Little Red Express Trike

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  1. pvwacko

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    Found a trike on craigslist that someone had butchered and tried to lowrider with all the twisted metal. Frame was made out of 4 pieces of half inch rod twisted together... heavy as all get out.
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    I figure this fits in this new forum. Anyone remember the Dodge Little Red Express trucks? Thats kind of what is rattling around in my brain while I build this one.
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    Drew this up so I had something to go off of and went to work.
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    I think the biggest pain will be getting the rear hubs laced up into 24" wheels and the new bearings pressed in. The picture hints at the future for this trike.
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    Got alot of work done on the frame the first day. I think this one may come together a little fast.
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    Tomorrow I need to fit the "seat stays" and the pan for the bed... Then it will be time for final welding.
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    The radio flyer will be shortened and widened and also have stake pockets welded on. I also have a rear bumper in the works but I have to figure out how I'm going to mount it.
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    I think I'm going to make the seat height adjustable on this particular ride. Tip the seat post enough so that it helps short people reach.
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    sweet theme !!! i had a green dodge warlock but always wished it was an express, still love those trucks just cant afford the gas :lol: ill be watching this build for sure !!!
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    I like the stake sides on the warlock! I wanted to do something like that anyway... I may end up with a warlock rather than an express truck. more color options too ;)
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    I really liked those trucks growing up, so this is a great idea.
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    with regular bike fenders outside the wagon, u could really get the stepside look. then a red reflector on each side to mimic the dodges taillights. u could even make a functional tailgate, with the latches could be made from bike chain. this will be a cool build to watch!
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    Boy the ideas just keep flowing thanks to you all! I'm going to have to think about the tailgate... I just got done sectioning the wagon so it fills out the space a little better.
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    "little green express" just didnt have the same ring to it i guess :lol: the truck was about 20 years old when i had it so the only wood on the truck was in the bed floor at that time. i never made any bed extensions for it either. the exhaust stacks and wood bedsides were what i envied on the express.

    would bee cool to see some kind of chrome rocker type exhaust on each side of the wagon bed with some turnouts. im sure whatever you come up with will be drool worthy though :)
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    I see that rotor and it reminds me
    i got stainless cnc rotor adapters i machined to bolt that onto your axle

    email me if interested

    nice work!
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    glad youre back and that you saved that abort------well you can figure it out :lol:
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    Very cool! What kind of roller is that?
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    here's the disc adapter and freewheel adapters i make

    all cnc stainless (i live in rustland ..everything is ss)
    also got stainless replacement axles stock and 5" over if you wanna widen her

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    what size is the center hole on the rotor adapter?.. what size is the key? I have the freewheel already. Be gone for a few days but I'll start back to work on her next week.
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    fit most all old axles

    5/8" axles

    think key is 3/16" if i remember right....i'm at home
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    Bike is looking sweet! I'm surprised no one's asked: What's that white VW behind it? Looks like some kinda amphibious military Thing! -Adam
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    Thing is right . . . type 181.

    If I remember correctly, the L.R.E.s were the fastest U.S. production vehicle for at least one year. It could even shut-down the Vette. Seems that smog equiptment choked the life out of all the cars, but light trucks were not affected yet, so the Dodge 360 in those Little Red Trucks really hauled!

    Oh, what I meant to say is, COOL trike! :wink:
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    Actually it isn't a Thing... it's a VW Iltis. Type 183 1979 German Military Surplus.
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    Cool build! Looks like a nice shop too. It's not every day I see and Iltis used as a workbench ; ) I've been known to stack junk on my VW Thing from time to time too. Does that thing run? Jon
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    it did run... before I started swapping in a 1.6 Turbo Diesel to replace the 1.7 Gas motor. It will live again soon! to many projects!
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