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Mugs914

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I had a customer that had a beautiful RO-80. He called one day and asked, "Do you work on weird cars"?

"Absolutely! The weirder the better, what have you got?"

"Do you know what an NSU is?"

"Car or motorcycle?"

(pause)

"I found the right guy!!"

I think I have dome pics somewhere. I'll post a few if I can find 'em.
 

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I had a customer that had a beautiful RO-80. He called one day and asked, "Do you work on weird cars"?

Great story, @Mugs914 .

The RO-80 was a brilliant car. Drove one once and had a few problems with the auto-clutch gearbox which disengaged when you touched the gear lever. I'm sure I would have (eventually) got used to it. 🤔
 

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Interesting trivia. The Super Constellation was designed by the same person that designed the SR-71 :cool: .

And the P-38, F-80, f-104, U-2... Others as well. Truly a genius, managerially as well as technically.

Kelly Johnson was the son of Swedish immigrants. One engineer that worked with him once told a co-worker "I think that (blank blank) Swede can see air..."

Another anecdote concerned the early design process for what would become the A-12/SR-71 series.

While working on concept sketches for what a Mach 3 cruise airplane might actually look like (remember that there had never been one at the time), a couple of engineers brought Johnson sketches of a design that featured a "T" tail, which was considered a bit of a Lockheed trademark at the time.

He looked at them and said "You're going to have trouble with that tail, you're going to be looking at temps of 550 degrees at the intersection of the vertical and horizontal at Mach 3."

The engineers left, saying to each other that he couldn't know that and was just trying to be a smart guy, he just didn't like the looks, etc. So they decided to run the numbers to see what the temps would actually be. They found that Johnson had indeed been wrong about the aero heating of the T-tail, just as they suspected.

It would only be 545 or so...
 
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I found a few shots of the RO-80. Not the best, but you can see how nice a car it was.

I wish I had a few shots of the engine. It sported a very strange set of carbs that I had quite a (good) time rebuilding. Finding parts required a good bit of research, but I was able to find almost everything eventually and was able to make the rest.

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Do these look familiar?? Yup, the RO-80's wheels were made by the Fuchs foundry, the same company that produced the iconic Porsche wheels.
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I must admit, I am amazed at some of the man caves & collections.. these must run into the millions!

I guess it's nice to be rich! :D
 

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