I want a Morgan 3-Wheeler. It costs $45,000. I don't have $45,000.
And unless I had $4,500,000, I'd never spend $45,000 on something like the Morgan. But I do have a hell of a lot of tools. More importantly, I have a lovely wife who gave me the green light to build my own 3-Wheeler. Well what are we waiting for, let's get started, shall we?
There are probably more ways to build a 3-Wheeler than there are to build a 510. Many kit car companies have come and gone. Morgan bought up the Washington state company that was building 3-Wheelers (cycle-car.com and shipped 'em off to the UK to give (re)birth to the 3-Wheeler. Where to start?
I know I want my finished trike to have the appearance of the Morgan, so the overall design is already dictated. Front engine, reverse trike, two seater, open body. Still everything to play for, so I figured I'd divide this project up into some major stages.
Stage I - Donor Bike.
Stage II - Chassis Construction
Stage III - Chassis Build (install motor, suspension, electrics, etc.)
Stage IV - Body Fabrication
Stage V - Legalization
Since the 3-Wheeler is a relatively simple form of transport, it is mainly a matter of finding and modifying what I need. There's also a matter of the budget. I'm shooting for an all-in cost of ~$6,000. That may sound ridiculous, and it may well end up being ridiculous...but there are points to consider that make that budget sound (somewhat) reasonable.