Just wanted to say that I really, really
enjoyed reading your Old Cars article this week. I just traded down from a 1998
MR2 GT to a 1989 Alfa 33 twin carb 1.5, and I love it in a way I never could
love my Toyota. Even the MR2's a far, far superior car in every way.
33's not really 'old' in the way an Austin 1800 is, but to me it's a classic and
very special. Of course I'd prefer an Alfasud, but I haven't seen a good one of
those for sale in a long, long time (actually I bought the last one and an
uninsured driver wrote it off within a week). Then there's the inboard brakes
and the difficulty getting parts ...
There's just something wonderful
about cars with a bit of character left, and my Alfa's got it in spades. I'm
glad to read that in principle, you agree with me
PS I never did name my MR2, and to me that says
I just bought a Fascinating piece of machinery. Its called a Suzuki Burgman 650.
Its a scooter with a whopping 650cc engine, CVT gearbox with manual shift option
on the handle bar and fuel injected. Here is a link to the bike www.suzukimotorcycles.com.au I
was amazed at the technology of this scooter and went out and bought one a week
after i found out about it. Im happy to lend it out for a test ride and report
on it as its a dream to ride to work on a daily basis :) I’m sure others would
appreciate and find this scooter interesting to read about purely because most
people associate scooterswiththose100ccVespas that you see scooting around
Getting it Square
re: Another HPV 10. Could you show hoe you get it
all square? The rear swingarm must have needed a jig itc to line it
No jig was used.
Hi , I enjoyed the article about the Austin
1800,but did you know the guy that features in most of the aussie ads for those
is Nairn Hindhuagh of " Mountain motor Books" in Brisbane?.Back in the day he
was the adverising manager for BMC Australia,I think the other guy who featured
a lot was John laws.LOL! Cheers!
Interesting work on the HPV. All the talk of roll centres,
bounce frequencies, etc is stuff I picked up reading suspension and handling
books in pursuit of making my car faster at the track.
I thought I'd
throw some of your rear suspension designs through an FEA package to see if you
were on the right path re torsional stiffness.
As supected the ladder
frame is worst, 0.208mm max deflection (The absolute values aren't really
relevant as the dimensions, tube selection and load estimates aren't accurate,
but they're at least comparative to each other.) A plain cross design was a
small improvement: 0.202mm (but as you said, there would be poor lateral
strength). The linked design you chose was 0.204mm maximum deflection. A crossed
braced ladder design was the only significant improvement, 0.133mm deflection,
but of course it consists of extra parts and weight...
modelling is only very rough, but I thought you might find it interesting...
Bias Against Holden
I haven't asked this before, but I probably
should have; What do you have against Holden? Seriously. When the BA came out,
it got mostly praises from you, even though it stacked on the weight big time.
No argument from you. Now the VE came out, and all you could do was talk about
how it was ridiculous that Holden could allow this car to be 100-150kg heavier
than the old models. 1855kg at it's heaviest, this was a lard arse that should
never have been brought into production. It had no use. It was too big. The
wheels were too big, too expensive, it used too much fuel, the V8 is 6L of (what
appears to be) direct insult to you. Again. You bring it up in Driving Emotion,
"I’ve written before about the size of the VE Commodore, but I have to say it
again. I just can’t get over how huge they are".
That's right. They are
big cars. However, would you hop out of your buzz box car for a moment and see
my point. For their size, they're not heavy! 1855kg is exactly what the HSV GTS
weighs, with heavy trim and very tricky suspension. Now, look at a "similar"
Falcon -The Force8, 1855kg. Hang on, maybe it's a typo. Lets look at two others
then. The SSV Commo weighs 1805kg. Heavy and with a useless, pointless, stupid,
unsophisticated V8. Lets be fair and look at a Ford 6 in comparison then, like
the Force6. 1805kg as well. But with a much lighter 6 cylinder engine. There's
something wrong here. One more. The pov-pack SS Commo come in at 1770kg, and the
stocker XR6T weighs 1755kg. That right. The ridiculously heavy VE Commodore, in
all it's V8 glory, is just as heavy, and in some cases lighter, than the Falcon
equivalent. Not a peep from you though, about the Falcons weight. No, no, no, of
Here's some food for thought for you Julian, and I really
want you to take this in. In 1988/89, Holden brought out the VN Commodore. In
it's day a great car, but like all old cars, nothing in comparison to todays
choices. It weighed just 1350kg or so. Still a big car. Big boot, big wheels at
the time (This family of Commodores was the first Australian car to have 17"
rims, which were massive back then), and room (comfortably) for 5 adults. Now,
to shed light on why the VE is not a heavy car for todays market. The Porsche
911GT3 RS. That's right, I'm comparing an 18 year old car to the latest Race
Spec Porsche. The Porsche, with only two seats, stripped out interior, huge use
of composites to save weight, and absent of even air conditioning, is a hefty
1375kg. Do you see the problem Julian? You want Australian cars to weigh as much
as a full blown road driven race car worth $300,000. For Christs sake Julian, a
Ford Focus weighs over 1300kg now. Get over it.
At least this time you undermined both Holden
AND Ford this time, "When the Australian car-making industry collapses, I think
that today’s car company product planners will have been largely to blame". What
makes you think they're going anywhere? Holden especially, with its behemoth VE
Commodore. If Ford can get its export scheme going with such cars as the
Territory and next Falcon, they'll be set. Holden is leading the way. Half of
the VE based cars built at Elizabeth are bound for export to every continent
except Antarctica. The world loves what Australia has to offer, so why don't
I loved the articles by Julian Edgar, on the
HPV's and I was wondering if he has plans for his trikes for
No drawings have been made.
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