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updated 04/09/2020

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Custom built three wheeler cars and kits
 
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Remember...superb aluminium bodywork...with 120 louvres,... not just fibreglass!


Suspension/wheels/brakes/tyres

Please note: Wheels are now (since 2015) 19" (inch) vintage splined spoked wheels mounted on splined hubs with octagonal chrome on brass spinner caps. The wheels shown here are chromed (additional cost), the standard versions are silver powdercoated (black or any other colour available at extra cost). The original type (Morad aluminium, are no longer applicable).

Tyres are either Avon SM2 or Blockley 400 x 19.

A little history of "kit car" suspension and how it has evolved.

Traditionally, and from the 1960s specifically, two systems have been used quite universally...from a British perspective of course!

1) Triumph Herald based.

2) Ford Cortina based.

A lot of early kit cars and specialist cars began with Triumph Herald based uprights and hubs. For example, Lotus Seven, and now the Caterham Seven, in fact Caterham still use a modified Herald/Spitfire upright with bottom spherical joints.

From the 1970s right up date, the staple diet of the kit car front suspension system for many manufacturers, Westfield and many others, many three wheelers including the JZR and BRA, has been the very heavy Ford Cortina cast steel upright/hub/12mm disc/M16 caliper setup.

Westfield developed an aluminium alloy upright/hub in the 1990s, and several other manufacturers have followed suit in the last decade, namely Raceleda and Rallye Design.

The Ford Cortina had a kerbside weight depending on models of between 1040-1130Kg.Our and other generic three wheelers weigh 400Kg or less. Clearly these vehicles do not need the stopping power of a car that weighs in excess of 1000Kg. Morgans never exceed 880lbs/400Kg, though the new Morgan is over 500Kg.

Our alloy uprights take our own stub axle and combined light weight alloy motorcycle wheel/hub combination, in conjunction with alloy calipers and 260mm diameter, 10mm thick discs.

The photos shown below are the older style using alloy rims. These are no longer offered, and changed in 2015 to  vintage 19" (inch) splined spoked type mounted on specially made splined hubs (Aero Cycle Cars specification) and specially made stub axles.




 

These wheels were fitted 7/2/09, they are not the best of photos and do not do the new system justice. When the weather is better new photos will be taken and posted. Pads are not yet fitted. The discs have to be radiused. New mud guard stays have to be fabricated to take 19 inch mudguards. Full weights will also be posted.

Note the polished stainless steel mudguard stays.



 
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