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Re: noteson trike building

Post by Fat Mike » Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:29 am

Know what ya mean..lots of difference in the balance.

Took this pis of a mid-engine a few monts ago.
Thought that it had a nice layout.
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Re: noteson trike building

Post by gearhead1951 » Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:17 pm

Yeah , I knew a guy back in the '70s that mated a corvair engine to a VW trans and triked it !

Since he had to create an adaptor anyway he used the one he made to gap the engine about 18" ahead of the trans and made the whole assembly a stressed member of the frame !

When/if he wheelied it was 'cause he wanted to !
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Re: noteson trike building

Post by Maz » Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:35 pm

much better weight distribution than rear engined but altogether much harder to build and get right......nice job :clap:

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Re: noteson trike building

Post by Fat Mike » Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:45 pm

gearhead1951 wrote:Yeah , I knew a guy back in the '70s that mated a corvair engine to a VW trans and triked it !

Since he had to create an adaptor anyway he used the one he made to gap the engine about 18" ahead of the trans and made the whole assembly a stressed member of the frame !

When/if he wheelied it was 'cause he wanted to !
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Yup they have kits for everything now. One company have adapter plates for just about any motor up to a 454cu for VW setups.
One will supply the shaft for the extra trans case to put a VW motor up front.
Not like the old days of cutting and hacking.
Me I build em' a little long and try to get 80lbs under the front wheel with out me on it without using any extra weight anyhere up front.

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Re: noteson trike building

Post by Maz » Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:59 pm

It looks like you have this VW trike thing all figured out dude :clap: :bow-blue:

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Re: noteson trike building

Post by Fat Mike » Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:07 pm

Not really..new things come along every day.
Ya build something, someone sees it and new and improves it when they build something.
Big thing is not to build something that will be unsafe..
I've had to repair more cobbled up welds, bad fabrication than I care to talk about.

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Re: noteson trike building

Post by Maz » Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:25 pm

I have to agree with you dude - there are far too many dodgy "customs" out there often built by folks who should know better :hand: hopefully the folks on here will look at your posts (and some of the other good stuff on here) and if they want to try building something they haven't done before will be inspired to do it properly :pray:

I've only built a handfull of trikes but I used to build hot-rods as well as bikes so I have a better understanding than some about using big motors in light-weight chassis.....but like you say, we are always learning.......... :think:

Keep posting dude - you have a good eye for stuff :clap:

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Re: noteson trike building

Post by Fat Mike » Sat Oct 29, 2011 11:45 am

budoka wrote:wow, that trike is sweet, and i see you like Dodges too. by all means, do proceed!!! :popcorn:

-dan
Everyone laughs at me for having the Dodge Diesels as daily drivers,
They just plain fun to drive. :dance:

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Re: noteson trike building

Post by Maz » Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:44 pm

yeah but some of us drive Nissans when we are not riding chops....... :hand:

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Re: noteson trike building

Post by gearhead1951 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:46 pm

I saw the cadillac reference on the other post here , I aint that familiar with that year/model but if it is fwd and the engine is fore and aft instead of transverse then yer trike is almost built for you already !

Separate the engine from the transaxle as much as needed to get the rear wheels where you want them and the build yer frame !

I've advocated rear radiators several times here and there !!

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