thats a nice job. what year is it ? I'm guessing 48' ?
"straight stick", love it.
and the wheel chock ? priceless. you hate bending down too.
is it chain drive to a fixed axel ?
really a fun looking machine.
It is a 1951 chain drive with a newer electric start transmission. I put a set of newer hand controls on it using the clutch lever for the timing retard. Came up with a way to use relays for the signal lights. Also made a lot of new brackets and exhaust pipes to get it to look like I wanted. I love doing this type of stuff but most people want this stuff done right away and I like to take my time and get things right. The trike took me a total of 6 months working weekends and a few night during the winter. Had her all stripped down in 1 day. rebuilt both the motor and tranny over the winter in the basement ( no heat in garage ). Built the back box in the spring, painted everything and then assembled everything.
Thanks. only way I can do anything like that again would be on someone elses bike and they would have to pay for parts as it goes along. I can still do the work as long as I take frequent breaks and have help when I need to move or lift anything that weighs more than 10 - 15 lbs. I get short of breath too easy when lifting or bending over too much.
Another option is teaching.
There are often kids who are looking for mentoring, a father figure.
It doesn't require you to spend cash. Just encouraging kids to be successful and to do something with their lives.
With parental permission and your close supervision I wonder if there are some neighborhood kids (boy or girl) who would appreciate knowing some of the stuff you have learned?
In fact, the parent may be willing to chip in for a little bit of the metal stock. Or perhaps the local steel yard/metal shop wouldn't mind donating some scraps given the circumstances.
Really nice work on the trike Bill. Those 45's were fun, and pretty reliable for the most part. The servi-cars were all over for cheap back when I was in highschool. Lived just outside Milwaukee, and you could pick them up for $50-100 at municipal auctions and elsewhere. They're worth as much, or more than the newer stuff now. Mike
"E" for effort there savarin , I can certainly appreciate the builds . You being from the land down under and me from the state of fruits and nuts , we have different tastes . But when the sun goes down at the end of the day , we are two wheeled bros . eh? A picture of my wasted youth .
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Hey savarin , to answer your question we here in the states didn't have teams like they did in the UK so I was just a participating rider . Well actually the year I rode (75') SRA (Speedway Racing Assn.) was experimenting with teams , the fans did not get it they were so used to having their favorite rider . The team thing barley lasted one season . When I started riding Speedway they had a division thing , 3rd div. was for the new guys (me) then it was 2nd. div. and finally 1st div. . When they tried the team thing it was just the 1st. div. guys . Looking back at that time is always a fond memory for me , it was a time of my life . My bike was a JAP Hagon , all the guys that new what they were doing rode the Jawa . But some times I got the last laugh , like when the track was really slick (a rain night) my bike was unbeatable . Thanks for asking bro .