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Alan UK

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Motuva Model Steam Car
« on: July 20, 2020, 01:56:03 am »
Hi Guys,

I hope everyone is well.

Picked this little steam car up from ebay in the UK recently but I can't seem to find anything about it online. The decal says "Building By Motuva Argentina". Has anyone got one of these or know anything about them?

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Re: Motuva Model Steam Car
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2020, 03:07:27 am »
I know nothing about it except I like it a lot.
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Re: Motuva Model Steam Car
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2020, 04:23:02 am »
What an excellent model.
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Re: Motuva Model Steam Car
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2020, 06:05:43 am »
Thanks guys. Yes I like it too. It seems to be a bit of a contradiction. The flywheel and wheels as you can see are very nice machined cast aluminium and the piston and cylinder are very well made. Yet the body is just folded up tin plate and I'm fairly sure the boiler is an old aerosol can!

There are some more pictures on my website, http://www.alspcs.com/Motuva.html

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Re: Motuva Model Steam Car
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2020, 06:15:06 pm »
I liked it too when I spotted it on ebay, so figured I better not add it to my watch list or I might get carried away bidding  :D

Hard to tell if it's original or a tin toy modified into a steam toy by a previous owner...
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Re: Motuva Model Steam Car
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2020, 01:24:58 pm »

This is an awesome trike Alan!

I can't wait to see your video of it running.

I did some online research and couldn't find anything on this manufacturer. 

The only manufacturer in Argentina that I have come across is D.E.O. 

I believe Nick has one of their steam driven cranes.

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Re: Motuva Model Steam Car
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2020, 05:16:05 am »
Very neat looking addition, congratulations Alan  :)

Found a user called Motuva in Argentina on Facebook, sporting the exact same logo/sticker on his profile.

No mention of steam engines, so (until corrected) i will assume this is a single project.

Looks to me like the boiler is made from a spraycan?
If so, some attention towards drying out after running it, should be paid to avoid it rusting out.
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Re: Motuva Model Steam Car
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2020, 08:58:57 am »
Thanks everyone. I have made a little progress with it, it now has 3 new rubber tyres and a drive belt. I have also made a safety valve to replace the bolt in the the top of the spray can boiler. Just waiting for the die I need to cut the thread on the valve to come from ebay and it should then be ready to be steamed.

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Re: Motuva Model Steam Car
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2020, 10:13:21 am »
Thanks everyone. I have made a little progress with it, it now has 3 new rubber tyres and a drive belt. I have also made a safety valve to replace the bolt in the the top of the spray can boiler. Just waiting for the die I need to cut the thread on the valve to come from ebay and it should then be ready to be steamed.

Fantastic News Alan!

I am looking forward to seeing the video.

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Re: Motuva Model Steam Car
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2020, 11:35:22 am »
Very cute, if the engine runs anywhere near the speed of a Mamod TE you better get some running shoes to keep up with it.  ;D

Certainly an interesting addition to any collection, nice find.
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Re: Motuva Model Steam Car
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2020, 03:31:58 pm »
I liked it too when I spotted it on ebay, so figured I better not add it to my watch list or I might get carried away bidding  :D

Hard to tell if it's original or a tin toy modified into a steam toy by a previous owner...

I'd say, high chance.
If I had the storage space... And the money... I'd have a few more engines.

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Re: Motuva Model Steam Car
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2020, 05:41:39 pm »
What a good find, when the spray can boiler rusts out, it looks like it would be a simple job to replace it with a copper boiler.
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Re: Motuva Model Steam Car
« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2020, 02:24:12 am »
YouTube video of the steam car now up here,

https://youtu.be/A9T7JLzooBA

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Re: Motuva Model Steam Car
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2020, 06:12:35 am »
well hey ...it works , on a super smooth floor she'll probably glide right along, neat one that .
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Re: Motuva Model Steam Car
« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2020, 08:11:36 am »
Thanks, Alan. We sure enjoyed the Motuva video!

 

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