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post #1 of 15 Old 07-06-2013, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
 
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Bimbo racer; NOT fiberglass; all steel

30 yrs ago I aquired this childs car, not knowing what it was I called it my ferrari. (all I got was the body,trunk lid,front axle ,and wheels with perelli tires.Missing were windshield,steering ,lights, grille ,dash and motor.) Two yrs ago I decided to restore it.Not having reference as to what the missing parts look like I refered to auctual ferrari pictures and fabricated a windshield,grille,headlights,tail lights,dash,and steering wheel.I used a differential and axles from a riding lawnmower. For pwr a 49cc pocket rocket m/c motor w/electric start.It uses a uni-control lever, pushing it forward gives it gas pulling it back applies the brake. Reverse is supplied by a12v.ford power window motor. A week ago I was watching a restoration show-they were restoring a ferrari bimbo thats when I realized what I had. But the body of my car is all steel not fiber glass, can anyone give me any information about the steel body. I hope the mods dont devalue it
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post #2 of 15 Old 07-07-2013, 06:26 PM
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I want it
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Newman !

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call Wayne Carini at F40 motorsports, i saw an episode were he redid one.. he know's alot about the Bimbo racer

Porsche owner, aka "fat cab"
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You made the steeringwheel yourself????


Very Cool!!
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post #6 of 15 Old 07-08-2013, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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steering wheel and all the other parts

Yes, fabricated the steering wheel,made of 24 pieces of rosewood ,Ferrari emblem is from a tie clasp. and all the other parts; including grille, headlight rims,(headlite reflectors are from ablack and decker flash lightthe headlite lenses were moulded over a bowling ball.) hubcaps, windshield/windshield posts/ dashboard, tail lights. All parts were C N C machined. Only thing I didn't do was the upholstery. after looking at the pictures can anyone tell if frt.axle&spindle appear to be org, BIMBO ???

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post #7 of 15 Old 08-21-2013, 05:10 AM
 
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very cool!

thanks for sharing

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ps nice shop too!
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post #8 of 15 Old 08-25-2013, 02:06 PM
 
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looks like a 166MM Barchetta or a 166 S, or inter GT. many variations of the model, but it looks to be a 166. one of my Favorites,

STUNNING JOB!

Soooo, have you torn around in it yet?

a set of wire wheels would really set it off...
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my reading comprehension seems to be low today, I now realize you're wondering about the steel vs glass body. Sorry bout that, stunning in any case.

Any chance the steel body was mold to make the plugs for the glass bodies once in production? or possibly the proto-type?
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I don't think it was a mold or proto type for a fiber glass body. .I suspect a skilled metal craftsman copied an original bimbo. when I stripped the paint for example, the trunk lid was made of 9 pieces welded together. from the outside you could not tell where the seams are. also it had front suspension and remnants of steering .& a couple of brackets that could have been for control linkage. I would love to know the origin. all I know is it came from the San Jose CA. area . I believe its one of a kind.
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Ferrari or not... Little Ferrari? Kid's toy? Dad's Project? this is just too cool

Nice work!

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call Wayne Carini at F40 motorsports, i saw an episode were he redid one.. he know's alot about the Bimbo racer
It looks to be the right size for him.
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Help with the wheel bearings

We have a question about the placement of wheel bearings on the bimbo racer. Can anyone help me with the size and placement of the wheel bearings on the wheel assembly. Looking for suggestions or possible detailed pictures from inner axle to out axle of each wheel.
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1956 Bimbo Racer fiberglass going up for Auction

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