bubbahotep wrote:Here's yet another MV idea for you grizzled veterans to shoot at. I searched on MV-related threads and did see anything quite like it, so sorry if it's duplicate/redundant, or has been done before. The basic idea is a ferry boat with two decks. The lower one would be a bar/lounge area and the upper one would have a 'bridge' where the vehicle would be operated and an additional lounge area, or maybe an open 'dance floor'. I need to do a lot of homework on hydraulics, welding, fabrication, electronics, etc. Is this basic idea feasible for a totally amateur mechanic like me? Would it stand up to the harsh environment of the Playa?
I'm thinking of a 18-20 foot lo-boy (car-hauler) trailer as the base. The low deck height could give a boat-like appearence, especially if the wheels were covered. The weight capacity and wide wheelbase should support a two-deck vehicle with 20+ people. They cost around $1200 new, so hopefully a used one could be picked up on the cheap. To turn it into a self-propelled vehicle, I would a mount a 4x4 truck front axle to the A-frame, far enough back that the hitch could still be used to tow the vehicle to/from the Playa.
Attach a hydraulic motor to the front axle's differential. I would mount the engine on the side to give the interior an open ferry boat-like appearence. I'm envisioning the engine attached to a driveshaft with pullys driving a pump for the hydraulics and alternators for sound and lights.
I'd like to have a wooden ship wheel on the bridge. Maybe rig up a cable/pully system to connect it to the front axle's tie rod?
I don't really have a clear vision for how the brakes would work. Most lo-boy trailers have electric brakes. Would it be feasible to modify them for use in self-propelled mode, but still be able to use for trailering? Or what about using the front axle's brakes?
Any thoughts, feedback, and/or information sources would be appreciated.
trilobyte wrote:Anything's possible, it depends on the skills you currently have and are able to acquire, as well as your budget (whatever you think it will cost…triple it). It doesn't make a difference whether it's been done before, or even if it's been done well. It only matters whether you've done it and want to tackle the project.
bubbahotep wrote:Should have elaborated more on the aesthetics. I had a more art deco look in mind- aerodynamic, lots of chrome. More like this, but hopefully not too much like an Airstream trailer.
EspressoDude wrote:if you want KALAKALA, it is available
bubbahotep wrote:Since the entire drivetrain would essentially be mounted backwards from the way it was intended, I'm guessing the tranny would need to be in reverse gear in order to go forward. Shouldn't be a big deal since the speed limit is 5mph.
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