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 Post subject: HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER
PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 6:48 pm 
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I'm in the process of building my own version of one of these:

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I'm aiming to build it in the vain of the racing versions of the 20's ...... ..The Morgan Super Aero

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 Post subject: Re: HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER
PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:34 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER
PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:56 pm 
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The Engine:
'06 Honda VTX 1300

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The bottom rails and the rear end of a Honda VTX 1300


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 Post subject: Re: HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER
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Great stuff! the company i work for www.brightonmotorsports.com has just become a dealer for the morgan 3 wheeler ,they are great fun to drive and handle exceptionaly well .I had a freind back in new zealand that built one using a honda cx650 engine ,it worked well as it was a sideways v like a moto guzzi and shaft drive ,it went very well for its size .Good luck with the build and i will keep an eye on this one.
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 Post subject: Re: HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER
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 Post subject: Re: HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER
PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:18 pm 
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Welcome. My interests are in trikes as well. How are you planning on doing the rear drive/suspension?

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 Post subject: Re: HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER
PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 10:51 pm 
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Heck, yeah!

Not only that, those old hi-res pictures went into my "wallpaper" directory...


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 Post subject: Re: HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER
PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:19 pm 
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Ooooooohh............ my kind of project, please keep us up to date with progress.


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 Post subject: Re: HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER
PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:29 pm 
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Very nice. Looking forward to watching your progress. Good luck.


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 Post subject: Re: HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER
PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 11:24 pm 
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Thanks for the interest fella's ....Still trying to figure out the process of posting.....Have to think in reverse

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Great stuff! the company i work for http://www.brightonmotorsports.com has just become a dealer for the morgan 3 wheeler ,they are great fun to drive and handle exceptionaly well .I had a freind back in new zealand that built one using a honda cx650 engine ,it worked well as it was a sideways v like a moto guzzi and shaft drive ,it went very well for its size .Good luck with the build and i will keep an eye on this one.
wayne-o

So you've gotten the opportunity to drive one....excellent. I initially bought a 1979 G5 1000cc to use as a donor but upon further inspection I found out it truly was a Rennsport, not just mufflers ( a hot rodded Guzzi.....Titanium parts,etc. ) I started chop'n bobbing and finding parts and a neighbor's friend found out I had it and offered me twice what I paid for it, so..... I relinquished it to someone who was a rider..... sweet bike.
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Welcome. My interests are in trikes as well. How are you planning on doing the rear drive/suspension?

The VTX is a shaft drive/Left side and I'm using the rear end of a wrecked bike $20......The idea was to expedite the chassis build with out having to source the threaded inserts for the swing arm and the shock tower pickups..... its also the least congruous part of the chassis....but it'll be covered by the body.
It will be right side drive......Like the real deal.
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Heck, yeah!
Not only that, those old hi-res pictures went into my "wallpaper" directory...

I've got the first image on my computer as wallpaper.......Almost too big for most computers.....but I've got a MAC..... just right.


I've got the top rails bent and tacked into place.....Very harrowing to roll $60 bucks worth of steel and hope that it doesn't come out twisted....... but all went well.


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 Post subject: Re: HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER
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Placed engine and wheel's to figure out my next move.......


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 Post subject: Re: HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER
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So neat!
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So little time. :BH:

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 Post subject: Re: HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER
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I love the concept. Now all you need is a driveshaft.

My own homebuilt is very similar. I used a VW front end, wheels, everything. And the motorcycle rear end, with a driveshaft between two seats. I offset the engine to the right, leaving the output shaft a bit right of center, then put a short chain drive to the shaft. That allows me to mess with the ratio a bit, and keeps the shaft near center.

The driveshaft was welded up by a local shop that does mainly trucks, after I got the parts together and showed them what to do. It was just a central tube, not too big (1 1/4 dia.) with parts of the motorcycle shaft inserted in both ends. I am adding a central bearing to prevent crazy vibration. I figure the bearing only has to hold the shaft in place - not too much side load or other load for that matter.


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 Post subject: Re: HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER
PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:03 am 
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rapt wrote:
I offset the engine to the right, leaving the output shaft a bit right of center, then put a short chain drive to the shaft. That allows me to mess with the ratio a bit, and keeps the shaft near center.


Right. I've thought a lot about doing this same thing. You can put the driveshaft right where you need it. Also, it seems like this would provide a handy place to insert a reversing mechanism to the system.

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