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1936 Bugatti Atlantic Replica Project
RABUGGI - Glazing / Finishing

[10-03-16] First trial in driveway...
Do some basic checks while waiting for the state to respond to application for Hobbyist plates and registration.

side window latch detail
[10-13-16] Side window latch detail...
Trying to replicate the Atlantic "vent pane" window style.

Laminated safety glass windshield panes
[11-26-16] Installing the re-sized laminated safety glass windshield
panes (from Tri-City Glass) with extruded gasket #60-0133-99 from Steel Rubber

Right one in, left one ready
[11-26-16] Right pane is in; left one ready for the soapy string.

windshield VIN sticker
[12-16-16] A state issued windshield decal advises that the VIN tag is on the driver door jamb.

VIN tag on door jamb
VIN tag bracket epoxied
[12-16-16] State issued VIN tag, mounted on door jamb with an epoxy bonded aluminum bracket...
This is a small but very significant step. [History of this Hobbyist registration application]

Vent-pane stay, closed Vent-pane stay, open
new[02-20-17] Side window vent-pane scissor-stays -- closed / open

RABUGGI, waiting
new[02-20-17] RABUGGI, wearng his spiffy new license plates, waiting
patiently for some decent weather for shakedown on the road

new[02-22-17] RABUGGI's first road trial!...
An uncommonly beautiful February day presents an opportunity for some initial shakedown and impressions.
  • No bad surprises; all is pretty much as expected. Ride is firm and a little jarring over RR. tracks.
  • Non-power steering is slow but light. With non-power brakes the pedal pressure is stout.
  • The DRAC speedometer recalibration (verified with a GPS) is good, about 1% optimistic.
  • At the present state with no sound blanket, carpet, or headliner, there is a noticeable level of road noise, tire noise, and some "clunking" sounds with road surface anomalies.
  • Engine and exhaust sound is pretty subdued inside the car, less sound than expected.
  • The buzzing/whooshing noise in the video is more pronounced than in real-time. It may be wind noise from open side windows that the camera's mic accentuates.
  • The steering centering torque was not very strong, almost to the point of requiring driver's help returning to straight from a tight turn. Might be a caster adjustment issue. A professional alignment will be down the road shortly.
  • Steering dynamic response at highway speed feels stable, tight, and pleasant.
  • Yeah, the steering wheel center/straight position needs to be re-indexed.
out and about 1 out and about 2
^^^  Click for full resolution images.  ^^^
new[02-23-17] Another unseasonably nice February day, out and about, road legal...
These are the first pictures not in the garage or driveway (!!). Backdrop is a still frozen Lake Winnebago.

Simulated heater hose circuit
new[04-05-17] Since the plan is not to bother with a heater/defroster for a fair weather toy, we initially simply plugged off the heater hose circuit. It seems that the heater circuit is an integral part of the S10 cooling system. Blocking it off defeats the intake manifold warming flow and cold start driveability. Soooo, this image shows a simulated heater circuit hose to provide flow through the intake manifold like O.E.

This improved the cold start-up engine running; but this circuit, at least in 40F ambient, cooled the whole system so much that it never gets up to temp. Chatting with some old techie friends at breakfast Saturday morning led to a forehead smacking realization that the heater circuit return fitting was in a wrong place in the radiator I had made 10 years ago. It's one of those blindingly obvious mistakes that turn invisible after looking at it for a long time.

Radiator plan
S10 radiator - ref.
In my defense, there was a "boobytrap" there when replacing the S10 short wide cross-flow radiator with a tall narrow down-flow unit in determining the location of a heater return fitting. The original location was duplicated, not paying attention that it is no longer in the cold tank. :-0

Heater hose to T
Heater hose to T
new[04-13-17] The heater hose circuit now returning to a T-fitting in the lower radiator hose (to the water pump)...
This is much better, but it still runs a little cool (~170F). Hmmm? ...better than too hot.


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