Prototype Amphibious Sports car

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by thehildi25, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. kach22i
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    kach22i Architect

    Details please.

    Some of the HCA members went down there and were not allowed in. Add on to of this people were trying to steal their gas and water so providing help became problematic. Hovercraft do need gas, and their operators need their water they brought.
     
  2. thehildi25
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    Thanks for the pictures apex1 gives me a starting point. I am thinking of running a shaft off of the crankshaft into a jet pump drive seal/bearing looks about the same as they did it from where I'm sitting. Where could I find a "DOG" SIMILAR to the one in the picture?
     
  3. Ramius41
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    George I knew when i put that part in you would ask why....you have a small HC and you know you cannot put 12 people in or on it!....when a boat would pull up to a house to rescue people...they would all try and pile up on,in or just hold onto it!....there were a lot of panic involved!....also tons of obsticles around and very close quarters to manuever ....And I am a fan(pun intended!) of hovercraft , but they have limits!
     
  4. kach22i
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    Hovercraft tolerate that sort of thing about 10x's worse than boats. Weight is everything on a hovercraft, one cannot exceed max. load.
     
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  6. Ramius41
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    And you can have it for the small fee of about $200K !!!....:D
     
  7. mydauphin
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    How about something that just floats because it is sits in big *** tires, and stick and outboard in back
     
  8. rambat
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    Catch up

    Thanks for the comments about the 829, It never hurts to have a "Wow" factor in a new product especially one that works. The dog-clutch that the Schwimmwagen used was very similar to the dog clutches in outboards, see:
    http://www.go2marine.com/product.do?no=158571F&WT.mc_id=gb1

    So when you go looking for a junk outboard see if you can dig out a clutch also. I need to quit saying it does 55 mph, the production ones will go as fast as 80 since this one was set-up with an extra high low gear for extreme submerged junk climbing. Its street legal, LADOT will allow retention of the donor car VIN and registration from the new cars purchased, I use everything off a new 2 door front wheel drive vehicle except the body and glass into my configuration of hull, body and frame.
    I cannot wait to drive to Wal-Mart with it, the local police have already ordered the first to patrol the lake front with a "litter" in the bed in case a situation happens on the deep side of the seawall. They need it for the almost yearly flooding episodes too.

    thehildi25 I think you need to take the challenges one at a time. Amphibious is hard enough and usually a submerged vehicle is what you get weather you planned it for that or not.
     
  9. tinhorn
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    Outboard is optional:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxTPe0jj-5g

    Looks like four-wheel-drive is a good idea.
     

  10. thehildi25
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    I'm pretty sure that I have used enough foam to make sure that I wont sink, and I haven't started trying to sink it. I just meant that If needed it would be able to be seaworthy. With a Hydraulically sealed canopy and windows that are affixed to the vehicle There would be minimal leakage. With an addition of a roll bar the front windshield would get needed reinforcement. I actually passed my CHP inspection and recieved an amphibian bodytype from them.

    Durring my redesign of the original Sterling I added 3.5 inches of headroom and shifted the canopy forward 4 inches. Both creating needed cockpit space and comfort. This change also alows the use of an unmodified VW beetle chassis. No chopping or cutting or lowering the floorboards required, totally stock(built water tight).

    I guess that I will make something to propel this thing, but legally I can't. If I make the car "turnkey" now I have to be considered a manufacturer at 2010 emission and engine requirements. If I make the car and the new owner goes and has the motor installed through an indepentant company (no affiliation to my company) then the owner is capable of registering the car as a special construction vehicle with DMV. As long as you answer the questionscorrectly and honestly at the SMOG referee(BAR) its rather easy to register.

    ROB
     
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