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
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.