Sunday, September 28, 2014

Taking a break

To all the people who are following my blog, I wanted to just drop a note.  I have started an MBA program and will be taking a break for a while.  I am hoping to work a bit on it over Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Stay tuned.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Driveline Completed

So I finally got the driveline mounted.  I will weld on an additional support and get some #8 bolts for mounting the bearings.  It turned out really well.  Thanks to my friends who helped with the carrier shaft.  Next task will be to mount the body to the frame;   get the steering,clutch, gas and brakes (pedals mounted) done.  

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Carrier Bearings and Shaft

It has been a while since I posted.  It took a while to find the right bearings and decide what would be the best carrier bearing for the shaft.   

You can see the step on the right side spline going from right to left.  I had to be creative and use my lathe at home and set up an air grinder to grind the diameter down so that the spline end will extend through the carrier bearing.  It worked out ok on the left.  I'll grind the other side next.

Carrier Bearing is rated at 9,000 rpm and has a clamping collar system on the other side.  I will be making the moutning bracket next.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Driveline done!

So excited to have the drive shaft extended.  

Driveline is done:  Now the carrier bearings need to be ordered and mounted onto the frame!  Thanks so much for my friends who helped me with the driveline and the carrier shaft.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Carrier shaft

Wow it has been a while since I have made an updated post.  Life gets so busy.  So I have some great friends who helped me with the carrier shaft to go from the driveline to the swing arm (only .003 of runout).  I still need to make a frame to hold the carrier bearings.  I'll be working on that soon.  I now have the exact measurements to stretch the driveline form the transmission to the carrier shaft.

Body removed from the frame to work on the driveline.  

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Transmission with Reverse!

 Side view of the frame:  See the body in the background
 Frame shot from the front
Ok so the good news is that I got a K1200LT transmission:  This has reverse.   My Son and I pulled the engine and he helped me take off the K1200RS 6 speed transmission and we replaced it with the K1200LT transmission.  I will have reverse with out rigging up a starter motor onto the driveline like the JZR.  

Friday, September 6, 2013

Rolling Chassis! Rocket Launcher Wheels

Super fun cycle car.

Rocket Launcher Wheels look real good!

You can tell the front wheels need to be adjusted.  the drivers side wheel is toed out a bit.

Ok so I was really tempted to make some sounds to pretend I was driving the cycle car.
It has been two months since I posted last.  This is my birthday present some tires for the wheels and some lugs to mount the wheels.  Now I need to get the driveline done so I can start working on everything else.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Output shaft for driveline:

 Output shaft without gears:  Now I have to design the driveline.  I will be making a housing for this shaft and several bearings.  This will attach to the rear swingarm.  The u-joint inside the rear swing arm.  I will probably machine off the splines on the inside of the shaft to ease in the assembly.

Output shaft with gears:
First taking the transmission apart:  I need the output shaft so I can make a new drive line to attach from the transmission to the rear swing arm.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


I have wanted to get the driveline built for the trike:  And finally I found a reasonable option.  I found this transmission on ebay and will be able to use the output shaft to help build the driveline from the transmission to the rear swing arm.  I actually did do something in May and that was find the transmission and get it ordered.  Progress.  

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Body Work

Added skirt on hood

side view of Body

Going to build a drip trough for the trunk.  Fiberglass the back side.  Remove the foam in the middle and then fiberglass the front.  Then I can put a rubber seal around the trunk.  This will keep the trunk dry when it is raining.  You can also see the area with the ligher foam:  this is where the shock mount comes into the trunk.  Need to fiberglass this soon.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Engine Mount: upper A-arm support.

The engine mount/a-arm support:  5 bolts to remove the engine.  I am much more happy with this configuration.  

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Front Shocks Mounted

Overview of coil over:

I mounted the lower shock to the bottom of the a-arm.
Mounted the coil over shocks today.  I had to make some slight adjustment for the height of the shock but it turned out well.  I ran out of welding wire.  So I'll finish up the drivers side on Monday.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

First layup on the Nose of the Body

Spent a bit of time today doing some fine sanding and then doing the layup on the nose.  It was fun to get some time to work on the Trike.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

BMW Classics

I found a couple of my favorite BMW vehicles.  The BMW R50 motorcycle and 3/15 car.  

Re-purposed old electronics: Way better than an ipod docking station!

So my Son is way creative and wanted a very specific look for his I-pod docking station.  So we re-purposed an old Emerson color TV and old Sony boom box.  We still have the back of it to finish up but it works great.  The old button to turn the TV on is the volume and the old VHF/UHF button is now the on, am/fm/aux button.  So cool.  My wife helped with the project by sewing some cool material over some door screen material.  We then attached it to the tv frame.  The speakers are behind the magic curtain.   It sounds really great.  I love hanging with my family and doing fun stuff.  Thanks Son!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Rough Shape:

Rough Shape cut into the nose.  Now I will shape and sand and then do the first layer of fiberglass.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Pine Wood Derby

After Race.  Super fun.  The Blue Whale was best of show.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Nose Job

 Just starting the nose of the Trike.  You gotta love foam.
 This is a shot after adding some more foam.  This will fill in the gaps.  Next step to shape the foam.
 The side profile I was hoping to accomplish.

The pine wood derby car.  My son loves fish and really wanted a whale so he sketched it and I cut it out and fiberglassed the shape.  He will do the paint job.  I'll post another picture of it after painting is complete.  Just Whaling around.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Front Nose

 It has been a long time coming:  Here is the beginings of what will be the front of the body.
The strips will be placed to create the front hood of the cycle car.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas!

 The gift that was the perfect way to finish Christmas.  Talking to our missionary.  Your are awesome son!
 New wheel looking good.
 New wheel with body in the background.
New wheels and driveline.  I will need the extra driveline to make a longer driveline and include the reverse gear in the driveline.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Front Shocks

I finally got the progressive 412 shocks for the front suspension.  Now I can make the shock mounts and finish up the front suspension.  

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Upper A-Arm

The hardware came in to mount the uppar a-arm.  I set the camber at 0 deg.  I had to adjust the mounting postition to get the camber at zero.  I will now do this on the passenger side.