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I thought i'd post this here coz im starting a build on the hot wheels trike I picked up last week! I plan to motorize this thing and use it as a fun gas powered drifter trike! seen a few on you tube made with the hot wheels frame so im gonna have a crack at this caper. looks fun and it all counts towards valuable practice and learning for when the time comes to build my own motorbike!
First up was to weld the removable rear axle housing in its place of origin, while this is housing the 10mm axle for the plastic hot wheels its nowhere near strong enough for a motorized unit of any description! It was made for kids after all, I used the existing axle and measured it all up to make sure the thing is straight!, it was so I started the welding! I have left the 2 bolts in at this stage that hold the axle housing and the main frame together, I may use these holes later when mounting the motor, which at this stage is looking like a 125 -4 banger, 4 speed, the chinese units are way better these days and ive owned the Loncin 140 before in an old thumpstar, it was great and I couldnt kill it!
I then welded in some rear supports, in true "son of Kradus" fashion there was left over 2.5 x 30mm mild steel tube, this was used to strengthen it all up, Overkill yes but its great practice welding different guage metals when everyone tells you ya cant!, Just kidding, it really is a case of using up the steel scraps and being as thrifty as I can because at the end theres gonna be almost $750 burnt up in a motor and 22mm go kart axle kit!
The Go kart Axle only comes in at about $200 with wheels, the motors pushing $450-$550, give or take a hundred I say!
Now dont fret, these things use a plastic sleeve that go's over the go kart tyre so it always slips n slides real easy, your backside is only 2 inchs off the ground, anything over 18mph will feel like 100 so speed is not what these are for, its purley a drifting and sliding thing all over the road or tennis courts, anywhere that you piss people off....ummmmm. yeah thats what these ar for....JK! usually on private properties or safe places.... like when no cars are coming LOL.
So thats it for the first day of the "Hot Wheels Project", tomorrow im gonna look at adding a long sweeping gusset going from the top of the new triangle supports and working its way about half way up the mainframe towards the head stock! May even look at wrapping a sleeve around that head stock and have it running into the down tube a bit, im just trying to strengthen this thing up , its gonna need it!
 

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Ok so today I made the gussett/supports to strengthen this frame, Its going according to plan, while looking as horrid as ever my welds are getting better, I got to the stage where I was holding some more of the 2.5/30mm tube when I said to myself "Just stop this insanity" so I grabbed the old MTB I got from the dump about 6 weeks ago, A donor bike for the blue meanie project, it still had good bits of tubing on it so I went about cutting and fabricating the parts!,
I'm really trying to keep the flow of the trikes frame and its coming along quite well, ive kept overlapping the extra supports to try n even out the major stress points, the last piece now will be the underside of the down tube and up to the head stock, maybe even still wrap a thin sleeve around the head stock and down the frame a bit.
Next will be the aquisition of the rear go kart axle, I plan to weld C section across the back of the rear tube and then weld mounting brackets for the Axle to those!, im really trying mount the motor in front of the axle and not behind it as many others do! it will have to sit a wee bit next to the rider either to the left or right, the way Racing go karts have them!, we just have to see, as with Blue Meanie, nothing is set in concrete till ive had a beer or 2 and ive stood there just looking at the thing, thinking, planning, wondering if this or that will work. sometimes I have a set plan, go to bed, then the next day ive thought about what can go wrong etc so the design may change! one things for sure the go kart axle will sit a good 3-5 inchs back from where the plastic wheels are in the pics, its also gonna be a good 200-300mm wider in full guise so we still get to keep the original triangular design , its only a bit bigger!
 

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Well as life always gets in the way, all projects put on the back burner,
Wife's car has a blown turbo, close inspection revealed no oil in the motor,...... I Said, why didn't ya get it serviced, she says, the message went away after a while so I kept driving it grrrrrr. Yeah like 1yr later look where we are,
So no mechanic's will touch it, a new motor is needed,. Bahhhh humbug, she still holds speed in 6th. Uphill so the compressions fine, lets hope no internal scars from lack of oil, it dosnt blow any smoke, still runs like a dream but no boost, its like driving a Nana's car.
the engineering shop said do it myself, 50/50 mix of kerosine and oil, fill motor and start it up and run till warm then drain it and repeat..... 3 Times , then the turbo comes off fo a rebuild or replacement,
And so its begun, the Kia pro ceed, is sitting on blocks awaiting the special treatment
Wish me luck
 

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As luck would have it I was taking the wife's car for an electrifying Nana like speed to the local boat ramp, As I went past the Sports ground I spied a huffy green machine thrown out and left beside the Sports ground rubbish bin.
I went back and couldn't believe it had the seat still on which is what's missing off the hot wheels drifter, fantastic, so it made its way into the back of the wife's car.
The green machine and the hot wheels drifter are like chalk n cheese, the hot wheels drifter is bigger, stronger and really well built whereas the greeny is....well junk basicly but the seats gonna fill a void and as with the hot wheels they have a free wheeling hub on the front and a strong bearing set up which can be easily fabricated into a jack shaft for the next fat tyre crazy bike , I'm excited about that small fact so cheers to me ha I
Also in the background we see the remains of the wife's exercise bike, the seat off this is on blue Meanie and the remaining frame is going to have a 2nd life as a frame jig, it just has to be sorta micro measured and aligned then all joins welded to stop it from moving, adjustable clamps and arms are easily made to achieve desired angles etc.
 

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Ok made some bars today, actually made Two LOL.
1st set I'd used a single style gooseneck bar which is a larger diameter, so 2hrs later I found this out, grrrrr, cut em up and started again, bit better this time but a wee bit crooked, not sure if I'll cut n straiten or use some muscle and try n bend it, its not too bad,
The seat is just sitting there and isnt welded into place yet, im dealing with the front end at this stage, also finished the main frame, support's and the extra tubing gusset under the main frame, she's pretty solid and thanks to the donor pile its way lighter due to ditching the giant heavy guage steel I so rudely use 😎
 

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Note to self: Do not rely on wife to check oil, tires, lights, battery, brakes, washer fluid, or spare pressure.

And NEVER expect her to know how that spoiler got gouged or where that dent came from…

One of these days I’ll figure out how to program her car not to start on Mondays unless she opens the hood and checks the oil. That way she’ll come in and get me to do it.
 

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Note to self: Do not rely on wife to check oil, tires, lights, battery, brakes, washer fluid, or spare pressure.

And NEVER expect her to know how that spoiler got gouged or where that dent came from…

One of these days I’ll figure out how to program her car not to start on Mondays unless she opens the hood and checks the oil. That way she’ll come in and get me to do it.
Yep....there it is right there, I can blame her all I want, ..... I still kick myself coz I shouldve known better!
 

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Made some foot rests today, used an old set of forks off one the donor bikes, dunlop grind BMX, cut the top tube out and then used the same donor bikes bottom down tube to extend those forks and also gives them an angle to play with, we can still pedal without hitting the foot rest arms, so proud I made them out of bicycle tubing and not heavy guage mild steel tubing ha ha ha, ive now grown out of that, so the trike is still quite light,
I used forks for the bottom ends so I could use bmx stunt pegs, these didn't quite give me the width I wanted so the actual foot pegs are also bicycle down tubing.
For what its worth the things come along quite well, theres a couple crooked bits here n there but remember I'm eyeballing most cuts n knotchs, there will be inconsistencies and as per usual my welds are horrendous at best but are getting better ,but this cheap crap mig just isnt consistent enough in its wire feed , it welds great for 20 second's then I can hear the units feed motor struggling, it then sometimes stops n restarts mid welding run and I rekon the hose may be damaged so a new welders arriving soon, soon as in ....once the wifes cars fixed that is 😎 I can weld better than whats on show here and blue meanie but it really is a case of making do with what I've got.
But in all honesty I cant wait to fire this thing up,
 

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