3 wheeler Kit "cars"

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by overlandr, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. overlandr

    overlandr Dystopist

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    Ok so three wheelers aren't bikes :scratch but close relatives - still uber-kewl kit cars! A Pembleton in UK as below. Mods move if this is distasteful!!:evil

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    And here the blackjack Zero from Uk as well.

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  2. Captain Hobo

    Captain Hobo Complete Bastard

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    I was expecting a Robin Reliant.
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  3. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    I really like Morgan three wheelers and the kit replicas too.
    Do you know if Tri-King is still in bussiness?

    I met a guy locally at a car show that has built his own version from scratch. He sized it about 25% bigger than an origanal Morgan to fit him and powered it with a Twin Cam H-D. He is now remaking the frame for a Twin-Cam Balanced motor as the first one was a bit too vibey. This is a big job because the frame has to be made wider to accomidate the new motor.

    So even though these aren't sidecars ,they are cool and deserve some attention.
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  4. overlandr

    overlandr Dystopist

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    Yep - all that's missing from the cockpit of the Lomax is a pair of goggles and leather helmet casually laying on the sheepskin jacket! How retro is that?:lol3
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  5. Dr Jim

    Dr Jim Been here awhile

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    As I've mentioned on this forum before, I've the dubious pleasure of living just a mile or so from where Pete Larson builds the Ace Cycle Cars here in Seattle:

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    I say dubious pleasure only because I've stopped and drooled on his floor so much that Pete's threatening to buy me my own bell - 'What can say Tovarish Pavlov - is conditioned response...

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    Put an acre of polished alloy, skinny spoke wheels, soft leather seat, engine-turned steering wheel, Monza quick-flip gas fill, and TWO Brooklands windscreens before me and the lower-order Lizard Brain simply takes over.

    The ACE isn't a kit-car - at least YOU'RE not going to assemble it - the epicene gnomes at Liberty fully build and finish the ACE to stupidly high standards. Pete is ex-aerospace, and it shows in his welds, assembly, finish, and obsessive attention to detail:

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    I've owned a couple of Morgans, and while thay are all lovely to look at, they're also mechanical horrors - shockingly crude and very frustrating to work on. The ACE is far, far FAR and away more competently designed, more strongly welded, and is just a BIT faster than the classic Morgan cycle-car to boot.

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    Powered by a H-D Twin Cam EVO hung out in the breeze....

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    The front end is a minor art-work in itself, note the level of polish, the details like fender mounts that actually mount something, and the functionally elegant headlight/turn signal mountings.

    Yeah - An ACE isn't exactly cheap, but still about the same as having a custom butt-warmer built - and you get to hop a WAY better class of bars.....

    Cheers

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  6. earlyWiz

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    This is what the Unisport, currently sitting in the shop, looked like in 1972. I borrowed these images through 3wheeler.com.

    This Unisport "Streaker" is one that I waited twenty-seven years to purchase from the original owner, Dick Thompson, who was partners with Ed Bilton-Smith in Stop & Go Auto and Machine Shop, Portland, Oregon. Regrettably, I have not managed to get far in the reconstruction of this machine. First, the K1 750 Honda that was attached originally had sat far too long in storage and moisture, always present in the Willamette Valley, had destroyed all four exhaust pipes and damaged the valves and rings in two cylinders. I gave the Honda to a fellow who had a M/C shop nearby, with the understanding that he would locate an XS650 Yamaha in running condition in exchange. He went out of business and, poof... I located an XS650 six years later, 2008, but have not connected it to the Unisport fuselage at this time. I also got somewhat distracted in the meantime by a 1968 Laverda, and, more recently, by a 1971 Aermacchi/H-D 350SX.
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=500476

    Following some serious home repair and re-modeling, I shall return to this project. In the meanwhile, I am learning the starting drill for the Aermacchi 350.
    Thanxxxxxxxxx!
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  7. overlandr

    overlandr Dystopist

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    Couldn't resist the Reliant Bond Bug -true 70s icon in the UK.

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  8. Oz Nutter

    Oz Nutter Long timer

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    Anyone own one out there?
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    alephnul n00b

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  11. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    Lomax 223 :lol3 Should I sue for copyright infringement? :poser

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  12. overlandr

    overlandr Dystopist

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  13. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    I recently visited Liberty Sidecars and Ace Cyclecars in Seattle. I just stopped in and was fortunate to be greeted and shown the premises by Pete Larson. He was expecting someone the next day from Tennesee and when he heard my Kentucky tone of voice he thought I might be the guy.
    I said "No I'm not him. I was just here at the end of a cross country trip and hoped to see his products. I'm not even a paying customer."
    Even with that intro ,Pete showed me his facility and Oh Yes this is the good stuff!

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    CNC and lazer cut brackets and lazer cut tube ends ,beautifully tig welded.

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    Custom A-arms and uprights,Works shocks,rack and pinion steering and Twin Cam B motors.
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    The transmissions are 5 speeds from a Mustang. The secret parts Pete wouldn't let me photo are in the crank to flywheel department and the bell housing for that. The cars use a race car clutch and a single side GL 1800 swinger.
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    These cars are not cheap,because of the quality of components and workmanship. There is no way to have something in a low production run with very high quality and keep the costs low.
    If I win the lottery or a sweepstakes one of these will be at the top of my toy list.
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  14. dakdakdave

    dakdakdave an older,wiser noob!

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    gentlemen,why do we need these vehicles to look like they are from the 30's?
    try these, as fast as a BMW m3,paddle shift,run flat tyres(monitored pressures.) bloody air cooled stuff, too hot here in OZ!! get a gsx or busa in ya reverse trike!
    I've been in lust with these for a while and i'd love to rego one here as an ICV(individually constructed vehicle).
    http://www.malonecar.eclipse.co.uk/Home.html

    works for me!:clap
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  15. outfit

    outfit Been here awhile

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    That sir is engineering porn xxx.

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  16. vilguy

    vilguy Been here awhile

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    i think guys what you want is one of these.

    Seriously and relatively cheap.

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    i looked at getting one a few years back. Maybe next year :1drink
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  17. Sidecarjohn

    Sidecarjohn SidecarJohn

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    Nothing wrong with three wheelers illustrated in this thread. Sound engineering no doubt and serious fun, but they don't have that distinctive sidecar appeal. Many have that familiar vintage Morgan like appearance, so much so that again folk are suggesting copying issues. Like em, don't dispute their attraction, but much closer to a traditional open sports car.

    Outfits, hacks, combinations, sidvagn, what have you, are part of motorcycling, and have that great quality. Individuality.:clap
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  18. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Hornet 600 Honda modified, really modified by Jeff in G.B.
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    Badsey bullet from the late 70's early 80's. I think it had a Yamaha FJ 1100/1200 engine and went like Wile E. Coyotes rocket powered roller skate from the Acme race shop.
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