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G'day all,
I thought I'd put some of my work on the forum.
I build 2/3 scale cars and motorcycles from recycled materials mainly wood.

I started about 10 years ago building Billycarts (that's Australian for a soapbox racer).
After making what I thought was a pretty darn good one, my son nicely suggested he thought I could do better.
That sent me down the path of wondering just how much could I make one look real.

One of my favourite Hot Rods when I was a kid was Ed Roth's Outlaw.
To build it I used MDF,Plywood, pine, PVC pipe and just about every thing else I could find to help form different shapes.

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Outlaw 2.jpg

The body is made of plywood, MDF, pine and some PVC. The front end is pine.
The engine is MDF and lots of odds and ends like coat hanger wire, bits of broom handles and old telephone line.

Outlaw 3.jpg

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The back wheels are from a Mini and the front are bicycle wheels.
The radiator is made from plywood and cardboard.
The hole thing is about 6 feet long.

Outlaw 5.jpg

Anyway I hope you like it.
Trevor.
 

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Having grown up when that car and many others of its like were making the rounds of the car shows here in the US, I am truly impressed. :thumbsup: You have captured the style and look of the real deal! :thumbsup:
 

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2/3 scale Harley-Davidson Boardracer.

Thanks Guy's glad you like it.
After I'd built a few cars I thought I'd try my hand at a Motorcycle.
I wonted to go for something a little iconic, so I went with a 1920's Harley-Davidson Boardracer.

Like the Outlaw it's 2/3 scale made from all recycled materials.

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The wooden parts of the bike are the seat, petrol tank, engine, gearbox, toolbox and the footplates, along with other little bits and pieces here and there.

The frame is made from old water pipe, and the front forks are the same water pipe laminated in pine and shaped back.

Jonnie52 love that little rod your building by the way, sweat as!
 

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Oh... my... god! Those are freakin' amazing! I LOVE the first one (the car). That is (they are) very, very well done and extremely nice looking. I'd love to see some closer pictures of the engine and dash and, well, I don't know. It's (they are) just so darned awesome!

Welcome to the forum. And thank you for sharing these incredible projects with us. :thumbup:
 

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G'day Chaincarver Steve,
I don't have any closeups of the Outlaw engine at the moment.
But if it's big V8's that float your boat, this is the engine from my
1970's Rail Dragester.
It's at a 2/3 scale and made from MBF, Plywood and PVC pipe.
All reclaimed from the local land fill!

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The only part that is real is the blower belt. It's of a Top Fuel Dragster, I just cut it down on my bandsaw to make it fit.
Hope you like mate.
Cheers.
 

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Something for the British.

This ones a 2/3 scale 1916 Ariel Motorcycle with sidecar.
The frames for the bike and sidecar are made from old water pipe, the engine this wooden along with the gearbox, petrol tank, seat,
toolbox, saddle bags, fishtail and all of the sidecar above the frame.
All the res is made from all sorts of things you find around the house.

Ariel 1.jpg Ariel 2.jpg

Ariel 3.jpg a11.jpg
 

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Wow! I'm am completely blown away. These pieces all look so real it's hard to fathom that they aren't. Amazing stuff. You are a master craftsman and I am humbled by your skills.
 

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It's amazing what kind of talent shows up on these pages.

Your work is both humbling and inspiring.

Wow mate!

Thanks for sharing your work.
 

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Do you have any work-in-progress pictures? I'm interested in seeing how you make some of the parts.
First off, I'd like thank you guy's for your kind words it's greatly appreciated.

Steve I dont have much in the way photos of my work being made.
I guess it would fair to say when I'm building I'm more looking to where I'm going, than where I've been if you know what I mean.

By I really enjoy building engines and I haven't done a motorcycle for a while, so it might be a good time to do a work in progress.
I've never done one before probably because my spelling is so shocking!

But I'll give it a try.

What do you reckon something along the lines of a straight four Henderson, Ace or Indian?

Cheers mate.
 

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I too would like to see some BUILD pictures, and also a yard stick standing by these to see the proportions.

What I am getting at is that I personally doubt your work. Let' see some proof.

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First off, I'd like thank you guy's for your kind words it's greatly appreciated.

Steve I dont have much in the way photos of my work being made.
I guess it would fair to say when I'm building I'm more looking to where I'm going, than where I've been if you know what I mean.

By I really enjoy building engines and I haven't done a motorcycle for a while, so it might be a good time to do a work in progress.
I've never done one before probably because my spelling is so shocking!

But I'll give it a try.

What do you reckon something along the lines of a straight four Henderson, Ace or Indian?

Cheers mate.
No preference here. All I know is that your work is at a skill level way above mine. I know it can be done but I wouldn't even know where to start. Are you using a CNC carver to shape some of the parts?
 

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I too would like to see some BUILD pictures, and also a yard stick standing by these to see the proportions.

What I am getting at is that I personally doubt your work. Let' see some proof.

Dale in Indy

WOW Dale a little blunt, but never mind!

The dead give away is the wheels, thier off bicycle's not Motorcycle's.

You can see just by looking at the two pictures the difference.
My bike on the left has a bicycle wheel!
The real deal on the right, well it has a real one!

Ariel 1.jpg Ariel real..jpg

I'm thinking that should do the job.
Thanks mate.
Trevor.
 

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Are you using a CNC carver to shape some of the parts?
No CNC machine, I dont even have a lathe!
It's all pretty much done with a bandsaw.

I keep a picture file of things I'd like to make, I was just looking at it.

I think I might change my mind and do a 2/3 scale Cyclone Broadracer, to go with the Harley Davidson.

Cheers mate.
 
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