Last Call: Side Car Solution Edition

sidecars
If you have always fancied the three-across seating of the Matra Bagheera and Murena, or McLaren F1, but have been unwilling to give up the in-the-wind freedom that a motorcycle affords, then maybe this twin sidecar set up is the answer to your dreams.
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22 Comments

  1. Forgive me Hoons, for I have sinned.

    Today, I rattle-can painted a car (okay, a truck box). No primer, no sanding, just an angle grinder with a flap disc to remove some rust.

    And you know what? It doesn’t look half bad, and a free truck with a free replacement box (better condition, still rusty and dented) doesn’t really need a $5000 paint job.

    1. Ah, sounds about like what a free truck should wear proudly! What is it & how’d ya score a free pickemuptruck (to use a Longrooffan-ism)?

      1. It’s a 2WD 1991 Toyota Xtra-Cab. It’s a very basic truck, 4 cyl, manual, no original AC or stereo.

        Unfortunately, it’s not mine. It started out as Mazda dealer truck (I’m as curious as you about that…), then my uncle bought it when it was 2 years old, and preceded to drive it for over 300 000 miles. He lives in the city, and DDs a Civic SI, so he’s been keeping at our farm for the past two-years. This spring, he offered it to me/my sister for free. As I already had the SHO, she got it. Of course, the free was relative, as needed ~$1500 in repairs to pass inspection (tires, rad). After all this, it’s still a nice truck, if a little rusty. It’s super clean inside, has great mechanicals, and came with an inch-thick folder of documentation,

        So now my sister has nice, cheap, light, RWD Hoonmobile™ that’ll probably outlast us all.

        Oh and the box? That was a Kijiji find (courtesy of me). Some guy was building up a 4×4, and wanted a flat deck instead of a box, so he just wanted it gone.

        Funny digression: he bought his truck with an installed “lift-kit”. We got 12 pieces of that lift kit thrown in with the box.

        http://i675.photobucket.com/albums/vv113/bon2k2k/IMG_4052.jpg
        (Not my pic, but you get the idea)

        Yep, some enterprising Canadian lifted their truck by using drilled hockey pucks to separate the box/cab and frame.

        1. Nice, pretty much the ideal setup for a Toyota truck (at least, it would meet all my trucklet needs). I’d install a cheap stereo, keep the rust at bay, wish I had AC, and keep on truckin’.
          I feel like I’ve seen hockey pucks used like that before, as well as for motor mounts, and one other automotive application that’s escaping me at the moment.

          1. I knew I forgot part of that story: My uncle added AC and a Sony stereo. The A/C is the coldest in our fleet, while the Sony stereo is adequate.

            And yeah, it’s a pretty fun truck, with the added plus of having nothing to lose if anything happens to it.

      1. In college in the ’70s, one of our group lifted some white house paint from a hardware store where he worked. We proceeded to paint his near-derelict ’63 Chevy with rollers and brushes (also lifted). The owner provided pot and beer for the work crew. It ended up looking not actually bad from 50 feet.

    2. I once repaired some pretty severe rust (to pass safety inspection) by duct taping cardboard over the infected areas, sort of bondo’ing the whole thing, and rattle can’ing the mess a vaguely matching colour.
      But then the car cost me $100, it passed the inspection, and I regret nothing.

      1. Cardboard? Please be advised that the professionals use canvas for that task:
        “The patching with canvas and the camouflaging of No7 tank lids
        was a deliberate attempt to mislead any person undertaking a load
        line survey. It is not possible to determine when the lids were
        patched, and it might not have been done with the knowledge of the
        owners or those on board the Kirki on 21 July 1991.”

        Source: http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/1991/MAIR/mair33.aspx
        This was the incident that led to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3m5qxZm_JqM

  2. I had been riding motorcycles for a not insignificant number of years before I learned which side the side car was conventionally placed on. Up ’till then I thought it was a matter of personal choice, which I suppose it is, since I don’t know of any law governing the arrangement.
    This particular arrangement… Maybe English you and your English wife know a French couple, willing to meet you at the end of the Chunnel. On the way to Folkestone you’re driving with your Trouble ‘n’ Strife on your left, but on arrival in Calais you take pillion while your French pal and his French Gal take pilot and right wing.
    Absolutely just what the doctor ordered. Ought to sell like hotcakes.

  3. Those are Stoye sidecars, a (probably modified) Stoye 1 on the British side, and a Stoye 2 on the continental side. There’s a lot of pretty pictures, and a lot of German text, about them here
    http://stoye-fahrzeugbau.blogspot.com/2012/10/info-stoye-elastik-seitenwagen-baureihe.html
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_sAzgGFF8Xs/UIpqtZZ6oTI/AAAAAAAAEZw/KmdT3GJh4t0/s640/stoye_elastik_beiwagen_awo_awtowelo.jpg
    They are probably attached to an Awo 425? (A.K.A. Simson) That seems to be the bike most associated with the Stoye make. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simson_(company)#1949.E2.80.9362:_four-stroke_motorcycles
    http://medien.markt.de/bilder/2011/06/23/13/9a9649a5/medium_image/0/_simson_awo_425t_raritaet.jpg

    1. Agreed: using a bicycle with a trailer to move the kid around occasionally, I still struggle to see the benefits of three tracks.

    1. Took a coupla tries to make that work…interesting, Disqus actually took my faux-html [Nathan Explosion] modifier and tried to parse it (which is why it’s now in square brackets rather than angle brackets)

  4. couldn’t handle any worse than a single sided sidecar, at least it’d be lethal round lefthand as well as righthand corners

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