Indian Tadpole

Discussion in 'Motorized Tandems, Trikes and Recumbent Bicycles' started by silverbear, Dec 3, 2010.

  1. indian22

    indian22 Well-Known Member

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    Steve that's a great period photo of a handsome young man mounted on his prized transport; resulting in a captured moment of time, but the rest of the story...?

    War is absolute insanity!

    Rick C.
     
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    Great photo Steve!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Wondering what "Old Chic" was using to gather his pants legs with. Not puttee's.
    Until I acquire leather puttee's I have been mending pant legs with my old spring pant clips. Chic's Indian had that nice chain guard.
    I don't fear the chain as much as the Bully clutch, which has abraded the toe of my boot.
    Tom from Rubicon
     
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    Tom from Rubicon Well-Known Member

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    Hi Rick,

    My Dad always said that anyone who glorifies war never fought in one. My great grandfather and two of his sons were in WW1. One son was never found. My great grandfather and his other son survived.

    Steve.
     
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    fasteddy Well-Known Member

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    Hi Tom,

    I think he was using a spring clip. I put a chain guard on the tri car because of the not so fond memories of my pant leg disappearing into the chain in my youth.

    A bully clutch is certainly qualified to do damage to boots as well as further damage to the feet in the boots.

    Thank you for the link to the government site. I'll look Mr. Galer up and see if he was sucked up the patriot fervor of the day. The cry of the day was "For King and Country."

    Steve.
     
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    fasteddy Well-Known Member

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    Back at the tri car full time tomorrow. Spent most of the week repairing the camper which is also my daily driver. Just too many needed repairs to ignore it any more. Inside repairs when it rained and outside ones on our one sunny day.

    Most needed repair were the windshield wipers which on the Wet Coast can't be put off when they stop especially this time of year. Of course they were the DeLuxe ones with the really expensive motor. A mere $150 but with a thirty five year old vehicle you count your blessing when the parts store says, Yes we can have one tomorrow. Given Chrysler's penchant for using the same parts for years and making so many you can find even the obscure parts with a lot of looking on Ebay.

    And to make the day perfect, I found the 10mm socket right away. I'm buying lottery tickets tomorrow.

    Steve.
     
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    Looking forward to photos Steve.
    All the parts are painted and this is the final?

    A copy of Victor Pages Early Motorcycles arrived today.
    Being a copy of an original is some what problematic.
    Did a quick half hour gloss thru. It is worth the going rate.
    Limited TriCar info too.
    Tom from Rubicon
     
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    fasteddy Well-Known Member

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    Hi Tom,

    It's the final wrap up. Just received some cable clamps that I may paint but other than that it's done unless something goes wrong. Have to push it out on the bench to start it since it's at a working height but I want to get the seat on it and put it on the ground. This started in the spring of 2011. It's about time.

    We'll see how long the electric tri car takes.

    I bought the book years ago. Worth every penny and then some.

    Steve.
     
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    MEASURE TWICE Well-Known Member

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    I used an auto recycler (junk yard) for a turn signal switch for a car back in the late 80's and saved a bundle (like 5 fold) over a new part from a mfr dealer. Now I have seen on Ebay and Amazon sellers for after market new parts for also way cheaper the OEM parts new. A friend got a gas pump and sender unit with float on Ebay when the part from local auto parts store was defective. The Ebay part came with warranty and saved him 50% when he returned the auto parts store part. Something possible to look at and consider.
     
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    fasteddy Well-Known Member

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    Hi M.T.,

    Great to hear from you.

    Ordering something from the U.S is usually expensive here in Canada. Ebay has a really nice set up where the seller sends it to a shipping company {Pitney Bowes} who then soak the buyer for a large amount of money to send it on. Quite often it's a $10 item and the shipping is $15-$20 dollars and it takes 10 days to get here. Not that the U.S.P.S. is shy about their cost either.

    FedEx and U.P.S. use you even harder. They add on customs costs and their customs brokers fees for clearing it through customs even if there are not custom fees involved. Try getting your money back from those sharks. Jaws looks like a gold fish compared to them.

    Then there is the exchange rate we have to pay to get U.S. dollars through Pay Pal or a credit card. To purchase a $1 U.S. dollar at the moment cost us $1.35 Canadian or just over 33%.

    I found 2 wiper motors on Ebay. One was $132.00 with $30.00 dollars shipping and another for $135.00 with $49.00 shipping. These prices are in Canadian dollars. They do convert the prices to Canadian dollars for us quite often but not always.

    I do have a mail drop off in Blaine, Washington which is 10 minutes over the border. Getting over the border is more of a nightmare at the moment. Our gas prices are up to $1.70 a liter or $4.80 U.S. a U.S. gallon and forecast to go higher. Maybe $2.00 a liter. Our provincial government is adding taxes constantly to cover their incompetence. Sound familiar? We are saddled with them for another year and a half. We have the highest gas prices in Canada.

    I can go down and pick up packages and deal with the customs at the border myself but I fortunately have everything to finish the build, I hope.

    Steve.
     
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    Steve our borders showcase the incompetence, greed & fear of our government's, and the same three are mirrored in our local, state (provincial) and federal codes and statutes. From nation to nation it's a matter of how far down this rabbit hole each country finds itself, but for each the progression has been quite rapid, since WW2, and with some the decent has recently become exponential in nature. Despite the varying economic theories and political, social and the multiplicity of moral platitudes advocated by "leadership" : all when presented, applied & enforced are ultimately shouldered by "we the people" and all the associated costs in freedoms, monies and lives are borne by each individual. That said there are recourses both small and grand that each individual can choose to advocate and participate in...conditions can improve!

    Rick C.
     
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    Fasteddy: I now remember you saying this before. On the other hand, I once was shopping for a food processor and Amazon Canada had the one I wanted with the accessories shown. The Amazon US site did not have the same. Amazon US only had a way more expensive model or one comparable but with out accessories or compatibility for an accessory I wanted. At least from what was shown on Amazon US Website Description. I tried to buy from Amazon Canada and it could not ship to US. I was told I could have someone in Canada buy it for me and then ship it to me across the border. Well I finally just bought the one in the Amazon US and found when it arrived it had the same accessory and compatibility. Yea some things a bit screw up with how some things are in this.
     
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    Hi Rick,

    It's special interest Lobbyists carrying large bundles of cash scurrying like cockroaches through the halls of governments that cause the problems. If the public were to stand up and say that the party that bans Lobbyists gets the vote they may possibly do something about it but the lure of easy cash for promises is impossible for them to turn away.

    In the U.S. your allowed to import $800 dollars from another country using on line shopping before you pay duty.

    In Canada we're allowed $20 because the retail sales organization made a bunch of threats about how they were going to be swept away if it was increased. Then their Lobbyists went to work. If the new N.A.F.T.A. agreement is passed it will go up to $200.

    Steve.
     
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    Hi M.T.,

    I see that a lot. With large companies there is usually a U.S. company and a Canadian company that look identical but are separate entities for tax purposes ect and they don't sell into the other country.

    I've seen U.S. packaging and Canadian packaging for the same item. Subtle differences that you have to look for but it tells the company which country it came from.

    I usually buy a bunch of bike related parts and send them to Silverbear and pick them up in the summer. This summer will be the same.

    Steve.
     
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    Most of the Tri car is together, Tomorrow I'll add the rear kick stand and see if there is any binding in the chains. I'll double check to make sure every thing is lined up properly and then I'll install a piece of clear gas line as a temporary gas line/tank and push the work bench outside and see if the bike fires up.

    I have to hook up the clutch cable as well. Once it's running the seat will go on and the tri car will be on the ground. I'll take some photos tomorrow.

    Steve.
     
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    Eagerly waiting(^)
     
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    Chains are all hooked up and turning well. No binding anywhere as yet. Didn't get as far as I had hoped but a lot of the day was given up to correcting things I wasn't happy with. The usual 10 minute repair turned into 45 minutes but that's not unusual.

    Nothing earth shattering but I knew it was there and it would bother me so it's now better even if only I know it's done.

    Tensioner for the rear chain goes in tomorrow. Needs to be modified so that may take some time. Once that's done I'll get some photos.

    Steve.
     
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    Didn't get the rear chain tensioner on. That's going to take more work than I thought to keep it from moving. The rear bike stand is on but it interferes with the rear brake so some trimming up is in need.

    Ordered a couple of rear wheel slack adjusters and when they get here I'll have to decide how to mount them but that is a minor detail.

    Here's some photos of how it looks at the moment.

    Steve

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    Nice work!
     
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    Sweetness Steve!

    Rick C.
     
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