Steve Cole's Re'Cycle
"What happens when you leave a bunch of
parts around a heated garage in a cold winter" - Steve Cole
Built from parts of 15 different
vehicles - see below for the list and
The Re'Cycle makes an appearance at Big Walker
The Proud Parent
The cockpit. The white edging is a zipper. An enclosure
(and heaters!) make The Recycle a year round vehicle.
The Re'Cycle was built by Steve Cole.
Photos Above by Richard Cobb
Photos Below by Steve Cole
The Winter Top
The Summer Top
(stowed behind seat for quick installation in case of rain)
is Steve's description and parts
"My story and I'm sticking to it. Gotta give credit where credit is
due. The main engineer was God. I talked to him he showed me what to do
and Re' is rolling proof that prayer works.
I have a disorder that has come down through the generations in my
family called packious ratus aka "pack rat". Coming from a long
line of pack rats and having a lot of friends with the same
disorder, parts were everywhere. Keep in mind that very very few new
parts were bought, except for engine rebuild parts,
bearings, tires, etc. I think the only new parts
purchased were the tach and one headlight bulb.
Parts from the front:
Forks and wheel - zx 1000 Kawasaki $80. eBay and looked the part
too. fairing - Harley flx? very crashed. Picked up from a
friends trash pile and he still charged me $75. guess it's a good thing
he was a friend.
Headlight - Freightliner cab over road tractor
Headlight door - 59 Ford Rick at Ricky Lee's Body Shop
Windshield - sheet of lexan
windshield fan - old school bus
windshield defrost heater on right - one of the marts - lasted
about a week.
Handlebar, switches, and gauges - Suzuki Harley Yamaha Kawasaki
am / fm / cd - from the wife Christmas present
Radio console - from Jerry Elkins off his old harley
Air compressor to keep the front forks pumped up - Dennis
Console on left at gear shift, also from Jerry out of an old jeep.
Front seat - little brother Dennis Nissan pu
Back seat - Dodge van small seat in back of van picked up for $10 at
the same time I picked up the front end.
Body Triumph Spitfire 74 and 76 - Donnie Mullins the guy I started
flying with in his Grumman. Their were 2 bodies and were dug out of the
weeds and were in terrible shape. Note on the body. I extended the
quarter panels on the sides 7 1/2 " on each side to cover the wide
tires on rear.
Tail lights - had picked them up years ago and they were lying in the
Rear wheels - Ford - Nick Lester former student and an all
around nice guy.
Rear bumper - eBay - Had to widen to fit the body.
Wheel opening and marker lights Suburu Brat - another trip to my junk
Rear luggage rack - Ford Escort
The best for last, What makes it go. 1973 VW super beetle - Hassle
Smith owned this car put 200,000 plus miles on it and sold it to me for
almost nothing in 1990. The engine started out a very worn out stock
1600. I built the engine with the help of Jeff Hodges (a friend
for the last 30
years and teaches the Auto mechanics shop next door).
87mm piston and cylinders
new everything except crank
light weight fly wheel
Well there you have it. Took 6 months part time to get it road worthy,
and 14 months to get a title. Should have only taken 3 weeks but that
is another story. I'm still upset with the DMV.
Re' or Re'cycle is an on going experiment. I'm adding to it as time
goes by. Re' was designed to fit me and Sam (my loving wife).
I have 2 tops for Re. The summer top is folded up behind the rear
you see the rain coming you can be off the road top up and back on the
road in less that 5 min.
The winter top stays on from around November till it gets warm in the
spring. I have the heaters hooked up and have been out in 3 degree
weather and snow, no problem good and warm.
Believe it or not snow is not as big a problem as you might think. You
have to take the curves a little slower and it does good up to 6" then
it really doesn't steer all that great."