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Old 06-06-2009, 08:04 PM   #1
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Homemade Sidecar

I'm new here, but I think some would be interested in a project of mine. I'm building a sidecar from scratch. Here is what I have so far.







I'll post some more later

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Old 06-06-2009, 08:07 PM   #2
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Here is another picture of the body.



I still have a bit to do on it. But I hope to have it on the road in July.

Later, Wes
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Old 06-06-2009, 08:09 PM   #3
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Nice work so far! I see you know a little bit about lofting
Keep it up & keep us posted
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Old 06-06-2009, 08:35 PM   #4
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Thanks. I had too look up "lofting". This is the first time Ive used it.
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Old 06-06-2009, 09:24 PM   #5
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That's looking nice.I'm looking forward to the progress report.Uuummmm......nice calendar on the cupboard too

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Old 06-07-2009, 02:38 AM   #6
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Old 06-07-2009, 07:17 AM   #7
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I've been working on this for about 6 months now. The guys over on the USCA forum have been a great help. Before I started, I could weld, but not very good. I took a welding class at the local college and greatly improved my skills. I'm working on the front body mount right now. I machined some rings and the rubber pieces. I then started welding things together. I'm using a TIG torch on a arc welder to finish things up.

Here are the pieces.



I had to grind some to get the fit right.



Here's one of the welds.



I'll post some more later.
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Old 06-07-2009, 08:15 AM   #8
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Very nice metal work. Fabbing and machining are my 2 favorite parts of bike building. It's always obvious in the quality of the finished product when someone takes the time to design and build things neatly. Your mounts look great, and also look strong as hell.
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Old 06-07-2009, 12:10 PM   #9
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Framed!

The first thing that struck me as I looked at your post was that the frame seemed to lack support or reinforcement.
May I suggest some right angle braces in the corners, more than what you have already? Perhaps more longitudinal support (back to front) would also make the frame less flexible. Maybe some long diagonal braces might be the ticket.
You have in essence, two large rectangles on which to mount the car, being that they are quite large, you may have some twisting going on. You cannot rely on the car for stiffness, unless it's steel and welded to the frame which is not a good suggestion either.
Perhaps some of the more knowledgeable members here can suggest a better way than I have put forth. Nemo puts together some nice weldments, maybe he can help. Great welding on your part!
Just sayin.
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Old 06-07-2009, 01:02 PM   #10
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Thanks Koifarm. It's in the works:o) I'll have to post an updated picture. As soon as I get the mounts done, I'll add some more reinforcement. I jut didn't have to have to work around anything.
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Old 06-07-2009, 02:16 PM   #11
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understood

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Thanks Koifarm. It's in the works:o) I'll have to post an updated picture. As soon as I get the mounts done, I'll add some more reinforcement. I jut didn't have to have to work around anything.
Good, wouldn't want you to suffer from lack of support.
Your car reminds me of two things, canoe building and aircraft building, both quite similar in design, don't forget yacht building but that's a different matter all together.....I'm looking forward to seeing your car....ever considered cedar strip style of building?
http://www.rutabaga.com/page.asp?pgid=230
http://shawnwaite.com/canoe/
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Old 06-07-2009, 07:11 PM   #12
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Wngnut nice job so far. Is that sidecar wheel from a Harley? Are you using a trailer spindle for an axle?? What diameter is it?

I've never seen a sidecar body made of wood it will be very interesting to see the final product. Also those are some of the best welds I've seen on a homemade sidecar...ever looked at some of those Australian rigs/
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Old 06-07-2009, 07:49 PM   #13
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The front wheel is off of a Goldwing. I bored it out for some Timkin bearings.



The Axle is homemade. It is 1" on the inside bearing and 3/4" on the outside bearing. I turned it out of a piece of 4" 4340 shaft.







I still have to make a seal spacer but that'll only take a few minutes.

I made the front top frame mount. It clamps to the wing's frame.



Here is the bottom of the top mount.



There is a metal brace that goes on the bottom of the tub. I drew it up and we cut it out on the Plasma cutter at work.



Here is a quick picture of the subframe. It bolts up to were the center stand used to be and the front engine mount.



There is also a bracket that bolts to the frame and the subframe in the back. I have this welded up now.





More later
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Old 06-07-2009, 08:09 PM   #14
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Wow!!!

Hot damn wingnut, you are a freaking master craftsman! I'm blown away by the quality of your work, forget all that stuff I said about support.....I take it all back!
Magnificent is all I can say.....the axle....man-o-man what a beauty.....your welds.....superb.....I'm running out of superlatives....
Would you like to adopt me?...
Very nice job man, it's a treat to see such workmanship on a combo......thanks for posting that last set.......
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Old 06-07-2009, 08:24 PM   #15
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I'm probably too young to adopt you? I did a poll on the USCA forum and so far, I'm the youngest member there? I think?

I found an old advertisement for some wheel's on the net.



I really liked the spinner portion.



I am making one I had a buddy trace it into Auto Cad and I cleaned it up and scaled it to fit my wheel. I then milled it out on the CNC at work. I need to get back on this.



I'm playing around with making my own taillight too. I'll try and get an updated picture of this. I have the bezel made. I need to take it and get the glass cut.



Thanks for the compliments:o)
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