up a five wheeler, with the two motors side by side, a three position seat, and the body had a roof over the riders. I also wanted to use an automatic transmission, as Tom wanted only hand controls.
I finalized my plans and collected all the parts; two 1970 Sportster motors, a C4 Ford automatic tranny, a stock Harley 45 rear end, round and rectangular steel tubing and four 18 inch wide automotive tires and custom wide automotive rims. The pressure was now on, I had only 32 days left till the Oakland Show.
I started by mocking up the complete bike, placing motors, tranny, rear end, and wheels in their positions. First I constructed a main framework, from 1 x 2 rectangular tubing, to mount the motors, tranny and rear end. The tranny sat sideways, because I wanted to be true to bikes by using all chain drive.
At this point, I was trying to create a body shape and design, and realized that there was not enough time to build molds and make a fiberglass body. The only choice was to fabricate a unibody type vehicle with frame and body all one, using steel for everything. First, I finished the drive train, a series of jack shafts and sprockets to transfer power to the automatic trans, then to the rearend. I custom built a torsion rear suspension, with two arms that ran between the two tires on each side of the rear, leaving the center space between the tires for the drive chain. Now