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ERA R6B
« on: 24 Oct 22, 09:07 pm »
Iím building an ERA R6B.

I watched these things on the telly racing at the Goodwood Revival and they were incredible, they donít hang about for cars that are nearly 100 years old.

Iím not a welder, engineer, carpenter or draftsman but Iíll have a go at anything.  This should be a giggle then.

This is a pic of R6B with the ERA that Chris took as his inspiration car
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Re: ERA R6B
« Reply #1 on: 24 Oct 22, 09:20 pm »
Iíve started and actually got quite far, but before I tell you any more, some thanks are in order.

First off thanks to Chris Slade for being so generous with his time, I intruded on Chris one Sunday when I was sort of in his neck of the woods.  I have to say it was the best 2 Ĺ hours talking about Cyclekarts Iíve ever had, my thinking and understanding progressed so much because of his advice and actually seeing the Cyclekart I wanted to build.  It was well worth the investment in time, fuel and Tunocks biscuits let me tell you.  I also visited the Sywell show this year and spoke to Andy B, Chris and JimR, great to see so much interest

So Iíve looked at cyclekarts for years and only just got the time space and budget to start to put one together.  The cyclekart Iím building is an ERA like Chris Sladeís but the R6B which is almost identical apart from being black.  Iím also using Chris Sís plans as a guide, although Iím having to modify the seat, steeringÖwell pretty much all of it so that I can get in it.  Iím a slightly bigger unit than Chris and when I sat in his, I did wonder if we were going to have to call the emergency services to get me out.

So Iíve subtly redesigned it and set about building.  I got the chassis welded up and then started on the tub.  I have some modifications to make to the tub as some of my measurements were wrong but on the whole Iím happy with the progress so far.  1 question I do haveÖwhats the best way to fasten the tub to the chassis?  Self-tappers or bolts?
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Re: ERA R6B
« Reply #2 on: 24 Oct 22, 09:27 pm »
Some more pics
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Re: ERA R6B
« Reply #3 on: 24 Oct 22, 09:28 pm »
and again
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Re: ERA R6B
« Reply #4 on: 24 Oct 22, 09:30 pm »
...and again
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Re: ERA R6B
« Reply #5 on: 24 Oct 22, 09:32 pm »
My images are too big to put lots on one post so putting them up individually
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Re: ERA R6B
« Reply #6 on: 24 Oct 22, 09:33 pm »
Iím ready for the running gear now but that requires a bit of investment and is going to have to wait until Iíve saved up.  Iíll keep you posted as I go but my main objective is to have something to drive by the first event we run next year.
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Re: ERA R6B
« Reply #7 on: 24 Oct 22, 10:33 pm »
Excellent progress.   And very smart of you sticking with a tried and tested design, albeit tweaked to fit.

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Re: ERA R6B
« Reply #8 on: 25 Oct 22, 08:26 am »
Looks like good progress Tim, Another northern cyclekart on the way!  :)
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Re: ERA R6B
« Reply #9 on: 25 Oct 22, 05:19 pm »
Thank you Stefan, I'm not confident enough to build something a bit different just yet.  I also need to see stuff in order to recreate it, itís just the way I learn, hence reaching out to Chris.  I think itís because Iím not trained at any of thisÖI fly a desk for a living.
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Re: ERA R6B
« Reply #10 on: 25 Oct 22, 05:21 pm »
Thanks Jim  ;D
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Re: ERA R6B
« Reply #11 on: 25 Oct 22, 08:44 pm »
Hey Tim, Great to see you've been busy, looks like a great start!  2023 we could have 'Team ERA'.

I used coach bolts for my tub, 8mm I think.

Keep up the good work.

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Re: ERA R6B
« Reply #12 on: 26 Oct 22, 09:39 am »
Thank you Chris
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Re: ERA R6B
« Reply #13 on: 09 Mar 23, 05:22 pm »
Well itís been an interesting start to the yearÖIíve moved one business, resigned from another business, and then gone and started another.  Iím sure youíll understand but my ERA has taken a little bit of a back seat recently.

The build is slowly starting again, I have purchased my front springs, front axels and other bits and bobs so have plenty to be fabricating and getting on with.  Iím currently re lacing and trueing my renovated wheels, which I have discovered to be more frustrating than bringing up children!  For those of you who have built your wheels yourselfÖI salute you, you are better men than I.

Pics and more stuff to follow
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Re: ERA R6B
« Reply #14 on: 09 Mar 23, 08:18 pm »
Great to hear you are back at it Tim, we will have to do a northern builders meet soon, we are pretty thinly spread at the moment but I think we have traction up north. 😁
...And yes, after truing bicycle wheels for years, and then attempting to build a reliable one for touring, I have to say it is an art as much as a science. I will leave building wheels to others, I still true them though
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