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Old 03-27-2007, 08:52 AM
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I have completed all of the work on the chassis and have moved onto the body. After a couple of long days I striped the body inside and out and have started pounding out dents. Also be sure to check out the handmade floor section that I built.

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Old 03-27-2007, 09:52 AM
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Good job! Keep up the good work.
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Old 03-27-2007, 11:40 AM
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Wow, if I came out of a store to find someone sitting in my car I would be furious. I mean, what would be going through someone's head to think that they should open the door of a car and hop right in. I could kind of understand a kid doing it thinking it was a toy, but the parent should definitely have known better.
That's no regular door either...

I have never seen an Isetta in person...does it have an air cooled engine?
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Old 03-27-2007, 01:08 PM
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I have never seen an Isetta in person...does it have an air cooled engine?
Yes it is aircooled. It uses a single cylinder BMW motorcycle engine out of an R3. For some pictures of the drivetrain check out my site: Drivetrain Image Gallery
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Old 04-02-2007, 04:46 PM
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Bob, that is really cool, just stumbled upon your post.

I have three vintage BMWs motorcycles (67 R60/2 + 52 Steib sidecar, 64 R50/2, 65 R50/2) in the garage, but one day would love to restore an Isetta.

Keep up the great work!

You have probably already found cycleworks who makes tools to work on those motors which are almost exactly like an R25 single...

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Old 04-09-2007, 07:16 AM
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Pretty amazing how far theyve come....
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Old 05-02-2007, 11:48 AM
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Getting closer

Making a lot of progress on the project. I should have it painted here within the next month or so.

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Old 05-02-2007, 12:42 PM
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Old 05-09-2007, 11:43 PM
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There was an Isetta at the 'fest this year. I talked with the old man who brought it, and he said he bought it back in the '70s for $250, mind condition, and it's been garage kept since then. The thing was in AMAZING condition for a 49 year old car.
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Old 05-10-2007, 12:28 AM
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Thats an amazing project Bob, having restored a motorcycle myself many years ago I can understand the immense feeling of satisfaction you get when doing a project like this, I hope you don't mind ,I've posted the link to your website on another bmw site so others can check it out.
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Old 05-10-2007, 04:37 PM
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I've posted the link to your website on another bmw site so others can check it out.
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The more the merrier. Thanks all for the words of praise. Its been really a fun project and will probably be a little sad when its done. But then again, its going to be even more fun to get to drive it around town and turn a head or two. I hope to finish all of the bodywork and painting in about four more weeks. Then re-assembly, wiring and interior. Then its off to the shows!!
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Old 05-10-2007, 09:19 PM
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Making a lot of progress on the project. I should have it painted here within the next month or so.

Looks super...but check the wheel color...shouldn't it be a bit off-white? (I matched the color on mine and it was not white) And I think the engine is 1/2 of an R6, no such thing as an R3...
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Old 05-10-2007, 09:24 PM
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Sorry, there was an R3...but only 740 made in 1936...so I think 1/2 of an R6 is correct
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Old 05-11-2007, 02:41 PM
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Sorry, there was an R3...but only 740 made in 1936...so I think 1/2 of an R6 is correct
Make that an R60....
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Old 07-23-2007, 08:28 AM
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Painted!

Well I finally got the body painted over the weekend. I am really happy with the results. This picture kind of sucks but tonight I will be putting the body on the chassis so I can move it outside for better pictures and to bake in the sun.

Woody, I decided to make the color of the wheels match the same white that I used on the roof of the car. Neither the green or the white is original as I am doing a resto mod build.



I will post a picture of it on its chassis tomorrow.
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Old 07-24-2007, 08:23 AM
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Body back on chassis

Well I have waited a year and a half for last night and it was worth the wait!

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Old 07-24-2007, 01:55 PM
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It looks good Bob! Guess I can live with those "white" wheels. My friend with the cabriolet Isetta painted his almost the same color green, so you're not too far off on authenticity. Now you get to build an interior (I can give you a lot of info on correctness there if interested). Have fun! BTW, the sunroofs are a nightmare to install...took me a couple of weeks.
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Old 07-25-2007, 08:01 PM
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Bob, that looks awesome!

Old BMWs are still fun!

I drive this to work several times a month...

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Old 08-06-2007, 08:48 AM
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What model bike is that? I love it!!! I have been thinking about getting a bike with a side car for some time now. I think that I could actually get my wife go riding with me if she sould sit in the side car.
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Old 08-06-2007, 01:24 PM
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Actually I think that I figured it out, is it a BMW R60/2. I really like the look of it and with the sidecar its very cool!
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Actually I think that I figured it out, is it a BMW R60/2. I really like the look of it and with the sidecar its very cool!
If you've had enough restoration work for right now, you could always just pop out and get yourself a Russian knock-off of it... a friend of mine has one of these...



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Old 08-06-2007, 04:11 PM
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Ah yes the Ural's I was actually looking at those the other day and thought that they looked awfully BMW'ish. There is a dealer in western Washington. They are only around 11k with a side car brand new. Not too bad.
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Old 08-07-2007, 07:01 AM
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Ah yes the Ural's I was actually looking at those the other day and thought that they looked awfully BMW'ish. There is a dealer in western Washington. They are only around 11k with a side car brand new. Not too bad.
My friend has the "Patrol" (civilian version of the miltary style, 2WD unit)... Its fun to ride in (I'm 6ft, 240 or so and fit in the side car just fine). The only real downside is its a bit underpowered (top speed about 65) but then again, your going to get used to going slow in that Isetta...
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Old 08-07-2007, 01:04 PM
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My friend has the "Patrol" (civilian version of the miltary style, 2WD unit)... Its fun to ride in (I'm 6ft, 240 or so and fit in the side car just fine). The only real downside is its a bit underpowered (top speed about 65) but then again, your going to get used to going slow in that Isetta...
You should read up on the history of the Ural, quite interesting. Stalin wanted the Russian army to have bikes as good as the Germans in WWII so he "acquired" a bunch of Beemers from Sweden, copied them exactly and they've been building them ever since. They even have a reverse gear!
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