Hot one today so slothful enterprises only.
Received in the mail today a wheel centre for the Bug from Peter from Richards Bros Cardiff, Wales. Peter was worried that the wire wheels I have ordered may not fit so decided to send out a centre for a trial fit and he was half right, the fronts are OK the rears are too tight a fit on my splines. So I could:
- Put the new 2.5″ (narrow) wheels on the front and leave to old 4″ (fatties) on the back for the hotrod look.
- Send the rear splines to Richards Bros. to get machined to fit the wheels.
- Don’t do anything for now and save up for some alloy blade wheels? Bugatti’s do look good with those wheels…….
While on the Bugatti, I took it out on a local club “Cento Miglia” Economy Run and achieved 30MPG which is exactly what Ettore said it would do, very prescient of him. Also I noticed that my VDO Car/Bike speedo seemed to be missing, I immediately thought this was some sort Franco/German problem, however really it appeared to coincide with a grinding- rubbing noise, unfortunately it had fallen into a gap between the seat and the alternator pulley guard, photo attached.
The Sizaire now has modern seals in the rear hubs after I discovered the RH housing was a recent fabrication so it did not seem so bad machining the centre out to put seals in. I have also welded a replacement bracket on the RHS brakes, hopefully a better weld than the Blu-tack previously applied. The bracket is not absolutely necessary for retardation ….. in a forward direction anyway.