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villageidiot 03-08-2013 10:05 PM

hacking a cruiser
a beach cruiser that is. ive got a friend who does art department for photo/video shoots for various production companies.
he called me last week and asked if we could build a hacked beach cruiser for a commercial. i scratched together a "proposal" and off he went.

i get a call on thursday, says "hey we got the go on the sidecar build, i need it by tuesday" so needless to say, itll be a quick build thread.

started out by making a simple frame, attached by 1 point at first, just to get the idea of where tings are going to go.

then we added a second attachment

put it on the ground, and its way too flimsy with just two mounting points (first timers here, haha) just wanted to kinda flex it and see where things moved and in what direction, so in the morning we will add some more frame connections.

but it was getting late and we were getting hungry, so we kinda packed in the spark makers, and got out some CAD equipment. Armed with some cardboard and a few sizes of sanding discs, we started laying out curves for the nose and tail (going to be the same, but flipped opposite) and came up with something that looks similar to what the client wants.

since its just a bicycle car, and we have to get this thing DONE FAST, we are going to use wood sides and bottom, with an aluminum skin wrapping everything that isnt flat. (hope it makes sense, will post pics as it goes)

and the "picture me rollin" picture, my pal bob, the fabricator, im more the style guy and i can get shit done, but bobs a real craftsman.

thats it for the night, will update with more tomorrow.

Qwik 03-08-2013 10:26 PM

Now THIS is a cool build.

Bobmws 03-09-2013 04:13 AM

Very Kewl, but what's the story with the fat fendered Chebby?

villageidiot 03-09-2013 06:07 AM

The 54 is a customer of bobs. It's a street sweeper, lays frame, hydros on all 4 corners. It's a family heirloom, been passed down since new

villageidiot 03-10-2013 07:41 PM

more pics,

added a second rear support, and another leg on the forward support, made the frame plenty stiff.

got it outside, took it for a pedal, "handles nice. threw bob on the frame rails and pedal'd around the neighborhood a little bit.

i left to go to the flat track races, and bob kept going on the sidecar body, when i came in in the morning, he had the sides cut out and things mocked up.

got everything glued and screwed together, and wrapped the nose and tail in aluminum

tossed the tub on the bike to see how it looks, sent a photo to the person who commisioned the job and got "fuck yes!!" as a response

the painter showed up to grab the tub as soon as it was done, which left us just needing to mount the fender. i left to go to a vintage bike meet, when i came back bob had it all knocked out.

thats all i have....... will post the finished pics after the tub comes back from the painter.

thanks for reading.

Qwik 03-11-2013 08:50 PM

Its due tomorrow. Any Updates?

villageidiot 03-12-2013 12:58 PM

It's finished, being picked up at 3pm tomorrow. I'll post updates soon today.

villageidiot 03-12-2013 01:50 PM

Cableguy344 03-12-2013 02:19 PM

Very Cool.... What are the dimensions of the frame and tub? I need to build something like that to haul my dog around.

villageidiot 03-12-2013 02:24 PM

The overall tub is 20x52 the track width is 34.5" there is no wheel lead at all.

Qwik 03-12-2013 05:18 PM

Came out great. Wish It was up here. that would be a cool ride for around here.

TouringDave 03-12-2013 06:07 PM

That is fantastic! I want one. :clap

Bobmws 03-13-2013 01:02 PM

That looks great!

Melrone 03-14-2013 09:33 AM

Nice job..Thats cool !!!!!!!

claude 03-14-2013 02:09 PM


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