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Old 06-22-2012, 12:45 PM   #21
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Re: First amphibious RV bus?

A lot of good folks use school bus drive trains for their stern wheeler projects.

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Old 06-24-2012, 10:17 AM   #22
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I wouldn't worry to much about the naysayers. Back in the 'sixtys, VW folks in England and the US used to make water bugs. There were two types they made. The best model was the dry engine where they would weld in plates and make the engine compartment reasonably dry. The second method was the wet engine where they would allow the engine to run while the engine was half submerged. On the wet engine they would strip off all the fan shroud. They had two types of propulsion plus a fanciful method. They would stick props right on the crankshaft alternator pulley or use paddle wheels attached to the rear wheels. The American buggers would stick 70 hp evinrudes on the back bumper. In England the bug people would actually have races. I have wanted to make one since that time long ago. Anyway talk is cheap so you have come to the right place.
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:17 AM   #23
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Re: First amphibious RV bus?

First off I never said don't try to build it.
I only pointed out and what a marine engineer pointed out as well the problems you will run into.
Yet you continue to ? argue?
Now it is "pontoons"?
Your comment about hitting a "pot hole" and frame/body strength shows you have not thought out everything.
Hitting a pot hole has far less "shock" loading and stress compared to a big slow wave pushing on the body/frame.
Also you have gone from "ski" to putting around at ten knots?
Also no mention of the entire redesign of the engines cooling system and drive train.
As I already pointed out allot more redesigning has to be done and your $60,000.00 budget won't touch it.
As another poster pointed out; build a barge drive the bus onto it and "float" around; even use a PTO to power hydraulic motors to run the props..
You can even buy them from government surplus.
We are all waiting to see this project to the completion and by all means shows us pictures of your progress.
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Old 06-27-2012, 02:54 AM   #24
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Appears you know everything so knock yourself out and go for it.
I and maybe we all wait for your progress pictures.
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:46 PM   #25
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Lothians Volkswagen Club's VW Water Beetle is a ninety's redo of the sixty's water bugs.



I could build a better one to tow behind my bus. (keeping thread relevant.)
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:03 PM   #26
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It would seem that relevant is a relative term and is related to whos idea it is; who is responding; and Oh well, I'd enjoy seeing the project off the drawing board and in the fabrication shop--with lotsa pics. A bus/boat would be cool But that's just me.
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:28 AM   #27
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it takes money for that....
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:46 AM   #28
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i heard that a blonde's head is filled with ping pong balls... just saying..
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