Indian Tadpole

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

  1. Tom from Rubicon

    Tom from Rubicon Well-Known Member

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    I know I have some computer problems but I am just reading your post of 2/16/20! Thanks for the Minneapolis link Steve.
    Tom
     
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  2. MEASURE TWICE

    MEASURE TWICE Well-Known Member

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    Are these the friends you speak of that would help you take down from stands your vehicle?
    Video below is entertainment only I know what is real. They held straight faces though which I thought was a nice touch looking serious.

     
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  3. indian22

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    Quite a feat of setup required for this excellent stunt. Canadian armed services rock!

    Rick C.
     
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  4. fasteddy

    fasteddy Well-Known Member

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    Pushed the tri car outside today and tried to start it with no luck. Great spark but no ignition by either dribbling a little gas down the spark plug hole or through the carb.

    I'll get a new spark plug tomorrow and I'll order a new carb. Points need to be checked as well even if the spark is good. Carb started to flood after I'd turned it over for a few seconds but the spark plug wasn't wet so it didn't seem that gas was getting into the cylinder.

    Back at it Friday.

    Steve.
     
  5. fasteddy

    fasteddy Well-Known Member

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    Hi Pete,

    Wish there was someone to give some help getting it off the stands like you had. As it is we're down to two old duffs in their 70's and they are in feeble fit condition.

    Steve.
     
  6. MEASURE TWICE

    MEASURE TWICE Well-Known Member

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    This half wine barrel with dwarf orange tree I used leverage with long screw driver and 2 X 4's and shims of of wood that first put it on the wagon. When next to where fence was temporarily removed at top of stair case, I raised it further up to meet the landing using log cabin crosses of wood. One of the steel bars is seen on the left side of image where it has a 27lb lead shot weight belt near the end of that lever while I stood back and marveled at what I was doing myself alone. I don't need to worry about having the tree egress indoor/outdoors any more. I now live were it usually stays above 40F.
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  7. PeteMcP

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    HaHa MT. Although you managed to move that tree container successfully single handed, that photo looks like the 'before' shot on one of those 'You've Been Framed' TV show clips that always end badly.

    Steve, sounds like you got the TriCar down from the workbench. Just these last few gas problems to trouble-shoot and we're looking forward to you posting photos of it running with you sat aboard sporting a mile wide grin. dance1
     
  8. curtisfox

    curtisfox Well-Known Member

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    I think some creative staring would get it down, after seeing MT's picture LOL......Curt
     
  9. fasteddy

    fasteddy Well-Known Member

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    Hi Pete,

    It's still on the work bench. I can't work at ground level any more since getting down to it is hard and returning to a vertical position is at times nearly impossible.

    Steve.
     
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    Steve you're fortunate that it's still on the table. Incline planes and gravity are my truest friends, along with a basic acquaintance with the pulley buddies when lowering mass equal to or greater than my own.

    Rick C.
     
  11. fasteddy

    fasteddy Well-Known Member

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    As I was reading your comment Rick, I thought about the engine hoist that is right next to the tri car. I believe that part of the problem is solved. We have lot's of straps to hook it up.

    No old lads will be hurt in the process.

    Steve.
     
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  12. Tom from Rubicon

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    Curt, the lapping of the sediment bowl never occurred to me. I have master flats an diamond compound. I have a 1953 Ford Jubilee Tractor and Homelite/Bearcat outboards with sediment bowls too. The Ford has a leak, and you got the fix. Thanks Curt.
    Tom
     
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  13. indian22

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    Heck yeah that'll work.

    Rick C.
     
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    LOL! Ya when at the mill guys would bring in all kinds of parts to fix, in the machine shop. A lot of times that's all it took, was to sand it flat...........Curt
     
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    IMG00265-20100514-1912.jpg IMG_0234.jpg IMG_0244.jpg
    It really is a "Watch This" I know, but I knew if wind started up I'd be running back dropping my cell phone camera and preventing a collapse. I have now to move the tree again to allow room for hops plants, and the handy 3 foot long jeweler screw driver will take no brute force just move it a couple feet over. There is also the attached picture with derrick hoist slide pulley an block. I used this to lift other engine that was 90 pounds, though in the picture was like 25 lb Briggs just to get an idea how I was going to weld on an engine platform to the bike frame. The saw horses were the limiting factor for how much weight I could lift. It takes a bit of time to set up so I reserve it for special needs. In the past at rental space, the 8 ton hoist with above mono-rail thingie can lift and move all around the building. The controller hanging in front of the light work, my motor bike.
     
  16. fasteddy

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    The tri car engine has lost it's spark. I finally found the factory repair manual I have so I'll try and find out what happened tomorrow. It has points so hopefully if some part of it has quit I'll be able to find parts.

    I just hope that the ignition isn't specific to the engine,

    Steve.
     
  17. curtisfox

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    Maybe just need a good cleaning, lets hope..........Curt
     
  18. fasteddy

    fasteddy Well-Known Member

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    The coil is deader than a squirrel trying to cross 6 lanes of Los Angeles freeway traffic in rush hour. Finding a coil for a 40 year old engine that was specifically built for a seasonal application that didn't have a huge following was just a tad interesting.

    However E bay and a kind gentleman in Illinois came through and it should be here in about 10 days. Used but other than gaskets there isn't much new. Not surprising since the company has been through a number of owners.

    The engine is from a Jacobsen Sno-Burst snow thrower.

    For anyone arriving here for the first time or returning to see just what I'm building go back to page 162 and scroll down to the photos. I still have some things to add to the tri car and I'll do that while I'm waiting for the parts.

    Thank you all for following along.

    Steve.
     
  19. fasteddy

    fasteddy Well-Known Member

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    Ordered some parts for the tri car while I'm waiting for the magneto. First in was a seat. Decent for the price from Amazon. Cost $58 dollars Canadian or $42 U.S.

    Needs some aging done to it to knock off the newness.

    Steve.
     

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  20. Ralph hop

    Ralph hop Well-Known Member

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    Nice saddle. I'd say get that shine of with some lye soap water and let dry, then scuff and add dirt. Bees wax or snow seal brand to seal it and make it less slippery. Or find a grease monkey to use it every day on a bike haha.
     

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