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Motorized Tandems, Trikes and Recumbent Bicycles Trikes (tricycle) and recumbent bicycles can give the ultimate in comfort for cruising on long trips or just around town. Ad an engine and they will really turn some heads.

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Old 03-18-2017, 09:58 PM
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Here's the 1905 Indian. The oil tanks I made were to narrow across the front but this one is I think spot on.

Steve.

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Old 03-18-2017, 10:00 PM
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Don't feal bad now, going through about 6 skate board wheels to get one right for tension clutch spreader...........Curt
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Old 03-18-2017, 10:09 PM
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Be a Lot easier Curt, if we didn't insist on perfection. All I do now is laugh and press on.

Steve.
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Old 03-18-2017, 10:22 PM
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Ya! My problem was clearance for activator arm, hitting pulley, think i have it now. ..........Curt
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Old 03-19-2017, 07:40 PM
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Here are 3 photos of what the old and new tanks look like. I am going to weld a strip 1" wide and 1/2" steel thick inside the front of the front tanks so that I can drill and tap the outlet holes and screw in a 3/8"-1/4"reducer for the gas line.

The new tank on the left fits and looks much better.

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Old 03-19-2017, 11:07 PM
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The two petcocks are ordered as well as the cloth covered ignition wires that go from the battery box to the coil and then to the spark plug.

The universal joints that are on the handle bars that operated the gas and clutch have been ordered. and as I wait for everything to arrive I'll get some aluminum cleaner and wash down the motor as well as finish up the gas and oil tanks as far as I can.

Upholstery needles for doing the Hiawatha's seat are on order as well. The weather people say we should have better than average temperatures starting soon so if it stays dry things will move ahead quickly I hope.

Steve.
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Old 03-20-2017, 01:01 AM
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Sounds like you're going all out for the old traditional look, cloth plug wires and all! Takes a lot to make a tank from scratch, kudos to you for going the extra mile!

I was recently working on my bike and found two problems. One actually is already fixed.

I noticed imperfection in square tube I welded onto my frame when I built my motor bike when I built it. The tube is for where the foot pegs attach. It has a slight lean.

Since I just finished making my adapter bracket that allows me to now use the Honda 125 dirt bike foot pegs, I noticed a forward facing photo I took shows the tilt.

Since I was using a level all the while making the adapter bracket and mounting the new foot pegs, it was corrected in the adapter brackets.

The second problem I noticed was my rear tires as I watched it with the center stand down and throttling the engine, it had a bump in it.

Looked at info on the web and it is said mostly due to bead not seated right. I looked at the side mold mark as I hand spun the tire and it did go blip (upward) at one point. Then I checked the rim and notices no dents and no blip (upward) there though.

Going to try putting the tire on again with a little dish soap diluted in water to help it inflate and get the bead all uniformly seated, so that the tire is going around without a bump.

I always check the tube size and use a lot of talc and then dust off the excess. This I hear is good for keeping folds in the tube from forming, but I don't think that is the reason, just the bead seated right.

Another of the same tire with very little wear I may just put on as it was on the front wheel that was when I was using the original fork that was a 26". With the swapping a while ago to a fork with shocks that was using 24", I now have a spare 26". I did have a blow out when I last pumped up the tire after doing some maintenance and deflated it and later re-inflated it.

It just went puff about 20 minutes afterward as it was just standing still. May be time to just throw the more used tire of the two away. But I'll check the rear wheel rim real careful.

Now for the weather, that is another story, have to wait to test it out. Should be a good test after the rain stops and puddles and mud and small stream going across trails should be good way to test out the better grip of these MC pegs.

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Old 03-21-2017, 11:40 PM
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Hi MT,

I'm trying to make the tri car as visible correct as possible. As I said in the beginning it will be in the spirit of a 1905 Indian. It's been a world of fun getting it to where it is with long periods of doubt that almost ended many times with it being scrapped. Thankfully the interest in the build kept me going.

Really happy to hear that you bike is going ahead even with the problems we all encounter. So much taking apart and rebuilding but when it's finished the time spent is entirely worth it.

Weather. I certainly understand about the rain. I'm glad for it but it sure does slow up a fellas plans.

Steve.
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Old 03-21-2017, 11:58 PM
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Interesting day today and a tad expensive. Our answer to Harbour Freight is as I've mentioned before Princess Auto. Named after the street it started on. Kind of up scale Harbour Freight. They now have a large amount of my money and I have a really good bench top drill press and a bench top disk and vertical bench sander.

Also a self igniting propane torch with an adjustable flame. Nicer than the one I bought recently which is like trying to solder with a flame thrower. Didn't look to see if the flame adjusted on that one.

A shop apron to keep the metal filings off me and to put my long suffering sister in law happy since she won't have a trail of metal filing leading from the garage through the house despite how well I brush myself off. Bought a leather welders apron so I won't reduce the few shirts I have left without burn holes in them to work clothes level. I have far more work clothes than I ever plan to work.

Tomorrow the build continues.

Steve.
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Old 03-22-2017, 08:32 AM
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Steve I bought a bench top drill press (Harbor Freight) to use at home before I started the Harley Peashooter build, and also an Ebay, $150. 110 volt, flux mig for tacking my fabricated pieces together. Money well spent and saved me countless trips running back and forth to the shop. The Harley was only in the shop one time and that was to bend a few pieces of tube and to finish weld the frame and cradle, just a couple of hours total. My "Harley" is truly home built, but without those two relatively inexpensive items I wouldn't have attempted to build it in the driveway. You can do a lot with a little...though you do need a little to accomplish much. Rick C.
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