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    Glued on one side panel, started fairing hood.

    I know. Excitement.

    I promise, it’s really close to being done, again, this time, then I’ll let this thread die, already...

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    Soooo . . . This is the 2019 model?

    Rattling the teacups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oznabrag View Post
    Soooo . . . This is the 2019 model?

    Dude! Don’t jinx me! Hahahahaha.

    Luckily I’m used to fits and starts. And having to start completely over because I’m a bungler. Oftentimes, too, my training as a manufacturer of rocket ships from dirt tends to color the results of my work.

    As often as not, slipshod is just that.

    These type projects really pain me, as they are somewhat of a passion, yet always remain second (or third or ninth) fiddle to an entire host of realities. See, I was dumb enough to believe I really COULD be anything I wanted when I grew up.
    Well. I was dumb enough to believe a lot of things.

    Sometimes I do actually pull stuff off, though.

    We’ll see.

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    Glued on more bits. Whee!

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    Body is almost ready to glass. Drive and axle blocking is almost done, too.

    Of course, it’s all’s happened before.

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    That picture looked better when I was sleepy. I was gonna add another one.

    Meh. There are a few more parts attached...

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    Feels like I’ve done this all before...

    Approximately where the wheels will live, though they’ll be mounted to axles, and spaced further away from the body. The fenders will be split into quarters and used to over the inner, upper quadrant of all four wheels. That is to say, they will be positioned on the quadrants most likely to protect the pedaler from slung mud.

    The “gas tank” has been started. It will hold a small battery and board to control the lights. There will be one head light, and a stacked tail light/brake light. The brake light will only work when the lights are on.

    I keep trying to convince myself not to cheap out and use rotary cranks, but I’m staying strong. And leaving the option of swinging pedals open for future mods.

    The primary purpose of this car, besides keeping me busy, is to ferry a young man along a cycle path. We live near miles and miles and miles and miles of dedicated cycle and foot paths, and Youngest Son often likes to accompany some crazy old guy we know on runs but following on his bike.

    Once I saw the olde tymey external chain drive cars, I knew a pedal car was needed in our world. How fun would that be, if you were a kid? Shoot, I think it would be cool.

    The best best best part? I learned how to make amplified noisemakers for the wheel. Remember cards in the spokes? Well, I mean next level of that. I stole a design I saw, made a goofy version to test, and am now aiming for a real one for the pedal car. I need to find the right plastic comb to make the right pitch. We’re stuck in two stroke, now, which is fine for Dirt Bikerson when he’s lapping his track.

    Anyway. Skywater leads to digression.

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    The ends of the noisemakers, disguised as mufflers, will look something like somesuch. Instead of a straight chimney, there will be a cone “baffle” inside.

    Shiny...

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
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    The ends of the noisemakers, disguised as mufflers, will look something like somesuch. Instead of a straight chimney, there will be a cone “baffle” inside.

    Shiny...

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    So, it will be a bespoke unit then?

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    I think bespoke carries with it some sense of class or grace. Maybe mine will be more folksy.

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    More like balloons then, maybe turbo balloons
    I remember those as being the right stuff.
    Dual ballons or baseball cards with clothespins? So many decisions.

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    Ohhhhhhhh! Duh. You know how my brain don’t work quick like.

    Yeah. Here’s the beta test prototype. This thing sounds like a two stroke. Really. I have some plastic options to test for finger cards, and of course the aluminum can will resonate differently than the plastic bottle...

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    Whale. It’s REALLY hard to get a picture that shows what I’m trying to show. Grr.

    Anywho, the cockpit is basically framed in, the bottom of the chassis is being tied together, and I’m preparing to glue on the side “frame rails”. The new axle is started glued up, too.

    I ran into some clearance issues with the headlight I plan to use and the steering setup, as there isn’t much room for a gear and a light nacelle up front. My solution was eventually to offset the chain that will drive the steering arm. Sounds dumb, because it is.

    Oh, yeah. And I need a new steering wheel. Other one’s too big. I may turn it into a windscreen frame...

    I’ll keep working on the body/chassis, prepping it for the sheathing, and make the seat frame and seat, and then I’ll have to slow down a bit as I fit everything where it fits. I also need a couple bills worth of parts for the drive train before it can be done. Bearings and chains and etc.

    I don’t make want to get the car before the horse, though.

    Peace,
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    Dude, I am really loving this project!

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    Me too. It's awesome.
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    It easy to feel like the fool I am while working on such as this.

    Where’s Dad Quixote?

    Stabbing windmills in the garop, where else?

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    At Least It Ain’t ANOTHER “Wooden” “Boat”

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    It easy to feel like the fool I am while working on such as this.

    Where’s Dad Quixote?

    Stabbing windmills in the garop, where else?
    Son Quixote will never forget...

    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    Peace,
    At Least It Ain’t ANOTHER “Wooden” “Boat”
    Oy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoez View Post
    Son Quixote will never forget...



    Oy!
    I have NEVER been a success at anything. Except being a dad. I live my every moment for those people, the ones made in love, and their glorious creator. What a magnificent creature that can grow new life.

    And what wonders those lives are.

    I feel gracious to have a purpose, and I endeavor to imbue them all with the very best of my spirit. Which took about 11 seconds. Harhar.

    Peace,
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    P.S. There is another “wooden” “boat”... he’s helping build it, though...

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    Well. “Tank” stripped and ready for fill and “filler cap”. Also the first layer of the three layer frame rail sandwich has been glued on each side. See also the bare bones of the new front axle. Oooh. And, the first of the “radiator” shell, which is also bracing to hold and brace the steering gear.
    Getting close to a bit of smoothening and then some glassening.

    Baby steps.

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    Jackie Kennedy said that if you get that wrong, it doesn't much matter what else you get right.
    If I use the word "God," I sure don't mean an old man in the sky who just loves the occasional goat sacrifice. - Anne Lamott

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    So...

    One of my in laws who thinks I’m an idiot was over looking at the junk we have.

    He asked after the car and I told him about it, showed him pictures of the model (all I have now, besides the drawings, thanks to BigFoot TruncheonTail).

    He said, “Well, it looks JUST like the model...”

    Then I had to explain that designers often draw things and make models of them before they are realized in full size, and that the drawings and models are often reasonable facsimiles of the actualized objects.

    He still thinks he can turn left better than me.

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    Quickly, to page 5!

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    Already on 6 for me.

    Looks great!
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    Any suspension planned, Rob?

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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    Any suspension planned, Rob?
    He's keeping is in suspense.
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    Not sure if those wheels will take much in the way of sideways cornering loads- time will tell.
    Could be a lot of bending moment on the stub axles too- even with 16" bike wheels on our down-hill racer, we bent axles, and had to go to slightly larger diameter ones, with a change in ball-races.gravity racer bug.jpg

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    It should be glaringly obvious to anyone who’s read this thread I have no idea what I’m doing, or going to do.

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    The wheels, as I’ve said , are mountain bike wheels made for disk brakes. The accommodation of the disk causes the wheels to be dished like rear wheels, and I aim to take full advantage of the dish to align the forces with the rims, including side loads.

    I had dreamed of suspension, but...

    The front frame rails will be shaved underneath to an angle of about 2* to give the kingpins some caster. The length of the car, combined with the lightness of the driver and intended driving track, should make suspension moot.

    As to the axles? Yeah. But cyclekarts often use 5/8” axles with 17” wheels and speeds up to 50mph, so I hope I should be okay with these.

    Honestly, if the kid gets in and the damned thing rolls 1.3mm under it’s own power, I will weep for joy.

    It is at these points, when I’m enthralled with more lunacy, that I wish I were dumb and a teevee starer.

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    Keep going for it, Rob.
    And mind your thumbs....

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    I was just sitting there, and looked over at the car. This view shows off the body lines fairly well, I think.

    The thicker, center bits of the “radiator” shell will be faired into the thinner bits. Screen will fill the gaping maws, somthey don’t look AS ghastly.

    So far, all the wood is recycled.

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    Looking good, Rob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy W View Post
    Looking good, Rob.
    Thanks, Yo. I dig how the hood edge seems to be a different curve than the frame rails, and how the centerline of the hood has a slight hog.
    I meam, it LOOKS like that, from this angle. I am just about ready to glass and paint this sucker...

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    Almost twelve hours on page one!

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    Do you have a color scheme picked out yet?
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