Campground Buggy Trike - from cardboard frenching to cardboard moulding...

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No snozberries, but I got mail:
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I'll be doing this paint scheme with ruby red and a brocken white:
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But there is still a lot of other stuff to do first, before this thing is ready to be painted...
 
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Today, after buying the right hardware, I could for the first time fix the trunk to the trike.
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It's not a perfect fit (yet), but it was enough for a test ride down to the local harbour to get some ice cream with the kid... 😉
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And still on the campground I shot a quick ride video:
 

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That is one nimble lil buggy!
It really looks great on there!
Can't wait for the snozberry and cream paint to go on!!!!!
 
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Today I tackled the fixture of the buggy trunk onto the forward extra stays.
In my stash of Ikea hardware (I never throw away Ikea leftovers!) I found these four pieces from a stool that fell apart and I purchased some longer bolts in the hardware store this morning:
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Four drilled holes later (and some leftover nuts from yesterday):
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Now it sits perfectly on the extra stays!:113:
 
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Just about a day ago I found out, that the inner diameter of a standard tape roll is the perfect size for frenching my taillights! :thumbsup:
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That awful sound you heard in the last post was me getting rid of some meters of cheap packaging tape...
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The other lucky coincidence is that the largest diameter of my hole saw is just about the right size for the outside diameter of the tape roll, so only a little milling and sanding should be needed. :whew:
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So after I got rid of the tape, I had do drill larger holes into the rear. The main problem was, that I already had drilled large holes into it and there was nothing to center my drill in.
So I first attached a strip of cardboard to the inside of the rear panel and pressed it into the curve with some scrap wood.
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This allowed my to find the center of the new bigger holes an drill them halfway safe.
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Next up was something to attach the lights to. For this I already had a strip of ply ready and used the strip of cardboard from before as a template to find the center for the smaller bottom holes.
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Holes cut
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This is how the lights mount onto that backplate:
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I decided to let the tip of the lights show a bit over the top of the hole and then glued the rolls in.
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Fits:
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Then I also glued the backing board in and applied pressure with the help of some scrap wood screwed together through the holes
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Now it was time to let the glue cure and take care of other stuff....

After the glue had set, I took out my trustworthy japanese pull saw and got rid of the excess cardboard.
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Still a bit rough around the edges, but some sanding with the powertool will take care of that later.
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Most important: It all fits and I like the look!
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Thanks again @MattiThundrrr for the hint! It's things like this that make this site and the BuildOffs great! I really like and appreciate the helpfulness amongst each other on this site!
Rat-On!
 

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That awful sound you heard in the last post was me getting rid of some meters of cheap packaging tape...

Just as I thought!!!!
That was exactly my guess.
 

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Did some more wood working today to finish of the front compartment (for the 12V battery, horns and sirene)
Base for the battery:
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This is how the rear end looks from the inside (forgot to post the picture yesterday):
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And here is everything neatly boxed up:
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Today I also tried to make good use of the push handle from the original buggy and the (shot) pedals that came with the frame.
First I dismantled the pedals:
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Then widened the holes to fit them onto a 6mm rod:
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The rod then took over the place of the original wooden handle and was mounted underneath the trunk (partially with the original hardware) as a rear rubber baby buggy bumper... :rofl:
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But somehow I don't like the look. To me it feels like it kind of destroys the nice curve of the rear end with the frenched lights....
What do you think?
 

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Today I also tried to make good use of the push handle from the original buggy and the (shot) pedals that came with the frame.
First I dismantled the pedals:
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Then widened the holes to fit them onto a 6mm rod:
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The rod then took over the place of the original wooden handle and was mounted underneath the trunk (partially with the original hardware) as a rear rubber baby buggy bumper... :rofl:
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But somehow I don't like the look. To me it feels like it kind of destroys the nice curve of the rear end with the frenched lights....
What do you think?
I think it detracts from the elegant curve
 

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I think it's a cool idea, but it's not as smooth and doesn't flow as well with the rest of the buggy.
 
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I think it's a cool idea, but it's not as smooth and doesn't flow as well with the rest of the buggy.
I think it's a cool idea, but it's not as smooth and doesn't flow as well with the rest of the buggy.
That about sums up what I felt when I was looking at it this afternoon... KISS! Keep It Simple Stupid!
I took it off already, but somehow wanted to show it anyway...

So tomorrow I will try to work on the trunk cover. I have no idea if it's doable the way I intend to do it, so I'm looking forward to some trial and error coming up... :dance2:
I'll keep you posted! :forum:
 
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Wow! I had missed a lot of your very fast, efficient , and cool progress on this. That buggy work is amazing! Those tail light 'sockets' are electrifyingly cool! :113:
 

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