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Old 08-17-2015, 11:34 AM   #1
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Talking CR22 CycleKart Build: Low, Slow, and a Wooden Chassis

Hey all,

Sadly, I lost my Forester to a hit and run last Spring and was left with a homely '14 Focus hatchback (5 speed at least!). I had some money to spare, but I did not want to throw it into a commuter car so this project was born to hone my design-to-build skill sets.

The aftermath of a neighborhood hit and run:



I found out about cyclekarts over on Jalopnik, but you should go give that article and the original Petrolicious article a quick glance before scrolling any further to get a better idea on what this build is about!

The original concept went through six stages of sketches before I settled on this final form:



110" overall length
88" wooden frame rails
88" wheelbase

More specifics and photos in the coming days/months. I expect to be finished and driving by end of Summer 2015.
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:34 AM   #2
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As you'll see it's going to be a bit of a branding and logo project as well




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Old 08-17-2015, 11:54 AM   #3
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Love this. I have been thinking about building one of these eventually, such a great way to show your craftsmanship and practice skills. Great sketch skills BTW.
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Old 08-18-2015, 09:32 AM   #4
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Squaring up the 2" x 6" to a 1.5" x 4" dimension



Cutting the six 2" frame "windows" and 1/2" stud holes



Staining and sealing the wood



Holding up the finished wood to the full scale print out

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Old 08-18-2015, 09:37 AM   #5
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Justdotmikey Appreciate it! It's definitely a major undertaking seeing as there are no plans to build these things. I'm already at almost 200 hours in at this point and probably have 100 left before I'm finished.
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Old 08-19-2015, 10:49 AM   #6
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Test fitting the laser cut suspension mounts before cutting them out of metal



Water jet in action cutting out suspension brackets and ladder frame supports


Welding up ladder frame supports


Powder coated and installed brackets and ladder support
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Old 08-19-2015, 12:28 PM   #7
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This beyond awesome!

Keep it up!
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Old 08-19-2015, 12:33 PM   #8
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Thanks. I'm trying not to spam the thread with hundreds of photos, but I have a backlog that I'll be sifting through and uploading daily for your viewing pleasure. I know it isn't a typical project "car" but I figured there would still be some interest on here.
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Old 08-19-2015, 01:51 PM   #9
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Photo spam away! I for one love to see different things going on.
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Old 08-19-2015, 02:09 PM   #10
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Wow. Something you don't see everyday in Nasioc Member's Gallery?

Fantastic!
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Old 08-19-2015, 03:58 PM   #11
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I've never seen anything like this before. I will be following this thread for sure!
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Old 08-20-2015, 11:15 AM   #12
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Raw metal for front suspension triangle and front spindles




Welding the front triangle together




Media blasted and powder coated




Front spindle modified and painted matte black for some contrast




Installed front suspension triangle (Stay tuned. I've since updated this setup )




One of the many easter eggs going on the car (You'll recognize this from the side profile drawing)

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Old 08-20-2015, 01:23 PM   #13
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This is an awesome project! Looking forward to seeing more progress.
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Old 08-20-2015, 01:36 PM   #14
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Wow, subscribed!
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Old 08-20-2015, 04:18 PM   #15
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this is awesome. cant wait to see more.
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Old 08-21-2015, 10:52 AM   #16
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Rear axle and sprocket clearance check




Rear axle bearings installed




Motor arrival and test fit in between the frame rails




Sandblasted wheels




Powder coated wheels

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Old 08-21-2015, 11:14 AM   #17
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amazing work...

I work at a print shop I thought I had access to cool tools... keep it up!!
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Old 08-22-2015, 11:11 AM   #18
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Tires Installed




Wheel cover plates cut, blasted and powder coated




Wheel cover plates installed




Basic rolling chassis

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Old 02-25-2016, 06:09 PM   #19
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Any updates? Looks pretty cool
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Old 02-25-2016, 08:56 PM   #20
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Not something i was expecting when clicking the post.
You are very skillful. Great job!

Would love to see the finish product.
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Old 02-26-2016, 09:03 AM   #21
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Wow this thing is neat!
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Old 02-26-2016, 10:02 AM   #22
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Sub'd

Soo cool! Exciting to see this thing come to life. Looking forward to seeing it completed!
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Old 02-26-2016, 03:15 PM   #23
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This is one of the coolest things I've seen. I seriously want one

Also do you work for build a fixie workshop? Can I work there?
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