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Dollywobbler's Invacar - Roadtripped and broken. Car only slightly.

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#1801 OFFLINE   richardthestag

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:42 AM

outstanding video. does it wheeley off the line?


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:06 AM

outstanding video. does it wheeley off the line?

 

I did try, but apparently not. 


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:25 AM

Bag of concrete on the engine lid

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:25 AM

The warning lights are brilliant.  They look like they are warning of an imminent Windscale core meltdown.  


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:39 AM

I did try, but apparently not. 

Turbocharge it :D 

 

Looking forward to MOT video, I do hope you are going to find the nicest most posh MOT garage in all of Wales, and rattle up in the Invacar, and blast Ride of the Valkyries airhorns as you pull up outside.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:46 AM

outstanding video. does it wheeley off the line?


I did try, but apparently not.


Heave the engine out again and install stronger springs in the centripetal clutch. This will allow the engine to rev up somewhat further into it's power* band before engaging, hopefully getting the front wheel off the ground.

I wonder what sort of 1/4mile time you could get with this...
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 11:14 AM

....I wonder what sort of 1/4mile time you could get with this...

 

I reckon 20 to 25 seconds at least, not including time spent on the wheelie.  :mrgreen:


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 03:35 PM

Just had my second drive. Almost crashed coming out of the garage. Slow-speed manoeuvring is definitely quite challenging! I was trying to brake but still had throttle on, while trying to turn. I can see why there were so many accidents!


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 03:51 PM

Youll probably find that where the centripetal clutch has been disturbed (and is it one set of shoes in the other gearbox?) it will take some time for the shoes to stop grabbing the drum quite so viciously. Bit like brand-new brakes.. they snatch quite a bit until they have settled in.

Whatever you do, please don't crash this and injure yourself badly. Not only for the "don't want to see you (or anyone) injured", of course, but also because the irony of being badly injured in an invacar crash and then needing to have a modern equivalent adapted/altered car for your injuries would be unbearable!

... either way. Take care in this heap won't you please. I've heard a few stories of these things having all the crash resistance of a paper bag.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 05:20 PM

However should you get pulled for speeding, I do hope you will frame the ticket. 


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 05:37 PM

There was no reason to go for a drive today, I just wanted to teach my brain how to cope with handlebars. Looks like I need more practice...


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 05:49 PM

Great Video DW. I knew you'd have it running around before March. Hope the MoT goes well when you've sorted the last few bits & bobs out. Looking forward to the next YT instalment.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 05:50 PM

57th option was opaque glass for blind people


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 06:55 PM

IT'S ALIVE! What a fantastic sight to see little TWC finally moving under her own power. All the frustration and skinned knuckles are worth it when you get behind the wheel...er, I mean handlebars.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:41 PM

Here are the photos I promised yesterday (and promptly forgot about until 30 seconds ago) of the repair section on one of my doors.

 

Hope this is somewhat useful in figuring out how to go about sorting yours.

 

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 08:47 PM

Blimey. That's, er, function over form. I was hoping to do all my repair work on the inside, with bonded metal panels, then glassfibre over it to match the external finish.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:25 PM

Ian,

 

I have an crazy idea for you that I'm sure hasn't been done before with an Invacar. Not sure of the 'er' legalities of this, but the Passengers Forbidden got me thinking about how poor unfortunate Mrs Dollywobbler would not be able to partake in the Invacar adventures, especially after all the engine heaving help she has offered.  How about you gut the mechanicals out of the spare Invacar, remove the front wheel, and replace it with a drawbar and make it into an Invacar trailer, so that Mrs DW can be towed along in the trailer. Kind of like how this 2CV trailer has been built. Just a mad thought!

 

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:06 PM

Function over form...you have *seen* mine haven't you!

 

Seriously though, exactly that repair but done on the other side should work with a skim of glass fibre over it just enough to cover the metalwork.

 

Bonded stuff should work well too given there are some crazy strong adhesives out there nowadays.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:15 PM

Ian,

 

I have an crazy idea for you that I'm sure hasn't been done before with an Invacar. Not sure of the 'er' legalities of this, but the Passengers Forbidden got me thinking about how poor unfortunate Mrs Dollywobbler would not be able to partake in the Invacar adventures, especially after all the engine heaving help she has offered.  How about you gut the mechanicals out of the spare Invacar, remove the front wheel, and replace it with a drawbar and make it into an Invacar trailer, so that Mrs DW can be towed along in the trailer. Kind of like how this 2CV trailer has been built. Just a mad thought!

 

http://www.strangebusiness.com/images/co...

 

Not sure my wife is really one for being dragged anywhere...


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 10:38 PM

It is illegal to ride in a trailer unless 1) you are a mechanic doing tests or 2) the trailer is a four wheeler, and not close coupled, ie the old showmans vans etc.

 

The trailer is a good idea, but I am afraid Mrs DW will have to go on the roof rack of the tow car!


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 11:49 PM

Well done!    These really are a vanished part of British street scenes and well deserve preservation.

 

Truly vanished. I'm (just) over 30 and I'd never even heard of invacars until I came across this thread, let alone seen one.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 01:00 AM

Really?  I'm only 38 and I remember these being around well into my teens.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 01:32 AM

I remember them pottering around the smaller towns as a child, they all disappeared when all the mk3 Cortinas did.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:26 AM

This feels like a fitting point to say:

'Hang on, I thought all of these were scrapped in 2003' etc etc
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:55 AM

I'm 29 and remember them well in the mid-late 90s,tho being a threewheeler freak I obviously knew of them anyway,but I think I used to see 3-4 regularly in Worcester.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:37 AM

57th option was opaque glass for blind people

From years back i can recall a Billy Connolly routine where he mentions prescription windscreens and the shock of seeing car occupants with massive heads driving towards you..

Good work going here well done sir.
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:07 AM

In my early* (okok mid. Early mid.) 30s and I am certain I saw at least 2, one must have been local to Stourbridge.

But I was mad about cars from a very young age, so maybe some people just more inclined to notice unusual cars, even as kids?
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:38 AM

Forgive me if this has already been answered. But if production ended in what 77 78 and you lose a few every decade due to accidents etc won't you end up with a shortage long before the scheme ended. Did Motability get phased in gradually.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:46 AM

Forgive me if this has already been answered. But if production ended in what 77 78 and you lose a few every decade due to accidents etc won't you end up with a shortage long before the scheme ended. Did Motability get phased in gradually.

 

Yes, it was phased in, from 1977 in fact. Celebrated its anniversary last year. A far better solution in many ways, though I'm sure there were people using Invacars who didn't have a full driving licence. Perhaps that's why the cars lingered on for a remarkable 23 years? By 2002, mobility scooters were viable transport.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 10:31 AM

On a similar thread to my last post, I am always freaked out by how people are totally oblivious to what cars are.

Last week Scarfolk shared a pic with an Invacar and there were comments along the lines of "LOL LOL where's Delboy and Rodney". What the hell?!
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