Austin 7 Special Walkaround

My friend Peter in the UK asked me a while ago to do a walkaround of the Special as he was holed up in a lockdown at the time and probably is again, so as I had just popped down to Warragul for a coffee in the car and I had my phone in my pocket a video seemed a good thing.

Just need Julie Andrews to sing a little song and it would be quite a production, however here is the walkaround sans music and lederhosen.

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Turning good material into scrap with louvres

Hot day today so while it was still cool in the shed I thought I would try out my latest Ebay folly a set of louvre rollers that can be used on my bead roller. I have been on the fence about these for a while but they dropped to $100 delivered so I thought I would give them a try.

I wanted some louvres on the bonnet sides of the Austin 7 Special hoping they would help with the cooling and look cool as well, really what is a special without louvres? The problem I see with this method is keeping the louvre shape consistent as there are so many variables involved and one of them is me.

From the picture above the first four louvres were experimental with different numbers of passes through the rollers, then I tried to do four in a row by the same method as the fourth one. It worked OK and probably good enough for the Special although I may destroy a little more ali before I get to the main event.

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Ernest Archdeacon

Denis Basson sent me this, I think it’s from Wikipedia. The pictures are worth some study. The thing that looks like a steering wheel is in fact a starter?

In 1906 Archdeacon commissioned a propeller-driven motorcycle, the Aéromotocyclette Anzani, which achieved a timed speed of 79.5 kilometres per hour at Achères-la-Forêt.[18][19] This aéromotocyclette, based on a ‘Buchet‘ motorcycle,[20] was equipped with a 6-horsepower Anzani engine driving a propeller mounted on a 1.5 m (4.9 ft) steel tube.[19][18][20] There is no evidence that he applied for a patent. More about this Guy Here.

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