Sir Henry wrote:Yup! It is I. If you don't know who I am then just ask around. I've been something of a semi active member of TEOC and the (failing?) campfire chat forums for a couple of years to date. Now I've joined the ranks of the 'stinky' owners.
Mine is a Dandy 4 or 5 from the late 80's - maybe. The jury is still out on that.
As my first outing I went down to the mini meet at Shell Island with it t'other weekend and suffered a blowout at speed which ended up costing me £50 at a local rip-off tyre place.
This set me thinking.
Not the best use of my leedle grey cells.
Where were the original wheels sourced from? Certainly not the perceived 'wisdom' of an early Mini or a Reliant or similar. The rim offset is all wrong! As an experiment I am considering turning them around so that the offset is reversed, although this will mean that the nut cone ends will not be mated to the corresponding indent in the rims holes and the spigot may not line up correctly. IIRC this was a trick used by some boy racer types to give the Classic Minis a wider tracking. How it worked out in practice I do not remember, but at least a Dandy isn't trying to put umpteen horse power through them so this may not be as fraught as it could be.
Your thoughts are invited and more than welcomed.
Hello Sir Henry how are all at Rawlinson End? For others benefit: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
It's good to welcome you here. Now while I might be in awe at your past experience and appreciate your desire to now partake in PVC fetishism I must ask you to wind your neck in a bit or perhaps in your case to get your brother to put his trousers back on. Where you have gone and what you have been may be forever part of you but we made a vow not to be critical of other related forums. [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
If you were not new here I'd be compelled to remove this post and as a junior moderator others might overrule me and take that action. I'm going for the option of replying to your first post and explaining that the name of the game here is that we all play nicely.
As for anything failing you have been a member of that forum and it appears that while this forum works as a virtual entity our group camping record is such that we might not be able to organise a social event at a beer factory. To quote the lesser known words of a man better than I
J F Kennedy 20/01/61 [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Ask not how your forum has failed you but how you have failed your forum
As for your question about the wheels. I have thought that the source of those as well as the original design of the suspension was [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
But I'm not sure of their suspension development now. Rubery owen did press Mini wheels not sure about the Imp wheels and never heard about Reliant wheels on a Dandy. As the Dandy was developed in the mid 1960's where else was a 10" wheel going to come from? Dr Alex Moulton had developed the suspension (Mini Suspension) and got Dunlop to develop the [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Not sure about things like the late Reliant regal but the early Regals went from 14" wheels to 13". As for the offsets being wrong I've never measured the offsets on my 1990 Designer as I've never had to replace the wheels but the later "trailer" style wheels look suspiciously like a zero offset item.
The cheap reply would be that if you are having difficulty measuring the difference between a 4 and a 5 I'd not wan't you measuring offsets anyway.
Mine is a Dandy 4 or 5 from the late 80's - maybe. The jury is still out on that
I presume that there is some reason why yours is not obviously a 4, 41/2 or 5 the smaller Dandys with inboard wheels are a few inches different than the standard 4' or 4' 10" is yours some strange sized beast?
We love photos anyway but if yours is an oddity especially so. You won't be able to post photos for the first 7 days but we can send you an email address and we can host your first photos for you.
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