Wow you have been busy lately LOL!!! sounds like a great ride! It is nice to read your loom is getting sorted. Finishing a loom is great progress and from there it's close for a testdrive and dissasembly.
Here is an update for my build. I have nearly all the tabs welded on. My ancient welder is just about to give up the ghost and roll over on me. A new Hobart may by in my future. Anyway, I installed tabs for the hood, the brake reservoir, the rear turn signals and hugger. I removed the tilt feature on my seat because the ideal angle was about 1" of front lift, so I made static tabs at 1" and called it a day. My wiring harness is 99% done and it will be removed for wrapping and waterproofing. What I need to do now is install the belly pan, the tabs for the battery compartment and engine compartment wall. I am about to measure and cut the aluminum today so it is in a manageable length. Right now I have a 4' X 8' sheet. When I move it the dogs go wild, it makes a noise similar to thunder... All things considered, I will be taking it to be coated next week. I plan on getting the big push on to do this completion before it gets wicked cold here. My color will be gloss black with the yellow Gelcoat panels. Some of the smaller details I will paint with a good quality rattle can paint...I am talking small stuff like nuts, bolts, clips and so on... I will be clear coating some of the mild steel bolts, but when color is required on the smalls, it will be spray paint like Duplicolor or similar. My rims, brake calipers and smaller items are all done and once I get the frame and hardware done the reassembly should be a snap.
I also do not have the luxury of taking it out for a "PRE PAINT" ride. The build is taking place in my basement and I need to carry it out in various pieces...My first ride will be post assembly and coating.
Thats about it... I have all my paperwork ready for the inspection once I hear from Kevin at Exomotive...
Today I stripped the chassis of everything and did some finish welding. I also did some grinding and polishing. The original shock and linkage mounts were removed and new ones installed, so had to dress up the area where they were welded.
I cut and bent the floor pan and have it installed with CLECOS. It needs to be trimmed and filed down a bit, but other than that, it is looking like a "go" for coating pretty soon. My shop really needs to be shoveled out. It is like I am buried beneath an endless pile of wiring, parts, and grinding slag. Tomorrow may be a shop maintenance day.
The CLECOS do a pretty good job of holding the aluminum in place. As you can see, I need to trim the edges to fit then file the edges smooth. The front nose needs to be tweaked a little. It actually looks worse in the photo than what it really is. The light really isn't to flattering.
Today I hauled the chassis up out of the basement and into my garage. I boxed up all the parts that are going to the powder coating place and placed them next to the chassis. I am ready for the coating (gloss black Ed, it goes with yellow and especially with red LOL). Anyway, it goes there in the morning.
Starting on Thursday I will be gone for about a week and a half. When I return I will be picking the completed pieces up and assembling them. When I get it running enough for a test ride, I will do so with a video camera. I am curious about the brakes and naturally acceleration and steering.
I fought the morning traffic and managed to get to Nationwide PowderCoaters just fine. They will deliver the pieces to the blasters for a gentle pass with the blasting media. I removed the intake adapter for my air filter and installed a sweep elbow instead of that sharp 90 deg welded one. I also remade the platform for my electrics and brake manifold. Instead of 1/4 inch aluminum I used a left over piece from my floor pan. It is much thinner and in better shape.
Ed, you can really do a patriotic color scheme. How about a royal blue chassis with white trim and stripe accidents. I almost went with purple, but common sense prevailed slapped me back to planet Earth,...... It will be gloss black. You will not regret it.... And thanks for the kudos and attaboy. Tomorrow I clean up all my tools and replace the broken bits and pieces and get ready for my drive down south.
I am having a great deal of difficulty contacting Kevin from Exomotive in Roswell Georgia. I hope he is okay. I have left messages on his phone and also sent emails but still nothing... Does anyone know if there is a problem or if he is alright? I plan to stop when I get in that area....
That's it for now... By the way Erik..... I try to clean up my shop when the clutter prohibits a safe working environment... You know, like gasoline being stored next to the welding area and so on... LOL. SERIOUSLY, before I started the project, I painted the floor, resurfaced my cabinets and bought new hand tools and a power tool or two.. One of which was a small lathe,.. It is an Atlas 6-18. Most of my problem is slag and grindings... They get everywhere... So, when I clean up... I do touch up paint and get things looking fresh again...
I think Kevin is at the Caffeine and Octane Car show that was on Sunday, October 6th. I know red is the color for the body panels and that will not change.
I know I like any shade between silver and black for the frame so until I get it to the final welding stage which is right around the corner I still have a little time for my final decision. Right now black is still up there but maybe a dark silver would look good too.
Decisions, decisions but I am sure at the end it will turn out correct. Look at the round I went with the A-arms only to come back to the original idea I had in the first place.
Well tomorrow I pick up my frame from the powder Coaters. Total price was $350.00 plus $90.00 for media blasting. I gave them the frame, bottom pan, the "A" arms, hoop suspension, the brake and accelerator pedal and the rear fender brace with luggage rack cover panel. There were 12 items total. Good price.
I may be in for a winter setback. I am scheduled for an MRI this Friday. Rotator cuff issue. Hopefully it is not serious, but if it is, then the winter is best to have it corrected. I will know about a week after the MRI what is what.
Well, until the surgery ( if that is to be) I am going all guns blazing full speed ahead. Get the heavy stuff done first then "tinker" after that. I see Erik got a nice shinny new blue toy. Welcome to the Eco-Exo build. If I can help, please let me know.
Best wishes to your shoulder issue. I hope the fix will be easy on you. I'm looking forward to some updates.
Does the blasting unlcude Schooping? Sparying a layer of zink before coating is worth considering. I had oval wishbone tubes on my tR1ke which could be dremeled in acceptable tolerances before pushing the poly bushes in. I haven't checked my Exo wishbones yet but it is worth the effort. check my tR1ke thread how I dealt with fitting the bushes.
Yep new the toy is in tha house! I'm cleaning up the donor column parts now and I'm orientating on the front end for a while
I have swooned on a sloop but never schooped on a trike. The price included media blasting, mild chemical cleaning for degreasing probably with linium XS then powder coating. I am in the process of assembly. I am taking it a little slower than I originally thought. I want to make sure it all is in good order for the final assembly. I sent a brake line back to the manufacturer to have it shortened. I miscalculated the length when I added a 90 degree banjo fitting to route the line in a more direct path. It will be returned within my time frame. I am also finished making my tunnel. It is 2.5" high 30" long and 3" wide. It runs from the cross brace in the front to just past the seat mount brace in the rear. I opted to have it open beneath the seat. "Why not"... My calipers are being disassembled and I will have them powder coated a medium red. (thanks for the suggestion Erik) The bushings required for the "A" arms are all installed and I have the temporary assembly bolts holding them in place. I should receive the grade 12.9 hard bolts today or tomorrow. I was considering stainless steel but after thinking about it decided to go with the hard stuff rather than using stainless. I did install my floor pan with stainless steel blind rivets. Sort of a must to tie dissimilar metals together. I will be posting some pictures today if I can manage the time.. Until later..