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 on: October 07, 2018, 09:36:48 AM 
Started by Thunderace - Last post by Thunderace
Probably worth including some thoughts on fibreglass,
what can I tell you,
it's messy, stinky, and will ruin your clothes and shoes,
but it's the wonder material for the home constructor.

Even if what you are building ain't beetle based,
buying a cheap VW trike body is not a bad way to go,
GRP is easy to cut, modify and re-join,
It don't distort like steel when you weld it,
and polyester filler bonds to it perfectly.

You can slice, dice, re-laminate and once it's had a skim of filler and a block-back,
you can't see the join.

Forming your own unique body ain't too difficult ether,
the Late Ed Roth was probably one of the most known exponents of 'the glass',
Ed used chicken wire and dry wall mud to form the buck,
but you can use almost anything,
I have been using cardboard (Boxes from Lidl) and papier mashe (screwfix cat & PVA)
again this can be cut and modified over and over to get the shape,
as long as the final thing can be sealed (coat of Dulux) and waxed,
it don't matter a fig, it's just a shape over which the glass can be formed.

A fibreglass body gives shape and form to a big chunk of our finished trike,
it allows form hugging seats to be molded in,
it can cover in all the ugly stuff, battery, electrics box, fuel pump etc,
all of that stuff can be hidden under the body.
it's also effectively another big chunk of frame that you don't have to make,
as long as there are supports where the weight is going to be,
the framework under the body can be relatively crude and minimal.
box section and flat plate.

Again this makes for an easier build,
you can ether make a body to fit your frame,
or start with the body and construct your frame to suit.

When it comes to SVA test as I said back at the start of this thread,
glass is definitely at an advantage,
if nothing else it for sure limits what 'the man' can actually see,
and gives an easy way to avoid having sharp edges or other hindrances to getting a pass.   


 on: October 05, 2018, 08:01:09 PM 
Started by nabsim - Last post by WOOD BUTCHER
just insured my new build vw trike first time insurence for 221.00 fully comp from Gary Youngs All Styles tel  01206 821330 they were very helpful and it did not take long to sort out

 on: October 02, 2018, 01:56:03 PM 
Started by WOOD BUTCHER - Last post by Thunderace
Members discount with Adrian Flux, see Nabs posting under insurance.

meanwhile the rear lights,
non E marked issue ?

 on: September 28, 2018, 10:28:01 PM 
Started by WOOD BUTCHER - Last post by WOOD BUTCHER
now got the mot next step DVLA for the number plate and log book hopefully be on the road soon any ideas for an insurance company whots a fair price for a vw trike

 on: September 04, 2018, 11:47:03 AM 
Started by WOOD BUTCHER - Last post by Thunderace
they did not like the back lights

Lack of 'E' marking ?

But hey you got a pass,
I have taken a fair number of trikes to the Avonmouth test centre,
still yet to have one pass first time,
or fail on something that was not a relatively quick fix,
I swear the man is justifying his wage,
but if it gets a 'pass' down to a short snagging list,
then we just got to go with that,
well done just the same,
no doubt there will other minors things which will refine the beast as time passes,
Is it too soon to ask 'on road first impressions' ?

 on: September 03, 2018, 06:33:52 PM 
Started by trikerdee - Last post by WOOD BUTCHER
that would look great on the side of a petrol tank

 on: September 03, 2018, 06:20:07 PM 
Started by WOOD BUTCHER - Last post by WOOD BUTCHER
failed on three things  front brake light which decided not to work on day of test they did not like the back lights needed extra reflectors fitted underneath last of all i had to fit a u shaped rubber profile all around the fiberglass body and also round the front mudguard to give a 2mm radius that was all it failed on

 on: September 02, 2018, 10:01:10 AM 
Started by Thunderace - Last post by Thunderace
So what happens when a Piaggio Bee (ape) gets an engine and suspension upgrade,
answer this

I googled till I found build pictures,
rear end is beautifully simply constructed,
tubular arms, couple of rose joints a side, angled shocks,
sure seems to work well enough in video.

 on: August 24, 2018, 07:55:22 AM 
Started by WOOD BUTCHER - Last post by Thunderace
Congratulations for sure WB,
did you have many things to sort for the re-test ?

 on: August 23, 2018, 08:20:09 PM 
Started by WOOD BUTCHER - Last post by WOOD BUTCHER
after four years of Saterdays my vw trike went for its MSVA retest today this time it passed now got to tackle the DVLA To get it regestered and get my number plate might be on the road by the end of summer fingers crossed

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