My first serious attempt at an original car made of Technic; made entirely of pieces available in 1994. Not supposed to resemble any particular car, I merely branded it "Volvo-type" due to its square features.
About this creation
Front end with bonnet up. Six cylinder engine under bonnet. Each front wheel requires three springs due to weight of vehicle. Bumpers are constructed from the rubber cushions of the small hovercraft set 8824 which contained exactly enough parts for the front and rear bumpers for this car.
Front suspension wishbones are braced by rotor arms rather than the beams used in 8865, allowing slightly greater steering lock.
Behind the radiator there is a fan driven directly from the primary drive shaft below the engine.
In the driver's side there are three pedals which just fit into the space available in the foot well, the one in the middle being smaller than the other two due to lack of space; all three pivot back and forth. Original plan had been to link them up to flex cables, but lack of space put paid to that idea. The narrow pedal should be on the right o represent the accelerator, but again space constraints force its situation in the centre.
Steering wheel transmits rotation to pinion via two universal joints; unlike the models 8865 and 8880 there are no additional gears involved in the steering column, thus the steering is as direct, with as little play, as possible.
Other details include sun visors (driver's one visible at top), little sticks each side of steering wheel for indicators and non-existent windscreen wipers, and wing mirrors mounted on clumsy stalks!
View from rear seat; three speed gear shift and hand brake lever in view as well as mechanisms for adjusting front seats. Due to lack of space they do not slide back and forth, they only tilt.
Three speed gear box uses the same ratios as that from the Test Car 8865, though the primary drive shaft (engine to gear box) is situated to the left of, and on the same level as, the gear selection shaft, to reduce height of drive column as engine is mounted in the front of this rear wheel drive car. Transmission to engine effected via universal joints beneath a shroud.
Boot opens up and is modulated by a small pneumatic damper at each side. Rear bumper constructed in same way as front one. Pea-shooter exhaust made of pneumatic piping poking from below left hand side of bumper.
Rear axle consists of differential connected to each rear wheel via one universal joint to permit each wheel to rise up and down independently in a vertical plane. Entire rear axle will rise and fall if both wheels rise and fall together; would this rear axle be termed "semi-live"? Suspension is of trailing arm variety with one spring per wheel mounted aft of axle; rear suspension has short travel compared to that of the front suspension, and one spring per wheel is sufficient for weight, given the leverage that the springs have upon the suspension arms. The rear axle and rear suspension is the feature of the car that I am most pleased with as it works far better than I expected, being totally smooth.
View of underside of car providing best display of exhaust pipe and exhaust hangers, handbrake cable utilising a flex cable, rear suspension, and floating drive shaft.
Awesome car mate! It has that good old-fashioned technic goodness, that's for sure! Great independent rear suspension setup and a really desirable build all round. Some of my creations have had similar year constraints to your creation here. Excellent technic functions and brilliant, true technic styling! :-)