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Old 08-28-2012, 07:03 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Btw, I love that metro! And I would totally be down for doing something like that once this main problem is solved. Are geos fwd? I would assume so, or that's a Very very long driveshaft.

Maybe a small shuttle bus wouldn't be considered commercial...they would be wide enough.

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Old 08-28-2012, 10:09 PM   #32 (permalink)
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The law was surely put in place to...
put a satisfied smirk on a bureaucrats face.

Way back when, I had a 1952 Silver Streak 23' travel trailer. I gutted it (replaced 40% of the floor and a bunch of metal in the frame) and went down to the DMV and told them it was now a utility travel. The registration dropped from X per foot of length to a flat $20. Give that a shot.

Could you mod the band members so they pack tighter?

Geo Metros are front wheel drive. So are Olds Toranados with a 2nd rear axle. =)
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:53 PM   #33 (permalink)
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The robots are streamlined about as small as they can get, I could get smaller amps, but that often makes the sound not as "big". We run through a house PA, but often it is extremely sub standard and only used for vocals, so large amps are needed.

Yeah, I'm going to try to get the classification changed for now at the DMV since I need a new front plate anyways (fell off). I don't have any rv type stuff in it anymore, no water/toilet/propane/AC/sink/cooking/etc. It's just a Large passenger van with it's bench seat.

If I got this legal I'd just keep it for now and then do a diesel swap, I could live with that. Otherwise, I am at a loss of what to do yet. Still trying to think it through.
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Never give up. Cut it down to a sleeper cab, and make the 8' wide box with swing-out legs like they put on big cranes. Then you can jack it up, drive the truck out from under it and drop it to the ground for unloading. Later on when you robotize the legs, it can waddle into the venue.
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Nice! I think unleashing a giant legged car crushing robot on my city might give me some hand in this situation. More hand is needed now!
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Old 08-29-2012, 11:42 PM   #36 (permalink)
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I've been thinking, and growing some balls. I'm getting really mad at my city and my state for putting me thru all this ****, so I'm going to do what I'm sure many others have done before me.
I'm gonna do something crazy they won't like, but there will be nothing they can do about it.

Yep, 95% sure I'm going to get rid of my camper body, just gonna chop it up and recycle the aluminum. Should take part of a day. Destruction is fun!

Then my plan is to shorten the frame to 16ft (pretty easy due to the small frame extensions in the rear). Then I'm going to remake the Subframe and body
in as much an aerodynamical way as I can while still keeping an 8ft (ish) width.
I'm going to do some Photoshop tonight or tomorrow and will post drawings.
It will have a fold up tail that will flatten to the body when Im parked for the night. Should I start a new thread for this?

Btw, I saw that trucker who almost doubled his mileage, and that's my goal here. Going to try to get from 7mpg to 13-14mpg.
Even if I don't succeed, any improvement will save me big time $$$.
Even if I only get 10% better economy, that's $800 in one tour.
I figure the materials should only cost me about $400 or less, since I find scrap steel and plywood all the time.
Planning on using galvanized steel sheet for the body, as for framing I'm torn whether to do wood or the metal studs, or maybe square steel tubing?
What do you think? I want to keep the body as light as possible.

Planning on making a nose cone spoiler of sorts, then sloping the old van front end following the windshield angle up to the roof then slightly sloping towards the back. I'll keep a sleeper style bed setup, but it will be a fold out design to allow standing when not needing the rest.

So waddya think? If I give it the fold up transformer tail, improve the front flow with no flat spots, and cover the wheel wells, skin the bottom, keep corners radiused to 2in at least, I should get this sucker being a much more aerodynamic brick.

The only downside I can think of is that I won't be able to get out of a gas station without answering a ton of questions. That might really be a drag.

I'm actually kind of busting about doing this. I've been looking for a new project.
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I'm gonna do something crazy they won't like, but there will be nothing they can do about it....Should I start a new thread for this?
Oh no, I've created a Monster!

It's been just you and me in here for a while. Every time you post it bumps to the top of Introductions, but I don't know how many will see it there. OTOH the thread has been viewed 331 times. Maybe post in Aerodynamics?

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So waddya think?
I don't know; right I'm tired––I stayed up 'til 4 am last night working on this:
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Old 08-30-2012, 02:49 AM   #38 (permalink)
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Ok, on my way. Great model btw!

Project thread: http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...act-23122.html

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