A Car With... Potential

It doesn't look pretty: but it seems like it's all there... until you go looking underneathIt doesn't look pretty: but it seems like it's all there... until you go looking underneath

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t was a car that Wynford Jones dragged out of a garden somewhere in the West Country. It was clearly parked up complete but carrying an unknown injury. There it stayed until it was obtained by Wynford. By this time the floor and nose floor had disintergrated and much of the other paneling suffered from weathering. The engine has disappeared, maybe in Wynford's shed or before he ever saw it; I do not know. Suprisingly the wings are pretty good as is the door. On the downside the tub is poor with metal termites having attacked the tube frame.

It may be that a new monocoque will be used. The nose requires repair including the inverted curve for the wing flange at the front. Not an easy repaiar for the amateur. Most parts are present and while better ones will be bought if they are suitable the basis is there to restore. I believe the engine might be a Yamaha Twin but various options seem to be in the frame, as it were. All in all a pretty extensive restoration but from a car that even a few years ago would have been scrapped into parts I suspect.


Learning the Messerschmitt Jig

Monocoque JigMonocoque Jig

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ome years ago Russell Church looked at making up new monocoque frames having at the time a KR200 in bits with a rotted out frame. Being Russell this expanded into the construction of a jig to ensure the frame would be identical to original and I became involved by the loan and supply of various test bits. Another jig featuring a ram to bend the monocoque tubing to the correct shape joined the main jig. The side tube is not as you would expect a perfect curve but actually a straight bit, curve and then a straight bit.The side tube is not as you would expect a perfect curve but actually a straight bit, curve and then a straight bit. Then a further jig was required to put in the bend to horizontal where the box section fitted on down to the pedal mounts. The pedal mount itself required a tool to be created and tested in a press to get the required finished shape replicating the original. This done the formed cut frames could be put in the large jig to be welded together with a box section/crossmember.


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