Post by haflinger121 on Dec 24, 2010 15:43:17 GMT 1
I suppose one method of scratching the surface of this little mystery would be, what sort of motorbike engine is that in there? If it's something that would have given the Kilby some real horsepower, then maybe it was a competition machine. On the other hand, if it would have been about as quick as a lawn mower, maybe it was just something made (for example) for a kid to play with. Not awfully scientific I know, just a thought.
Good to see this car has gone to an enthusiast. I first saw it about 20 years ago when it was owned by the guy I bought the Elto from in Warwick. Size is more TQ than midget and I would suspect it was never a serious race car based on the hub caps though it probably has Crosley axles. I believe several TQ midgets were Crosley based though possibly not with leaf springs. Memory is a little hazy but I was told the engine either came from a dumper or the landing gear of a Flying Fortress! Not being an expert on WW2 planes I've only ever seen them trying to crank down the wheels by hand on the Memphis Belle. Steering from memory was also rather crude. Body shell is fantastic hand formed in metal and with wonderful patina as the owner says - and it did run when I saw it though probably not more than 20mph! Would make a fantastic exhibit and I was very tempted to buy it myself but am trying to concentrate on cars I can actually use next year.
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