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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:18 pm 
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Well what I have been working on is nearly finished.

Lots of set backs along the way, but I am booked in at Harewood on Sunday having only driven it to the end of the drive & back 3 times. If I manage a single run I'll count myself lucky.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:22 pm 
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It is an ace looking thing - even more of a belly tank racer look than many other 500s. I think you and Adam will have a lot of fun with it.

If it goes well, who knows, you might even get a proper go kart! :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:18 pm 
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That looks good whats the spec?


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:33 pm 
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What cracking little flyer, hope you and Adam have a ton of fun in it.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:02 am 
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:o Whow looking smaching, have fun with it and keep it in one piece ;)

Kees.

Where is the Cooper badge in front of it :roll: ;)

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:39 am 
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Thanks folks, It's a 1 off built in 1956, raced until the early 70's then neglected for a good few years. It runs a JAP 500 with an awesome 40 odd BHP. But "should" do Harewood in low 70's high 60's same as my Mini, but that has yet to be seen.

I was looking at Coopers originally, you can pick a genuine ex works one up for around £30,000, but when I saw this I couldn't resist.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:40 am 
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Well, I made it up Harewood hill a couple of times yesterday.

All didn't start too well with 2 failed runs (failed to start, actually) & a knackered clutch in the morning. The main problem was getting stuck in the queue for ages having to hold it on the clutch & damaging it as there was no travel stop on the pedal.

Still, this was solved over lunch time & I managed to get 2 very smokey runs in over the afternoon. The first one was done in 1 gear (second I think) taking it very steady to see what it was like to drive, the second I dared to change gear & went a little bit quicker. Finished with an 85 which isn't exactly earth shattering, but it was 3 seconds quicker than the 1st run & I wasn't even trying. I reckon there is loads of potential there, but sadly a long list of issues that need sorting too.

Watch this space.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:10 am 
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Sounds like it's got some great potential! .did Adam have a go?.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:14 am 
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It certainly has! I was really pleased how it went, despite the many issues./ Adam didn't have a go this weekend, he had a better offer & was riding penny farthings at Beamish.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:14 pm 
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a better offer & was riding penny farthings at Beamish.



(in my best pompous 'expert' voice) "I think you'll find he was actually riding an 'ordinary' " Peter Card used to get very annoyed when we called them Penny Farthings. So we did it more.


Adam's really taken to this Prisoner thing, though, hasn't he! Must be all that fresh air in the Moke.

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