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B17 Sidecar

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My wife likes it. Most important question: How much does it cost?
Number 2: where are you?

Saw this at IMS in Cleveland. Great build, looks fantastic! I have detailed pics, but it looks like you don't need them if the builder is on the forum. 🙂 I was thinking if I rebuilt a tub, it might look something like this. Except maybe with machine guns.... LOL

MrMike - 2/18/2018 8:46 PM

My wife likes it. Most important question: How much does it cost?
Number 2: where are you?

I am in Pella Iowa. Cost is a tough question as most people don't understand to intensity of a project like this. Usually I break it down into the numbers and let you do the math because labor hours is more relatable. I have about 350hours of labor in this thing. my labor rate for one off metal work is $105/hr.

hope this helps.

I kind of figured it would be way out of my league. Sure is nice though.

You really can't quote labor price like. It's a labor of love, no one would pay $40,000.00 for a sidecar like that. It's fantastic, I love it, but the chainmail I made is about the amount of hours, and even at low hourly rates, I can't get anywhere near that price for it.

Speaking of which, anyone wanna buy a hardened steel chainmail shirt? LOL

The customer paid for every minute of this build. When a customer has an idea for a project and wants it bad enough to commission some else to build it. Why should the builder pay out of his pocket by giving free labor. He paid every minute and was stoked on the final product.

fabrycatedmetal - 2/20/2018 7:53 AM

The customer paid for every minute of this build. When a customer has an idea for a project and wants it bad enough to commission some else to build it. Why should the builder pay out of his pocket by giving free labor. He paid every minute and was stoked on the final product.

I agree with you 100% . If that is what he wanted and was willing to pay for it....more power to him. Not fair to say "No one would pay that kind of money for a side car like that" just because you don't have the funds to pay it.
He obviously did and was happy. Hell, Jay Leno would buy 6 of them and not bat eye. ....haha

Keep up the good work. That thing is beautiful...... 🙂

fabrycatedmetal - 2/20/2018 10:53 AM

The customer paid for every minute of this build. When a customer has an idea for a project and wants it bad enough to commission some else to build it. Why should the builder pay out of his pocket by giving free labor. He paid every minute and was stoked on the final product.

Absolutely. It's a beautiful thing, and I was wrong to say 'no one'. There's someone who will pay for almost anything, and if I had the money, I'd certainly buy that. In fact, it's probably the only thing at the IMS show I took a lot of pictures of. I really loved it, the fabrication is excellent, the workmanship self-evident just from a glance at these pictures, and they don't do it justice. Every rivet was given care, and you can see that in the build. I so wanted to get closer than the ropes, too, but you just don't disrespect like that. Glad I have the opportunity to tell the builder, "Great Job." I accidentally got in the IMRG photo I forgot about because I was hanging around that area when they started setting up for it. LOL

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