Motor and Subframe 2

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Heres where i see the second immediate cosmetic issue. If i was to go with the idea of using the whole front end including suspension then i would end up with the top arms poking above the wheel like they do here, so for now i see i have a couple of choices. 1) use this set up anyway and save alot of time and money cause i wont have to re make all the suspension etc individually and then hide the top arms with the body panels or something or.. 2) re invent the wheel so to speak by designing and making my own custom suspension and subframe which in return would be a long process and cost large amounts of money just so i can make the rear suspension look tidier yet function the same ... hhmmm think i know what i'll pick.
lifting in engine
Here i'm mounting the motor back into the sub frame but doing it rural style cause fortunalety im still on holiday but that means i don't have the pleasure of using the hoists and crane we have at work
engine mounted
The lighting is maybe a bit poor in this photo but here i have the motor refitted to the subframe along with all the suspension and axles and brakes fitted
And here is a front view of it
I've starting to make up a frame jig out of a long length of I beam and a long length of C channel and placed the motor on it. Even though the jig is pictured here sitting on the ground it is in fact level in all directions :-). Anyway I've put the motor in place on the jig and welded the box section ( labeled 1) square to the jig and then welded #2 to the box section just to give me a little clearance, I then tack welded the silver tubing to the front of the subframe so that i can now shift the motor hard up against the box tubing and i'll then know that the motor is sitting square to the jig
There is a couple of downsides i see so far on a "cosmetic" point of view, even though its a small transmission hanging off the back of it the trans will be poking out the back of the trike which may look a bit funny but hopefully when i design the body of it i will be able to hide it somehow. The other cosmetic issue i will mention later