Thursday, August 22, 2013


 This one of a kind trike was built for me during the winter of 2009-10 so I have ridden it for 4 summers and had a lot of fun on it.  Now I have another trike as well so one must go.

1983 Yamaha 650 Maxim with the back axle from a mid 1970s Datsun car (now known as Nissan). The motorcycle, as of this evening, has just over 61,400 kilometers on it and has loads of life left.  

Saddlebags shown in photos are not included.

There is a second engine included (around 34,000 kilometers on it), a spare front wheel, spare gas tank, spare seat.... and loads of other parts.

 New fenders were put on last summer, and the new Candy paint job (Lazer Blue). Brackets were built to give support to the fenders.

Upper and lower steering stem bearings were also done in 2012.


The front tire was new last season so has lots of good rubber on it yet.

Also last summer I had lots of work done to the back brakes: new linkage was built, then new shoes, cylinders and drums were put on.

 This unique, original trike is a good deal at $4500... with all the spare parts it is a steel at that price.

Asking $4500
Will consider reasonable offers.

The sound in this video is not this trike, but is a combination of the wind and the Harley it was being videoed from.
The video was taken July 29, 2013.


Sunday, March 03, 2013

Old School Trike Building

If you follow my blog you know I am building myself a trike.  Currently the motorcycle I bought myself at Christmas is over at my friend Roxi's place as my driveway is not good at the best of times and there is no way the motorcycle could be taken up that hill in winter time. Now, with most of the snow melted away, I am getting excited to get to work on my conversion.  As I start to do the actual work, I will be taking and sharing photographs and videos all the way through the conversion process.  So far I have been doing research and have found I need to get a rear end with a rear ratio of 3.3:1.... or close to that though it does not need to be exact.

This is the 1991 Venture Royale, 1300cc that I am converting into a trike. 
I will share a better photo of it when I get it out of Roxi's garage.

Here is the information I have come up with on vehicles that MIGHT have the right geared rear end.... though the fellow at the local auto wrecker said the only way I can find out what the gear ratio is, is to find the little metal tag that was on one of the bolts, and if the car is very old that tag will likely be broken off so the rear end will have to be opened up to be able to find where the gear ratio is stamped into the ring gear.  Knowing the gear ratio required, I then needed to find out what vehicles could have this.  I phoned Dodge dealership to see if a '78 Aspen had this since a friend of mine is willing to give me the rear end out of his father's old car if it's the right one.  The man at the dealership said it would depend on what rear end was ordered from the factory, it could have the right one or not, several different ones to choose from.  

Summary of Vehicles Recommended on Facebook

*1970-74 240Z

*10 or 12 bolt Chevy had 3.3.1, 65 Chevelle . A lot of boss hoss trikes use 10 bolt.

*Ford rear end 8or 9 inch series 3.31-1

*Mustang GT's 3.31:1

*69 Camaro has a 12 bolt with 3.31
*Ford F150's in the early 90s had 331's so did late 80s broncos not sure what year but a Nissan frontier has a 3.3:1

Two people gave me a link to a place that specializes in rear ends in Burnaby, B.C.  They give lists of vehicles along with a list of the possible rear ends that they might have.  In the list below I have included the ones starting around 1980 and newer as I figure older than that is going to be a challenge to get ahold of, though I would be open to an older one if it was the right one.  I want the axle to be approximately 52" wide (long?) from outside brake to outside brake... and I want disc brakes rather than drum breaks.

Summary of I.W.E. Rear Ends
1980 and newer

(3.31:1 ratio)


Dana 30 Rear:
85-89.5 Ford Aerostar minivan
Dana 44 Front, Beam & TTB:
59-79 Ford F100, F150, F250 4x4
71-79 Bronco U-100, U150
80-97 Broncos (TTB, coil spring)
80-96 F150 (TTB, coil spring)
80-86 F250 (TTB, leaf spring)

Dana 60 Rear:
55-85 F250
74-85 F350
68 E300 van

Dana 61 Rear:
74-87 F250 Ford 2x4
80-85 F350 Ford 2x4
75.5-87 E250, E350 Ford Va

Dana 80 Rear:
88-current F350 & F450 Super Duty

Ford 9.75 Rear:
97-up F150 w/5.4L or High GVW
98-02 Expedition 4x4 beam type
03-up Expedition IRS


 AMC-20 Rear:
76-83 rear CJ-5
76-86 rear CJ-7
81-85 rear CJ-8
79-86 Wagoneer, Cherokee SJ, half-ton PU

Dana 35/AMC-15 Rear:
84-01 Cherokee XJ (mixed apps. w/D44 & 8.25)
87-96 Wrangler YJ
93-98 Grand Cherokee z
97-up Wrangler TJ (4cyl and many 6 cyl)
99-04 Grand Cherokee WJ (Super 35)

Dana 35/AMC-15 Rear:
80-85 Eagle AWD

Dana 44 Rear:
86 CJ7
63-91 Wagoneer/ Grand Wagoneer SJ
74-83 Cherokee SJ
87 Cherokee XJ
96-98 Grand Cherokee ZJ V8 (C Clip aluminum D44)
97-up Wrangler TJ (optional, Std. on Rubicon)

Dana 44 Front, Beam & TTB:
63-87 J series trucks
74-91 Wagoneer
74-83 Cherokee SJ
01-up Jeep Wrangler Rubicon


Dana 36 ICA Rear:
84-96 C4 Corvette (auto trans only exc. 84)

Dana 44 Rear:
84-85 F Car Camaro, Firebird
92 F Car Camaro, Firebird
Dana 44 ICA Rear:
80-83 C3 Corvette
85-96 C4 Corvette (aluminum, manual trans)

67-80 GM K series

(3.27:1 ratio)

Ford 7.5 Rear:
74-78 Mustang II
75-80 Mercury Bobcat
79-86 Mercury Capri V8
78-83 Fairmont
80-97 Thunderbird
79-current Mustang V6
79-00 Many RWD cars
90-95 Aerostar
84-90 Bronco II
84-up Ranger 4 cyl or small V6

Ford 8.8 Solid Axle:
86-up many Ford fullsized RWD cars w/V8
86-current Mustang V8
87-88 Thunderbird V8
05-up Mustang V8 (31 spline)
83-96 Bronco (mixed apps w/ 9” to 86)
83-96 F150 (mixed apps w/9” to 86)
97-up F150 w/ V6 or 4.6L V8
86-90 Ranger chassis cabs
90-up Ranger w/ 4.0L V6 (some 3.0L also Supercab)
90-01 Explorer/Mountaineer/Navajo SUV
98-02 Expedition/Navigator 4.6L V8

(3.25:1 ratio)

Ford 9" Rear:
78-86 Bronco (82-86 mixed apps with 8.8)

57-86 Ford F100, F150 4x2 & 4x4 trucks (82-86 mixed apps with 8.8)

(3.23:1 ratio)

 GM 7.5 Rear:
85-89 Astro/Safari
82-84 Camaro V6
91-93 Caprice (5.0L V8)
76-87 El Camino
78-87 Malibu
75-93 Misc. V6 fullsized RWD
75-80 Monza
83-93 S10 trucks & SUVs (four and small V6 after 88)
78-81 Century
78-88 Cutlass
82-84 DeVille, Fleetwood Brougham
82-86 Firebird V6
78-81 LeMans
77-79 Phoenix
78-87 Regal
90 Roadmaster
75-80 Skyhawk
78-87 Skylark
75-80 Starfire

GM 7.625 Rear:
90-98 Astro/Safari Vans
90-01 Camaro V6
90-00 Firebird V6
91/92 Caprice
88-04 S10 trucks & SUVs (4.3L V6)
88-90 Cadillac RWD (w/o towing package)
91-02 Bravada V6
91/92 Roadmaster (5.0L V8)
98-02 Isuzu Amigo 4x2
96-99 Isuzu Hombre
91-current Rodeo (4 cyl & 4x2)

(3.21:1 ratio)

Chrysler 7.25 Rear:
7.25 Rear
63-89 Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth rear drive cars, mostly with six-cylinder engines.
87-98 Rear of 2x4 Dodge Dakota trucks with four-cylinders and some V6 engines.

Chrysler 8.25/8.375 Rear:
70-89 Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth full and midsized cars
86-up W100,W150 (depends on engine)
66-97 B-100, 150, 200,250 Vans
87-up Dakota V6
01-up Jeep Liberty KJ

 Chrysler 9.25 Rear:
74-85 Large Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth cars
69-up Dodge B series vans
69-up Dodge D and W series trucks
74-93 Dodge Ramcharger
74-81 Plymouth Trail Duster
98-up Dakota rear V8's
98-up Durango rear V8's

For some reason, Blogger won't let me post lists into here without a great deal of work to re-do things and I could not get it to put these straight, so here you go, its all staggered.... though maybe it will make the lists easier to sort through without confusion.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

V.A. Olney - Art Work - For Sale

This West Coast Native artwork is by V.A. Olney. For a short time, inspired by love, he signed his work V+V Olney, for himself and his beloved Vi. This is one of the very rare V+V Olney pieces. Framed.
$100 each plus shipping.



Monday, January 28, 2013

Wolf Family

Green Stevia

The only sweetener I use is Green Stevia!! 

Green Stevia, or Eupatorium rebaudianum, is a leafy plant native to Colombia, Brazil, Paraguay and Venezuela. Since its use by the Guarani Indians in this region began 1,500 years ago, Green Stevia has been used as a medicinal herb in many parts of the world.

Made from the leaves of the plant simply by drying and crushing them, this powder (10-15 times sweeter than sugar) is the only sweetener that is alkaline building, all others are acid building. Green Stevia is 0 Calories and is 0 on the Glycemic Index, so it is good for Diabetics and people wanting to loose weight. Also, it has many good health benefits, including but not limited to: balancing blood sugars; promoting good oral hygiene; etc. etc. I used use the green powder in my tea and have now read/tried/use a different method which is even better. Boil water, put 1 TBSP or so into a cup and fill it with boiling water, let it steep until it's cooled right down (I usually leave it a few hours) then strain it to separate the liquid from the now wet powder. I use the Stevia Water in my tea and have even been using it in water to make it more palatable (I never have liked water much)... hot or cold water becomes much nicer to drink like this, even add a bit of lemon to it. So now... the 'sludge' left over, the wet powder. I read that it helps to heal minor sores and somewhere else that it's good to use on your face followed by coconut oil which I like to use anyway. Awhile ago I had a terrible rash on my chest and I still have some sores left from it, and scars. Tonight I put what I think of as Stevia Sludge on my chest and my face and left it there while I watched some TV, then went and washed it off with a nice hot cloth. I then put coconut oil on both face and chest. It really is amazing just how good this whole treatment was. There was a tingling feeling and I swear I could feel my skin tightening up, felt 'weird' but good, then the coconut oil moisturized my skin and felt great!! I will sleep tonight with a towel on my pillow to protect the pillow case from the oil that will rub off my skin, but that's okay. I plan to make this a regular part of my skin care routine. I don't use the store bought skin care stuff anymore since I came to understand that those products are not natural and likely not good for us. Our skin absorbs all the chemicals and such that we put on it, and those are just toxic!!

I used to use the white Stevia powder that they sell in health food stores as well as must grocery stores now days.... then I learned the truth. White Stevia powder is just as unhealthy for us as all these chemical artificial sweeteners!!! I can't understand how health food stores can sell that, making us believe it's healthy when it's crap!! How do you take something Green and make it White??? Think about it!! The only NATURAL, whole foods, healthy way to use Stevia is using it Green. The plant grows, the leaves are picked, dried ground into powder.... that's all, period!!

And since Green Stevia is natural it does not have the bitter after taste that many of the white stevia powders do. That comes from the processing, from the chemicals and fillers used.  No chemicals or fillers in the Green Stevia Powder!!

If it's not GREEN, it's not NATURAL!!