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Post by trimagnum on September 17th 2009, 11:21 pm

The time came and went to get it painted . This trike is built from plans there was no kit for the body built mostly from Urethane foam sheets and plywood. So it's not quite as smooth as a production body since I'm not Chip Foose lol.

I ended up with seven coats and right now it's all the rubbing out and polishing . The Mothers Powerball seems to work really well for compounding and the yellow one for the polishing.




Painting the flanges
First coat Second coat It was done with like a 60/40 paint to thinner ratio 60 being the paint. The temp was in the 75-85 degree area fairly humid.

Well this is what it looks like today

Still needs be finished it's like the endless project when you build stuff from scratch lol. It's powered by a Kawasaki LTD 1000j might still be quick definitely different. I don't own any normal cars the yellow one is a TVR and it was proffesionaly painted so kinda off topic.

When the trike is down on the wheels and finished I'll put some good outside shots of it.


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Post by 63Falconconvert on September 18th 2009, 8:09 am

Rich,
That is really cool. How long have you been working on it?
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Post by trimagnum on September 18th 2009, 11:00 am

I started the trike in 2007 most of it was built in a tent in my driveway. The white shed with the red trim is where its at now the TVR is in storage. Lots of fun but building the body took waaaaaay longer than expected.
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Post by RoboGeek on September 18th 2009, 6:35 pm

wow.. cant wait to see that finished!
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Post by trimagnum on October 25th 2009, 8:03 pm

Well it's outside so I took a few pics . I needed the shed to bring the TVR home . It's getting traded for a pair of Crosleys if it works out.
It's not lookin too bad the taillights are a mix of 63 Ford 59 Caddie then it's on to windows carpet and lights
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Post by retired plumber on October 26th 2009, 12:45 am

Now that is looking really,really fine. thumbs up . I thought those tailights looked familar. Didn't figure the caddy part tho and I should have because I put some in my 1950 merc when I had it (lead sled you know).
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Post by mazdawg78 on November 28th 2009, 5:51 pm

WTF IS THAT?!!!!!!!

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Post by retired plumber on November 28th 2009, 10:09 pm

That is a trike built around a motorcycle engine and rearend and a early VW front end if I remember correctly. It was a sort of kit you could buy in the 70s (?). Supposed to really haul a$$ depending on the engine.
I always wondered what they did for reverse.
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Post by retired plumber on November 28th 2009, 10:13 pm

Trimagnum, we, well, at least I would like to see the crosleys it the deal was done. My BIL had one that was a lead sled.
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Post by trimagnum on November 29th 2009, 8:16 am

The Crosleys I got in a trade for the TVR the yellow car. I am waiting on titles from the DMV so I can put them in storage then put the windows lights and carpet in the trike. I still have 3 sheets of foam board left over from when I carved the trike body. Building that thing from scratch was fun . There was a kit 10 were made but the guy making the kit didn't check with the designer . That turned into a legal battle so now if you want a Trimagnum you need to buy the plans $95 for 13 large sheets and a 150 page book. Then a mess of trips to Home Depot for materials it's lots of fun . Clown cars! Shocked
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Post by retired plumber on November 29th 2009, 11:56 am

Thanks for the short history lesson. I remember them when they first came out.
Love your crosleys. What are your plans for them? I know one should have a blown chrysler hemi and slicks put in it Laughing Laughing
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Post by trimagnum on November 29th 2009, 6:47 pm

Well for now they will stay stock the convertible has some paint issues . I'll try getting some oil paint color matched then roll the bad areas out. The 47 sedan has mechanical brakes you need to mash the mess out of them to stop.

A flathead V8 would be really cool in one of them tho they sound awesome and might fit pretty well under the hood. Whats been the most fun has been getting the wiring right . The last owner dabbled in the wire harnesses and besides the turn signal harness catching on fire in the convertible nothing else worked lol. But it's all ironed out now the 47 was build with one brake light and no signals from the factory since they weren't required by law then . now you know this guy is having some fun !

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Post by RoboGeek on November 29th 2009, 7:28 pm

that looks like something I'd build.. lol
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Post by retired plumber on November 30th 2009, 1:13 pm

I love it thumbs up
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Post by trimagnum on January 25th 2010, 2:42 pm

Well now it has windows and lights . It was stored outside and the paint took a mild beating from the tarps . It bubbled up but when you heat the bubbles they go back smooth. I bet something on the tarps got to the paint.
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Post by trimagnum on January 26th 2010, 5:32 pm

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Post by Squire Cobra Jet on February 1st 2010, 11:39 pm

Nice looking projects!
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Post by trimagnum on March 15th 2010, 2:48 am

Well it's a wrap . The insurance cards are coming and it's time to drive!
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Post by retired plumber on March 15th 2010, 12:20 pm

Enjoy.
That was one heck of a project and I enjoyed watching.
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Post by Squire Cobra Jet on March 15th 2010, 1:07 pm

Have fun and be safe.
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Post by RoboGeek on March 15th 2010, 4:35 pm

weee!!!!! Now for the fun!!
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Post by trimagnum on March 16th 2010, 7:20 pm


Yeah lol lil steps here and there
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Post by stang_krazy on March 16th 2010, 8:41 pm

Very nice work, I bet that's a blast to drive!!

Your using the red power ball for polishing wheels for your cleaning step and the yellow power ball for paint for applying your polish?

I bought a power ball(yellow one for paint) when they first came out and used it on a test hood I had it looked alright but did have holograms in it when looked at from different angles in the light, how did yours turn out and look when in direct sunlight?
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Post by trimagnum on March 16th 2010, 9:21 pm

Thanks Smile the driving part starts Thursday when the insurance goes into effect. It should be lots of fun on the road !

It does leave some swirls in it putting some spray detailer on it with a soft cloth and in straight lines seems to help. The yellow one does seem to work good with gettng the wax on it other than that.

What did you use to spin the ball ?The cordless didn't seem to spin it fast enough to burn the paint.


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Post by stang_krazy on March 16th 2010, 10:23 pm

trimagnum wrote:Thanks Smile the driving part starts Thursday when the insurance goes into effect. It should be lots of fun on the road !

It does leave some swirls in it putting some spray detailer on it with a soft cloth and in straight lines seems to help. The yellow one does seem to work good with gettng the wax on it other than that.

What did you use to spin the ball ?The cordless didn't seem to spin it fast enough to burn the paint.


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went back to see if I could find the thread which I did the test, I must have deleted 4 pics some time ago but some are there. Not one of my better tests but was more or less just testing out the power ball to see how it really worked for paint. Check out the last picture and you can see what I found when I went back the next day to maybe do some more testing with it! Holograms, so that was the last time I've used it. Still on my shelf with all my metal polishes and 2 other red power balls.
http://www.showcardetailing.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1308
I used my Dewalt electric drill, would have to go out to the garage and get the rpms it turns if you would like to know? Have the 18V makita cordless drill and was using it the other day for using the meguiars headllight kit and had great results with it, but did switch to my Dewalt electric drill for a comparison and really didn't see much more cutting ability.

What volt cordless drill was you using? Also do you have an orbital buffer, if so try getting a foam bonnet for your cleaning step on your paint does do the job but without the power of the DA or rotary it takes longer. When I first started detailing back in late 90's that's what I started with and found out that with the foam bonnet it did a better job cleaning.

Here's a little test a did to show what can be done using the cheap orbital with the right techniques and products you can get at your local autoparts store.
http://www.showcardetailing.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1225
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