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Re: I want to build a trike!

I agree about the windscreen matey.
There are plenty of local firms who can make your hearts desire but it might cost. Maybe think of a small car off a scrappie?

http://www.specialistglass.co.uk/index.html

http://www.guardianglass.co.uk/industry/contact

https://www.topclasscarpentry.com/category/Manchester/Design 24 Secure Hardwood Metric Casement Windows - Laminated Glass/3/

http://www.cylex-uk.co.uk/manchester/laminated glass.html

I'd love the idea of a single top hinged flat plate screen though. Would be brill on those hot days.
It would have to be a car windscreen. That would make it easy to replace and it would have all the kite marks, E marks, and type approval that would be required. Ordinary laminated, or tempered, glass isn't be allowed any more AFAIK from the kitcar forums.
 

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Re: I want to build a trike!

I know my place.... ;)
I always thought you were kinky :p

Your place as a lady is aesthetics and to give a handy measure of encouragement. That is soo important. :p

I hope you guys know you'll need seat belts and stuff for the size and weight of this trike. Is why I'm now going the m'bike route because it is (don't have to believe me) structurally simpler! :(

http://www.trikeshop.co.uk/trike_law.htm

Off topic: If you are in the UK seeking a grant to plug your vehicle at home.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-measures-announced-to-support-the-uptake-of-plug-in-vehicles
w00t!
 

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Damm dude , I was reading your thread on your trike that I was thinking about too . Mainly because They will not let me build a Indy car style car . But I can build anything on three or two wheels . I was reading it and was impressed by your metal skills and then the medical things happened to you and you are still finishing the trike . I just wanted to say , great job and I have to get both of my cars running now .... an stop being a bitch , an get them on the road now . I'll stop dragging my feet . No AC-76 , no paint shop , no looking for off the wall parts that stop me from finishing . Thanks .
 

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Re: I want to build a trike!

Thanks Epyon. :)
It is good to be feeling able to get on with a project again. I just have all those other outstanding jobs to get on with too.:p

I will also have to be earning an income too (can't wait to be able to do that properly again) hence the change in the trike plan. It will need to be a project that earns its keep and not just a fun play thing.
 

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Re: I want to build a trike!

Sweeeeeeeeeeeeet!

Not pretty is good, I feel less threatened... ;)
Agree 100% :D
No, seriously, it's good to see Woody tinkering again, even if some of the technicalities go over my head a bit.
Agree 1000% - this place isn't the same without Woody's magic! :D
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Thank you both.

Though I am busy with 'other stuff' I did get to sneak down into the workshop today to see about parts to make up the right angle gearbox for the steering column.
I found a couple of the diff gears from the tractor's exploded diff. The side and spider gear will give a 14/22 ratio taking the MGB steering from 3 turns lock to lock to 4.7 turns lock to lock. That will make the steering lighter and slower turning given the all the weight (I know I need to loose some) over the front wheels.



I am having fun with drive gear ratios too.

If I use the original motor and swing arm chain drive set up (17t and 43t) I had then I get direct drive with 29.4mph per 1000rpm with the big 25" rear wheel.

If I move the motor to the front and have a propshaft drive to the BMW final drive bevel box, and then the chain to the rear wheel I get 10.1mph per 1000rpm with the same chain sprockets.

If I then change the small sprocket for one of, say, 25t then I get 14.9mph per 1000rpm. More useful then either the two above.

If I use a MGB rear axle with the 21" front wheel size then I get 16.0mph per 1000rpm.

I can't use the smaller wheels on the swing arm as I don't think they fit over the brake assembly.

I still don't know how fast I can risk spinning that 11" motor though. 3000rpm? 4000rpm?
 

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Re: I want to build a trike!

I was playing with the idea of having a backbone chassis, housing the motor and battery pack, so that I could adapt the rear to take any sort of cargo. Demountable flat bed and side pods sprung to mind.

However, it would appear that someone has built an ICE powered version of the layout I am thinking of.:D
 

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...However, it would appear that someone has built an ICE powered version of the layout I am thinking of...
I have never been too crazy about reverse trikes, but that thing is soooo freakin cool!! :D The motorcycle should look really dumb stuffed on the back of a truck cab but it doesn't - it looks almost normal/right somehow?!?! :eek::)

Keep it up and I'm going to steal the Inhaler Project's delivery van! :D
 

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Re: I want to build a trike!

This afternoon, after bricking up my folk's bathroom window (don't ask), I decided to clear and tidy the workshop.

I can just about get enough room in there to lay out the trike again and get an idea of the scale and layout I'd like.

There is a good possibility of having a 24" wide 12" high backbone chassis, at the back of which the 11" motor will hang and the swing arm will pivot. The chassis is then only around 60" long from the front axle to the motor mounting point and will be the battery space. That would comfortably fit 12 used Optima Red Tops (initially for 72V but later for 144V), an accessory battery and the controller.

Extending the 'flatbed' over the rear wheel will give me 8' of load bed from the back of the cabin if I can push the cabin as far forward as possible. 7' is easier but I can always allow a bit of load overhang if it came to it.


The main things I need to sort out now is a front windscreen (or a suitable cabin from a small vehicle) and a means of getting the steeing column in the right place without resorting to cutting and welding. That will determine the front layout.
 

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This afternoon, after bricking up my folk's bathroom window (don't ask)...
Oh go on, do tell...

;)

Woody and I have been doing some renovations this week, and it's one of those jobs where as soon as you finish one bit :cool:, another task reveals itself :eek:. I think tinkering in the workshop is therapy for him!:)
 

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Re: I want to build a trike!

I have been in the workshop measuring and mocking up with bits of metal and wood to see how things 'sit'.

I then drew a measured sketch of the side elevation to see if it all works out. So far so good. I can get the rear 'body' to 2350mm x 650mm at 750mm off the ground. There is also space for the covered load area above the batteries and space for side 'panniers' for extra capacity if needed.

The cab seems to lend itself nicely to using a pair of Land Rover Series 3 doors, with a cut away for the wheel arch. I can either narrow a Land Rover truck cab down to 1100mm wide, or I can build the rest of the cab in wood. The windscreen is still an unknown so the cab will be made to fit what I can get.

The steering is still a bit complicated but maybe I can use three UJs to get the column where I want it. I will have the lower part of the column as a divider between my feet, but I think I can cope with that. I am still working on the 'right foot for GO, left foot for STOP' pedal arrangement.

The motor will cantilever off the end of the chassis on the four mounting bolts and it will be geared for 88mph at 3000rpm.:eek::eek::D
 

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