Rebuilding a Racer

Apr. 28, 2019
Apr. 28, 2019
Apr. 28, 2019
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About This Kool Project

The Saratoga Automobile Museum's "Rebuilding a Racer" program embraces the history of the Offyette Quarter Midget and encourages students ages 12-18 to become part of the story. Beginning in March 2017, students will restore our 1956 Model 61 Offyette Quarter Midget, research the history of Quarter Midget Racing, prepare content for our Racing in New York exhibit, and learn through hands-on and classroom activities incorporating, S.T.E.M., art, history, and geography.

This program has been made possible through a generous donation by:

Apr. 28, 2019

With the goal of completion by the srping car show, we are adding extra sessions to finish assembly.Today we: 

  • Mounted the pedal assembly and guides on body.
  • Filed the adjustment lock bolt to mate with the penetrations in the pedal plate.
  • Connected the braided brake lines to the pedal assembly. The length looks to be ideal.
  • Additional spacers have been added to the seat bottom to raise it ~ ¾ inch to allow clearance for the pedal plate, brake line, and throttle cable when pedal plate is adjusted for shorter drivers. The seat fits but rocks slightly.
  • The masking tape was removed from the grill. Came off clean; no torn paint, nice edges.
  • The front wheels were adjusted using shims to allow the castle nuts to align with the cotter pin in the spindle.
  •  Installed the hood hinge onto the body shell.
  •  Cut/filed the adjusting bolts for the torsion bars to allow bolt head to contact the body maximizing the contact area to minimize wear. Installed and adjusted the bolts. Final adjustment will be made after installation of the back plates, brakes, and wheels.
  • Attached the radius arms to the body.
  • Loosely assembled the rear axle, engine plate, collars, and drive sprocket to determine the required length of the polished aluminum axle covers. Cut axle covers to appropriate lengths. (4 ½”; 5 ½ “)
  • Reassembled the rear axle and slid the back plates onto the axles. Fit the brake shoes onto the back plates to check the clearance with the wheels (the inner wheel rim acts as the brake drum). Negative clearance, additional grinding of brake linings will be required. The linings will have to be < 1/8” thick to allow clearance with the wheels.
  • Mounted the front bumper. The picture shows it to be quite an improvement over the old bumper.

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