DO the whole thing in Special A-1 Armor steel!What about the Canadian Argo vehicles?
And Ura-Ki, lol, use ballistic steel plates for the lower half, build similar to the German SDKFZ 221 scout car but leave top half unarmored with cage?
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Then you'll need a way more powerful engine.. one of the smaller Cummins v6s?DO the whole thing in Special A-1 Armor steel!
For a while I considered a Subaru Baja, but got my X1 instead. If Subaru still made the Baja I might have bought one. Ditto with the Honda Element. But for off-road, I like my Toyota 4x4 pickup.A slick little build would be to harvest a old Subaru Justy 4X4 turbo ( With Low Range) and build a small rig from that!
I would have a bunch of Steal Plate CNC Plasma cut to shape and build it as a monocoque!
A Bigger more powerful version would harvest one of the last of the Ford Exploders with the Independent suspension and 5.0L V-8 drive train, same Steel Plate Mono chassis/cage as above, just bigger! I'm thinkin Mad Max beyond Thunderdome War Rig!
So the shop is finished with my car - $1K+change is the bill to repair the damage cause by the mice to the wiring. Would have cost a lot more if they had replaced the wiring harness instead of repairing it.FWIW - mice have damaged the wiring harness on my BMW X1. Replacing the harness would cost close to $2K. Repairing it (not sure it is possible yet) will probably be $1K. The car drives ok, but ABS and other things are disabled and the computer is very confused. I am not sure if the AWD works or not - maybe not. Not sure if it would pass emissions with the constant confusion in the computer - DEQ plugs into the computer to get their info on late model cars - they do not put anything in the tailpipe.
Vehicles with complex systems like this are nice for daily drivers - I like my X1 and prefer to drive it over my trucks, even though my trucks have had mouse problems too.
In a SHTF situation something that is simpler and easier to repair or work around issues, it probably better to have.
I would like something like that with a Ducati 1+ liter V-Twin - I love the sound of those. I would be interested in how you are going to drive the 4 wheels.Im currently building a 6 wheel buggy (two axles in the back, both with power). With a 670cc v twin. Im going to make skis for the front too. Put paddle tires on the back and take it on groomed trails to my cabin in the winter. Ill do some sort of rifle rest for the passenger too. There is a range we can drive into, perfect setup for comfy shooting. Ill do a roll cage, and probably put a jump seat on the roof for my crazy friends Still have a ways to go. Getting inspiration from the Chenworth buggy:
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Chain drive would be easiest, couple of #10 farm chains and sprockets would be super easy to rig, plenty of ratio options!Yeah, I'm curious as to what setup for powered rear axles with the V twin.. quickest/most economical that I can visualize is basically tandem axle setup with the "middle" axle driving the rearmost axle?
Yeabut Im looking at a lot of the current 6x6 UTVs which appears to use tandem axles with their independent suspensions vs the straight axles with chains and sprockets?Chain drive would be easiest, couple of #10 farm chains and sprockets would be super easy to rig, plenty of ratio options!
You could build anything with the right mind set, a couple of short shafts and pillow bearings, and "steering" U-Joints to make the movable shafts, some simple hub design and your off to the races!Yeabut Im looking at a lot of the current 6x6 UTVs which appears to use tandem axles with their independent suspensions vs the straight axles with chains and sprockets?
You should check out "sidewinder" style karts. The utilize motorcycle engines specifically, and many of the suspension components from said bike. Pretty cool.I would like something like that with a Ducati 1+ liter V-Twin - I love the sound of those. I would be interested in how you are going to drive the 4 wheels.
I have a Grillo two wheel tractor which, if I had them, I could put tracks on in place of the current wheels. I have not bought the tracks - I should.
Are you in WA? I see used skid steer tracks pop up at auctions quite often, they sell for next to nothing.Looks to be pretty simple and should be easy enough, got some ideas to make it better!
Just need to find a pair of decent tracks, I have everything else I would need, including a 22 HP V-Twin motor and clutch assembly!