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Posted 2/27/2005 8:21:16 AM
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That still seems over complicated to me. The Forever car that I saw at the Tallahassee museum were done just like a spinner wheel. They had counter weights mounted behind the cover. I know this because the curator allowed me to turn a center wheel cover and when I released it just centered itself because it was weighted at the bottom.

Last night, Dave sent a couple of pictures of The Forever car with the outer wheel ring removed. You can see how it was attached in the photos but unfortunately the center covers are installed and cover up the "Secret" design. Maybe someday we can see it with the center cover removed.

Don’t get me wrong the counter-rotating ring idea is awesome and could be what was used. I don’t think it would be needed on the front as you could just attach something under the spindle nut since it is stationary anyway.

Here is a close-up of the pictures Dave sent.

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Posted 2/27/2005 8:28:35 AM
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Here is a picture of the driver rear wheel from the car I saw in Tallahassee.

http://www.chickslovethecar.com/images/uploaded/227200582756ForeverTallahassee.jpg
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Posted 2/27/2005 8:30:18 AM
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Posted 2/27/2005 8:57:00 AM
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The last picture is of the driver front, not rear. Sorry this is why people sleep in on Sunday.
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Posted 2/28/2005 3:17:42 AM
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VMAN, you are my new hero for today. Jack - I am guessing that the car you saw at the museum was done differently than in the movies. Most replicas (I know I am preaching to the choir here...) are just built to LOOK like their movie world counterparts. Especially museum pieces, which look great until you start to really pick at them. I doubt the wheels were done that way in the movie. But of course, I like the '89. I know damn little about the Forever car!
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Posted 2/28/2005 4:14:15 AM
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B8K, I agree. Jack
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Posted 2/28/2005 8:02:55 AM
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I don't doubt at all that there are versions of the Forever car with weighted spinners. It's much cheaper/easier than the ring and pinion setup and would work fine for parades. I'm not sure but did WB make a series of promo cars for the release of the movie as with the first two?

As far as the lighting goes...

In the steering wheel of a lot of modern cars (ones with cruise/radio buttons on the wheel) there is a cylinder with copper contact loops that spin with the wheel. Fixed on the steering column are copper 'fingers' that touch the loops as the wheel rotates. A similar system could be devised for the Forever symbol backlighting.

However, a simpler and much more straightforward idea is this... Since the hubs don't rotate and are very close to the body, why not run the wires straight from the body to the hubs with a little extra slack and some quick disconnects? I wouldn't doubt that's how they did it for the film since it's much simpler and you'd never see those wires on the big screen.
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Posted 2/28/2005 2:35:26 PM
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B8K.... I like it.
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Posted 2/28/2005 4:11:25 PM
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What is the "8k" about anyway?
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