I've had this kit sitting around in Rancho Caridad since 2013. I imported it from the Netherlands. I intended to assemble it little by little after my air safari flights around Luzon but that's not happening anymore. Hence, I brought it back to my condo in Manila and opened it in March 2017 to get started.
|The instruction manual does not mention that this is the new seat; no need to assemble from aluminum sheets. Yehey!|
|The first four allen bolts done. Savor it boys and girls because it gets harder over the course of the assembly.|
|I thought the kit was missing some allen bolts but I eventually found the others.|
I did purchase additional allen bolts locally because some of the ones supplied were a bit short for the application.
|The first two holes drilled and riveted. Better get it right the first time. After the hole is drilled, you have to live with it forever!|
|I had to sand some of the aluminum protrusions (where the allen bolts were screwed) to ensure the parts were flush or even / level against each other (i.e., minimum or no gaps between parts) when the allen bolts were tightly screwed.|
|Front boom installed.|
|If I had to do it all over again, I would install the bigger plate first and only halfway from the top (i.e., boom side).|
I eventually had to remove & re-install the rivets of the bottom (smaller) center plate when I installed the bottom side plates.
|These two strips are where the front part of the seat will be anchored.|
|This is where I used the rubber mallet to push down the aluminum sheet onto the aluminum support tube.|
|Same as above.|
|Bending those tubes for the wheel fairings were challenging for me.|
It took me forever and I still couldn't shape them perfectly.
|Selina took this shot of me working on the velomobile. It's now summer in the Philippines. Hot and humid.|
|Flooring under the seat is done.|
|A closer look at the flooring.|
|Rear wheel mud guard. I thought I did a good job on this one. My riveting skill is improving . . . finally.|
|Tube extension for the rear wheel mud guard.|
|Got those red c-clamps just in time for this important alignment.|
|This is when you feel the velomobile is actually taking shape.|
|All set for riveting.|