55 by 55 trike
GeeBee 55 by 55 trike

By Garrie Hill   

Garrie Hill wants to go 55MPH under his own power, before his 55th birthday, so to perform this feat Garrie needs a fast streamliner. He's planning on completing it for use at the 2008 WHPSC at Battle Mountain.

Georgi Georgiev of Varna fame gave Garrie the molds for the Varna trike.

Because the fairing was designed for Sam Whittingham, and too narrow for him, he added a 3" foam spacer to widen the full length of the fairing.

Garrie says "We don' need no steenkin' canopy! I'm going to vacuum form a clear nose, very similar to the Zokra."
Rich Myers wants to go fast too. He's helping Garrie build the trike.

Here, Rich studies the fairing plug while he and Garrie work to widen the right half of the trike male plug

After the male plug was widened and finished, it was used to create a female mold. Here's the male plug in the female mold with plug upside down and foam spacer showing.
After the female mold cured, the foam spaced was chipped out. Now it's time to remove the plug from the female mold.
Because the trike shape has that asymmetric rear wheel fairing, it won't pop right out of the mold.  Brute force needs to be applied to get the male plug out. This shows the mounting of the jacking bridges.
All jacking bridges are in place, now it's time to start jacking the plug out.
The plug is coming out, but shimming is required to get more travel on the jacking bridge.
The plug is removed from female mold. Looks great!
The right female mold is almost ready to go!
Garrie and Rich spent a weekend to lay up and extract the right side fairing of the new 55-55 trike.
This is the front of the freshly pulled fairing. Note the ridge where you can see the added fairing width.
The top side of the fairing. Check out that sexy wheel bulge.
The bottom back, looking very areo.
The trike fairing backside. 

Garrie and Rich have now also finished the left side female mold.

Garrie says:
"Well, I worked during lunchtime and managed to get the second half out of the mold. I had to use a combination of steel plate/screw jacks under the flange and 24" long x .032" thick Lexan wedges. You can see some of the jacking plates still attached to the flange in the first and second pictures."

"This half has a virtually pristine surface since we used the ultraslow set epoxy. OTOH, the whole surface has a gray sticky layer of #77 adhesive. It'll come off with a little solvent."
Some of the flange material is removed to allow the two halves to be bonded together.
Inside the left half of the trike fairing

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