Friday, October 02, 2020

please join me in a standing ovation for the El Toro High Auto Shop class for their Mopetta replication! Thanks to the shop teacher, Casey, for sharing this with me!


Here is the latest project at El Toro High School Auto Shop. 

They were so enamored with the Egon Brustch micro car made out of moped parts in 1957 in Stuttgart Germany. Only a handful were made and are absolutely priceless so they made their own from just pictures on the internet.


They made a wood buck, bought pink foam at Home Depot, glued it together, sanded the shape, bondo on top of that sanded smooth, gel coat sprayed and sanded smooth, then a water base release agent applied, and then 4 layers of fiberglass and we made a mold out of the foam plug. 


Couldn’t find a JLO 50cc engine and 3 speed transmission so we used a Honda 80cc water cooled 6 speed power plant. 

They've built two bodies so far, and the kids want to make the second one a hybrid. They took it to cars and coffee San Clemente Sept 5th and it was a huge hit!

Painted it 2020 mustang gt grabber blue and the kids lettered it by hand.


 Ain't that the coolest?



https://www.facebook.com/SouthOCCarsAndCoffee/photos/a.939152339430597/3562681707077634/

Remember, it was only a decade ago that a shop teacher and some high school students restored a bug eye Sprite after class... and got on the Tonight Show! So don't take your eyes off the students, they are doing fun things, and making cool stuff! 

Here's an original, in probably the most famous photo of the Mopetta



here's an old photo from the 60s



15 comments:

  1. Out standing! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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    1. on of those rare cool stories I wish would come along a lot more often!

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  2. You made my day,thank you for this contribution .
    Rolf

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    1. You're welcome! I am always on the look out for stories like this but they're hard to find. Made your day? Well, that's why I'm well on my way to getting your signature on my application for a Pulitzer, right?

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    2. I'll sign that application Jesse. Couple things come to mind when I watched the video. First, I haven't seen a Petrolicious video in a long time since the guys who started it sold it. Hope there is more coming, and not just all Porches. That gets a little boring after while. Second, I wonder if some body redesign would make this little city runabout popular again.

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    3. this vid was from 2017, and I agree, way too many Porsche, BMW, Ferrari, Lambo vids. Not enough great story vids. They still make vids, but I looked at the past months selection and nothing interested me. Certainly have to be a bazillionaire to get them to feature on of your cars.
      I doubt any country will allow micro cars on the roads due to crashes, but then, why are bikes allowed to be donor cycles?

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    4. Jesse for President!

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    5. First thing I'd do is declare no more god damn pennies and nickles. They've been made obsolete by inflation, just like the 1/2 cent was a century ago. No more complaints from anyone about drag strips, airports, and military bases being too loud. Whiners gotta quit moving next to them for the cheaper mortgage. I've got a lot more ideas about what to do, especially about law enforcement, but why rant about it here?

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    6. Oh yeah, 8 years max for any elected official sequentially. Anyone in office currently for more than 8 can't run again until someone else gets elected for at least one term. Presidents can't be younger than 35? Well, damnit, they won't be allowed to run for office after 65 either! No more old senile bastards. Oh, and free state college for vets with 4 years and an honorable discharge, 80% off of universities.
      See? I got lots of ideas, just don't get me started

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  3. Never did shit like that in my shop class! Those kids must have looked forward to that class everyday and what a cool teacher!!!

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    1. this is the current class, El Toro High, just about an hour away from me

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  4. May I humbly suggest a Nobel Prize for Good Vibes.

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    1. Whoa, that would be cool! I'd settle for some frappachinos, though, honestly!

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  5. Wow! Amazing job especially for going off of just photos. And great choice of powertrain. I want one.

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  6. Fascinating video. Interestingly, in view of the video location round central London, the bottom photo was taken at the statue of Eros, Picadilly Circus, back when you could drive right round it.
    Driving it round town looks pretty hairy, but not because of the car itself (though I think 4 wheels would make more sense) but because everything towers above it, in many cases unnecessarily. Do you really need anything more for personal transport in a city?

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