Here's what I know so far. The bike frame is actually a regular production bike frame, with the rear wheel removed and a triwheel kit installed. Kind of a cool idea. Use just about any production frame and bolt a kit to it. This is the head badge on the frame:
- Handlebar grips
- Head badge (either new or clearcoat and attach the old one)
- 26 inch diameter rims (3)
- Seat post
- Bottom bracket
- Chain - front and back
- Coaster hub
Without an engine, projects become much more simple. I will disassemble and clean everything, and then re-assess what is needed. The frame will be sandblasted and painted Pepsi Co. blue. Why? Because paint is expensive, and I happen to have Saturn Red, Pepsi blue, Penske yellow, fuschia, and silver available in automotive paint leftover from our motorcycle roadracing days. I think Pepsi blue will look the best. I will pick up a can of white, for the Tri Wheel and basket as I think those would look best in white, even though I have silver available. For now, the fenders will get sandblasted and painted silver, until I can find better chrome ones. The front fender is in good shape, so some chrome polish will help. The same goes for the handlebars. The basket is held on by a hose clamp, so after sandblasting I will spot weld it back onto the rear frame. I'm considering having one of my dad's friends do some pinstriping in white on the chain guard and frame as a unique touch.
The chain guard has a dent in it, but I can pull that out and re-work it. If smaller dents remain, I can take those out with bondo and sanding. Rebuilding the Tri Wheel drive shaft shouldn't be too bad, but I need to tear it down to see what it needs. The patent drawings will come in handy. I'll pick up a singlespeed chain and cut it to the right length for the front and back. Everything else should be easy to pick up at bike stores, eBay, or at the March bike swap. I'll probably keep my eye out there for the chrome fenders.
So that's where it stands. I'll be posting progress pics, and pics when it's done. I can totally see cruising down to the nursery to get flowers in this, or the grocery store up the street, or just hanging out at bike events with it.
This brings our total household bicycle count up to 11. The bicycles are trailing the motorcycles by only 2.