long time lurking behind the scene

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long time lurking behind the scene

Postby rollingcowboy » 16 Feb 2012, 10:01

Greetings fellow powerchair hot rodders!

First thing to say is Congratulations to BM for what he has done with this website!
I have no doubts that you have influenced many wc users to improve their quality of life.
You have certainly been a positive influence to me.

I have been following BM's site for many years - finally decided to join in.
I am T12 para, 1972, at the age of 17 - motorcycle accident.
Have had plenty of complications along the way - comes with the territory right?!! - am now full time in a custom made powerchair.
From the beginning I was not happy with any of the equipment that was made available to me.
My father is a doityourself die hard - some of it rubbed off on me.
We modified the first chair I got - cut all of the unnecessary stuff off - (sound familiar?). We made the first hand controls I used, etc........

At about 1982 we got serious and I started building manual chairs from 4130 chrome molly for use in basketball and racing.
Actually sold a few to some of the local guy's here in the Denver area.
Still have the one I built in 1983 - it has survived about 200 basketball games.

I started with my first pc in 2002 recovering from back surgery - hated it.
It was an Invacare GB Arrow. The brushless motors were cool - but that was all.
4 years ago I had to start using the Arrow full time.

I was going to (still might some day) build myself a BM chair but quickly found out the the 646 frames are aluminum here and I didn't want to mess with that.

So I started buying pc's off of ebay and craigs list for parts. I think I'm up to 7 now.

This is already too long so I am going to start another thread about my modified pc's.

I do need to say that I am on the other end of the scale from BM - meaning that he builds nice clean really cool looking chairs - I have not!
My first attempts are more of the "Rat Rod" version.

Tomorrow I will take some pictures and show you what I have done.

Scott
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Re: long time lurking behind the scene

Postby Burgerman » 16 Feb 2012, 10:53

I too have one ratter!

3 shiny ones finished and built to OCD standards, and one that is used, abused, bent, gets parts from all the others only to keep it servicable. Its still going strong after 13 years of abuse. It lives outside 8 months of the year, covered in crap and bird shit. Tyres down to the canvas, bent casters, siezed suspension, but basically mechanically servicable.
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Re: long time lurking behind the scene

Postby Step » 16 Feb 2012, 15:58

Burgerman wrote: one that is used, abused, bent, gets parts from all the others only to keep it servicable. Its still going strong after 13 years of abuse. It lives outside 8 months of the year, covered in crap and bird shit. Tyres down to the canvas, bent casters, siezed suspension, but basically mechanically servicable.


Can I buy it?
I'm sure it still beats the tarr out of most stock ones! :lol:

Welcome rollingcowboy!
I like rat bikes! Love to see your approach on wheelchair improvements.
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Re: long time lurking behind the scene

Postby Armand » 17 Feb 2012, 00:03

Burgerman wrote:, covered in crap and bird shit. .


You had me excited until this. Not that I'm a germ-a-phobe or anything :o
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