Building a Morgan 3-Wheeler Replica

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100% Form, 0% Function

Postby okayfine » 15 Dec 2014 15:12

Almost always, I'm a function guy. Form is left for those who can do it better. But for quite a while I've been longing for four stacks on top of the Goldwing engine, and I finally have it.

Ostensibly, this whole project started because I wanted to reintroduce PCV, a feature I removed when I did not use the stock airbox. I couldn't do that with the open-element air filter without it looking like a kludge. So I built an aluminum housing for the air filter. I have a 90° nipple on the lid, which pokes through and sits on/squishes a rubber donut bushing that I drilled to fit through the air filter itself (so there will be a stronger vac signal to pull from the crankcase).

And once I did that, it was the perfect mounting for four stacks. And, so, I now have my four-stack look. Absolutely zero airflow benefit since the stacks just feed the larger chamber that surrounds my filter (and previously, the filter was exposed anyway). But, every once in a while, I have get my my inner MaxPower freak on.

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Still need to polish out the housing and add the spring clips. Eventually I may redo the carbs or otherwise modify the system to make actual use of the stacks.
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Re: Building a Morgan 3-Wheeler Replica

Postby Bike papa » 15 Dec 2014 19:40

Julian,
Don't sell yourself short! There's a lot of good "form" on that three wheeler too!

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Re: Building a Morgan 3-Wheeler Replica

Postby okayfine » 19 Jan 2015 07:13

Night out to eat and cruise, the headlights reflect off the stacks a bit. Oops. Since it's not that much of a night machine I'll probably do nothing about it, but I'd thought about those Toyota fender mirrors with the half-n-half coatings, inside halves were matte grey.
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Re: Building a Morgan 3-Wheeler Replica

Postby imtb » 06 Feb 2015 08:48

I thought one of these would be cool with subaru EJ22 engine. Not much bigger in size than the gold wing engine.

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Re: Building a Morgan 3-Wheeler Replica

Postby okayfine » 06 Feb 2015 09:00

Similar, but you'd have the accessory drive right up front which, IMO, doesn't look that nice. And you'd need substantially uprated cooling compared to the tiny GW radiator I'm running. Chassis would end up having to be wider to accommodate the trans and your feet, but that's not a huge deal building from scratch.

Power would definitely be up, that's for sure. The only thing that's lacking with the 1100 is from-a-stop torque. Gotta slip the clutch to get it going without chudder, especially on a hill start. Other than that, the 80hp pushes me along very nicely.

And, if you're going EJ22, there's no effective difference in going EJ25. I LOVE the torque from that engine, really noticeable even compared to my (lighter) KA510. Even with the EJ22 you'd have to uprate that rear tire. I can spin it with the 1100 of I wanted. The GW rear suspension doesn't have clearance for much wider rubber, though.
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Re: Building a Morgan 3-Wheeler Replica

Postby okayfine » 06 Feb 2015 10:24

These types of speed humps are fun in the 3-wheeler:

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You just shoot to have the rear wheel ride through the dips between, and you get a pretty interesting sensation when the front pair of wheels ride the hump and the rear doesn't.
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Re: Building a Morgan 3-Wheeler Replica

Postby Mattndew76 » 06 Feb 2015 10:34

Looks like a decent days weather.
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Re: Building a Morgan 3-Wheeler Replica

Postby okayfine » 06 Feb 2015 10:42

That's actually a Portland picture, the first that popped up on Google Image. But it IS 70°F and sunny here today, so, yeah! :)
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Re: Building a Morgan 3-Wheeler Replica

Postby PoorMtnKid » 06 Feb 2015 15:53

okayfine wrote:That's actually a Portland picture, the first that popped up on Google Image. But it IS 70°F and sunny here today, so, yeah! :)


Same here in vegas its crazy!
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Re: Building a Morgan 3-Wheeler Replica

Postby okayfine » 27 Apr 2015 10:35

Had a night out in the 3-wheeler cut short by a cloud of my own oil smoke. Got it turned around and back home without issue. Figured the valve cover gasket was leaking onto the header (been there, done that, had thought I fixed it), and then saw one of the valve cover bolts loose and just hanging onto the hole in the cover. This hole goes straight into the innards, the bolt has one of those rubber washers to seal it. Seems the bolt snapped off at the threads, so I get to go in and coax the stub out and fit a new one.

No real harm. Clothes smelled a bit, had to clean the right-side suspension and bodywork of sprayed oil. Need to repair and then check oil level and refill.

Still had a good time.
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Re: Building a Morgan 3-Wheeler Replica

Postby okayfine » 27 Apr 2015 13:51

Got the broken bolt threads out of the head. New valve cover bolt is $8, and it's on its way.
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Re: Building a Morgan 3-Wheeler Replica

Postby okayfine » 27 Apr 2015 13:58

I had polished up the timing covers a few weeks ago, but never posted the picture here. Not finished, but it's the best the white rouge and a little 6" Craftsman grinder will do.

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Re: Building a Morgan 3-Wheeler Replica

Postby iniazy » 27 Apr 2015 21:16

Keep up the posts. I love your three-wheeler.

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Re: Building a Morgan 3-Wheeler Replica

Postby RonM » 27 Apr 2015 23:38

Cool beans Julian, I've been sniffing around the Realm getting caught up, and it put a wide smile on my face to see you're enjoying your creation. I'll bet that thing gets serious attention. It really turned out sharp. LOVE the stack BTW.
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Re: Building a Morgan 3-Wheeler Replica

Postby StrutlessWonder » 29 Apr 2015 17:09

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