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#1 UKAde

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 12:10

My name is Adrian ward, I have just completed what maybe the smallest aero engined special in the vscc a chaterlea cyclecar with a blackburne tomtit v twin aero engine

Pics here http://rides.webshot...IQC?vhost=rides

So now my next project is a recreation of the jappic cyclecar , this car was the holder of a number of j class up to 350 cc records in the late 20's early 30's ,

I have spent an interesting day at the vscc library to try to find some contemporary information rather than the rehashed descriptions from wiki and later books , I was lucky to find some detail pics that I hadn't seen

Research here http://www.flickr.co...s/55288722@N00/

So I have spent a few weeks drawing and I have now starting to build the chassis

Build pics here http://www.flickr.co...s/55288722@N00/

However it's not that easy I am still looking for the correct engine a 1926 350 jap ohv twin port engine with a forward facing mag drive , or something close, and a sturmey archer CS top mount gearbox

I would love to hear anything of the cars later life, and what happened to it , as it would be great to find some original parts

Cheers Adrian

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#2 UKAde

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 06:29

I have now been in contact with the designers two sons , and hope this should give me some more insight into the car

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 11:51

I have now been in contact with the designers two sons , and hope this should give me some more insight into the car

Did you know that the Jappic was used for record breaking at Montlhery by Gwenda Stewart and Douglas Hawkes in the late 1920s. It was renamed the HS Special, (presumably for Hawkes-Stewart) and was sadly lost in a fire during 1932 when the sheds under the Montlhery banking caught fire?
Best of luck with the project.
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#4 UKAde

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 12:20

There is an interesting newsreel of the jappic containing some good detail shots, and to see how small the car was,

http://www.britishpa...ok/query/Jappic



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Posted 23 August 2012 - 12:23

Hi Jake thanks very much for that , I did know the final fate of the car, but there are some new details, for my timeline ,
I will try to find what records it broke in France

It would be great to find some of the original car

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 19:25

Jappic build is coming on gearbox found two very good engine leads to visit in the next two weeks
All the wooden parts are done for the chassis and the metal parts mocked up

Pics here http://www.flickr.co...57631051648930/

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 17:43

I have to apologise about the lack of updates on the jappic build ,

Lots been happening since the last update ,

I have now acquired a 350 jap engine , but not just any engine it's a correct 1924 ohv twin port racing engine spot on ,

Had a rear axle and hubs made To match the front hubs I have

Seat made and I have started on the pedals ,

Engine mounts mocked up


Link to the build pictures. http://www.flickr.co...57631051648930/



#8 Cirrus

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 18:44

I've just watched the Pathé news clip. What a wonderful looking car! Do keep us up to date with progress.

#9 UKAde

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 09:15

I've just watched the Pathé news clip. What a wonderful looking car! Do keep us up to date with progress.



due to the cold weather and it seems my workshop is 2 deg below ambiant its been quiet in there, but it has meant that most drawings are done and delivered to the water jet cutting man, so should be collecting a box of parts on monday,

been juggling with engine postion and pedals as its all very tight in the bowels of the car, as it was built for record breaking ,slowing down was not very important , but having only a hand brake next to the gear lever may make it enteretaining trying to change gear and brake at pardon

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so currently i am trying to get both the clutch and brake pedal in the footwell

#10 UKAde

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 06:34

Latest build pictures are here. that doesn't seem to work
If you search for little green Austin as a member on flickr Or look at my earlier posts for the link to the latest pics

There is now a Facebook page if you search for Jappic recreation

I hope to have the car in at least rolling chassis form for the festival of slowth a gathering of cycle cars
And would like to have it running for the vscc 80 th celebrations

Edited by UKAde, 12 February 2014 - 06:39.


#11 UKAde

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 23:12

Here is a link to my Flikr page http://www.flickr.co...288722@N00/sets

And here is a link to my Facebook page with the latest updates https://en-gb.facebo...288202517984662

I hope to have at least a rolling chassis done for the festival of slowth the cycle car gathering in may

And hope to have it running for the vscc 80 th event

#12 Barttore

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 07:56

Thank you for sharing this ! What you are doing is great. :clap: :clap: :clap: