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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:10 pm 
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OK, ground the caliper and brackets to fit the wheel.
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This is what it looks like.
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This one is for a different wheel.
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Compare the two, A lot of grinding needed, but still strong.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 12:23 am 
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Finished with the calipers and painted them with hamerite.
Looks good. :cheers:
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Bolted them on.
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Had the wheels mounted and balanced.
Went to put the wheels on and saw where the weights where. :shock: :censor: :censor:
Right where the calipers go. :furious: :furious: :thwack: :thwack:
marked the wheels where the weights where and took them off. :ez_roll:
Bolted the wheels on. Put the car on the ground. :D
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Next, make an emergency brake. Some how. :huh:
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:01 pm 
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Got some work done on the rear brakes.
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Disassembled the caliper and it was frozen. :cry:
So I drilled a hole in it to pound out the piston. :mrgreen: It was powder coated :-P and sand blasting wouldn't take it off.
I put a stiff wire wheel on the attacked the powder coating with that. It worked :cheers: except where the wire wouldn't reach. Back to the sand blaster. Well with most of the coating off sand blasting got almost all the rest of the coating off. After that I used a knife and other small instruments of destruction to scrape off the rest. Then I sand blasted it clean. :bling: Then I drilled and tapped the hole I made for a 1/4" pipe plug and screwed it in with Teflon tape.
Last I painted it hammer finish silver.
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The piston is pitted, so I will make a new one out of stainless steel.
On to the parking brake.
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I used a go-kart disk brake and a motorcycle front caliper mount to mount on the rear disk next to the brake caliper.
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The go-kart caliper was actuated by a swivel V shaped thing. It didn't work very well, and it didn't fit. So I designed my own.
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This is the actuator, It has two grooves that taper from one end to the other.
The bronze colored disc is an oilite bushing that the actuator slides on.
I still have to weld on something to hook the parking brake cable to.
I call this a parking brake , not an emergency brake, because it is so small it mite not last through even one emergency.
More later.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:38 pm 
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Made a new sst piston.
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Put together. Looks good. :alien:
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Master cylinder rebuilt.
All I need to do is make a clevis to fit on the push rod.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 3:04 am 
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I have been watching this build for a year or better... I think 2007?
Anyway I finally had to register just to say I really enjoy watching your progress John.
Keep it up and dont let your setbacks make you take a stepback :D
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 10:50 am 
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Skully wrote:
I have been watching this build for a year or better... I think 2007?
Anyway I finally had to register just to say I really enjoy watching your progress John.
Keep it up and dont let your setbacks make you take a stepback :D
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Thanks Skully,
My first post was Jan 9 07.
I started gathering parts in 06.
I've wanted to build a three wheeld car for 30 years.
I've wanted to build a electric car for 30 years.
I was looking at the Corbin motors Sparrow and thought "I could do something like that."
After I got started I realised I would never get dont if I tryed to go directly to an electric car. So I decided to make it gas first. Then go to gas/electric. Then if it worked, go electric.
The further out in the future I go, the more fuzzy it gets.
SO, watch this space and find out. 'cuse I don't know. :mrgreen:
Donations gladly acceped. :wink:
Sugjestions too. :huh:
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 10:56 am 
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Got the master cylinder mounted.Image
Made the clevis and filed two flats on the brake rod to use a 1/4" wrench to adjust the rod length.
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Mounted the master cylinder and got the clevis pin in and cliped for now.
Now I need some brake fluid and I can see what leaks. :-P
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 10:25 am 
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Well I didn't get very far, the master cylinder leaked. :evil: Turns out there was a very small score in it that I didn't see.
Also there was a small leak in the 90 degree adapter I made.
So I took it all apart and polished out the master cylinder and reworked the adapter.
I'll see if I can get it in tonight.
I'll let you know.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 10:05 am 
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It worked.
I remounted the master cylinder and put beake fluid in it, and tryed to bleed it.
I found two fittings I forgot to tighten, and a bunch that weeped.
But I got everything tight with no visable leeks. Then I bled the brakes enugh to get some pedal. I forgot my bleedeing tubes at work. :-P
But when I step on the brakes I can't move the car.
So Isay "I GOT BRAKES!!!!!!"
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:55 am 
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Well done! I hope it motivates you to keep going with this.

I love the idea of this project, and look forward to each update. Have been following it since you started posting.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:35 am 
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We need a "High 5" button on this forum so that I can High 5 you John


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 11:30 am 
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Thanks guys, it's nice to get feedback. :D
awdmoke, is that a mini moke? Go pictures?

I've been working on combining the wiring diagrams of the Honda and Sprint.
That's taking a long time. The diagrams are confusing. :?: :huh: :?:

Also I've been rebuilding the carbs. I have two sets, and they are both a mess.
I'll try to take pictures tonight.
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have a copy of the honda bike manual
don't remember the year all were pretty much the same
if you need info drop a line :study:


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 2:08 pm 
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Thanks Mr. hillbilly, I have a manual.

This is what the carbs looked like when I disassembled them. :-P :blaaah:
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Pretty nasty.
They cleaned up OK. More pictures later.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:34 pm 
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Let's see, I had two sets of carbs. I went through the better looking set with rebuild kits.
This is what they looked like installed.
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Here is one of the other carbs cleaned and painted.
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But I want to mount the radiator on the right side of the engine, so I modified the water pump cover.
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And put a heater tap where the inlet was.
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Then I had to cut down the carb bracket to clear the mod on the water pump cover :thwack:
Also I added a heater fitting to the head water outlet.
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And lastly I put a mechanical water temp. sensor in the thermostat housing.
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Then I put the carbs back on.
Now to check the electrical and see i I can get spark. :mrgreen:
Wish me luck.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:30 am 
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Working on the air intake to the carbs.
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ok johnsn, breaktimes over, whats new.... :-P


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:36 pm 
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Well, I took a brake from the carbs and plumed in the heater.
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Then I started working on the gas tank mounts and stuff.
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The red arrow points at the mount I modded. The yellow arrow points at the part that I broke when I was trying to change the fuel line.
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I silver soldered it back together with two braces.
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This is the first try at the tank bracket.
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I made a bras adapter for the throttle cable.
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This is the gas tank. I cut the filler off and welded it on the side.
I put this flap on the bottom of the tank for the fuel pickup. Then I painted it inside and out with Masterseries.
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This is this updated tank mount. I moved the vacuum operated petcock back under the tank to get a better flow of the fuel lines.
How's that? :mrgreen:
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 4:20 pm 
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Hi all,
If you where wondering what I've been up to...
I've been trying to finish the duplex. Painting the trim. pulling the gutters off and replacing the fascia boards, painting them and the gutters when its not raining. Stuff like that. :x
On the car, I've been working on the bracket that goes over the engine. It now holds the small fuel tank, both coils and the voltage regulator. It's easier to make one bracket to hold many things, instead of trying to weld a bunch of single brackets.
I'll have to get some pictures.
john :) :)

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Here are the pictures.
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Bottom view.
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installed ,looking back from the drivers side.
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Looking from the back. That's a Holly flote bowle.
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where's johnsn ?


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He's tired. :oops:
I've been ducking the honey do list for a long time, so I am working on that.

On the car, I've figured out what I'm going to do about the gas pedal. Also I'm working on a new seat, the one i have is hard to get out of. And it's too close to the door.
I'll have to get some photos.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:23 pm 
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I got a new charger for my Dewalt cordless drills, but the univolt batteries that I use wouldn't fit it. So I made them fit. :twisted:
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7.2-18v any battery Dewalt made. :mrgreen:
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It's just the battery end of an old drill wired to th output of the charger.
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Then I have a Harbor Freight sawzalll with a crappy charger. So I took an old dead battery and made it an addaptor to the HF sawzall.
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The Dewalt charger didn't like the circuitry in the HF gizzy that the battery plugs into, so I changed it. :cheers:
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It works good. :D
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Also I found an 18v hammer drill completely taken apart in the trash and recycle at work. I was surprised to find all the parts. The motor was grungy from sitting in water. I cleaned it and sanded the commutator. the trigger worked for about 20 seconds, then it smoked. It is very complicated. One contact was burnt out and the power transistor was blown. $5.05 later I had a nice drill. About 20 years newer than my others. I got the battery from e-bay.
john :D :D

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Here's the seat.
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And I got a remote oil filter.
It's for a small block Chevy, and it was easy to make it fit the Honda engine.
The pipe that mounts the adapter to the engine has almost the same thread as the Honda oil filter bolt.
The same pitch with a slightly smaller pitch diameter. So I turned one end of the pipe down, and cut the thread deeper.
Fits great. :ez_happy:
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its been three months
has the johnsn fallen off ? :shock:


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