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Maytag Roadster

Maytag Roadster

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Published by: Jim on Apr 15, 2008
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THERE is one definite rule to follow in making a
idewalk automobile--get your engine first andbuild the car around it. This applies pretty much tothe wheels too.A half-horsepower, two-cycle washing machineengine is available in nearly all sections of thecountry, and as these can be had second-hand at areasonable price and have sufficient power formoderate speeds, they make satisfactory installa-tions. Herewith are working drawings of the littlecar owned by Richard Weber, of Sar. Marino, Cali-fornia, which is driven by this type of motor and has proved successful for a longperiod. It is very easy to build.In Figs, 1, 2 and 3 are given the generalover-all dimensions. Note that the frontwheels have a wider tread than the rear.This permits a shorter turning radius, andbrings the back wheels in close to thepower unit, The engine is provided with
 Modern Mechanix
Above--when pushed forw-ward, the hand lever causesthe idler pulley to tightenthe single drive belt, mov-in the car. Pulling the leverback applies the brakes.
Head on the "WeberRoadster" has a strik-ing appearance. In thedrawings below, theconstruction details ofa simpler radiator andhood are shown.
by Hi Sibley
A kick starter, and clutch arrangementconsists of an idler pulley which tightens thesingle drive-belt when the hand lever ispushed forwardd. When pulled back, itoperates the brake. Drive is on one wheel,brake on two.Hood, seat-back and dummy radiator areof galvanized iron cut as shown in Fig- 12.These dimensions are approximate as a cer-tain amount of fitting is always necessary forcurved members. If you have the facilities.
The start of a midget auto race
with the Weber car inforeground of the lineup
Left--The trim little run-about is powered by aMaytag washing machinemotor of one-half horse-power, which enables thecar to travel about 16 mphaveraging 50 to 75 milesper gallon of gasoline.Motor is connected to onewheel by a drive belt.
the edges of the metal should be beaded Theedge of the seat back is protected with a stripof leather laced on with rawhide. It will bebest to leave the cutting of the hood, etc,until the chassis is completed.Several types of wheels are available forsmall autos, being manufactured by toymakers, tire companies, etc. The original carin the photos has disk wheels with the brakedrum and pulley cast integral, and turnedContinued on page 118]

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