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rhauck Randy Hauck
Yakima, Washington, USA   USA
1934 CycleKart German "Silberpfeil"
Spent some time in the car this past weekend. So far top speed is 37 mph on the straights. My brother was up from Oregon so we did several laps in a large abandoned parking lot. Couldn't get enough so we drove around my neighborhood too.

Anyway, I am looking for a quick way to shine up the aluminum skin. After about 10 months it is dulling up a bit and I don't plan on painting. The original 1934 Mercedes Benz W25 was painted white but the night before the weigh in the team scrapped off the white paint to scale down some weight, thus begun the term "silver arrows" for the German cars.

Any suggestions on a cheap and easy cleaner/polisher?

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Woodysrods Brian Woods
Westbank B.C., Canada   CAN
Hi Randy
You need a bigger truck???
Is that the Walmart parking lot down by hwy 97?
Brian

rhauck Randy Hauck
Yakima, Washington, USA   USA
1934 CycleKart German "Silberpfeil"
Yes truck way too small, but it worked for the short distance on the back roads. The parking lot is the old KMart parking lot off of the highway, tried to find a place that would not draw too much attention. We rode mostly on the rough backside of the building but when we were brave enough we got up to speed in front of the building where the pavement was in way better shape.

One thing I am learning is that with one rear wheel free and just leaving one wheel as the brake and drive, stopping power is not great...wheel locks up fast. I am thinking of keying both wheels even on pavement to get better stopping power, but I know it will suffer on sharp turns since it has a solid axle.

Next cart for sure using a differential axle.

Randy

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bobwilcox Gold Member Bob Wilcox
Riverside, MO, USA   USA
1925 Ford Model T "Speedway Special"
I have mentioned this before, but one of my karts has the right rear wheel keyed and the rotor keyed to the axle. On the other side the wheel is not keyed to enable more ease in turning. I welded a rotor with hub to the wheel drive hub and it is not keyed either. This allows breaking of both wheels and still having free wheeling on the left side. I hope you can understand what I am trying to say.

LowellR Silver Member Lowell Roemke
Tempe, Arizona, USA   USA
Bob, could you post a picture of your brake set up

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carChips Victor Harnish
Kelowna, BC, Canada   CAN
1933 MG Magnette
1973 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Chip"
1989 GMC Sierra 1500 "Bush Truck"
I've never polished aluminum but I made it nice and shiny by sanding it. I ended up with a final sand of 2500 grit sand paper, it would have been shinier if I went to 4000.

Hi Randy,
Google is your friend on this one. Lots to see. Years ago in the bicycle shops on aluminum, we used a product called simicrome polish and it did a great job. Lots of elbow grease with this one, but you can make that CK look like a chromed finish when you're done.
Let us know how it works out , and of course we all love pic's.

TX
Mr fixit
Chris smiling smiley

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Woodysrods Brian Woods
Westbank B.C., Canada   CAN
Hi Randy
I thought so! We have slept in that walmart parking lot with our Teardrop Trailer before.
So you are going for the Shiniest CK" at Tieton this year.?
Will we see you this weekend at the Ag Museum?
Car Show Sunday!!!!
Brian

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Chelmsford, Essex, UK   GBR
Lovely looking CK.
You can use flour to polish Aluminium, cheep and easy to get.
Unfortunately lots of elbow grease.

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Notso-Chinsee Gold Member Albert Lies
Spokane Valley, Washington (WA), USA   USA
Here are 2 I have used Flitz and Nevr-Dull both are spelled elbow grease. Never-Dull is not vary expensive not sure where it is available today though.
Al



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Silverghost Peter Hays
Chicago, IL, USA   USA
Saw this product on Jay Leno's Garage. Might be an option.

http://quick-glo.com/


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