Colorado didn't work out this fall


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Colorado didn't work out this fall

Postby tom84std » Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:16 pm



I was really hoping to be able to go, but the weather up there promised to make it a miserable trip so I thought I would be better off to wait. 2" of rain overnight in the Springs? Snow above 5000? I'll sit this one out I guess. I'm getting close to finishing my newest project anyway. this gives me time to put in some good hours bringing this thing a lot farther towards finished.




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Re: Colorado didn't work out this fall

Postby dingdong » Mon Sep 16, 2013 6:25 am

I have been wondering about your trip. With all the flooding it isn't a good time for a ride to Colo.
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Re: Colorado didn't work out this fall

Postby bustedwing » Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:37 am

For sure, Colorado is one place to keep your eye on. With a lot of roads washed out that can change your day really fast. As a matter of fact, a lot of the nation has had bad weather this year so maybe staying home is the safest thing to do.
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Re: Colorado didn't work out this fall

Postby wjnfirearms » Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:51 am

Oh, dude! A retro VW trike! So cool. It looks like it's fairly complete in the photo, sans maybe paint and cosmetics. That is unless you're into the rat rod thing.

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Re: Colorado didn't work out this fall

Postby WA9FWT » Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:41 pm

Tom , tell us about your....what did he call it a Rat -rod. No fenders. How does it go in Rain :?
No shields ?.. Good on gas mileage. How does it ride ?

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Re: Colorado didn't work out this fall

Postby tom84std » Tue Sep 17, 2013 2:05 pm

WA9, that's my new/old trike in unfinished condition. My Father still reads the newspaper cover-to-cover seven days a week. I told him yesterday to save all his old papers for a week so I can use them for masking. In that picture there is no fuel tank. There is now, I did that last night. Today I'm installing and wiring in an ignition keyswitch. Tomorrow I'll be installing a pair of headlamps plus an old BSA/Triumph motorcycle headlamp forward of the triple tree in the usual place. Jury's still out on the tail lamps. Home brew or off the shelf. Dunno. Oil pressure and Volt Meter are on the way. Gonna plasma cut the stuff tonight for body panels to cover the necktubes and form a dash for the gauges.
When I started that thing I went to a local metals distributor and got a trailer load of steel tubing. Hours,days,weeks welding and standing in front of the lathe. I dreamed up a shifter and built it totally from scratch. I paid $130 for an old rusty dune buggy. J C Whitney about $550 for a VW engine rebuild kit. New wheels and tires. The only item on the machine that's serialized is the engine cases. I've only just begun to begin the process of having it titled, registered and insured.
I've only ridden it a few miles slowly around the neighborhood. I'm pretty happy about the way it rides and handles. It's a project that's been with me for a long time but I'm finally getting close.
Fenders? It'll have the usual Triumph fender for the front. I'm building fenders for the rear.

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Re: Colorado didn't work out this fall

Postby bustedwing » Tue Sep 17, 2013 2:54 pm

Nice work. And it just goes to show you that you don't have to spend thousands of dollars to get a nice trike.
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Re: Colorado didn't work out this fall

Postby tom84std » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:02 pm

WA9, fenders really were planned all along, but I couldn't find any pre-fab fenders wide enough for my honkin' tires. I bought some good ones, split 'em down the middle with a plasma and a 3" scab spot-welded in.

By the time I had finished the first one, the spot welder was about to overheat so I called it a night and will pick it up again tomorrow afternoon.
Tail lights are proving to be a problem. The LED ones are nice but they're still a new enough technology to be expensive. I have the amperage to spare in the system so it's looking like I'll go with the cheaper (half the money) incandescent, traditional lights.


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Re: Colorado didn't work out this fall

Postby WA9FWT » Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:55 am

tom84std wrote:WA9, fenders really were planned all along, but I couldn't find any pre-fab fenders wide enough for my honkin' tires. I bought some good ones, split 'em down the middle with a plasma and a 3" scab spot-welded in.

By the time I had finished the first one, the spot welder was about to overheat so I called it a night and will pick it up again tomorrow afternoon.
Tail lights are proving to be a problem. The LED ones are nice but they're still a new enough technology to be expensive. I have the amperage to spare in the system so it's looking like I'll go with the cheaper (half the money) incandescent, traditional lights.

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This to me is exciting to build some thing like this Tom. And to have the talent like you do to engineer it. My hat is off to you .It sure looks like it is coming along just fine. As for the tail lights, I may suggest using what I have used.

Super Bright LEDs,Inc
4400 Earth City Expressway
St.Louis,Missouri 63045-1328
tel.866-590-3533 ( toll free )
Number I used was a TLS-R14A9: cost was $59.95 That was back in October, of 2011... I think that was for two of them.

Check them out, they may be what you are looking for.

WA9FWT Phil

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Re: Colorado didn't work out this fall

Postby tom84std » Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:51 am

I like the way those look Phil. I saved that link and those go into the bucket for possible candidates.

Right now I'm taking a break, but I've been inside my workshop herding up fender parts. It's that much awaited time of the year in Texas where for just a few days you can open the windows, turn off the air and actually enjoy the weather.




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