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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-20-2016, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Garage Trike Rear Axle Update

Worked on the epoxy glassing of the center section for my trike. First attempt fizzled and ended in the garbage can. Live and learn. Decided to go the old and proven way by tapping the laminates down with a paint brush and just working the resin around. I mixed up 184 grams of epoxy resin at a time which I could saturate the laminate mat just as the pot life was being reached. Kept doing that over several hours, let it set a while, and placed it mold in the sun. Put it in the garage over night and popped it out of the mold today and almost peed in my pants it came out so good. A few minor repairs to do, wash the PVA mold release off, and sand, then paint. Here are a few pictures showing it sitting in place on the bike. Will finish the mounting tomorrow. When my fiberglass supplies arrive, two fenders are next. The tail light is in it's temporary location to continue riding while working the bike.
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Looking good so far. Can't wait to see the end results.

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I agree, it's comin along nicely.

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Looking good the brake light and blinkers look like a bird head
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post #5 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-22-2016, 07:29 AM Thread Starter
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Looking good the brake light and blinkers look like a bird head
Thanks a lot. Now that you said it, the image is stuck in my brain cell.

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Lotta a labor

It looks a lot like a Praying Mantis... Well that is to me.
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Now that I glassed a new center section of the "correct" size, I have make a lot of progress. The pictures show the tail light buckets molded into the fenders, body supports in position, and center body where I plan to lay down some Cypress strips, capped off with led lights, for the "woody" look. I found a large piece of quarter-sawn Cypress which I'll also make some fender skirts, foot board inserts, and speedometer console from. Don't want to go overboard with the wood and I think those parts will be just enough. The red around the tail light buckets is glazing putty for filling pin holes in the body putty.





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It's really looking great !!

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keep going with it. i can't wait to see the finished project.

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thanks for the progress updates. never seen a build of a trike before

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