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Old 06-18-2020, 10:09 PM   #741 (permalink)
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Is that loft functional or are those windows there mostly for aesthetics?

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Old 06-19-2020, 08:24 AM   #742 (permalink)
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Is that loft functional or are those windows there mostly for aesthetics?
They are skylights into the front room. It's a single level house.
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Old 06-19-2020, 12:28 PM   #743 (permalink)
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I have made strategic measured cuts in the Firebird floorpan so that it keys into the Prius V floorpan like a jugsaw puzzle. The transmission tunnel and driver's seat supports will have numerous areas where the two car floorpans are welded together. The Prius V floorpan is unmolested and retains its full strength. The Firebird structure will just add to it. It is easy to see where the white areas protrude into the Firebird's sheetmetal. I am doing a similar thing between the two firewalls and in the rear of the car.






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In the past, automotive journalists have reported that in many instances, American Sunroof Corporation was directly responsible all the structural engineering and modifications leading to the creation of convertibles added to a makers product line. The Firebird may be no exception, and lend to, and not detract from the Firebird/Prius marriage.
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They are skylights into the front room.
They looked quite narrow in the picture, so I was uncertain of its function. At least, besides providing more daylight exposure, they also might improve the air recirculation and allow some savings as you might be able to resort to air conditioning less often.
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They looked quite narrow in the picture, so I was uncertain of its function. At least, besides providing more daylight exposure, they also might improve the air recirculation and allow some savings as you might be able to resort to air conditioning less often.
They are for daylight into the front room, which faces east.

A/C and heat are both from the geothermal heat pump. There are also solar panels out back to provide much of the power during the day. The house is carbon neutral by design.
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They are skylights into the front room. It's a single level house.
Oof, those won't be fun to re-paint.
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A/C and heat are both from the geothermal heat pump.
I don't remember to have ever seen one.


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There are also solar panels out back to provide much of the power during the day. The house is carbon neutral by design.
Interesting. Well, I guess the savings from that approach would eventually be enough for you to pick some other cars and slap a Prius drivetrain into them
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Oof, those won't be fun to re-paint.
Completely vinyl clad. No painting ever.

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