What I've Been Lusting Over

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  1. Olla

    nice object of your affection…

    December 11, 2011
    1. Munkyman

      yeah each are sexy for their own reasons.

      December 11, 2011
      1. Olla

        so when are you going to take the plunge…

        December 12, 2011
        1. Munkyman

          The only one that’s “real” isn’t street legal in the Us, so I’m still just lusting & plotting to build my own from scratch.

          December 12, 2011
        2. Munkyman

          I like hubless wheels because they make for a much lighter vehicle, I really like the tadpole design & if I had the resources I’d build something very close to the Opel. The fabric skin on the BMW is just dead sexy & again ultra light.

          December 12, 2011
          1. Olla

            cool.. so when are you going to get started on this project..

            December 12, 2011
            1. Munkyman

              My plan is to buy the drive train in the Spring, learn to weld in the Summer & have a frame & rack by Fall… I hope to have controls & a battery by next Winter & be able to drive it the following Spring.

              December 12, 2011
              1. Olla

                cool.. I expect progress reports…

                December 12, 2011
                1. Munkyman

                  I’ll be video taping the whole build process.

                  December 12, 2011
                2. Olla

                  sweet..

                  December 12, 2011
                3. Munkyman

                  I’m still dithering over front wheel or rear wheel drive & the possibility of using a hub motor.

                  December 12, 2011
                4. Olla

                  well.. I have driven both front and rear wheel drive.. my experience is that the front wheel drive is more stable at higher speeds and in adverse road conditions.. but that is in sedans.. I don’t know anything about motors.. I am a good shop rat.. I can take them apart.. clean parts and put them back together.. but.. I have no knowledge about how they work.. my job is to insert key.. start.. and drive..

                  December 12, 2011
                5. Munkyman

                  Front wheel is generally considered safer & rear wheel is considered more “sporty.” If I go front wheel drive I probably won’t use a hub motor system because it’ll require synchronizing 2 controllers, I used to synchronize carburetors & I’d rather not have to synchronize anything I don’t absolutely have to. The temptation is to use a rear wheel system & a hub motor built for motorcycles, which makes the whole thing much lighter. Hub motors are reportedly sensitive to road vibrations so motor durability becomes the question.

                  December 12, 2011
                6. Olla

                  yes.. well.. at 85 miles an hour I never thought about sporty.. I have such a lead foot… and then you start talking about synchronization..

                  December 12, 2011
                7. Munkyman

                  I don’t plan on it going faster than 70 if that, the 1st one I only need to do 50 mph.

                  December 12, 2011
                8. Olla
                  my scooter only goes 60 and 35 is fast enough on it..

                  December 12, 2011
                9. Munkyman

                  I want to drive it on a 45 mph road for 9 miles each way.

                  December 12, 2011
                10. Olla

                  I am excited for you.. it sounds like a fun project..

                  December 12, 2011
                11. Munkyman

                  We shall see. At least as I take my time the price of batteries is falling.

                  December 12, 2011
                12. Olla

                  yep.. and they keep getting better too..

                  December 12, 2011
  2. dreamshadow59

    They won’t keep you warm at night though Munk.

    December 12, 2011
    1. Munkyman

      1st things 1st.

      December 12, 2011
      1. dreamshadow59

        Hehehehehe!!!!!!

        December 12, 2011
  3. Olla

    shoot.. you just have pictures right now and already you have attracted two babes..

    December 12, 2011
  4. pastormike

    oh yeah babe! when i was a 6th grader a guy in our teeny little town got to test one of the Chrysler turbine cars. man.. what a kick that was! it might as well have been a space ship.. it accelerated like a summbitch and and made a supercool WHOOSH…. and it was really futuristic looking. was a special shade of bronze.. remember it so well.

    December 12, 2011
    1. Munkyman

      I wanted a turbine jet powered bike pretty bad when I was a teen.

      December 12, 2011
      1. pastormike

        the thing was just unreal.. the dash had all kinda real cool dials and lights.. it had like metal mesh seat covers. one big ol’ exhaust right in the middle.. looked like the back end of a jet engine.. real thrill for a small town.

        December 12, 2011
        1. Munkyman

          I’ve seen the car, never gotten close to one though, I can only imagine how cool that was in a small town in the 60’s. I had a Falcon Futura from the same year, a serious rip off by comparison.

          December 12, 2011
          1. pastormike

            he’d pack a whole bunch of us kids in it and go blasting up the hill. the acceleration was just amazing. neat experience..

            December 12, 2011
  5. monicaspeaks

    purr

    very nice

    December 12, 2011
  6. drivefaastakechances

    you know i love the excitement of change. i do. but when it comes to cars i am very old school. i love, i mean i love…. and think there is nothing sexier than seeing break calibers exposes thru rims of a good tire. i mean, i will pause. it will turn my head.. stop me driving which rarely anything does.. to turn my head when i see a beautiful car and/or its beautiful parts. i still lust after a vintage muscle car… i checked out the hubless hundai.. onto the next … i’ll be back.. but my phrase as of recent having driven and owned a 325is is … once you go german …. you never go back… so on to the nexy

    December 17, 2011
    1. Munkyman

      Each of them has one thing about it that I lust for, the Hyundai uses the footprint I’m looking at, the Opel has two seats one behind the other & the BMW has a fabric skin that’s very light & exceptionally aerodynamic.

      December 17, 2011
    2. Munkyman

      BTW F. Porsche’s 1st patents were for an electric diesel hybrid that held the land speed record for about a decade.

      December 17, 2011
  7. Munkyman

    I love the “green machines” (that was the toy one when I was a kid) There’s a serious problem with motorizing them though.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuP4Jx5LX4k
    About 2 min in.

    December 12, 2011
    1. Munkyman

      I didn’t have opne either but, I rode the kid across the street’s almost as much as he did. # of us would take off as fast as we could one at a time up & down the block 3 people makes it work so you ride one way & someone else is there to ride it back, every time.

      December 12, 2011
  8. Munkyman

    it’s sweet I saw that last year, 1 cylinder diesels make great generator motors & can power a car exactly the same way they’ve powered trains for decades.

    December 13, 2011
  9. Munkyman

    Kind of, they each have qualities I find very desirable in the vehicle I’m attempting to build over the course of next year.

    December 17, 2011
    1. Munkyman

      I am designing a frame based on the tadpole tricycle design but, I’m building it to motorcycles specs. Aside from that it’ll be an assembly of available parts. I’m still hung up on the windshield & “door.”

      December 17, 2011
      1. Munkyman

        I want a lot of windshield & I can’t find one that already fits my wants, except one from an ultralight helicopter that I can’t actually find. The door is more a case of I just can’t finish making up my mind, not to mention doors are really heavy. I’m settled to one of 3 door types, the scissor style that rotates up & forward, the gull wing & a sliding door similar to those on a mini van. I don’t have access to much fabrication equipment so making the door isn’t going to be a likely option.

        December 17, 2011
        1. Munkyman

          No, I really want to use fabric skin on the body stretched over a tube steel roll cage frame for maximum safety with minimum weight. The door(s), there may be just the one, will most likely come from a catalog order.

          December 17, 2011
    2. Munkyman

      Should it work & not kill, me I’m planning to patent the frame & sell them with parts lists for other do it yourselfers to build their own electric runabouts.

      December 17, 2011
      1. Munkyman

        at 1st direct shipping if it doesn’t kill me (all my friends are betting on how far I’ll get before it does), because they’ll be one offs made in a local machine shop if they become popular I have a couple distribution points available to me one in South America & one in Europe & then I’ll look into manufacturing facilities here in Virginia as well as using good Pennsylvania steel in the frame.

        December 17, 2011
        1. Munkyman

          I begin buying parts this Spring & work on the frame begins in the Summer, with any luck I should be riding it by Fall & have it finished by the following Summer.

          December 17, 2011
        2. Munkyman

          I bought a wearable video camera to document the process & the test drives.

          December 17, 2011
        3. Munkyman

          If you don’t it’ll be because I abruptly stopped blogging & then you might see it on youtube or the news.

          December 17, 2011