Reverse trike with supercharged 1500cc engine

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January 4th, 2018, 1:54 am #171

Your are welcome any time Phunky, but I think you would get tired of me real fast. I have always worked alone on my own projects or what I make a living at...  My wife says that I am just too intimidating to others.....I think she means "I'm an asshole"!

Anyhoo:  I'm semi retired, but the amount of field work lately has been nuts. I repair oilfield engines..been doing that since 1978. I only wanted to work two or three days a week, but I seem to be out in the field every day...even put in an eleven hour day on New Year...I was probably the only one of the other mechanics that wasn't hung over! Been clean and sober since 1984.

All I got done was welding the mount for a detachable steering wheel. My old bones just were not able to squeeze in and out of the trike very well. Nice easy solution for sure:
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January 4th, 2018, 4:27 am #172

You sound a lot like LRT. I've tried to be around to watch him work but all we seem to work on is our tequila project. I just wish I had the vision.
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January 7th, 2018, 2:27 am #173

Field repaired 14 oilfield engines this week, and I am played out, but it's Saturday and no field work today..whooo hooo. Took it easy and managed to get a few little things done on the "to do" list.
Sat in the tadpoll for a bit and made vrooom, vroom noises: Actually, I was figuring out where the gas pedal needs to be. It is a tight area where the brake, clutch and gas pedals all go....I think I will need to wear some thin running shoes when driving?  Like the old saying' Build it and then learn to drive it"
DSCF2103.JPG I have a couple of chrome "Honda" emblems that I've had since ..forever!...playing around to see what they would look like...I like!
DSCF2107.JPG The little emblems, for the hub caps, came in the mail yesterday...went and put them in place...sure finished things off.
DSCF2108.JPG What the !!!.. where did my engine go?...it was sitting there this morning>>>>>
DSCF2115.JPG Yes....the time has come to strip things down to the bare frame, finish a few welds on the frame, sandblast and paint. My son is coming out tomorrow to help me lift the body off of the frame..it is just too awkward to move by myself. Once the frame is out of my shop, I will have more room for final painting of the body.
   I also need to take the front of the engine apart and make a new idler for one of the chain drives (Rake knows what this is all about...I have been feeding Ravens, but the Crows haven't returned yet!!..LOL). I also have a crack in the front bearing housing, behind the two counter rotating gears, that needs attention.
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January 10th, 2018, 5:30 pm #174

This is looking grate 

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January 13th, 2018, 1:45 am #175

Thanks Frank...what time is it?..lol

Got all the goodies off of the front and back covers....man...the way these nips build things!
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Going have to re-phase the crankshafts again.
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Well..I found the issue with my oil leakage>
DSCF2132.JPG I am going to make two new bearing housings and use four self-aligning bearings this time. It was my design that caused the damage: I had both the front and rear bearings fixed to the housings and shafts.  The new design will have the front bearings fixed to the housing and shafts, but the rear bearings will be fixed only to the housings and will "float" on the shafts. This was a stupid mistake on my part....as a licenced millwright..... I should have caught this. 
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January 20th, 2018, 1:36 am #176

Man..this thing has power.....able to wheely with out an engine......
DSCF2139.JPG Nah...I needed to tack weld in the two front bulkhead supports to the frame. The frame is now ready for a bit of final welding..then sandblasted and painted.
Work has been super busy lately, so I haven't been able to spend as much time on the build as I would like, but we will get there.
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March 1st, 2018, 10:29 pm #177

that is insane. killer work as always
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March 18th, 2018, 3:43 pm #178

Man...time sure fly's by. Work has been nuts since the New Year. I have been slowly plugging away. Finally got the body painted. It looks pretty darn good. I think I will still cut and polish to get that mirror finish.
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DSCF2146.JPG Almost got the engine back together. Did a bunch of repainting on some pieces, cleaned and polished the rest.
DSCF2147.JPG I managed to get all the welding completed on the frame. Had the frame sandblasted and powder coated in epoxy primer. Started drilling out holes to lighten things up. So far, I have drilled out over 200 1" holes...got another 100 or so 1" and then a bunch of 2" holes. I'm on the mend right now...pulled my shoulder muscles from the 1/2" drill grabbing too many times. I want to get all the holes drilled out and take the frame to get powder coated in black before I go back to the engine.
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March 18th, 2018, 5:22 pm #179

Holy Shit !!!!
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March 18th, 2018, 8:40 pm #180

i am speechless at this point
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