Larry's VW Trike

Assembly to start 5/21/08

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I have all the pieces cut to put a new VW trike together. The white piece is the base and nearly six feet long. The odd shape rectangular piece is welded to the torsion. The cut out is for the shift rod/coupler to pass through.
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This is how they will go together. the yellow pieces are gussets? to go across where the two frame pieces are joined. the angle is 45 degrees and thre rake will be the same.
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These are all the parts for the leading link front end.
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The top triple tree. The trees are made from 1/2" x 3" flatbar. The legs are bolted through  the outer holes.
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The bottom tree. The legs will be welded to the cut outs, and the stem welded in the hole.
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These are the 7/8" x 2" bolts that attach the legs to the top tree. The nuts fit down in the legs with a little grinding.
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This is the neck from the motorcycle. It and the wheel are the only parts used from the motorcycle.
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This is the link. It is 5/8" x 2" flatbar. 1/2" is plenty, but this was free. I bent it with a Harbor Freight pipe bender.
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Just grind the 7/8" nut down and weld it into the 1.5" box tube for the legs.
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The front end mocked up and laid out.
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This is how the front end will look on the VW trike. The legs are probably a foot too long, but you can always cut more off.
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Here we have the 1/2" plate welded to the torsion, and the main beam welded to the 1/2" plate. The green channelis to hold up the rear of the floorboard and gusset the joint between the plate and beam.
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The main beam angles up at 45 degrees. Larry wanted a couple of bandaids to strengthen the joint.
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And the front end is welded up. The legs are about a foot too long. I'll cut them off and mount the wheel this weekend.
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This is the full frame so far. This will be another long one.
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Got it on three now.just bolted the rocker/link on tight. I'll get the shocks on this weekend.
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The shape of things to come. Just threw the seats and my old tank on to see how it looked.
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Anticipation!!! With the high cost of steel we are thinking about a 2x4 floor.
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Most of the rear frame is done. Just need the braces under the motor.
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Tank, storage box, and rear seat are mounted.  Got the new shocks mounted and the leading link is working much better.
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The 8 way adjustable seat and headlights are on. The 2x4 floorboards are turning to steel.
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New taillights and turn signals.
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Put in support for the pedals and test fit them. Just a little more floorboard.
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Floorboard is on, Pedals on, most of the paint done. Wiring is the biggest job left.
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Had to throw one in of both VW trikes.
Here is the "completed" VW trike. We all know that no VW trike is ever completed.