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Old 04-01-2017, 10:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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saw this while searching caigs and thought it would make a perfect aero vehicle. price is right. would be a cool car. has a great shape and it's not mine.
1957 twin engine piper apache airplane fuselage - $900 (Montgomery)
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Old 04-02-2017, 08:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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put in a tiny diesel and make it a trike
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I've never thought about that. It's genius!!
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I think there might be structural problems. With the plane, the loads of the main landing gear are carried by the wing's main spar. Almost all the weight is carried on the mains, very little on the nose wheel. (A reasonably strong person can lift the nose wheel off the ground - that's how I change the tire :-)) So I think it'd be hard to re-do the structure to handle highway wheel loads and have decent balance. Probably easier to start from scratch.
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Yeah, no.

Interestingly, there is a very similar fuselage on the roof of a garage in Cedar Flat (not 'Cedar Flats', it's not that big. ). The owner used to have a KC-135 and says he wants to make a road vehicle out of it.

The problem I see is the probiscus. Not much usable space there, maybe a frunk?

I'd bob the nose and attach a motorcycle to each side of the wing spar, and make it a five-wheeled tail-dragger.

Not a street-legal windshield though, 24hrs of lemons.
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Old 04-05-2017, 08:37 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Not just the aerodynamics, mostly the light weight, sometimes lead me to lurk about an aviation-inspired prototype. Might not be an easy project, but I'm sure it would be cool.
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