now weve seen you curled up on the floor like a cat, its actually very spacious in there. i guess thats a stupid observation, if you were using these in the 70s and 80s shuffling off of a folding NHS identikit wheelchair or whatever.
Nice bit of fabrication for the money. What else do you need to get it running ? James
This should be it.
The rest will just be sundry items really. Possibly a couple of wheel cylinders, and rebuilding of the body. Oh, and two new Flexi hoses for the rear brakes as the ferrules have quite a bit of rust on.
Mostly just fine tuning and seeing what drops out of the road testing...once this is in though we should be able to think about the first trundle around the block though.
When these were originally 'taken out of service' there was a yard full of them in Bevois Valley in Southampton. They sat there for ages and then over a period of a week or so all disappeared!
I also remember that back in the day when I used to watch 'Match of the Day' on the TV there would always be a handful or so of these parked round the perimeter of the pitch at whichever ground the match was at.
When I was a kid, there was a service centre for these in Sandy Lane, Church Crookham nr Fleet in Hampshire. There were always loads parked up there in the late 70's.
96 E320 W210 Wafter - on 18" split Mono's - Sold :-( 10 Kia Ceed Sportwagon - Our new daily 03 Import Forester STi - Sold 98 W140 CL500 AMG - Brutal weekend bruiser! Sold :-( 99 E240 S210 Barge - Now sold 02 Accord 2.0SE - wife's old daily - gone in PX 88 P100 2.9efi Custom - Sold
Having finally got the fuel tank installed and piped up (note to self: if you take it out again, connect the fuel line to the tank BEFORE installing it), there was only one thing left to do.
The following photos of a very damp Invacar demonstrate quite an important milestone.
This is for the first time in probably a couple of decades, running entirely on internal power and fuel. No fuel cans balanced on the engine cover, no borrowed battery, it's got a full tank of fuel and is ready to drive.
Now it's been blowing a gale and tipping it down all day here... exactly the sort of conditions you *don't* want during the first test run of an extremely small three wheeler with questionable stability and laughably poor weatherproofing. So I really should have waited until the weekend.
Yeah...we all knew that wasn't going to happen didn't we?
Big point though: Safety etc. This test run has been entirely within a quiet residential area with very little traffic, for a grand total of about half a mile. It won't be going anywhere near the open road until quite a bit more remedial work has been done to the bodywork. This test was largely to help me make a judgement on what the mechanical to do list was - there's only so much you can do with thirty feet of driveway.
 CVT Belt needs tightened up resulting in it failing to "change up" as the speed picks up.
 Brakes need readjusted now she's left the drive - quite a bit of free play now, whereas there was hardly any before we left the drive. The nearside rear is dragging a bit too - though far less so after the run than before.
 Weatherproofing needs to be made to exist at all...It's truly comical how many places water gets in.
 Demister is essentially useless. There just isn't enough airflow to do anything meaningful...Methinks a booster fan will be getting added to that.
Pretty much exactly the sort of result I was expecting and hoping for to be honest.
Will get the CVT belt and the brakes adjusted, then we'll do another run at the weekend.
I see what folks have been saying about the steering, it is VERY direct...definitely requires a bit of skill to drive smoothly.