A new addition to my collection,an AC invacar,not many of these left on the go,the plans at the minute are to give it a good going over and bring it up to a better standard ,it was sold with a gear selection problem,its an automatic vario drive but you couldnt select drive or reverse when the engine was running without a grinding noise,so tonight took the engine out to have look at the centrifugal clutch,found 1 of thefinger lining had came off the medal finger and jamming things up,when engine spinning.
It is a cool looking car in its own unique way, The engine is a steyr -puch 500cc engine,built in Austria if the Internet is to be believed,2 cylinder horizontal layout,air cooled,it's then connected to an AC built variomatic drive system,similar in some ways as the DAFs,the power goes down to a diff built under the gearbox then drive shafts out to the hubs, The plan is to probably keep it reasonably original,maybe tweaking here and there if needs be. Thanks
I used to drive past a huge yard full of them somewhere down in South London in about 1987/7, you looked down onto the yard from a road so could just see this sea of "rhymes with Baz" Blue as it was affectionately known. I guess this was where they were being held prior to being cut up. I understand that at anything more than a mild clip they were bloody lethal to drive so a bike engined version will require a large locker full of clean underpants building in.
A real classic! Is it some sort of tiller bar rather that a steering wheel? There was some big demo ( disabled rights?) with a load of these in the late 70s/early 80s on one of the London bridges and they were all tipping over in the wind!
I have a picture in my mind of one of these parked at the edge of a sunday league football pitch in somewhere grim like Bradford or Sheffield ( a few cooling towers in the background), with some old boy in, wearing his footy hat and scarf, in about 1984 or 5. Its probably from a film or something, or maybe just my unrealistic perception of early 80's working class life.
I think back when these were a lot more common,you could get into football matches for free and park on the sidelines with them.There is a few photos ive seen of a good row of these sitting side by side behind the goal mouth. phil