Mad Max sidecar tribute build

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by 3legs, Jul 7, 2019.

  1. Oldschoolrocker

    Oldschoolrocker a.k.a. EZE Supporter

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    Great thinking!! The one by the frame I would move to center a bit trying to keep spacing the same. Of course you knew that! Looks great! Cheers!
    EDIT: Going to put this in here because I need to. I think its great what you are building. The MAD MAX movies remain in our blood for so many of us and we always enjoyed them, especially the first two. Too bad Mel Gibson isnt around to appreciate what you are doing and maybe get a signiture. Would be cool if actors in the original pic where and you could get a pic with them. Following along here!!
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  2. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    Thanks. Yeh you're right. It does need to be centered more, only problem I can see is the bend might be too severe.

    I'm going to have a talk with a specialist exhaust place to see what they think.
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  3. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    While we are at it everyone I would like your opinions on the paint scheme.

    Should i go with the original with some minor changes?

    Should I go totally different in both colour and style and if so what style or colour?

    I was thinking of something along the lines of the R90 BMW but in either red or black something like this.................

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    I have to admit it's not really giving me a woody but it is different.

    Decisions, decisions :D

    Again I'm open to suggestions.
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  4. Oldschoolrocker

    Oldschoolrocker a.k.a. EZE Supporter

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    I can see your point. I suppose there can only be ONE original so unless everything is identical I dont see why a color change couldnt be in order. But paint it how is a good question. Sure you have to keep it era correct and still a bit “groovy”. Not much a fan of the twisty scrolling the original had on side of tank etc but keeping a bit to the theme would be cool. Maybe a bad ass mural of Mad Max holding his gun with his dog along side down the front? IDK? Haha!! Keep ideas comng! Cheers!
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  5. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    I have to admit I'm not a big fan of murals. I probably will get one on the rear but that would be it.
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  6. JimVonBaden

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    I think I agree with the OSR. I like the idea of the BMW S style paint in red/white, but maybe consider excessive metal flake for that period look!
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  7. tinwelp

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    Why not copy the original artwork, but just invert the colours?

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    Keep up the great work!! Looking forward to seeing this one finished.

    Cheers... Paul
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  8. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    Interesting idea. I kinda like that idea.

    Anyone with photoshop that could do that. Would be interested to see what it would look like.

    Edit. BTW had a talk with the guys who will make the exhaust and they said no problems whatsoever but will have to have baffled hotdogs on each exhaust pipe as it will be too loud otherwise. No problems from me. Anything to keep the engineer and the police happy.
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  9. SidecarLeigh

    SidecarLeigh Been here awhile

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    It's gotta be metalflake and loud, I reckon.......either way you'll get it right. Keep up the great work. Cheers Leigh
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  10. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    Absolutely metal flake Leigh but I need to keep the police happy. If I could it would be straight through pipes which to be honest is not yet out of the question.

    I will get the engineer to do a DB reading with both hotdogs and no hotdogs and see what the difference is. If not much, guess what I will go with AFTER it's registered:lol3:lol3:lol3
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  11. SidecarLeigh

    SidecarLeigh Been here awhile

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    Sorry Alex, I meant to say loud paint....like the 70's and 80's.......still a way cool build
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  12. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    Oops sorry Leigh. Getting old you know:lol3:lol3:lol3
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  13. 3legs

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    Ok peoples what about this idea for a paint job.

    Same design and colours but instead of the scrolls use fish scales instead. Old 70's style and the biggest metal flake that is available.
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  14. Fast Idle

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    Paint is always tough to decide. I do prefer fish scales over the scrolls.

    tank.jpg

    But maybe not all fish scales.
    tank2.jpg

    I've been looking, there's a lot of ideas out there.
    Yep, tough to decide.
    You have a painter lined up?
    Can you find one from the 70's? :photog
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    This is what I get when I invert the colours in PS...

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  16. Roofchop

    Roofchop Hands up mother stickers, this is a f**k up!

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    Find a good painter/airbrush/artist near you show them the original and get them to throw some ideas at you.
    Also discuss price, may be the most expensive bit of the build!
    A mate paid $4-5k for fancy paint on his chopper, (guard,tank,tail)!!

    I just noticed you have the dome hinged at the front but the original was at the back.
    Was that the engineers choice or yours?
    Cheers
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    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    That's it Steve, the bottom tank. I like the "sunburst" or whatever it's called and with some fishscales but not too much. I like!!!

    I don't have painter lined up yet. I've been in contact with the guy who painted it for me when I restored it. I don't think he does painting anymore but he hasn't said no (or yes). He asked me to contact him when I'm closer to finishing it.

    I may have another painter but he's a fairly old gentleman and he may not do painting anymore. Will sound him out when the sheet metal work has been done.

    Thanks for that Flinders72. Too much blue for me. Thankyou for the effort though. Appreciated.

    Dave, I decided I want the hinge at the front. The engineer has seen photo's and he hasn't said anything so I'm assuming all is good.

    I never liked it at the rear as it made access to the sidecar difficult. Even though there is no provision for a passenger I will still need access for the exhaust, battery and possibly a fuel cell and a front hinge is much easier plus it's easier to hide the linear actuator and personally I think it looks better.

    I'm trying not to think about the price of painting. It scares me:lol3


    Cheers

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  18. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    I like this but in red and gold

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  19. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    Can't do much fabrication until the engineer has inspected the bike so I thought I would muck around with some cardboard.

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  20. 3legs

    3legs Real men ride sidecars Supporter

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    Just had the engineer over and all is good (so far).

    Only one minor alteration-my front blinkers are too short. They need to be a certain distance apart and mine are too close by 40mm. No drama. Easy fix.

    He put my mind at ease about a few issues and even made suggestions that I slapped myself on the forehead thinking why didn't I think of that. What I thought was going to be difficult turned out to be easy because of his suggestions.

    It turns out that he has never had to inspect anything like this in the past (not surprising really considering there is only one other like that in the world) so a lot of my questions he has to go to the relevant authority to get confirmation of what is allowed.

    No problems from me. I want this to be as legal as possible.

    I've decided to make the sheet metal up directly behind the seat and the seat hump and get the seat made before I do anything else.

    This way I can sit on the bike and get accurate measurements for the tank and forward controls.

    I also may have to make a new fuel tank as the prism tank is so high I had difficulty getting my leg over it. On this bike you just can't throw a leg over. You have to sit on the bike then lift your left leg over the tank and hope you don't hit the bodywork when placing your left leg onto the forward controls.

    Look at the original bike and you will know what I'm getting at. Now I know why they made the tank flat at the top.

    All in all I'm very happy with what the engineer had to say and I am very confident it will pass all inspections with flying colours (touching as much cellulose as I can find:lol3:lol3:lol3).
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