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Old 12-06-2012, 04:08 PM
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Ok Boys I think I have a good one here. I don't believe this has ever been done before or after this car was introduced to any other car made.

We are talking an American made production car.

It's body structure was made in such a way that no panel fitting had to be done, no shims, no slotted holes, nothing. Just bolt a fender or door on without any adjustment and if fit perfect.

It was done by having a unique fixed nut that was spot welded onto the body structure. This nut was basically a little box filled with a resin with flaps where it spot welded onto the body structure. Once the structure was made with all these nuts welded on. The whole thing was sent thru a giant milling machine that would cut the blocks down to the proper height and drill a hole in the resin for a perfect panel fit!

What car was constructed like this?

I saw one on the way to work today that fired me to ask the question.

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Old 12-06-2012, 08:08 PM
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Pontiac Fiero starting 1984 I have one 56000 mi still like CORVAIR Spyder better

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Old 12-06-2012, 08:57 PM
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Gosh darn it! Yes it's the Fiero, it's your floor.

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Old 12-06-2012, 09:00 PM
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Thats just one of the few things i know,lol, you are doing a good job i will pass it to you
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The last Italian Iso Isetta was made in 1955 and then it was sold to BMW who used their own engine. It was also sold to a French company who continued using the Iso engine until 1958. The Isetta was also sold and built by a Spanish company, a Belgium company and under licence from BMW to a British company. not all using the BMW engine. The Italian Isetta saw the handwriting on the wall when Fiat introduced their 500 and sold off the company to everyone else.
The Iso engine was actually a beefed up single cylinder twin pistion engine that was modified for use in the Iso. Your right not a lot of infomation about the engine other than it was made larger for more power and less viberation. I wonder if the viberation problem was rectified by the different strokes. And you have to keep in mind non of these companies produced a simlar car. They all looked different! Some had three wheels and some had four.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:28 AM
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I LOVE miniature cars!

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Old 12-07-2012, 04:22 PM
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Your in luck ,I just read an article BMW is rereleasing the Isetta looks good ,the one i saw was red and wwite .just in time for Christmes
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Noone has took the question if floor is still opwn (Big Daddy) Dpn Gartis is accepted in racing as being the first person to use Nitrox Oxide in a drag race car everyone thought the bottle was a fite extingusher -where did he get the idea to use this product i may have given it away by giving his name
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No one has taken the question, if floor is still open (Big Daddy) Dpn Gartis is accepted in racing as being the first person to use Nitrox Oxide in a drag race car everyone thought the bottle was a fite extingusher -where did he get the idea to use this product i may have given it away by giving his name
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I know early aircraft used it

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Old 12-07-2012, 07:19 PM
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correct first the germans then AMERICA WW2 this question was so good i had to ask it twice ,no seriously i edited to correct spelling it posted twice my mistake You have the floor
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Man!!!! Ask another one Im working on my journal!!! You give it to someone else please whom ever answered the last one LOL


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What sixties domestic car had a three speed automatic transmission but had to have only two gears showing on the indicator? You can shift it into first by rocking the shifter from drive to low twice.

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Are you referring to the early Fordamatics around 1955. They started out in 2nd gear if you left it in drive. If you pulled it down into low then it started out in 1st gear. You could shift it from Low to Dr and then pull it back into Low to lock it in second and then put it in drive when you were ready to go into high gear. You could do the same thing in reverse to make it back down but you would have to stomp the accelerator at about 25 mph to get it to kick on down to low gear when you were decelerating. My dad never knew this until the 3rd front seal went out of the transmission and his mechanic advised what caused the seals to fail.

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I was pretty good speed shifting my old Fordo in my 55 Bird. Ozzie the trans guy at the Ford dealership I worked at beefed it up so I got very positive shifts out of it. Over bored, ported ,tri-power with 2GC's AND a 3/4 Race Mellings cam. Lots of fun. I paid $400.00 for my 55 T-Bird. I remember turning one down for $325 because it didn't have power windows!
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