Edited by mab01uk, 19 October 2012 - 03:19 PM.
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 03:23 PM
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Posted 21 October 2012 - 10:23 AM
I also have the later Ripspeed Mk3 Hi-Lo flyer which is very similar after Tony Chamings sold the rights and patent to Keith Ripp.
From Keith Calver:
"The Hi-Lo was developed many moons ago, the rights to manufacture originally being purchased by Keith Ripp of 'Ripspeed' fame, where they have remained since. The original design used a long hex key to wind the large threaded bolt into which the knuckle joints were fitted in and out of the cast aluminium cone and had a small hex grub screw in the cone body to 'locate' the adjuster bolt in place once ride height was set. Visually it was quite different from the later models as it was slightly 'lighter' and have four vertical ridges spaced 90 degrees apart (the locating screw was situated in one of these, around half way up it). This was remodelled after a few years, doing away with the locating grub screw - deemed unnecessary since there was no movement of the adjuster bolt once set even without the grub screw - and incorporated a drilled 'drain' hole to allow water collected on top of the cone to drain away instead of corroding the cone and adjuster bolt into uselessness. The advent of the rubber mounted front subframes using the massive tower retaining bolts eventually saw rise of the third incarnation of the Hi-Lo. To aid adjustment without recourse to removing the tower bolts, and indeed having to drill access holes in the rear valance for the long hex key to reach the adjuster in the rear Hi-Los, the new design sported hex-ended adjuster bolts and a locating nut. This now meant ride height could be relatively easily adjusted using a pair of spanners."
"The original design was patented, so the Hi-Lo was the only adjustable spring platform of its type for the Mini for many, many years. Then the patent laws changed. When the original patent ran out, Ripspeed saw no need to renew it on this product. In hindsight, a foolish move as every Tom, Dick and Harry has had a go at producing their own versions. Some good, some appalling. Whatever the actual visual differences, they all incorporate the same adjustable spring platform (cone), using a long distance piece at the rear to connect the knuckle to the cone. Consequently they are all fitted in very much the same manner as the originals."
Bernard Bird (Gomshall Motor Co) – new Mini built (“price tag quoted by sponsor: £10 000”) – spaceframe (“main strength is centred around two steel tubes running from the rear suspension mounting points to an alloy bulkhead mounted directly behind the engine”) – Pete Vickers 8-port 1293 BL engine (130 bhp), but a 170 bhp BDA was expected to replace it. (MN 1-8-74) – to be driven by Tony Chammings (A/S 1-8-74) – for sale (A/S 6-2-75)
Mini Magazine - Gomshall Spaceframe Mini pdf
(I could only view this pdf file by searching for above on Google and then clicking on Quick View and opening it via Google Docs)
(Tony Chamings died in late 2010).
Posted 21 October 2012 - 09:19 PM
I had a set of these on my Mk1 in the 1970's but now we all want sliding windows........
I don't see any windows in this advert...
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