Greetings Lauded Pantheon of Endless Sphere Members,
I have spent considerable time on this forum but never posted.
Not that I ever expected to achieve anything resembling expertise prior to posting, but with the time and talent which has gone into this forum, attempting an informed post is the least I can do (besides if it will free up time for your creation of more cool things, I think we both win).
I have begun working on a Worksman trike with some serious history.
This trike came from the Borg-Warner plant in Muncie, Indiana (USA). I do not know how old the trike is, but Warner Gear opened in Muncie in 1901. I have been told that there were some trikes prior to WWII, and a good deal more bought in the 60's (which I think this one may be) and more in the 70's and 80's. For good reason, there was more than a million square foot of shop floor prior to closing (with even more square footage in two large previously demolished out-buildings). For the majority of the plant history (up until the 80's?) the actual shop floor was comprised of wood timbers set on end (grain exposed) which would literally float on oil coming from the machines, occassionally overcoming friction and allowing a square to "pop-up." It was a major producer during WWII and when my grandfather started there it was packed with machines with only a few lanes for these bikes to bring the expert machinists, and was nothing but (as my grandfather always put it) "assholes and elbows." My grandfather, all of his brothers, and brother in-law all worked there when they came back fro the war, and my family had over 214 years of service in that building. They worked very hard, and I think it was their experiences in WWII which forged their industriousness, because industrial might was often the difference between the living and the dead. My father was lucky enough to get on after the recession in the 80's and eventually worked up to midnights plant superintendent/manager. I began working security during the "successful drawdown of operations" while putting myself through a Masters in Physiology degree and working as a lab instructor for pre-nursing courses (yes, I fudged on how many hours I was working when questioned by the Dept. Chair).
I was able to get one of the few remaining trikes which the Amish didn't get in the auction, belonging to an old custom hot-rod enthusisast pipe-fitter who kept it to help take the plant apart. I didn't get it because of hard work or performance of duty. After finishing course work, I began working 48-56 hours a week, changing shifts at least twice a week, and was sometimes a wreck. I hope nothing got past me, but who knows? No, I had a lot of time to look at cameras and think. I didn't end up going to medical school (although I married a doctor from China), didn't even take the MCAT, instead I took a big risk. I believe I got the trike because even though I never explained what I was working on all those hours after the plant was cleared out, people knew I was working on something and they were willing to place a throwaway bet on me.
Either way, I now have a son and daughter, and I am all in. I am going to start posting and asking questions about how to modify this trike for my business. Any guidance or comments would be greatly appreciated.
I told you it had serious history