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  1. 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 ma
  2. 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,
  3. 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, Jay
  4. 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 mo
  5. 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. Jay
  6. Alsancle, I thank you again, I'm so into this project at this point(money and time) I have to make it operate satisfactorily. A nice day to everyone, Jay
  7. 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
  8. Well Fellows, the Bugatti went for a block and a half when it coasted to a stop just like Andy Ganatelli's turbine car only the part that broke on the Bugatti cost more. Another wonderful example of the work performed by "Old Foundry Toy Works". I doubt if they used any formulas concerning torque or stress but rather seat of the pants engineering and their pants are probably full! The original diameter of the motor shaft was 12 M.M. and it was turned to 6 M.M. to accept the "custom made gear". The way the shaft was machined there was a step between the spur gear and the motor which measured
  9. The Bugatti has the "OK used car" designation and is fit for the road. It is inside the transporter:), now for nice weather and a driver. Jay
  10. Mr. Zimmerman, if there is someone from the club that lives close enough for closer inspection finding the car once you are inside the yard is a trick. I imagine the e-bay guys took all the easy stuff but I'm sure there may be a usable piece left. There is a neat elbow fastened to the drivers side radiator support but is tack welded in place or I would have it. if anyone needs more detailed directions to the car let me know. Or if someone needs a pretty nice brake pedal let me know, no e-bayers please. Jay
  11. The Mark II is in New Ringold, Pennsylvania, USA in a U-Pull It yard. I believe it can be found on a search for Joe's U-pull It. If anyone out there is interested in Corvairs there is a goodly amount of them in the yard. If I can be of any further assistance I'm available. Jay
  12. Mr. Zimmerman, I finally made it back to the yard, I didn't say which Thursday:). The Number is C56C2379. I got the brake pedal and a round to square 90 degree elbow, would that be a transition elbow. It most likely was from the heater/ventilation system. $4.00 for the two items I'll put them on a shelf never know when you'll need a transition elbow. The interior appears to have been black and white. I posted some photos of my work in the French section under Baby Bugatti Replica. I like fabricating brackets and things but I'm going to have to learn to form compound curves in sheetmetal for
  13. Cleaned up a little bit tonight, I want to take the car somewhere with an appropriate back-drop for some photos. Here are a few with some clutter removed.
  14. Thank you Alsancle I have to get some photos minus the clutter. When I'm fabricating I usually make quite a confusing pile of fasteners, tools and miscellaneous bits and pieces of metal that may or may not be used. Jay
  15. More photos. It' supposed to rain for a few days I will report the outcome of the first trial run directly upon completion, even if I did mess something up:). Jay
  16. Hello all, I've been working every available moment to get the baby Bugatti operable. Had the two Grandsons in it tonight with the oldest operating the throttle the young one 1 1/2 yrs. old was very excited, it is supported on a table with the wheels hanging, elbows are really close to the rear tires. I'm going to start checking out fenders on anything with a tire close to 14" in diameter. Did a lot of finishing touches, put rubber edging on the frame rail flanges and any where else a sheet metal edge would allow, adjusted the brakes, added an additional throttle return spring. I think it's
  17. Rodger, the baby Bugatti replica is, I believe, a product of Authentic Models, I purchased it at a local auction house about a year ago. I posted questions and have some photos in a thread about it under "International Makes and Models, French" (Baby Bugatti Replica). As far as me building it from scratch I don't think I would have the patience or the skill required to have formed the aluminum body, I'm more of a mechanical kind of guy. Although when purchased the car appeared to only need a motor and battery to be operational that was not the case. there was a half a turn of slop in the
  18. Rodger your chassis is "totally awesome dude", I'm glad you didn't put a camaro subframe in it:)! I'm anxious to go looking for that VIN, there are a lot of post war to mid 50's Chrysler products in the same yard so I can also do some picking. This is what I have been working on the past few months, it is a little larger than your car, I think this is supposed to be 1/2 scale it measures about 6 feet long. I'm headed for the capitol "D.C." to visit our daughter and husband and take the grandchildren to some museums. Jay
  19. Rodger, I will check out the Mark II early next week for the VIN number. This weekend has been planned for me already by the Mrs. Jay
  20. Rodger, I have to learn how to insert arrows. The second picture, first post, with arrow. This is a seam behind the footwell, it is further to the rear of the car than the chisled cut. directly in front of the arrow the floor drops straight down to form the footwell the seam is up on the raised area where the seat mounts. The photos of the door post with arrows, being the door was gone it was easy to measure the door opening size from the front post at cowl to the rear door post, 47 1/4 inches, I took this measurement because it was easy. Jay
  21. Additional photos. I am planning on drawing a grid on the trans tunnel in order to get more accurate measurements, if you have specific measuring points or any recommendations on how I can make it easier for you please advise. There are 3 access ports in the transmission tunnel on the passenger side (no photos this time) I'll get some photos next trip. It probably wasn't much fun removing all the interior items to get at those access ports. I can bail the remaining junk out of the car to see how much rear floor is still there. Jay
  22. Mr. Zimmerman, I'm going to post the photos I took on Saturday but they confuse me and I took them. I will be returning to the car with different measuring tools, a digital level included. The distance from the seam where the vertical section of the firewall meets the angled toe boards to a seam in the floor right at the top where the footwell rises up to form the seat platform is 33 inches. this seam is indicated by a penciled arrow in one photo. The top of the tunnel at the firewall is 9 1/2 inches wide, 13 inches from the firewall it is 8 inches wide and 27 1/2 inches from the firewall
  23. Mr. Zimmerman, I have been following your progress your skill and patience are remarkable. I was at a local salvage yard and happened across the remains of a Mark II. I hope it doesn't disturb you too much that such a rare and beautiful car could end up here. I was surprised to find that the brake pedal is still there. I could take more photos or measurements from this remains if it would help you. Jay
  24. that one is a 35 C2 there is a 36 C10 behind the C2. I have some photos of both cars in one of my albums. future projects:) Jay
  25. Hey, I would like to point out that I filed material (in keeping with the nature of the original construction methods) from the bottom of the steering mount support to compensate for the frame rail thickness. The strap is tapped with screws coming from the bottom I used through screws with nuts on the steering mount bracket due to the heavy material being in the middle. The first photo shows a spacer under the steering mount to duplicate the thickness of the bottom strap but I took it out to get a better angle on the pitman arm for more tire clearance with the drag link. The steering mount b
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