Own construction. The DAFding

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In the past, everything was manufactured itself. More often from lack of money than from passion, but still ... That combination was fun, effective and cheap. And sometimes coincidence helped a bit.

Build as before

The DAFding is on classic 100% license plate. The result is a combination of all the parts that I had left from another piece of passion: Russian tricycles. When someone came by asking if I wanted to exchange a DAF 44 engine for a bottle of whiskey and another acquaintance asked me if I could possibly do something with the front fork of a BMW R100, while the first fall of the storm had just hit the house. my winter project. And it's amazing what can happen if you don't make real plans out of worry. The approach was: "I'll see ..." Starting something like that does more for someone's social life than spending hours on Facebook.

After a while it was just like before

Acquaintances came to watch, help, just talk and have a beer. That was not very conducive to the speed with which The Project developed, but it was fun. After all, we men are simply at our best when we can get uncomplicated dirt? And in the process, things happen and you learn things. Such as the protective cap of an angle grinder that makes the device less manoeuvrable with a frame circumcision. Without a hood, such a thing is much more handy. It is also surprising how much blood can come out of a fingertip after a 'close encounter' with an unprotected grinding wheel.

Welding 1.0

The welding was done electrically with the last-name from my father's legacy. And for an experienced cigar smoker, welding fumes are a balm for the lungs. Sparks are released during electric welding. When they find a warm home in a pile of cleaning cloths, it becomes foggy. The fire was smothered with a fire extinguisher. The aftermathing mass was swept out. Fitting an engine block to a gearbox that does not belong there is a matter of quiet fitting and measuring. To be sure, measuring must always be done twice. Measuring three times indicates uncertainty.

Outsourced work

The turning of the adapter between DAF block and box and the adapter bush from the Ural cardan to the Suzuki wheel was outsourced according to the drawing, because you simply cannot do everything yourself. Fitting the block and the frame, that requires a ruler, angle grinder, a donor frame and extra fuses for the electricity of the house. A visit to the almost local motorcycle run yielded a Honda CB 900 tank. And of course there are top companies that can exemplary paint a motorcycle, but such an action costs money. And with freelancers, money is just as scarce as honesty in politics.

Fortunately there is the Action

There they sell spray cans for a few euros each. As a logo, I chose the infamous Japanese motorcycle brand Lilac, a brand that was notorious for its design flaws. That there was no room for a dynamo in the entire construction was no problem. You can easily get 200 km far on a battery. And longer journeys were not planned. Early in the spring, DAFding made its first ride. He drove the way back on an almost regular trailer. The gearbox had died.

The container is made. DAFding has found another owner. But luckily there is another new project ...







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  1. Looks really super cool. If the engine ever finds a parking place, I have a lot of pleasure for him hahaha.

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