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Looking back at my threewheeler project and planning future projects

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Bertil Klintbom

I had been interested in threewheelers for many years and tried to read as much as possible about Morgans, BSA and other brands. In 2002 I finally decided that the time had come to convert my thoughts to a project. I started to look at different threewheelers that could be built under the legislation for amateur built vehicles in Sweden. The rules only allow you to get a car on the road if you have made most of it yourself. The parts needed must be bought from different sources so a typical kit car would be ruled out. I started to learn all about the legislation, making contact with the Swedish Association of Amateur built Vehicles who should follow the build and make the necessary checks during construction.

I looked at the BRA threewheeler and found two manufacturers of parts in southern England. My son and I decided to meet at Gatwick a Friday in September 2003. I was already in England for my job and my son flew in from Gothenburg. During the weekend we managed to look at and have a ride in a BRA citroen powered car, look at a partly crashed JZR and also see a partly built BRA with a Honda engine. I found the Citroen powered car the only one that fitted my length and the ride in it were thrilling.

So I went home and had my mind clear about building a BRA threewheeler with a Citroen engine. The company promised me to help me with the parts I had problems to find at home and everything looked ok. During the months that followed my good impression from the beginning had to be revised. Sad to say but nothing that I was promised happened.

By now I had found the Pembleton site on the Internet and this car had a lot better looks and the contact with Phil Gregory were very good. I said goodbye to the BRA and went for a long wheelbase Pembleton. I checked with my inspector and he said ok to the building scheme that I put up. But there were more problems, how to get parts from UK? In the end my son helped me with help from his job, Volvo has a logistics chain in UK and transports are being carried out to Sweden from Kidderminster.

December 4 2004 the parts from England arrived at my home and it was a thrill to look at the parts. I had no clue where the dirty Citroen parts had come from on the donor car but I just put them on the floor of my workshop. A lot of cleaning started.

The work went on well and I learned a lot from other builders, manufacturers, Phil and so on. Most of the parts needed were bought from Der Fanzose in Germany, ECAS, Bonapart, Dell Orto in England just to mention a few.

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The inspections were carried out in three stages, chassis inspection including welding, rolling chassis and final inspection covering brake test, noise test, driveability and a check of everything else again! I received a positive go with no remarks.

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I had from the beginning decided to have the car painted and opted for dark BRG but first I had everything in place and then I took it apart again for painting.

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Finally the May 28 2006 I had everything ready for the registration test. The test took 2 hours and at the end I had my threewheeler registered as a motorbike and we were ready for the open road.

The first summer we toured our Island for about 3500 km all of the very enjoyable and almost without problems. The alternator charged a little too much in the beginning but that was fixed with a new adjustable regulator. Both my wife and I loved driving around and a lot of people admired the car everywhere we went. I also got the first prize for homebuilt cars at a local show.

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The summer of 2007 we travelled down to the southern part of Sweden and 2008 we have toured in mid Sweden. The car is perfect for two persons carrying a light luggage. Driving at 70 km/h also prevents rain form entering the cockpit!

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The build has been an enjoyable experience and when I had the car on the road I felt a little strange… what to do now? I started to look at a new project for a modern threewheeler with a combustion engine up front and an electric motor on the rear wheel. A hybrid car project combining good power, low energy consumption and environmental thinking. But before it got really serious I stumbled over a 1939 MG TB only manufactured 376 examples before the war started. The car had been laying in pieces in a cellar since 1980… I bought it and have started the rebuild so the next threewheeler project will have to wait but I enjoy driving my Pembleton and will do so as much as possible over the coming years. The contact I have been fortunate to get with other builders is a real bonus and very appreciated and I hope to keep in touch with as many as possible. I really enjoy my threewheeler and I am happy I did go for it! It is really a practical and lovely vehicle.

Bertil Klintbom

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