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Building #406

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George Steel

gearbox
gear lever
gearbox top
gearbox top

I've decided to mount the gear selector under my dash. I also added a heim joint, shortening the shaft and welded everything back up. Transmission, front drive unit mounted.

front shock
gear lever
dash panel
dash panel

Time to join my Speedway steering shaft to the steering cross member. I chose the Speedway because lots of choices for the steering wheel attachment and steering wheels. In my case I decided to use a quick release hub. I'm trying to keep everything as simple as possible due to my very limited knowledge concerning what I'm doing. I won't have an ignition key or way to "lock" the trike. So if I'm worried someone might decide to drive off with her - I'll take the wheel with me. Time to add a dash plate and configure the gauges.

front suspension arm
front suspension arm in place
rear wheel
rear wheel

Today is a good day to add the wheels. I decided to have a local machine shop (you will want to have a good relationship with one as it seems not everything is "bolt on"). WARNING, before you mount your front spindles and wheels. Decide how you will mount your front fenders. Once I got everything back from the powder coater I was able to follow the assembly manual and everything seemed to fit and work as it should. Time will tell.

fuel tank
fuel tank
seats

The kit came with the 2CV plastic fuel tank - I decided to replace it with a fuel cell, which required a small change in the rear floor pan. Probably a mistake - time will tell

rolling chassis
rolling chassis
rolling chassis
rolling chassis

OK, it's a rolling chassis now, time to put on some body work. I've decided to use a little stronger composite panel on the old girl. We'll see how that works out. There will also be a small change in the rivets as well.

pedals
pedals
pedals

Moving thru the trike with attention to the brake and clutch pedals... both will need to be moved a little to make room for the steering column. The front floor board is modified with a phenolic block to accept the lower gear selector as well. Time for more body work… this composite material is strong but lacks in the flexibility department…I'll need a bigger hammer.

wiring
pedals
speedo pick up

Finished installing and bleeding the brakes today ... amazingly the pedal is strong on the first try. Purchased a great wiring harness from Speedway Motors, everything pre labeled... ust plug it in. Also found a company in San Antonio that makes adapters for speedometers which picks up the signal from the transmission and converts it to a signal my speedometer can read. Nifty.

fenders
fenders
fenders

We need to add the front fenders today - I purchased two from Phil that when I add his mounting bars should "bolt on" - we'll see. OK, it's true these do bolt on - it remains to be seen how long they will stay on. Check out how much metal is left on the attachment area.

panels
panels
panels
panels
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Will this body work ever end. The headlight added to the two side panels and two rear panels. I'm getting very tired of riveting…at first it was fun. But that was several hundred rivets ago.

panels

The fire breathing, oil belching behemoth mounts in her final position... the Throne. Well maybe not... it seems nothing fits... when mounted the engine locks up. Try taking a little off the input shaft... nope that's not it... try removing and remounting the fly wheel, the clutch plate... nope that does nothing... add some spacers to the bottom two mounting bolts to square up the engine to the adapter plate expertly welded on the tyranny drive unit at Pembleton... Yea that's the ticket... Who knew?

panels
panels

Will this body work ever end... more bending, stretching, crawling around, and endless rivets.

panels
panels
panels

Does that license plate bracket look crooked to you? It will have to wait, I'm not in the mood to change it for yet a third time. Thank God it was a nightmare... I thought for a minute there was another 2CV project waiting in the wings.

panels
panels

Today is a perfect day - my seat came back from Tony's upholstery shop and it's a perfect fit. I've got the gas tank in and fitted with its cap.

I have to find a fabricator to make new exhaust header pipes to fit my engine. The boys at Pembleton sent two that were supposed to fit but were too small for the clamping mechanism to be effective. Nothing is easy.


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