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01-31-2009, 04:57 PM
"Number 9, number 9, number 9." - The Beatles

Yes, this is actually my 9th home-built ride, not counting my little cargo trailer, & the CycleBully (which is now history)!






01-31-2009, 05:02 PM
Since I used 1 1/2" frame tubing instead of 2", I could've done the headtube like on the KC, DW, & other similar
front ends which I thought looked much nicer, but the boxy-looking, tube-through front end kinda grew on me over time,
so I decided to use a small head tube that would still go through my smaller frame tubing, & retained the "flavor" of the original design.

Even though I made my cargo area 4" wider & 4" longer, the overall length of the trike is still 4" shorter,
cuz I shortened the main boom by a full 8".

The canopy top is from my Rhoades Car. It was a ridiculously expensive option, but I no longer ride the RC,
so I adapted it to fit the trike. Made of aluminum & canvas, it weighs next-to-nothing, & now I can actually get some use out it!

The seat is from my Nexus bent, & was built by WoodButcher (Mike Meagher). It's a great seat, & real comfy,
but it was all wrong for that type of bent, just ask TheKid! (Sorry Kid, but I couldn't resist rubbing it in one more time!)
Anyway, the seat is perfect for a trike!






As usual, here's all of the pics from primer to finish, IN ORDER,
so you can live the adventure, LOL: http://cid-9d0d4df6f50aafc2.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/09%20The%20Bulldog/DSC05132.jpg


01-31-2009, 05:13 PM
Great looking Dog there Joey bout time you got it done :D. Just in time to make the galery the top really sets it off not to mention the hood ornament :D.


01-31-2009, 06:02 PM
Excellent work, as usual. No prob on rubbing that in. It allows the opportunity to warn others. I still have the crutches from the boat seat incident, which will provide some tubing for a future project of some sort.
For those who are wondering, boat seats, or any wide seat for that matter, are not recommended for bikes like the Meridian. When the bike tipped, I couldn't get my leg down in a suitable position because the seat got in the way. That was in April of 2007, and I broke my leg in the incident.

01-31-2009, 06:41 PM
Joey - that is one fantastic looking trike. I like the top and the storage space.

John Lewis
01-31-2009, 10:46 PM
Great build as usual Sir J.

Certainly different from Head to tail. Love the bulldog head.

The lid from the Rhodes car looks made for the job.

John Lewis

01-31-2009, 11:26 PM
Excellent work and suburb finish as usual Sir "J"
You are the king

02-01-2009, 12:36 AM
MAN oh MAN!!!

That is one AWESOME RIDE Joey!!!

If I drove that around here I would get the same respect the Pope did when he came!


02-01-2009, 01:08 AM
Again a top notch ride comes out of the magic bus. Excelent quality ride Joey. You are the man :party:


02-01-2009, 08:25 AM
Aw, shucks... (blushing), it warn't nothin'...

Seriously though, thanx for the kind words, guys! That's the reason I build 'em.
Well, actually, I kinda, sorta like riding 'em & showing 'em off, too! ;)

Thanx to Brad & Kat for the monster freewheel they sent me.
Even though I didn't get to use it :(, it's the thought that counts, right? :)

A special thanx to LocoLarry for the link to the waterslide decal paper,
which made it possible for me to design & create my own decals this time,
instead of paying the print-shop war price!

Also thanx for the several sets of cargo-trailer plans he sent me, which gave me ideas,
& a basic starting point, from which to modify & design my own.

I then used what I learned from building my little cargo trailer,
& applied it to the rear end of the trike, which worked out rather well.

LocoLarry ROOLZ! :punk:


02-01-2009, 09:51 AM

Thanks for the flowers! I'd forgotten about the decal paper..
WOW ! That's a super ride SJ ! I leave town for a couple of weeks and BOOM! Another set of custom "Sir Awsome" wheels on the street.......

You build 'em, cut 'em up... and rebuild 'em so fast one needs a program to keep up with the line-up!:rockon:

Gonna post a pic a little later of what I was doing while you were building that superb trike...

stay tuned....


02-01-2009, 10:27 AM
Thanks for the flowers!
You build 'em, cut 'em up... and rebuild 'em so fast one needs a program to keep up with the line-up!
Gonna post a pic a little later of what I was doing while you were building...You're very welcome, Larry, & thanx for the kind words!

Actually, I haven't cut any of 'em up (yet). I still have everything I've built,
& they're all rideable right now, except for the Alien:


& the Lil Hornet:


which are both temporarily dismantled, while I decide what to do with them.
I'll prolly reassemble the Hornet, but the Alien still has serious problems,
& needs a complete overhaul, so I'm not sure about that one!

Also, since I robbed it to complete the BullDog,
the Nexus will get a more appropriate seat,
one of the six I bought last year.

Lookin' forward to seeing some pics of what you've been up to, too!
We haven't heard much from you in awhile...


02-01-2009, 12:12 PM

Actually, I meant that while you were busily creating Bulldog I was on the road working and getting paid by the mile....:jester:

02-01-2009, 12:22 PM
Here's more...
http://s398.photobucket.com/albums/pp62/larryeorrnc/IMG_0174Small.jpg?t=1233505049 http://s398.photobucket.com/albums/pp62/larryeorrnc/IMG_0181Small.jpg?t=1233504946

02-02-2009, 10:47 AM
The BullDog that is!

SirJoey, :builder2:
I just met "The BullDog" and I am awestruck!
Great photo gallery, I have been through it
twice already and I am going back for more!
I love your attention to detail. All of those
little tabs, brackets, etc. all make sense now.

I can only hope my ride comes out half as nice.
I hope you made it in time to be included in the
photo gallery update. You're ride is an inspiration
to anyone considering building a LodeRunner. If
any one thinks it is just a "utility" trike you have
proved them way wrong.

You should be very proud when you ride it
and people ask "where'd you buy it?".

Did you get to take it for a good ride yet?
How did it go? With, without trailer?
Do tell all please!

02-02-2009, 11:33 AM
Thanx Jay, you're too kind, but judging from the quality of your work so far, I'm sure I'm not gonna have anything on you! :punk:
I'm looking forward to seeing that bad-boy stake-bed! That's gonna be one BAD ride!

Anyway, in my photo gallery, the slideshow feature works rather well, & you can view the pics at about 3/4 screen, too.

Originally, I planned to use a Mack truck bulldog hood ornament, but not surprisingly, even used ones were outrageously overpriced,
even on e-Bay, as they're very collectible, so that idea quickly went out the window, in favor of the Matchbox bulldog I already had.
I glued him down with silicone glue, but he'll prolly "run away", the first time I leave him unattended in a parking lot somewhere...

Unfortunately, no, I haven't had a chance to take it more than a half mile from home, due to cold weather, but I can't wait
to go for my first 35-mile-round-trip grocery run, which to me, is what this one's all about!

Granted, it may not be as sporty, or "pretty" as most of Brad's other designs (IMO), but it's infinitely more practical,
& I like the fact that it has it's own unique look & feel, thus my decision to retain most of the original design's appearance,
even including (for the first time), my use of the "granny" bars. Kudos to Brad for not making this one, another "cookie cutter" trike!

I consider the DW to be my "sports car", the KC to be my "family car", & this one to be my "pickup truck"! :scooter:


Richie Rich
02-05-2009, 12:02 AM
"Number 9, number 9, number 9." - The Beatles

Yes, this is actually my 9th home-built ride... You've caught up to me, Joey...!! My Number 10 is still being fabbed down in the shop but at the rate you're building, you'll be riding your number 10 before the snow melts around here.

Great job, bud. I really like the metallic paint. I've never used that on any of my projects, but after seeing how nice yours came out, I'll have to give it a try.

I'll be looking forward to a 'ride report'....


Radical Brad
02-05-2009, 01:41 AM
That ain't snow!...



02-05-2009, 11:42 AM
OK, give up the link for the decals!!

02-05-2009, 06:19 PM
OK, give up the link for the decals!!Actually, Jim, there's no link for the decals...
I made 'em myself, but here's the link to get the decal PAPER, so you can make your own, like I did: http://www.beldecal.com/inkjet_decals.cfm

It ain't cheap, it cost me $24 for 20 sheets :eek:, including shipping, but it still ends up being cheaper than having stickers made at a print shop,
even after you add the cost of expensive ink-jet printer ink, & the clear-coat you have to paint over 'em with...


Richie Rich
02-05-2009, 11:56 PM
I made 'em myself...Joey, did you print the image in reverse on the decal paper? This adds another layer of scratch protection in addition to the clear-coat.


02-06-2009, 08:34 AM
Joey, did you print the image in reverse on the decal paper? This adds another layer of scratch protection in addition to the clear-coat..You lost me there, Richie. Are you talking about turning the printed side toward the trike?
If so, the gooey stuff which I've always assumed to be a mild adhesive, would be on the outside.

I did have to make left & right hand bulldogs for the sides though.