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Old 03-15-2014, 09:48 PM   #81 (permalink)
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aerohead -- When I mention thosr things, like always Copy before Preview, It's because I still kick myself every time, again.

Checking my albums, here's what I find relevant (some of these don't preview, I'll trust the forum software to sort it out):

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don't cut up old buses!


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Old 03-17-2014, 06:56 PM   #82 (permalink)
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The transport is what came to mind, the axle would have to be moved to about the front door area, the current front and rear wheel areas just filled. You could even hide the new wheels behind the doors but leave them functional so if you had a flat you could still access it just by opening the door.
Looking at Lay's research,if reversed,the Pontiac might show in the range of Cd 0.20.That's as a backwards van.
Drafting close to the tow vehicle,it's Cd would be lower,as well as the tow vehicle.
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don't cut up old buses

I spoke with a musician friend about a mutual friend who deals in VW buses.When he told me the prices they are fetching I had to catch my breath.I've got 'religion' now.'won't be cutting any buses up.
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That one that sold at auction for $198,000 was an over-restored '63. I've stood next to (but didn't touch) one that was better. A Chesnut Brown/Sealing Wax Red 23-window 1954 barndoor bus—original show-room condition with right hand drive! I owned a basket-case '54 barndoor.

Part of the reason is the Fed is printing money so fast. It has to go somewhere so there is selective inflation in some things like fine art and old VW buses.

FYI, this is fiberglass.


They said (a few years ago) they were producing 4 a month.
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23-window

My first microbus ride was in a friend's, older sister's, 23-window.White over blue.She'd run us to the beach for surfing.The family had a Ghia also.
And oldest brother's friend Ed had a windowless one who also did surf taxi service for younger brother and I.
I'll bet we never went over 50-mph with those reduction-gear rear axles!
I still have my '70 Transporter and Ghia.If I get enough years they'll amount to something.Time goes so fast now!
PS,the composite VW trailer is really sweet.
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Hey ecomodder gang,
Long time no see I thought I’d give an update on my Aero-Teardrop Mk 1 trailer. Well in a non analytical word it worked “Great”. But more analytically our Matrix averaged 29.9 mpg while towing. About half the time at 60mpg on the highway and the other half slow speed on very back roads and very hilly, mountains actually Funny enough is that the mpg was nearly the same for the two environments!

For comparison the car has 130kmiles and a lifetime average of about 37mpg with no aero mods. When driving with two bicycles on the roof at 60mph it gets about 33. So about 10% worse than hauling bikes, not too bad I supppose.

I never got around to the Mk 2 trailer and car mods. I was offered a price for the trailer that I couldn’t refuse Then I went and did something really stupid and bought a truck camper for my F250. When carrying the camper it gets about 15mpg @ 60mph using that expensive diesel compared to 19mpg with a cap on However, looking for a positive, not too bad though compared to towing my 10k lb of sailboat and trailer at 60mpg and 12mpg.

But I must say camping, especially when the weather is crappy is Sooooo much nicer than in the Teardrop So my project this year is aero mods to the truck and camper to see if I can’t get her up to 17mpg!!!!
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PS,the composite VW trailer is really sweet.
I checked. They're still around—Dub-Box USA. They're on Holcomb Blvd. in Oregon City.



Edit: How about this—double side doors:

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Speaking of aerodynamic trailer. Just rang across this:



Couldn't find much more info. But looks like a decent front end treatment. Not much that can be done on the back if the ramp door is needed.

A little more info, but not much:
Construction Information | Utility Trailer FOR SALE
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Speaking of aerodynamic trailer. Just rang across this:



Couldn't find much more info. But looks like a decent front end treatment. Not much that can be done on the back if the ramp door is needed.

A little more info, but not much:
Construction Information | Utility Trailer FOR SALE
She's pretty sweet.
Here's an old-school stock trailer which might have a little more usable space up front.http://www.circlehstablecarolina.com...ailers_023.jpg
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Would a 2-4 inch spoiler work on the top of this trailer?

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