Did they have modern angle iron back then? I suspect a lot of this angle and tubing could have aluminum substituted for the heavy steel.
Drivetrain tying together the left and right cranks under the seat. The lever in the middle is actually the only braking for the vehicle, a handle that goes back to band brakes on each rear wheel.
This is where the left and right cranks both tie into the left side, I suspect in the foreground that is a freewheel.
Note the angle iron, I suspect this has had major repairs (that brake linkage is not original) over the years. The wood looks pretty new in a lot of places as well.
steering linkage, those are the fender mounts at the front and rear, the complex looking linkage is the arm coming from the steering and the center linkage going back to the opposite side. No suspension on this version.
Steering shaft to pitman arm. Frame is round tubing, the front lower tube is 1.473 in diameter. the tube on top that the cranks are mounted to are 68" long, 1.383" diameter, and on a 16" center.
A different one with a nice looking front suspension. Worth recreating or is there a modern equivalent that will look good in it's place?
I think this version of steering would be the best in the real world... similar to my Rans Wave and Tailwind. I could use normal brake levers and could wrap some twist shifters in leather or cork so they don't look so obvious.
Notice the modern "Pro Grip" on the Mochet recumbent next to the velocar :)
This version is a lot simpler than the one I want to tackle... no roof, no door, no dash and less framing inside. A different model or a rebody perhaps or is the other one a rebody?
This steering wheel actually has the throttle and clutch on it as well as the shifter. Brake lever is on the floor. Pretty but doesn't look very practical.
The one with the T handle steering, that knob down there is the brake lever. I suspect something like that should be in the one that has the squeeze handle.