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Old 07-10-2013, 10:05 AM   #994 (permalink)
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I like it, it doesn't have to look like half a car either, could be nice and flat, still be a good stick hauler.
The easiest approach is "half a car", since the electric drive is already built in. I'll admit I'm not interested in completely re-engineering everything just to make the trailer look more like a trailer. (And I kind of like the idea of the half-a-car look.)

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Cheaper insurance than two cars too.
That thought crossed my mind.

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Only drive-ability concerns are ... brakes in electric only mode
It's pretty easy to keep/get vacuum assist in the lead car: just spin the engine, either with the key or let the clutch out. Don't even have to start it. Or add a vacuum pump.

It would make sense to have brakes on the pusher as well. It would need a vacuum pump though (currently they're manual). And a way to activate them.
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