4.2 LITER JAGUAR TRIKE
I saw this trike 2 years ago, at the 1998 Bulldog Bash in England. In June 1999 it was a feature trike in Back Street Heroes and this month, December 2000 it came up for sale in the same magazine. It didn't take long for me to decide I still liked the look of it and so I contacted it's current owner - Budgie - and agreed to come over to England to have look and a ride, to see how it was in real life. Well, I'll tell you: In real life it even more "fuggof" than in these pictures.
When Ian bought it from Paul in May 2000, he wasn't satisfied with the wiring so he took the trike apart, stripped it, repainted it, did a bottomend rebuild, had the bars done in thickwall Stainless Steel and redid the entire wiring.
Below some pictures Helene took when I was out on the trike for the first time, and as you can see: I was impressed !!!!!!
We went to England January 12th (2001) to pick up the trike, rode around on it all Friday. We had a lot of fun. While sitting at a SafeWay's for a coffee, someone came up to me asking permission to take pictures of it in the parkinglot. I said I'd come along with him. We had a conversation about the trike and when I asked him where he was from it appeared he was from Holland too. We'd been talking in our best English for 10 minutes! He was the editor of "Autoweek", a well read carmagazine overhere. They said they'd contact me for an article.
pictures courtesy of Raymond Haan.
Well, as you can see in the pictures above it ran like it should. Trouble began just 10 km off the ferry on Saturday. It started with a vaporlock in the cooling system, easily solved by squeezing the radiatorhose. After 15 more miles: A heavy cloncking sound somewhere in the rear of the engine. I stopped the trike and to make a (very) long story short: I had it trailered home by the ANWB. No glorious arrival home.
I started the engine the next day, but while riding around the block the sound got worse and worse, so all I could do was ride it into my garage, get the help of a mechanically schooled friend and take the engine out for inspection and probably have it rebuilt ( What I thought while writing this piece, more on that below ).
Luckily the trike was
professionally built, meaning everything was well thought
through. Framemembers carry not only the engine, but also
for example the powerbrake and generator. This meant we
could take the engine out in only 2 hours, lifting the
front of the trike to ride the engine from underneath it.
I took the engine to ERAS ( Hoi Cristel, zeg even
gedag aan Dick en Cees ), a shop that rebuilds engines here in Utrecht. They took it apart and found a real mess. Most
bearings had gone, one conrodbearing turned around and
got wedged into it's opposite ( see first picture on page
2 ), one crank bearing has been turning around in it's
support so that means the crank will be bent, oilpump
pitted ( probably the beginning of all trouble ), pistons
damaged. It is a wonder it did run at all. The strange
thing is it didn't smoke at all, and while riding around
to test it ( 50 miles ) there were no strange sounds or
excessive smoke from the exhausts.
YOU CAN SEE THE TOTAL REBUILD OF THE JAG ENGINE ON THE SECOND PAGE OF THE "BIG CAT".
WANT TO SEE WHAT THE EDITOR OF THE SOUTH-AFRICAN JAGUARCLUB HAS TO SAY ABOUT THIS TRIKE? CLICK HERE, IT"S GREAT FUN !!!
The drawing below is made by Bas, one of our tattoo-artists. He came up with this, my trike being a kind of rat Jaguar bike/trike.
JUST DO IT !