The Horseless Age Volume 7

The Horseless Age Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ... automobiling. It is safe to assert that an overwhelming majority of your readers are not possessors of motor vehicles, nor are they connected in any way with their manufacture. It is to this class that the possibilities of the air-cooled motor appeal, and it is by this class that a large degree of experimenting is carried on, mostly ignorant and ill-advised, doubtless. Therefore your reply to the questions put will. I am sure, have an educational effect, as it will probably enlighten many who have similarly vague ideas as to the application of the aircooled motor. The tricycle of which I speak has a steering front fork of the usual bicycle pattern and weight. I assume that this fork is too light to stand the vibration of a motor. Suppose I have instead a fork made of solid steel in only two parts. Would not this meet the objection as to injurious effects of vibration there? We will assume that a ij4 horse power De Dion aircooler motor, with carburetor, battery and coil, are mounted upon the front fork, as is done in the "Victoria Combination," illustrated some months since in The Horseless Age. Instead of the present wheel, we will have a regular automobile wheel of, say, 2-inch tire, to bear the extra weight put upon it. Power will be transmitted from motor to a large sprocket on hub of front wheel, or a belt may be used. All the steering and regulation operations will thus be on the front wheel. Would that and the fork I have indicated be sufficient to bear the weight and strain? It seems to me, from the construction of the duplex named, the remainder of the vehicle would receive but little extra strain from the motor's vibration. As to stability, would not this extra weight, whether attached to the steering tube, or the...show more

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  • Paperback | 374 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 667g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236567390
  • 9781236567390