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    to be me looking at photo's, but when I try to see the front wheel on the front end and frame, is there enough room for the turning with out the back of the tire hitting frame ?

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    Yes there is room. I might be changing the frame anyway to get the look I want. I finished the lower links and have it setting on the wheel. It will settle a little once all the weight is put back on. The front is stiffer now because I moved the shock mount forward so have less leverage. I'll be putting a dual sport tire on to give a more off-road look. Next on the front is a high mount fender and brace. I'm thinking along the lines of a Ural.

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    This is what it used to look like. You can see the difference in lower shock position. That fender I pounded out of 18ga. metal but it looks too skinny mounted high.

    I think next is to sit and stare at the main frame to figure out what I need to do to add the body.

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    Lots of work in quick time!

    Looks good Carl.

    The front end probably isn't wide enough, but in my opinion only, a 16" Harley wheel with a car tire on it would give the car themed rear you're planning some depth?
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    ya...looking good and moving at warp speed...wondering about the function of the large holes on the rockers....concluded they were alignment holes with short tubes to keep rocker halves parallel?

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    Thanks,

    You're right, the front end isn't wide enough and I agree a 16" spoked wheel would go better with the theme. For me to do that would mean a whole new front end. The cast wheel looks too modern but I like it being tube-less. The Germans had the half track Kettenkrad with a motorcycle front end. The tire on it is kind of thin so maybe I can pull it off.

    Yes, the large holes have tubes welded in for alignment and added strength. It's sort of like an I-beam.

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    Well my eye appt is soon, maybe my glasses need upgraded.

    It does seem to be coming together nicely for you. Thank you for taking the time to show me how all fits together.

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    You're welcome.

    Today I worked on stuff that needs done but not worth taking pictures of. Stuff like cleaning brackets off the frame that won't be needed. I'll be using 1" square tube for the skeleton of the body so I'll have to be able to bend it with some consistency. I have one of the Harbor Freight hydraulic pipe benders and I saw how to make a die to bend square tube. I guess I'll be making one of those.

    On projects like this you get into things you never did before so you learn. I think you can do most anything if you put your mind to it.

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    I did some trimming today.

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    I ordered the tubing to redo the foot rest area. You can see I added the front seat mount. The seat will be about 3" higher than the old one so I didn't need the step down on the floor board. That will give me more ground clearance for adventure riding.

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    I have a 16 inch aluminum rim if you want one.

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    Thanks for the offer but I think I'll try my wheel with a little change in paint to see if it blends in. Later I can always change to something else. I'm going to have a high mount fender so I won't have to worry about the wheel matching the radius as much.

    There always seems to be a million things to do on projects like this and each one depends on the others. The trick is thinking three steps ahead and you still miss something. I've learned that to keep things moving I try to do something every day, even if it is just rearranging the parts. It's easy to miss one day ,then that turns into two, then three, etc.

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