Welcome to my V8 trike site
I am using a 1977 350 engine from a 1/2 ton pickup and the 350 auto transmission. The rear-end is out of a 1986 Lincoln with a 2.73 gear ratio and has disk brakes.
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This is a piece of aluminum plate I started with when making the triple tree. One piece was 3/4 inch thick and one was 1/2 inch thick. I cut it using my band saw.
Instead of using handle bars here I cut another piece of aluminum to accommodate the steering rods. My
handle bars are going to be mounted on the rear triple tree. I do not like the long handle bars that a lot of trike builders use. I later changed this aluminum bar to a steel bar because the aluminum was too soft and was showing to much wear the tie rods were fastened on.
A side view from the rear shows how I am building the frame.
Another side view of the rear of rear of the trike. I am using square tubing instead of the round like most other builders use. Most of the square tubing is 120 and some was a little thinner and some a little thicker depending on where I used it.
This picture shows the auto shifter I am going to use. It is setting in the approximate location that it will be mounted. I bought a master cylinder from a hot rod place and am not using any kind of power or vacuum power booster on the brake system. I do not think a power booster is needed on something this light.
The frame is not finished yet and as you can see I used 2 X 3 inch rectangular tubing for the A frame and the two rails.
I have not done anything to the engine as of yet. Do not know if I will rebuild it or not. Everything checks out good so might just wait and see how it runs.
This picture shows the springs I added to the front forks to make them stiffer. The Harley front-end just did not have what it took to hold this engine. I had cups cut out of steel and put them right over the dust covers and an aluminum bar on top to hold the springs and also took care of my light bar problems. The springs really helped because after putting the full weight back on the forks it only settled about an inch and a half
I tried running the trike with no fans on the radiator but it did not work and the engine was heating up in just a few minutes.
I added fans to the radiator and it really helped the problem I was having with the engine heating up. I used dual fans and put each fan on a separate switch and later I might fix a electronic fan switch so the fans will come on automatically when needed.
I ended up taking the spring loaded shocks that I was using on the back and replaced them with air shocks. It helped stabilize the back but still getting a lot of side role on corners. I am going to build a pan hard bar and play with that a little to see if I can stop the rocking and rolling.
I did not build or use a pan hard bar but did buy a torsion bar through a hot rod shop and it did stop the rocking and rolling. It only took about a day of work to put it on and make it work right. Well worth the extra trouble because it does ride a lot better now.
I am getting a lot of positive feedback from other bikers and also non bikers young and old. They actually stop me on the street and want to take pictures of the trike. Many people are saying how awesome of a bike and can I go and look at it closer? The other day I was riding down the street and I heard some one yelling so started looking around and finally found guys working on a roof top three stories up waving and giving me the thumbs up and yelling awesome./p>
You can probably see the mirrors I have added and it really helps see behind you. You are probably saying what the heck has he done put truck mirrors on a motorcycle? The answer is yes but have some fine tuning to do on them because now it blocks me from turning very sharp.
This is my dash board showing all the gauges and switches. I still might make a lot of changes to that because I am going to use a different set of handle bars and they have the switches where they belong on a motorcycle.