good.

    I decided that a hole was necessary in the right side axle housing which allows the drive gear to go deeper into the housing giving 100% tooth contact where as before it was only contacting about 1/2 of the driven gear, so three step drills later and a little filing and we got a hole.

    Now the gear got heated and dropped onto the shaft i thought it went a little too far and tried to move it a bit but it said NO! where it ended up is fine.

    To get the proper gear mesh shims are placed under the motor, with the outside hole it is easy to see what is going on with the placement of the shims.

    The motor is mounted and everything seems to be Ok. Made a cover for the new hole in the axle housing. Now everything has to be reassembled with the proper fasteners and away we go. I hope!












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