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    This won't be to some tastes and definately falls into the sod category . But hopefully of interest to some.

    Project started as a way to use up a few left over bits and pieces from previous projects, and as a bit of a field car for my kids to drive around the in-laws field.


    I wanted to build something that looked like a mixture of: Home built special/vintage buggy/classic trials car. But didn't have any set design in mind, so it's just evolved as I've built it.

    As with a lot of projects, it has got a lot more involved than first planned, but I enjoy the process of fabricating random parts into something useable.



    Decided to build something big enough for me to drive as well my kids. So needed reasonable sized engine, chassis and body.
    For power I looked at various small/cheap 4 pot engines (A-series/austin/etc), in the end found a Reliant Rialto 3 wheeler which gave me aluminium engine, gear box and rear axle, all these are pretty light and can be lifted by hand.

    To keep in the old car theme, I found a cheap, rotten (ID less) Ford Pop chassis on Ebay, this provided front axle and rear wishbone. as a bonus, I managed to sell remaining parts from it and recoup most of the initial cost.

    Couple of pics below.






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    Build has been done as time permits, so stuff has'nt always been completed in a logical sequence, but I'll try and put it in some sort of order.


    Wheel base is based loosely around Morris 8/Ford Pop. I've used Ford Pop front axle complete with leaf spring and wishbone.






    Rear axle is Reliant Robin on Ford pop leaf spring and wishbone. (rear wishbone located with a 4X4 ball joint). Machined tapered bush to hold ball joint.








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    2 reliant props joined using homemade sleeve. Not been balanced, so just tacked together for now, will have to see what vibration is like.











    Frame for body made using box section.

    Exhaust made with few Ebay bends and cherry bomb silencer.































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    I bought some aluminium to clad the frame. Had to pay extra to have some prefolded for floor, but saved a little by digging throught steel merchants rack of scrap stock for other stuff.

    Added some beads to panels to break up the slab sided look, then hammered them over the top of frame.





















    Transmission tunnel.








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    As I want the grill to look like a cast aluminium piece (as much as possible). I've used thicker gauge aluminium plate and tack welded it together.

    Only got MIG welder to work with, so have been using a short torch and argoshield gas, this is normally for steel, so doesn't give the greatest finish. However as its not structural, it will have to do for now, until I can get a bottle of correct gas and fully weld it.















    Got a cheap router from Ebay to radius the holes. This was mounted in hand drill using homemade holder.





    That's it for now, thanks for looking.


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    Love it! Good use of otherwise unwanted bits, already looking good, should be fun.
    "Share with a wise person, and he will become wiser" - Proverbs 9:9

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    I wish I'd had someone build me something like that to mess around with when i was a kid.

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    thats pretty cool. you should be able to use it in 2036 when were allowed back out again.
    Rod/custom/drag build profiles:
    Mini | Pop | Porker | Trike | Morris 8

    | 48 chevy coupe | ford f100 | tube chassis,d pop

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    Looking great ! If you are off roading it then reinforce the back axle tubes as they are ( very) thin wall and prone to bendimg in hardtail trike configurations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taxirod View Post
    Love it! Good use of otherwise unwanted bits, already looking good, should be fun.

    Quote Originally Posted by dodgeman View Post
    I wish I'd had someone build me something like that to mess around with when i was a kid.

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    thats pretty cool. you should be able to use it in 2036 when were allowed back out again.
    Thanks chaps

    Quote Originally Posted by kapri View Post
    Looking great ! If you are off roading it then reinforce the back axle tubes as they are ( very) thin wall and prone to bendimg in hardtail trike configurations.
    Cheers Kev,
    Rear axle under went a slight change (but not worked out how I can post those pics as they are in RAW format). I will have a look at a way of strengthening tubes.
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