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absmiami

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About absmiami

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  • Location Miami Fl
  • Full Name Andrew Sapiro

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  1. absmiami added a post in a topic 1905 White Steamer   

    what a nice find
    never heard of Fador - do you know what else they produced
    I've got a similar kit for the Allard sports car made in the late fifties - but I have never seen this !
  2. absmiami added a post in a topic Cooper barn find   

    yes - the photo of the soldering on balsa should have come with a warning - something like
    "don't try this at home" 
    there are better, safer soldering pads available - but I seem to be stuck in my ways - as you know .....
    and about the rear suspension - yes - excellent and thorough hx - I oversold this Cooper's innovations
    Ferry Porsche has to be considered the Father of the modern race car
    J Cooper would have seen - and studied - the Germans at the  pre-war British Grand Prix races
    and like Chapman - he was anxious to try his own designs after the war ....
    anyhow - I've got a U joint fetish - let's keep this a secret ..
  3. absmiami added a post in a topic Cooper barn find   

    some more shots to illustrate
    gonna make one more or three more
    undecided - the joints either side of the transaxle might be faked as they run under the frame and are difficult to see anyway


  4. absmiami added a post in a topic Cooper barn find   

    some more shots to explain the process
    my first attempts used U joints made from solid brass rod
    but I wasn't satisfied with the plastic yokes - which had to be made in halves
    so I then made the joints fr tubing - which had to be filed and sawed to tiny joints that would fit into the yokes
    as close as I will come to brain surgery on this project ... 



  5. absmiami added a post in a topic Cooper barn find   

    "three little pigs"...
    time for some U joints
    this Cooper was one of the first race cars with indep rear suspension - using U joints
    they are relatively compact - they don't have to be as hefty as later U joints on car w larger engines
    So I tried several different methods of construction - using U joints soldered from brass
    my first attempts were too large - and a re-check of my photos led to some construction changes
    I will use the top one in the photo - the U joint is made from 1/32 brass tube - soldered and drilled - with .019 brass pins through the yokes
    the yokes are filed  drilled and sanded from .60 x 1.00 evergreen stock, with some discs from round stock

  6. absmiami added a post in a topic '70 Cuda T/A   

    klean !!
  7. absmiami added a post in a topic Cooper barn find   

    Glad to see you're not working by candlelight. :    
                                            ???

  8. absmiami added a post in a topic Cooper barn find   

    Aber Chains :
    sold out on the BNA Model World site (Australia)
    have a look around - I purchased these w/in the last yr - can't recall which internet seller
    check the major model sellers catering to military modelers
    photo:
    current model assembly bench
    it takes one of two events to force me to clean my work bench
    first:  an act of Congress
    second:  a major hurricane
    this time it was the hurricane .....
    Merit kits:
    got any un-builts left ??  which ones  ??

  9. absmiami added a post in a topic Cooper barn find   

    back to the suspension for a moment
    the kit rear uprights will be used as modified with evergreen bits
    and the rear suspension arms from the Deeks' kit will be used as modified


  10. absmiami added a post in a topic Cooper barn find   

    post-Irma ........
    note that there is a small bike chain sprocket in the picture of the crank case shown above
    the chain travels to the transmission  - alongside its casing - and then runs back to a sort of transaxle casing
    difficult to machine these  -  so an internet hunt before the storm turned up ETSY - which sells old watch parts in bulk
    some of the parts will be used for the sprockets -which are different sizes on the crank case and the trans case
    some of the smaller gears will turn up in a later Bugatti project .....
    the chain will be simulated with photo-etched "chain" links made by Aber
    they don't match perfectly with the watch gears but it should look okay - will probably try to solder this together

  11. absmiami added a post in a topic Cooper barn find   

    some more detail - including some structural webbing cast into the crankcase - added w bits and pieces of evergreen strip
    the head removed for some more mods
    and the crankcase sides lacked the cast fins or slots
    added with sections of evergreen railroad siding sheet



  12. absmiami added a post in a topic Cooper barn find   

    have you ordered your Resin Jag D yet fr Profil 24 ??????
    oh, the storm ...
    luxuriating in air conditioning 100 miles north of Miami -
    house will be fine - whenever we get back  -  florida "gold coast' did much better than the Naples ft Myers area ...
     
  13. absmiami added a post in a topic Cooper barn find   

    these are some internet images of the Norton engine - showing the driver's left side of the engine


  14. absmiami added a post in a topic Cooper barn find   

    so the casting did not include the  bottom of the crank case - which I am adding - it will poke out of the bottom
    of the engine bay - just some evergreen strip and liquid glue - then  sanded and filed to shape
    and some initial crank case details  - again fr bits of evergreen stock


  15. absmiami added a post in a topic Cooper barn find   

    hunkered down in Jupiter and still w power
    so here's an update w some work that was actually done a couple months ago
    the kit engine casting -  a Norton Manx - is a two piece affair that shows its age
    but it's a start ...