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Old 04-27-2013, 06:38 AM   #16
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Ah, very interesting, thanks!

If the wheels are that old do you suppose the car itself is that old too or have they cobbled spare parts together?

I offered him $600 and he came back with $700.

I took some better pictures when I went to look at it.









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Old 05-01-2013, 12:24 PM   #17
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What the hell- go for it!

I would buy that for $700. You have some work to do, though. Scott is right- probably Chiang Jiang (CJ) wheel, which is on inside out, BTW. It is probably fairly recent- CJs were initially copies of M72s, and they still make those style wheels in China.

You'll need a backing plate for the wheel, or else a big fat washer. You'll need a seat, too, as well as marker/directional/brake lights. Looks like the floor pan is rusting out. You need to stop that. POR-15 is a good product to arrest rust.

You can find all the stuff you need reasonably, especially if you're patient and don't buy the first item that comes along.

But, you could easily get back to $1500 sourcing parts and repairing any rust, especially if you have holes and need to pay someone to do the welding and stuff.

If you like projects, buy it for $700, take a community college "Intro to Welding" course, get a MIG welder off Craigslist, and have a blast!

I started knowing nothing about sidecars, and with a totally roached Dnepr just like yours (only worse!), and ended up with a very cool rig (I'm biased, of course!). I drive it everyday, in all weather, and she's held up well, knock on wood...check it out:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=713860
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:11 PM   #18
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I agree with MotoJ! In a day when ya can't even find good gloves or longjohns for less than that other $100, hey....?

On the rust, depending on the construction [which I didn't look into] there's another easy cheap option. In the beginning just get a small sheet of metal from the cheapest source, maybe 10ga or 12ga, and cut it oversize to any damage. Slop some primer on everything and lay your new or used steel down on the floor and screw it in place as a patch. Use some self-tapping hex-head driver screws to make it quick & easy. At a later date you can pony up to get it welded properly, also welding up the screw holes, but this would have you up and running in the short term to get started.

Matter of fact, depending on what damage might be present, you could toss down a piece of plywood as a temporary patch, good enough to have you out there terrorizing the streets and having a good old time.
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:23 AM   #19
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Good build thread MotoJ I like the get in there and get dirty, positive thinking attitude

I don't have welding skills but last night I was thinking about who I knew who can and I rememberd Jean-Guy, a guy I've beeen aquainted with for years who's about 100 miles away. Him and his wife both race sidecars, in fact I think he was first or second nationally a couple of years ago. He also rebuilds /2 and Chang Jing motors for a friend of mine. If he can't get it set up properly I guess no one can.

I went and flipped the car over and the rust hasn't made any kind of appearance on the underside so it's only surface rust and easy to clean up. I did start Googling and parts like seats etc show up on ebay from Ukraine or China pretty cheaply.

I'm liking this idea more and more.

I have been speaking with another car for sale and it's more expensive but has mounts for an 1150GS. BUT, it's well over $3k and I wouldn't have that 'I did it myself' feeling I like.
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:46 AM   #20
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Thanks Dan,

Here's another one of mine- once you get the sidecar bug you're a goner!
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=768370

These are some good sources for parts- check the classifieds. You have to bookmark them and check everyday- you never know what will show up...

http://www.sidecar.com/mbbs22/category-view.asp

http://www.russianiron.com/forums/index.php?act=idx

http://sovietsteeds.com/

I've bought from this guy on EBay:

http://myworld.ebay.com/classicsidec...84.m1543.l2533

Also this guy, in China, goes by Ralph:
http://stores.ebay.com/MH-MOTO-WORLD...p2047675.l2563

This guy Magnus in Estonia is a stand up guy, and he will look for parts if he doesn't have them listed:
http://www.henriksson.ee/?setlang=19

And of course the Fleamarket here on ADV:
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=492526

Be sure to post pics of your project for us!
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:05 AM   #21
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Great information there, thanks for sharing and making this decision easier.

Just decided that I'm going for it I've had the sidecar bug since the 80's and it's time to knock that off the bucket list. Might even have to get a dog to drive around with me.

I'll email the dude right now ... hope it isn't sold
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Just decided that I'm going for it I've had the sidecar bug since the 80's and it's time to knock that off the bucket list. Might even have to get a dog to drive around with me.

I highly recommend both sidecars and dogs!

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Old 05-04-2013, 08:02 AM   #23
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Done deal

Gave a deposit this morning and I'll get a trailer and move it next week.

This is going to be fun
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