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« on: December 12, 2009, 04:19:09 am »

I know people have "Steampunked" vehicles before, but there are some which were just born that way, for example this c1915 Speedster. Behold!



And believe it or not, it is for sale on eBay right here for a mere $149,900.00! Check it out for more pictures, check out that brass bound windscreen...What do you mean, of course I am not considering robbing a bank!

Let us post other fantastic old vehicles that belong in the Steampunk hall of vehicular fame!

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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2009, 05:46:54 am »

Zeppelins!
No particular one in particular (Hmm?) but I love them! Admittedly they are more dieselpunk than steam but nevertheless I love them,  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2009, 05:59:32 am »

Wow that car is incredible.  Let me know if you need help with the bank robbery. 
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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2009, 07:52:59 am »

Wow that car is incredible.  Let me know if you need help with the bank robbery. 

I second that!  Amazingly neat automobile!
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« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2009, 11:49:15 am »

check out that brass bound windscreen...

...now all we need is a period-correct way of turning that into a head-up-display.. Wink
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« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2009, 12:50:33 pm »

Zeppelins!
No particular one in particular (Hmm?) but I love them! Admittedly they are more dieselpunk than steam but nevertheless I love them,  Cheesy


Nah, definately both steampunk and dieselpunk. Cool They were just about Victorian, with a good many Edwardian ones so I reckon they fit in historically just as well. I agree anyway, they are marvellous vehicles. Can I add another airship, Henri Giffard's steam powered/coal gas filled airship of 1852? It could do an amazing 3.m.p.h. How can man survive such speeds?

And of course, ironclads:

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« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2009, 06:23:16 pm »

Couldn't we club together and purchase that car?
We could have it on timeshare!

Darn! If only we all lived on the same continent!

Personally I'd love a zeppelin, or a hot air balloon. Penny Farthings just look too difficult and rickety for my bones...
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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2009, 08:08:06 pm »

Plenty of Steampunkish vehicles can be seen here from my visit to the Shelsey Walsh Vintage Hillclimb:
http://s303.photobucket.com/albums/nn132/CSS_Wildfire/Shelsey%20Walsh%20Vintage%20Hillclimb/
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« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2009, 11:25:05 pm »

check out that brass bound windscreen...


...now all we need is a period-correct way of turning that into a head-up-display.. Wink

Projector that uses symbols on little mechanical arms behind a focusing lense, there would be a series of mirrors and prisms too. The arms would move in a similar way to a typewriter and be actuated by different mechanisms around the car, each sensing different things, speed, oil level, fuel level, etc. Theoretically one could make a clear voltmeter and have a light behind that for projection of the remaining battery power on to the H.U.D.

The HUD could be coated in UV ink and an ultraviolet light used in the projector, this would make the display glow and be more visible in the daytime.

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« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2009, 02:24:55 am »



A real steam roller! Imagine taking this down to the shops...
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« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2009, 01:53:26 pm »

Zeppelins!
No particular one in particular (Hmm?) but I love them! Admittedly they are more dieselpunk than steam but nevertheless I love them,  Cheesy


Nah, definately both steampunk and dieselpunk. Cool They were just about Victorian, with a good many Edwardian ones so I reckon they fit in historically just as well. I agree anyway, they are marvellous vehicles. Can I add another airship, Henri Giffard's steam powered/coal gas filled airship of 1852? It could do an amazing 3.m.p.h. How can man survive such speeds?



That Zep is deeeelicious!
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« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2009, 02:52:09 pm »

Hmmm, that Lefrance has got me thinking about me next vehicular project, i ahve always planned to build a rod, but i'm not interested in the shiny shiny show rod scene, or the fake "rat rod" scene either, now that thing however has budget potential.

I'm thinking about maybe an old leafsprung Landrover chassis (using an original unmodified chassis allows you to avoid BIVA testing in the UK as the vehicle becomes rebodied rather than a home built car) with a Sherpa van Beam axle in place of the front live axle and a straight 6 from something like a Jaguar, home built bodywork should be fairly simple for that style, although it would need mudguards to be road legal here.

If it was all put togther from parts that had not been cleaned up to much it could develop its own patina and being vaguely truck like would not hurt it.

I wonder if i can swop my old Range Rover for an old Landrover? I shall give this some serious thought i think.
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« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2009, 11:11:57 pm »

Hmmm, that Lefrance has got me thinking about me next vehicular project, i ahve always planned to build a rod, but i'm not interested in the shiny shiny show rod scene, or the fake "rat rod" scene either, now that thing however has budget potential.

I'm thinking about maybe an old leafsprung Landrover chassis (using an original unmodified chassis allows you to avoid BIVA testing in the UK as the vehicle becomes rebodied rather than a home built car) with a Sherpa van Beam axle in place of the front live axle and a straight 6 from something like a Jaguar, home built bodywork should be fairly simple for that style, although it would need mudguards to be road legal here.

If it was all put togther from parts that had not been cleaned up to much it could develop its own patina and being vaguely truck like would not hurt it.

I wonder if i can swop my old Range Rover for an old Landrover? I shall give this some serious thought i think.

The Land Rover Series III also came with a straight-six engine. Keep the live axle setup and the 4WD, no need to get rif of it at all.. just fit a more suitable bodywork Grin
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« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2009, 12:16:32 am »

true, the 1 tonnes came with the 6 pot, but the 3.2 i6 in my 19 year old jag makes 200bhp, much better for scareing the natives and they are peanuts to buy here, old Jags are scary when fuel is 5 quid a gallon Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2009, 01:15:09 am »

check out that brass bound windscreen...

...now all we need is a period-correct way of turning that into a head-up-display.. Wink
Projector that uses symbols on little mechanical arms behind a focusing lense, there would be a series of mirrors and prisms too. The arms would move in a similar way to a typewriter and be actuated by different mechanisms around the car, each sensing different things, speed, oil level, fuel level, etc. Theoretically one could make a clear voltmeter and have a light behind that for projection of the remaining battery power on to the H.U.D.

The HUD could be coated in UV ink and an ultraviolet light used in the projector, this would make the display glow and be more visible in the daytime.

Oh hell yeah! I wish I had a clue on how to get started with something like that.. Grin
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« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2009, 01:32:04 pm »

http://www.flixxy.com/snow-vehicle-concept.htm

leaning more  diesel but still looks fun.

those blue plastic 55 gallon drums might be useful for a smaller version.
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« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2009, 02:06:55 pm »

A similar but modernised vehicle was used for arctic exploration failry recently, the screws were longer and set wider apart so the vehicle was lower so that it floated, it could climb out of the sea onto pack ice with no probs, the Russians were also building big ones during the cold war period.
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« Reply #17 on: December 14, 2009, 05:17:52 pm »

http://www.flixxy.com/snow-vehicle-concept.htm

leaning more  diesel but still looks fun.

those blue plastic 55 gallon drums might be useful for a smaller version.


A leaner and meaner version would make for a sweet snowmobile. Fit it with a Rotax 797 engine and a CVT transmission.. straddle the thing like a motorcycle and steer it by leaning into corners (the amount of lean could adjust the power sent to the helix drums..) .. Grin
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« Reply #18 on: December 14, 2009, 05:32:09 pm »



A real steam roller! Imagine taking this down to the shops...


I can imagine that quite easily taking out the shops!
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« Reply #19 on: December 14, 2009, 05:36:26 pm »

http://www.flixxy.com/snow-vehicle-concept.htm

leaning more  diesel but still looks fun.

those blue plastic 55 gallon drums might be useful for a smaller version.


A leaner and meaner version would make for a sweet snowmobile. Fit it with a Rotax 797 engine and a CVT transmission.. straddle the thing like a motorcycle and steer it by leaning into corners (the amount of lean could adjust the power sent to the helix drums..) .. Grin



i was having a random google about screw driven vehicles and came across the info that there were some single roller versions made that were stabilised by ski's, i didn't find any pics but they sounded dangerous enough to qualify as steampunk.
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« Reply #20 on: December 14, 2009, 05:42:14 pm »

http://www.flixxy.com/snow-vehicle-concept.htm

leaning more  diesel but still looks fun.

those blue plastic 55 gallon drums might be useful for a smaller version.
You could make them out of steel drums welded together. Make the body light enough, and it can even traverse water without problems.
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« Reply #21 on: December 14, 2009, 05:43:37 pm »

Good heavens! I wish I lived in an area that was utterly covered by feet of snow for a good portion of the year, just so I would have an excuse to drive one of those screw-driven vehicles around! Fantastic.
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« Reply #22 on: December 14, 2009, 06:25:31 pm »

These are quite something! The speedster takes the cake, of course, but the snow vehicle is pretty great, too. Which reminds me...anyone here heard of the
screw tank?
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« Reply #23 on: December 14, 2009, 09:28:56 pm »

Thats the Zil the Russians built to collect cosmonauts. Snowbird 6 is the ice challenger one i mentioned earlier.

http://www.icechallenger.com/icechallenger/

Apparently drilling companies use mobile bases with these screw drums under them, so an amphibious all terrain house should be no problem.
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« Reply #24 on: December 14, 2009, 10:07:57 pm »

Thats the Zil the Russians built to collect cosmonauts. Snowbird 6 is the ice challenger one i mentioned earlier.

Pretty cool! Do you know what the current project status is?

Also, did anyone notice that the vehicle is equipped with a "hydraulic wince"?  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

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Apparently drilling companies use mobile bases with these screw drums under them, so an amphibious all terrain house should be no problem.

Well, except for the seaworthiness, and the fact that if you built it you would be utterly insane.
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