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Old 05-19-2009, 09:36 PM   #1
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Re: Snorkle disquised as a diesel exhaust?


most dog nosed buses already have the air cleaner above the motor. Driving in water that is deeper than that (above your steering wheel) cannot be a realistic goal. The fuel tank would fill up with water, as well as the transmission, the rear axle and the entire inside of the bus. And....water that deep probably doesnt' have a cement on the bottom, so you'd be driving through 6 foot deep water with mud on the bottom and get stuck for sure, filling the entire bus and it's important components with water.
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:08 AM   #2
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Re: Snorkle disquised as a diesel exhaust?

A yellow sub. Great idea, not a problem! Just seal up the door and make sure the widows are all closed and latched. You should have no problem running in water to about 8' deep. Just be sure to post some pics after your "Maiden voyage" and share whatever you smoked before you went in. Good luck
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Old 05-20-2009, 04:25 PM   #3
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Re: Snorkle disquised as a diesel exhaust?

This is completely silly, but fun, so i'll answer.

You wont be fording however, the water displacement of a 'hull' that size will actually make it float so the snorkel need not be excessively tall. Actually the normal air cleaner will probably work just fine under the hood. You'd be building an amphibian instead of a submersible. To build a submarine version would require a ridiculous amount of weight to stay down equal to the displaced water, a cubic foot of water is 62lbs so a back of the napkin calculation of 40ft long by 8ft wide by 8 feet tall is already 2560 cubic feet or 158,720lbs of displaced water(!) Something of that weight wouldn't be road legal, not even the 4 axle Michigan quads (26 wheeler) for rock hauling weigh that much and wouldn't even have a strong enough frame for it let alone axles or suspension. Plus extra weight beyond displacement to actually have traction while under water. So you'll be building an amphibian.

Look into the Terra Wind amphibious motorhome. It's been done.

If you wanted to try and clone it, first step would be to take the entire body off and obviously waterproof it to a reasonable depth that would float the whole vehicle, maybe up to the bottom of the windows to be safe. Sealing everything with fiberglass, a replacement higher mounted or water proof door and making sure all penetrations of this hull are done like a boat would be designed for underwater use, mostly the steering wheel as the only essential thing that cant be put higher up.

Then your powertrain will have to be waterproofed. Many military trucks are made for fording so something like parts from an M35 would probably make a good replacement powertrain.

You'll also want some kind of a jet drive probably to actually get anywhere in the water.
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:47 PM   #4
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I hadn't seen Terra Wind, but I had seen the Surface Orbiter up close and personal several years ago. It was for sale at the time, I don't remember the asking price but it was equal to about 2 or 3 houses in the suburbs. ... biter.html
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Old 05-21-2009, 08:11 AM   #5
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look in the gallery, their is a picture of the monster garage aquabus.
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