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Wurger Semen K
Kharkov, Kharkovskaya oblast', Ukraine   UKR
1909 Morgan Runabout "Bolivar" ~ For Sale ! ~
Being a fan of retro-cars, I always wanted to have one (for cheap, of course). First I thought I could have a replica of Morgan Three Wheeler Super Sports. I used this forum to find information on how to build the custom version of this tricycle replica.

But after reviewing our local laws I understood that if I want to have a road legal vehicle, it should have electric engine (less than 3kwt) and pedals (to be considered as a bicycle) - then it won't require a number plate and driver license. From Morgan tricycles line, only first Morgan Runabout 1909 is capable to match these requirements somehow. So, I found the company which can build this replica for me (that was a real quest, actually), and we started the project.



We developed the drawings from photos, and started buying the details and working on the frame.



Electric motor-wheel 1500w



Hydraulic brake caliper, disc rotor and 18t freewheel for the rear wheel. Later I bought the same two brake calipers and disc rotors for the front wheels.



Rear leaf springs from an old car will be used for rear suspension.



Springs from old soviet bike shock adsorbers will be used for the front suspension.



Frame details cut by laser.



The draft frame assembly (no welding yet).



Old acetylene headlamp bought from EBAY.

To be continued...



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017-01-08 04:32 PM by Wurger.

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stegla Stephen G
Guernsey, Channel Islands, UK   GBR
Great project! I look forward to seeing your progress.

Steve

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chrisenamels Silver Member Chris Brown
Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, UK   GBR
I'll be watching with interest, a road legal version of the later Runabout is what I want to build eventually. Fortunately the heavy quadricycle specifications in the UK aren't too onerous, and it'll only deviate from the cycleckart specs by having two seats.

Chris

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Wurger Semen K
Kharkov, Kharkovskaya oblast', Ukraine   UKR
1909 Morgan Runabout "Bolivar" ~ For Sale ! ~
Yes, it is totally possible to build road legal Morgan replica in UK, I saw many build threads and in the end these vehicles got their number plates successfully. Unfortunately, while our laws technically allow registration of custom-built vehicles, you have to comply with a lot of obsolete standards and undergo a lot of very expensive paid tests, and this is possible only in one place in the country.

According to our Traffic Rules, a vehicle doesn't require a number plate and driver license if it's equipped with the electric engine less than 3kwt. However, when I sent the official request to our Ministry of Internal Affairs, they obviously didn't want to confirm that fact (because the ultimate goal of the system is to forbid and suppress) and said that we also have Vienna Convention of Road Traffic (1968) according to which only bicycles with engines and rail transport don't require a number plate. Therefore, I decided to add pedals so the vehicle can be compliant even with Vienna Convention.

Wurger Semen K
Kharkov, Kharkovskaya oblast', Ukraine   UKR
1909 Morgan Runabout "Bolivar" ~ For Sale ! ~
Few additions.



Front hubs Novatec DH41SB-36 (for 20mm axle)



Rear suspension parts.



Front suspension parts.



Pedals.



Draft scheme of the vehicle controls.



Draft scheme of the vehicle battery 60v30ah - it will be portable (±13kg) so I could carry it with me to recharge.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017-01-08 03:10 PM by Wurger.

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moto-klasika Zoran R. P.
Bern, Bern, Switzerland   CHE
Hello Semen,
Great idea and great realisation!
All the best for following work!
Ciao,
Zoran




Zoran R. Pualić
(mostly living in Bern, Swiss & happy in my Belgrade, Serbia)

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carChips Victor Harnish
Kelowna, BC, Canada   CAN
1933 MG Magnette
1973 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Chip"
1989 GMC Sierra 1500 "Bush Truck"
Very nice, I like what you have done with the frame. Nice and tidy.

Do you have a machine shop?

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Wurger Semen K
Kharkov, Kharkovskaya oblast', Ukraine   UKR
1909 Morgan Runabout "Bolivar" ~ For Sale ! ~
In reply to # 21048 by carChips Very nice, I like what you have done with the frame. Nice and tidy.

Do you have a machine shop?

I don't have a machine shop. I hired a company which builds this vehicle for me, and they use a factory which does all things with metal.

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akumabito Joost van Ekris
Smilde, Drenthe, Netherlands   NLD
Very cool. Best of luck with your project!

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Wurger Semen K
Kharkov, Kharkovskaya oblast', Ukraine   UKR
1909 Morgan Runabout "Bolivar" ~ For Sale ! ~
Began frame assembly with welding. More photos here.



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moto-klasika Zoran R. P.
Bern, Bern, Switzerland   CHE
Hello Semen,
A few of short films, just for fun and inspiration:







Ciao,
Zoran




Zoran R. Pualić
(mostly living in Bern, Swiss & happy in my Belgrade, Serbia)

Wurger Semen K
Kharkov, Kharkovskaya oblast', Ukraine   UKR
1909 Morgan Runabout "Bolivar" ~ For Sale ! ~
Yes, I saw all these videos before starting the project, thanks. smileys with beer
I gathered all available videos and photos about this machine.

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geezerduck Tom Petry
Montclair, California, USA   USA
Love all the Morgan trikes. Looking forward to seeing this come together.



Life is good on the lunatic fringe, Tom

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rhc1442 Platinum Member Randy Curry H.
Denver, colorado, USA   USA
Really a great project.
Randy

Woodysrods Brian Woods
Westbank B.C., Canada   CAN
So after watching that first painful video....I had to ask myself.
Did this thing have 2 hp and 10 ft lbs of torque or what?
I am not that familiar with 3 Wheel Morgans, but the look like they would be fun if you could sub out that running gear with something that would produce upward of 50 HP.
Just saying!
Good Roads
Brian

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