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Old 09-01-2015, 08:07 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Well, what I was really thinking about was a gasifier, but the Philistines wouldn't know what they are.


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Old 09-01-2015, 02:23 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Yeah, kids these days...really.

LOW-TECH MAGAZINE: Wood gas vehicles: firewood in the fuel tank

Woodmobiles also appeared in the US, Asia and, particularly, Australia, which had 72,000 vehicles running on woodgas (source). Altogether, more than one million producer gas vehicles were used during World War Two.
Edit: My dream in the 1980s was to have a schoolbus with the front bumper pushed out, a wood chipper running off the front pulley of the engine with a blower that would pump wood chips to a hopper on the rear roof through a 4-6" duct, and an wood alcohol still on the back porch feeding the original fuel tank. It's natural habitat would have been slash piles in the hills of the PNW.

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Old 09-01-2015, 05:33 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Well, what I was really thinking about was a gasifier, but the Philistines wouldn't know what they are.
Well .. We can only expect Australian Musical Groups from of the late 1980's .. to know so much.

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Weight is the enemy of endurance. A brick dropped from a height will break into a million pieces that a block of styrofoam will survive (even in a vacuum).
What does weight have to do with safety? And I find it hard to believe a 5 pound brick dropped from 10 feet will survive better than a 6 pound Styrofoam block dropped at the same height.

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The MotoTec Solar Electric Go Kart provides up to a 2 hour ride time with its integrated 4watt monocrystalline silicon solar panel on the rear wing that continuously recharges the go kart while in use. It's powered by a 16Ah 24v battery pack and 350 Watt DC motor that can reach speeds of 15mph. The solar panel can also charge the go kart while not in use or with the battery charger in 4-6 hours. This go kart comes standard with 9 inch pneumatic tires for a variety of terrain and easy to use disc brakes.

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Old 09-09-2015, 11:42 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Does that thing have front and back wheel skirts, or did they just not render the bottom 15% of the wheels?

Riding a bike from class to class seemed like too much work--at my school I needed a good lock, a cable, etc., and it was not like I could hit top speed with all of those dang pedestrians, so I bought a scooter.

A friend grabbed it and rode it around the bus yard. When he saw the weight restriction, he laughed, and told me that he doubled it.

Eventually, I told it:

(Well, child's play thing...)

and upgraded to an adult's scooter.
It was curious because old women always complained about kids riding skateboards around campus, while each of them dragged a backpack on wheels, and took up more space than I did.
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