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    Is your garage detached? If so, this might be a good option: https://www.homedepot.com/p/US-Stove...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

    Just add a 55 gal drum and stove pipe.

    Another option is to check the local propane service and see what's the smallest tank that they'll come out and fill. Check CL and find a good used 100 gal (or whatever) tank, some copper tubing, and a wall mount Catalytic heater and you're in business!

    Check local codes and homeowners insurance requirements first. Many more options for detached vs. attached garage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandpanystrom61 View Post
    It may sound a bit off, but Harley seems to have nice aftermarket priced brake calipar and Master cylinder and lever prices. I got stock on a set size of front tire and this lead me to Triumph, and so I did their calipar and lever control. It worked out, but I did over pay for my choice. Now just hope it was worth it.

    They are less expensive because they are a single piston design, my choice was a dual piston calipar.

    Out side, wiring insulation could be cracking up means a new wire job is in order. Seems many get a dune buggy wiring get for their trike's. It seems to work out well.

    Dash panel is missing up front, so for me I used a piece of aluminum for my dash face piece.

    Easy to work with, a pain to paint, but it worked for me. Why do it, bug motors do need some instruments so the rider can keep an eye on the engine and how all is working, okay I felt better putting them in so I could keep an eye on it all. Again not a bad choice.

    You will have fun I am sure. Yes propane is a pain on the bottle exchange, they take everyone with it, but it does deliver more heat than electric does. I know as I did/do the electric heat at times, costly compared to the propane buddy heater I have.

    Be safe and enjoy the new ride.
    The pig trike does have a 350 Honda front end on it. I hadn't seen one in 44 years. I am going to get a Honda Complete Brake Master Cylinder for $44.95, a Front Brake single Caliper (stock) Assembly for $99.95, and a 7" side mount Honda headlight for $39.95 (it should fit the first two holes in the body, with a little help from longer mounting bolts, washers, and pieces of pipe).

    There is no wiring on the trike at all. I like it like that as I'm very good at wiring stuff up. I do not follow a plan, I just wire one system up at a time. I have a Tupperware bin plum full of wire.

    On the missing dash, I have a flat sheet of 1/8" aluminum that I'll cut to bolt behind the dash hole with small nuts, bolts and, washers. Buy some plastic caps at the truck stop to silicone over the bolts. You're right about aluminum being a pain to paint, but I learned a loooooong time ago in the army; if it moves, salute it, if it shines, paint it. The trike paint scheme is to be John Deere Green, Fire Engine Red, and Olive Drab Green, preferably done in pickup bed liner so there is no polishing.

    Yes as soon as I get the check, Ill sign up for the propane.

    Be safe.

    Robert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1dn5up View Post
    I’ve got one of those Sunflower type heaters at my home garage, that mounts on the tank valve. It does take the chill out of a one car garage.
    Frank; That's what I'll end up doing for warmth in the garage. Will it be enough to warm up a two car attached garage?

    Thanks for the reply, be safe.

    Robert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vwbug72501 View Post
    Is your garage detached? If so, this might be a good option: https://www.homedepot.com/p/US-Stove...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

    Just add a 55 gal drum and stove pipe.

    Another option is to check the local propane service and see what's the smallest tank that they'll come out and fill. Check CL and find a good used 100 gal (or whatever) tank, some copper tubing, and a wall mount Catalytic heater and you're in business!

    Check local codes and homeowners insurance requirements first. Many more options for detached vs. attached garage.
    Tom; The garage is attached to the house, otherwise the barrel stove kit would be a good idea.

    I like the local propane service idea better. There is a propane service company in Westbrook, but the will not refill tanks on a will call basis. The only way to get service is to do as you suggested. I just sent Ferrell gas an email. We'll see what happens.

    Thanks, Tom, be safe.

    Robert.

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    Here are more pictures of the pig trike, so named because I rescued the trike from a pig farm, kinda. Well, the trike was setting in a side yard, and the man did have pigs on his property, about a quarter mile or so away. My daughter was setting in the pickup when the smell hit her in the nose. "What's that god awful smell", she cried, literally. The man said "money". "Money", she's crying and slinging snot like a pro. The man took a deep breath and said "Yep, it smells like money to me". Purple Pig 13.jpgPurple Pig 15.jpg

    I'll add more after I chop the ice from the garage door so I can get inside.

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    Please do watch that Sunflower burner, the heat is nice within a few feet and with time the room warms up, but remember you still need some fresh air so you stay alive.

    They would be great if they had a fan on them blowing the heat around, guess that is why I spent the money on the Mr. Buddy heater.

    The real reason is I always back into them Sunflowers, or stand to close and catch my self on fire, yes it happened a few times. My nerves on the surface come and go, so some times I just do not feel any thing on my skin.

    Just be careful and keep safe, oh and enjoy the new project.

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    lol about the smells like money statement...so true!

    If possible, after some teardown, some parts could be worked on in the house, if careful.

    Once knew a guy that overhauled a transmission in an upstairs bathtub.... landlord very PO'd!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandpanystrom61 View Post
    Please do watch that Sunflower burner, the heat is nice within a few feet and with time the room warms up, but remember you still need some fresh air so you stay alive.

    They would be great if they had a fan on them blowing the heat around, guess that is why I spent the money on the Mr. Buddy heater.

    The real reason is I always back into them Sunflowers, or stand to close and catch my self on fire, yes it happened a few times. My nerves on the surface come and go, so some times I just do not feel any thing on my skin.

    Just be careful and keep safe, oh and enjoy the new project.
    Good morning Andy;

    As many broken windows as there are in the garage, breathing is not going to be my problem, moving around in my frozen Eskimo clothing is going to be trying. I've been checking on line, and I like the wall mount Catalytic heater idea Tom suggested. Point it at my daughters Ranchero in the other half of the garage for radiant heat. They should just sip propane from what I could gather from their advertisements.

    It's too bad about your nerves, but I bet that comes in handy when your other half goes on the war path.

    Be safe.

    Robert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curtit View Post
    Tom; The garage is attached to the house, otherwise the barrel stove kit would be a good idea.

    I like the local propane service idea better. There is a propane service company in Westbrook, but the will not refill tanks on a will call basis. The only way to get service is to do as you suggested. I just sent Ferrell gas an email. We'll see what happens.
    Robert, since the garage is attached, I'd have a conversation with Ferrell Gas about the local codes and types of heaters that can be used in attached garages. Any heater with an "open flame" may have to be mounted X number of feet above the floor as gasoline and other combustible fumes usually dissipate at floor level. Also, make sure that you have a working carbon monoxide detector in the home for everyone's safety! (Not to mention insurance liability for the property.)

    Another option is, if the house has natural gas already, look into the possibility of piping an overhead shop heater in the garage. Can't hurt the property value in the Great White North to have a heated garage space.

    Sometimes the "quick and easy" solution ends up costing more in the long run. "Pay me now or pay me later."

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    Quote Originally Posted by LarryA View Post
    lol about the smells like money statement...so true!

    If possible, after some teardown, some parts could be worked on in the house, if careful.

    Once knew a guy that overhauled a transmission in an upstairs bathtub.... landlord very PO'd!
    Too true on the working in the house. I would have the trike in my bedroom, putting it together, then after It is done, tare it apart, take it outside in the new summer environment and put it together, except, I live in my daughter's basement, and she's not as forgiving about me working on stuff in the house as her mother was. (I took that Honda from 40 years ago into the corner of the front room, disassembled it, took the body to a friend's house, and he chopped my CB 350 Honda frame for me. It had 6" over chrome downs, The neck was slightly kicked back, a king, queen seat, a spade looking sissy bar, it was stretched 2" behind the battery box, a shorter kick stand so it would lay over farther when parked, it had a Harley fat bob on it, and a Harley rear wheel laced up to the Honda sprocket. If you didn't look too close you'd think it was a custom miniaturized Harley. I had it for about 6 months, then traded it off to my brother in law for the 69 Charger.

    She lets me do small stuff like starters, carbs, and stuff like that.

    Be safe.

    Robert.

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