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    Exclamation V8 rat trike from hell


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    This is my motorcycle.

    It has an Oldsmobile 307 mill with a Rochester Quadrajet and straight pipes that I spot welded some baffles in to make it closer to street legal.

    It has an automatic transmission and burns rubber in the first 2 gears.

    Goes from 0-60 in about 5 seconds. No front brake. No windscreen. No helmet either.

    Trike is insane. I will probably die on it later this year.

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    that is pretty insane but I like it.

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    Um ... how about wearing a helmet and only getting grieviously messed up later this year? Your head is an important part of your body, and we'd miss you here at Bladeforums (Besides, there aren't any headless Aesir. What would you use for a username?).... Also, how about dual front discs? Tell yourself they're only to look cool ... not that it isn't an awesome ride already, just that it could be even more awesome with dual discs....

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    looks like it could fun lol, suggestion to add front brake is a good one, brakes are never a bad thing, and do be carefull i have lost 2 buds thru the yrs, both were wearing helmets too.

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    Feh, brakes, pttthhhhht, bunch of pussies.

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    Ummm.. since I'm now approaching "old" there is no need for me to die, so I'll pass on any offers of a ride ....


    Interesting vehicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyr_shadowblade View Post
    Trike is insane. I will probably die on it later this year.
    It is not likely to get air borne.

    Where's the pintle mount for the machine gun?

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    How does the front wheel stay on the ground?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rat Finkenstein View Post
    that is pretty insane but I like it.
    Same here, that thing looks fun!

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    Years ago, when I used to read motorcycle magazines, they had an article on someone who'd put an Allison aircraft engine in a trike frame....
    That's some serious horsepower.

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    Looks like a fun ride. How easy is it to register something like that?

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    So this is what you've been working on that I've been reading about. Cool.

    And just in time for Summer.


    BTW Congratulations on your 5,000 posts on the Blade Forums.
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    needs a side seat for a machine gunner

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    Nice work. Yes, you're nuts. Most geniuses are. (Compliment only if you built this thing.)

    Was that a front-wheel drive conversion? How did you create the driveline, if not?

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    The original builder is Perry Estel from Greeley. Trike was built in 2005 for his personal use, but his wife didn't like it. Titling a homebuilt trike varies from state to state. CO only requires a safety inspection from the state police. Headlight, taillight, mirror, and horn make it street legal here.

    Trike was in sorry shape when I got it. Needed fork seals, wheel bearings, a few bolts, battery, master cylinder, tires, belts, hoses, fluids, filters, etc. Removed some weird luggage rack thing that I think he made while intoxicated, the long stem chrome mirrors, and a scratched up windscreen that would go opaque in direct sunlight. Removed a bit of surface rust as well. Tires were BAD -- every time I peeled out pieces would fly off.

    Mill is from an '82 or '83 Toronado that he chopped off, leaving the subframe intact. The FWD steering linkage is bolted down tight. Front end is from a '75 or '76 CB750 he found in a junkyard and welded on as is. Just had it professionally rebuilt. Several loose spokes, shredded rim liner, tube about to blow, corroded bearings and blown seals all fixed. Put on some kewl vintage boots as well. Rear wheels from an Iroc Z. Holley air filter.

    Next year, if I still have a job, I plan on swapping the front end for a 41mm wide glide (with dual discs) and having the engine rebuilt.

    Frame is SOLID and engine is directly over the rear wheels (unlike a VW) so the front end doesn't get too light. Rear suspension is outstanding -- I've taken 90 degree corners at about 40 mph and I have yet to lift one of the rear wheels off the ground.

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    Needs more chrome Just pulling your leg, considering most people just fabricate Harley clones or mod existing models it is always nice to see something new, especially when it looks good. As for the helmet, don't sweat it , they only mess up your hair

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    Have you considered replacing the 307 with something larger? For the price of a 307 rebuild, you could go a long way toward 400 cubic inches!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xdshooter View Post
    Have you considered replacing the 307 with something larger? For the price of a 307 rebuild, you could go a long way toward 400 cubic inches!
    Small block is the way to go on a project like this. Ports on a Olds 307 are tiny -- a Mopar or Chevy would've been my choice. Petrol capacity is only 12 gallons. 400 ci w/ dual 4 barrels would drink that up quick. This is a long distance cruiser that can be called upon to drag race if required. Waiting on the saddlebags -- a pair of surplus jumbo black mechanic bags to be affixed to either side of the seat with black zip ties.

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    Thanks for the details. Smart conversion using parts from the dregs of GM's worst era: Early 80's. (This car was a POS when new.)

    I knew by looking at the front end before your post where he got it. I was right, too.

    Finding bolt-on front brake parts for that would NOT be hard. Don't wait.

    Be safe. Kinda....

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyr_shadowblade View Post
    Small block is the way to go on a project like this. Ports on a Olds 307 are tiny -- a Mopar or Chevy would've been my choice. Petrol capacity is only 12 gallons. 400 ci w/ dual 4 barrels would drink that up quick. This is a long distance cruiser that can be called upon to drag race if required. Waiting on the saddlebags -- a pair of surplus jumbo black mechanic bags to be affixed to either side of the seat with black zip ties.
    Well, your transaxle has the BOP (buick, olds, pontiac) bellhousing pattern. I'd bet someone makes an adapter plate for a chevy, I don't think a mopar would fit. I was thinking a big inch small block, not a big block. With a large inch small block and a single vac secondary 4 barrel, you could still get decent milage (until you get your foot into it!) Also, crates engines these days often come with aluminum heads, intake, and water pump. That could take some serious pounds off the rear end of that thing.

    Also, we are ready for some action shots. Tire burning that is.

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    That looks like a helluva ride!! I'm diggin' the semi old-school Camaro wheels!! How much does it weigh and how much HP is it putting out?

    Kinda reminds me of this:

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