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Old 05-21-2013, 03:31 AM
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Thanks Rick. I agree with you. As much as I hate to see someone hurting that would be a perfect solution to the problem. Smarten up and you don't hurt anymore and no one else will because of your stupidity.

I've always believed that God loves stupid people because he made so many of them.

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Old 05-21-2013, 10:00 AM
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Steve its a real bummer to hear about your wheel troubles! The prob is nowdays the guys who work in bike shops are glorififed assemblers and not true mech ! I would have had those built and back to you with the right offset inside three days...

Were only a few days from the rally ,i was trying to reread the thread ,sounds like the timeing wont work for you guys to be there? Bummer number two...
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Old 05-22-2013, 05:27 PM
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Mr B,
That is a perfect quote.

I worked for a chap who's favorite saying was that they are not the sharpest cotton ball in the bag.

Another one was that they had taken stupid in a completely new direction.

Steve.
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Old 05-22-2013, 05:39 PM
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Thank P.S.D.

We were looking forward to seeing every one at the meet but as usual things don't always work out. There is next year however and I won't be racing to finish a build {I hope }

We will stop in to see you though either going east or coming back. I have often wondered if you and Mr.B and Silverbear and I lived with in close visiting distance what we would be putting on the road. We would need a warehouse to keep them in.

I am finding that the pride of a job well done is seldom found in today's work places. If you do take pride in your work then suddenly your doing someone job as well as your own because you do it properly but never with the pay and recognition.

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Old 05-25-2013, 10:36 PM
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Got a little bit more done. Welded up the fender supports. For the rear supports I just took a couple of carriage bolts that I found in the mixed bolts drawer and drilled a hole through the square shoulder and put the 3/16" rod through the hole and welded it in place.

The front fender support is just a rod coming up from the outside of the hub to the fender. To form the eyes on the end of the support so it fits on the axle I took the end of the bolt that was cut off the bolt used for the axle and drilled a hole in it so the rod fit in.
Heated the rod and put the end in the hole and bent the rod around the bolt clamping it tight with a vise grip. Bent the rest of it where they met, up to use as the support.
Used a bolt cutter to cut the tab that went in the hole to secure the rod and finished rounding it, then welded it closed

The inside support is a flat bar coming up from the top of the king pin to the fender.
The rods are threaded on top and bolted through a couple of ears sticking out from the fender. I'll make those parts tonight. Much like the tops of a normal fender brace with most the legs cut off and the tops bent out.

I decided to weld some brake cable guides on the tricar part of the build. I had the basket and fender brace left over from the trike so I cut it up and used the tubing for the guides.

Steve.

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Old 05-25-2013, 11:23 PM
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Very nice, Steve. As my brother says to me, "You know, you're a lot smarter than you look!" Ha, so the same goes for you, too. Clever stuff and good thinking on the guides for the cables. There are so many things to think about and so many things to do.

In a little over a month you'll be heading out from B.C. for motor bicycle camp here in Minnesota. Too cold for swimming yet anyway. Ice just went out on the lake on the 17th of May and at the surface it is now hovering around 50 degrees. By the time you get here it will be just pleasantly cold.

Think you'll have the tri-car painted up and running by then? It's going to stop traffic, Steve.
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Old 05-26-2013, 02:31 AM
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Silverbear,
I learned long ago that the smart guys always got all the work.

I'll bet that the lake is chilly. Isn't overly warm in August as far as I'm concerned.

Bent the aluminum for the fender mounts tonight and I'll finish them tomorrow and mount them on the fenders.
Had to straighten out the front fenders where they pinched them in to fit in the forks. Not 100% but real close.

Next week I'll track down a 7/16 fine thread die and get the steering done and Monday I'm going up to get the wheels and if they aren't done there has to be a motorcycle shop that isn't afraid of them.

Things are moving ahead.

Steve.

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Old 05-26-2013, 08:47 AM
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AWESOME! You are doing a fabuless job on that build. To bad i didn't know i could have fit one in the box i sent you. Might be cheeper to by a small set rather then drive all over the place looking for one. ........Curt
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Old 05-26-2013, 06:26 PM
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Hi Curt,
Good timing because that is what my brother and I were talking about yesterday. We need a good set of taps and dies, not that we use them that often but when you need one there is no substitute for them.

Our local store that is our version of Harbour Freight has a decent set for $75. At that price there is a chance the teeth be left behind on what your trying to thread like the last set we had.

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Old 05-26-2013, 09:42 PM
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I have a set from Sears that i have had for about 45 years or so,and if it wern't for my sons breaking a couple they would all be the oridgional set.

For what its worth i have a couple that are twisted in the shape of a drill bit. They seem to cut and turn easyer,less binding.............Curt
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