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Old 09-14-2010, 08:06 AM   #931
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I think they should just mount it up... let's see what noises it makes going down the road with the wind running through it!


...perhaps with a tyre, though...
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Old 09-19-2010, 01:28 PM   #932
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Ssod!

Is there any update yet........? With hindsight i'd be for leaving it as it'd still be like a mystical sidecar type Holy Grail and worthy of a Pilgrimage someday!

Now I did see a BMW hack parked up behind a barn somewhere on South Uist last summer.....!

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Old 09-19-2010, 01:38 PM   #933
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Perhaps an expedition to the House od Mouse, where we load him into the sidecar, carry him back to the river, and toss them both off the bridge?
Could be an exciting new chapter in the saga?
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Old 09-19-2010, 03:52 PM   #934
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Perhaps an expedition to the House od Mouse, where we load him into the sidecar, carry him back to the river, and toss them both off the bridge?
Could be an exciting new chapter in the saga?
-Johnny


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Old 10-01-2010, 05:39 PM   #935
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Laugh The 12 Steps of SSOD Recovery

Let's get some sidecar serenity...

I've been in therapy about this sunken sidecar of doom issue.

Here's what I have learned:

The 12 Steps of Sunken Sidecar of Doom Recovery.

1) We admitted we were powerless over nothing, that we could manage Mouse's work on the sidecar remotely & perfectly and the work of anyone else who would be allowed to work on it.

2) Came to believe there was no restoration power slower than Mouse and the rest of ADVRider was insane.

3) Made a decision to have Mouse turn his will and all of his free time over to working on the sidecar, even though we don't own it.

4) Made a searching immoral inventory of Mouse and the Ratbikers.

5) Admitted to the whole world the exact nature of Mouse's restoration wrongs.

6) Were entirely ready to make Mouse straighten up and fly right or at least post here about it until nauseous.

7) Demanded "Leavers" to either shape up or ship out.

8) Made a list of all Leavers who had whined in the forum and became willing to go to any length to expose them as big silly babies.

9) Got direct revenge on such babies whenever possible (
include throwing them off of a bridge), except when to do so would cost us our lives, or at the very least, a jail sentence, or to be forced to eat British train station sandwiches.

10) Continued to take the inventory of Leavers, and when they were wrong promptly and repeatedly told them about it. Because we won, nyah, nyah,and NYAH.

11) Sought through complaining and nagging to improve our relations with Mouse , as we couldn't understand him (he ain't no Yankee), asking only that he knuckles under and does it yesterday, if not sooner.

12) Having had a complete physical, emotional and spiritual breakdown as a result of our obsession with the SSOD, we tried to blame it on Mouse and to get sympathy and pity in all our affairs.


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Old 12-07-2010, 01:16 PM   #936
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Progress!!

Well its over a year since the SSOD was rescued and Electrolytically de-rusted in my back yard. Since then it's been resting up against the garden fence going rusty again Sorry about not keeping you updated but I've been busy with other things in my life (sorry to brockster for the therapy. Have a virtual beer on me ) I could start a new thread with the build but as there are so many SSOD addicts thought it best to continue the story here.

Now the weather has turned nasty and by all accounts its going to stay like this for an extended period I decided I needed transport that was a bit more stable on patches of ice that I regularly have to negotiate on the way to work.

Basically the SSOD chassis was a long beast, probably a two seater (in-line) with boot space. So it was first shortened. Sadly there are no photos of this but I cut the front and rear off the chassis and removed the two cross members. Basically reducing it to its component parts so it could be assembled as a shortened chassis. Luckily I was also able to remove the two holes that had rusted right through the tubing which was a worry for me. The thickness of the tubing on every other cut was good so I'm not worried about any reduction in strength. After the front and rear bits were welded together the cross members were then welded on after I determined where the wheel was going to be mounted,

The original suspension unit would probably work but the bearings needed replacing as did the studs and nuts and I had a modern suspension left over from another abandoned project so fitted that instead.

The body was made from two plastic barrels that once contained cleaning solution for dairy milking machinery so I'm guessing non toxic and easy to flush out with water.

In total it has taken me three evenings and a morning to get to this stage and I have spent 16 on barrels, bought some nuts and bolts so I guess I've spent about 25 on the project so far!

The adjustable struts are simple things. They are shaped specifically for this vehicle so don't need the full articulation of the fully universal ones you would normally use on a home build.

First some daytime close ups of the build details and then on to the barrel bodywork.


the front of the finished chassis mounted to the bike. The home made adjustable struts are obvious and the slug of steel is to give it some weight for the test ride which was a complete success.




Close up of the home made strut. Made from some box section, some 8mm plate and M16 studding and nuts. Cheap as you can get and fully adjustable. I've used the same setup on my other side-car which was a bigger heavier beast and they were a success for about three years of hard abuse.


The adjustable end.



The middle mount. A simple arm out to the engine support bracket. There is enough clearance on the bolt hole to allow adjustment of the sidecar.




The removed middle section. Also the worst rusted!



One hole....


And the other hole.


Now its on to the bodywork. I spotted someone in the next town selling plastic barrels for 8 each on ebay. So I went and bought a pair of them and after some measuring and thinking I cut the tops off with a jigsaw in preparation for making a longer barrel.


I had a box of M6 x 15mm screws + nuts from a project years ago so used those to bolt a strap around one end of the barrel.


Then aligned the second barrel and drilled and bolted the two together.



Then it was out with the wok and a straight edge to mark out the opening and another bash with the jigsaw and the finished body was sitting in my grubby kitchen.


Molly had a go!


Not sure if she likes the way it wobbles.


Then out into the cold (about -5 Dec C) to drop it into the chassis. It fitted like a dream and was far more impressive in appearance than I was expecting,


I'll keep you posted on the rest of the build. I have a lot to do such as moving the 75ah van battery I need for starting the diesel engine to the outside of the sidecar to give it some balance.

There is a lot of work yet to do, I'll need some brackets to hold and support the relatively flimsy plastic barrel material and some support under the top opening. Then some course some lighting. The bike is reasonably heavy so I need to weight the sidecar down and will be moving the 75ah truck battery needed for starting from under the seat to by the sidecar wheel. A mudguard and possibly a tow hitch to complement the one on the bike.
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Old 12-07-2010, 01:24 PM   #937
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Old 12-07-2010, 01:46 PM   #938
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Nice one mouse. I take it that is your home made diesel thingy that you have fitted it to?
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Old 12-07-2010, 01:58 PM   #939
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nice one mr. mouse.
glad to hear the v2 is chugging along happily, too :)

g max ~:)
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:05 PM   #940
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What a hideously ugly POS!

Well played!!
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:19 PM   #941
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it brings tears to my eyes. A thing of hideous beauty!
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:31 PM   #942
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Thanks for the update!
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:46 PM   #943
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How about a build thread on the diesel tug/bike ?
Moto Guzzi or Bmw tranny ? Motor make?
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Old 12-08-2010, 02:39 AM   #944
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How about a build thread on the diesel tug/bike ?
Moto Guzzi or Bmw tranny ? Motor make?
It would take hours to cross post the build blog to ADV. If you're interested in the finer details of the project then follow the link. There is good explanation on how I aligned the shafts of the gearbox and engine which is critical and took some effort working out the technique. Theres also photos of an engine seizure and rebuild.
http://www.suckindiesel.com/thingy/v...hp?f=31&t=1242



If anyone is wondering it does about 90mpg (uk) and has a top speed of about 60mph and cruses nicely at 55mph.
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Old 12-08-2010, 03:07 AM   #945
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hi mouse:

i particularly like the new exhausts on your bike :)

so, no base on the sidecar to balance the whole set-up ?
anyways - best of luck with the ssod-diesel :)

g max ~:)
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