Not Quite a Bug Aug 22, 2021 15:52:34 GMT
Post by sparkey on Aug 22, 2021 15:52:34 GMT
Thought I should introduce myself, though I am not too sure if I will be welcome. I am sure that I have met many of you at the NMCR Rally, where I have been seen with various BMW 700 coupes, Goggomobil Coupes, and an indecently quick Messerschmitt, over many years.
Well, now I have a new toy to play with that doesn't really fit anywhere, but it wouldn't work without several important bits of Bond Bug. She was manufactured (she originally had 111 sisters) in 1975. Now, sadly there are only a few left, and many are emigrating - to both Australia and Greece. However, when she was new she was fitted with a nice new back axle from a Bond Bug! (i.e. NOT stoled from one, but supplied by the Factory! together with radius arms and a panhard rod, rear brakes and stantard Dunlop 918 Mini Cooper steel 4 1/2 J wheel rims). I case you are wondering what 'She' is and why my Handle is 'Sparky' the answer is quite simple - 'She' is a 1975 Enfield 8000 Electric Car!
Now I come to the most important of questions, and I am sure that there is a good answer that someone will know. The axle is standard Bond Bug, with the standard ratio. It has a nice filler plug at the centre of the rear of diff, but no Level Hole (since this is wherer the panhard rod fits). Since my axle leaks slightly - as I believe most Bug Axles do (it is not a very happy axle and seems to have been badly mis-used in the past - the pinion shaft appears to have been bent, and the drive flange does not run true). I believe that there is a way of checking the oil level in the Diff using a bent wire (I can make one of those very easily) BUT what level should the oil be???
and a near oil-less electric car!