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    I found this setting in a side yard in the country. After some haggling, we settled on $200.00.

    We put it in my daughter's pickup bed, and went home. My daughter told me that since it was my trike, and it was hiding her tail lights, I had to drive the 50 plus miles home. I made it.

    I got two cardboard boxes of parts, a plastic bucket of rusted nuts and bolts and a late style "rebuilt" engine.

    If someone has spare engine parts they want to sell, please let me know. It is a 1600 dual port engine. No engine tin at all, no part of an intake manifold, no fan housing, no alternator, and no fan. I do have a new (10 plus years old still in the package) oil pump with an attached filter, and a distributor drive gear. No carburetor, no rear pulley, not much of anything really. I'm not begging for handouts, I'm want to pay for what I get. Purple Pig 11.jpgPurple Pig 1.jpgPurple Pig 2.jpgPurple Pig 3.jpgPurple Pig 4.jpgPurple Pig 3.jpgPurple Pig 6.jpg

    This poor old pig trike has been setting in a side yard for six years, and unknown years in other places, but I will get it going again.

    Thank you.

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    God bless you for salvaging that ride ...
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    Nice find! Is this your first VW trike? If you've worked on type1 VWs before you probably have most of the basic tools to break the engine down and check it's "rebuiltness". Might get lucky and have some usable parts inside. Biggest worry about old engines stored outside is that if they were sitting on the ground, you might have porosity issues with the magnesium cases.

    Check out the Souix Falls VW Club on FB. They can probably hook you up with some local resources.

    I'd like to see a pic of the frame when you get the body off.

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    Before I did anything I'd title it in my name. Unless your state doesn't require a title. Nothin like spendin time and money on something you'll never be able to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FuzzyWuzHe View Post
    God bless you for salvaging that ride ...
    Thank you.

    I enjoy a challenge. I like working on stuff, except in the garage in S.W. Minnesota with a temperature of 20 degrees F.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vwbug72501 View Post
    Nice find! Is this your first VW trike? If you've worked on type1 VWs before you probably have most of the basic tools to break the engine down and check it's "rebuiltness". Might get lucky and have some usable parts inside. Biggest worry about old engines stored outside is that if they were sitting on the ground, you might have porosity issues with the magnesium cases.

    Check out the Souix Falls VW Club on FB. They can probably hook you up with some local resources.

    I'd like to see a pic of the frame when you get the body off.
    Thanks for the info. This will be my third trike build, but my first Swing Axel of any kind.

    The engine was setting in a fifth wheel travel trailer. I am just guessing, but I think the previous owner pulled it, put it in the trailer, and sold off parts. I have a lot of VW tools, but most of them are in my 1971 Bajie bug setting storage in the middle of California. I have enough to get by with.

    I just checked out Souix Falls VW Club on Facebook. Didn't come up with much, but other VW Facebook sites came up. Thank you, I never thought of looking on Facebook, just the parts houses; Appletree, Aircooled.Net, etcetra.

    Will start buying parts after the third when I get my monthly Social security check.

    There are a lot more pictures of the trike from before I started taking it apart. I will get on the pictures now that it is inside, and in a bunch of pieces.

    Thanks for the information.

    Robert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidecarbill View Post
    Before I did anything I'd title it in my name. Unless your state doesn't require a title. Nothin like spendin time and money on something you'll never be able to use.
    Perfectly valid point. I'll add that to my to do list.

    Thank you for thinking for an old man. (71.5 years old, but feel 35.)

    Robert

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    Quote Originally Posted by curtit View Post
    Perfectly valid point. I'll add that to my to do list.

    Thank you for thinking for an old man. (71.5 years old, but feel 35.)

    Robert
    Nice that your health allows you to keep going like ya do. At least your quest is on the positive side to pass the winter time away. All ya need is some garage heat ! Good luck Robert .
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    Lots of different things can happen to things from sitting out side in the weather and abuse.

    Nice find, glad to year that you are younger in spirit than physical age. Think young and the mind stays young, just our bodies go to crap on us.

    A lot of tips, but I like the one " go to DMV first thing, get legal papers on it" and do not let them talk you into a non op on it until road worthy,, this can cost you money and time also.

    Best to get it legal and pay reg. fees each year. Even if it just sets in the garage, I say it is the price to pay for ownership.

    Taking off the body is good, as one should look over all welding joints and all so inspect the frame for damage or bent parts from previous accident. With frame bare one can roll it over a square drawn on the garage floor to see how all lines up.

    Next the trike has hydl. front fork's , or inner tube springs ?

    Both of these suspensions have a limit in their operation. From what I have read (rebuilding my front end) is that they start to fall short on working properly once you get to or past 45 degrees in rake angle. I also read on article that said 42.5 degree's is when they start to diminish in compression ratings.

    Just sit down with paper and pin and write it all down that needs to be done or service checked. Than just go down the list repairing and checking things off as you get them done.

    It was nice of you to save this ride, maybe you can bring life back into her.

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    Glad you made the save....a new project can shorten a long winter!

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