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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 12-13-2014, 08:31 PM
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Default Cool old(?) three wheeler!

Head badge says Tomahawk, but google never heard of it.
Anyone out there know anything about it?
The good: Very heavy duty frame contruction with nice large axle and three pillow block bearings. Big cargo area, nice drum brake front hub.
Very nice rims with huge spokes and good hubs, nice three speed hub jackshaft, one wheel slipper for steering.
The bad: One wasted rim, fixable I think, 3 flats, no tubes, no front brake cable, no brake stay in front. Coaster brake on jackshaft for rear wheels.
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Old 12-13-2014, 09:00 PM
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Does the Nexus help to date it in any way? Never heard of the make. Is it getting a motor?
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Old 12-13-2014, 10:29 PM
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Nothing I can find mentions the brand at all. No images look right either...
As far as the hub, I guess it must not be too old since it has the twistgrip style shifter rather than the older lever. Thanks for the input SB, at least I know it's not vintage.
It belongs to someone else, but I'm pushing for a motor....
Might end up in my stable if Santa is nice. (but I doubt it)
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Well, got the rim fixed by swapping it with the front. I figure it's better to have a matched pair on the axle and a regular front.
Simple swap by replacing one spoke at a time in the new rim laid on top.



Then cut off the taco with an angle grinder.
Owner came by with a pair of old Tecumseh hs-40's, one with rear exhaust, one with side. Offered me the rear exhaust for building him the trike with the other.
After a look inside, I'd say I got a good deal! This engine is brand NEW inside! Still has original bore crosshatching from factory hone.
If I had to guess, I'd say it has run minutes at most.

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Old 12-16-2014, 08:17 PM
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Trike looks like an easy build. I'm thinking a belt drive with a manual tensioner to act as a clutch for simple, reliable fun.



The engine on the right is mine for building the trike, the engine on the left is for the trike.
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Old 12-16-2014, 08:28 PM
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Nice engine you're getting out of the deal. And he's going to have a good running trike. Everybody wins!
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Old 12-16-2014, 08:35 PM
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That's my take. I get a sweet mill and the build should be fairly easy...assuming he actually ponies up for the drivetrain parts!
I've had issues in the past with people who think all you do is bolt the motor on the frame and it's done....
Am I a bad person for hoping he forgets about the drum hub with the huge spokes left after the rim swap? I don't FEEL bad....
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Old 12-16-2014, 09:48 PM
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Nope, not bad. You are doing him a favor, cleaning up the leftovers so he doesn't have to throw them away himself. It is like cleaning up the crumbs after the doughnut is gone. You're just tidying up.
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It does look like a win-win situation, doesn't it?

Nice.
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Sure does, that is a nice engine you are getting. ..........Curt
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