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Posted 20 July 2014 - 2221 PM

Fascinating rebuild of a 1945 Studebaker US6 engine. 

 


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Posted 20 July 2014 - 2235 PM

Beautiful Labatt Streamliner 

 


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 2248 PM

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 2250 PM

1966 Pontiac XP-798 Scorpion concept car

 

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 0929 AM

The Most Insane Truck Ever Built and the 4-Year-Old Who Commands It

 

BY BRIAN RAFTERY  04.07.14  |  6:30 AM

 

For all the risky adventures Bran Ferren has chased in the past six decades—a list that includes a variety of hazardous undertakings, from traveling through Afghan war zones to working in Hollywood—there was one highly perilous pursuit he never dared take on: parenthood. “Having a family,” Ferren says, “wasn’t a priority.”

 

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But today Ferren is focused on his most important client: his 4-year-old daughter, Kira, who is just a few yards away, traipsing across the garden with a pal. Several years ago, when Ferren was still in his midfifties—a time when many men are easing into their grandfather phase—his partner of more than 25 years, Robyn Low, told him that if he ever wanted to have a kid, the time was now. Finally having a child became a priority, and in 2009 Kira was born.

 

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Around the time Kira was born, Ferren had an idea. What if he built an all-new, bigger and better expedition vehicle? No, more than that, what if he made the ultimate adventure truck, the very platonic ideal of such a thing—which he could outfit for a family of three? He started to envision a vehicle that could take Kira nearly anywhere on earth without limitation—a mix of high-powered machinery, bomb-shelter self-sufficiency, and luxe-life accoutrements. It would be a mobile, malleable five-star fortress. It could form the centerpiece of his and Kira’s exploration of the world and be her ride into the future. Before he drew up the first blueprints, he’d given it a name: the KiraVan.

 

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Now, nearly four years later, it is almost, sorta, kinda finished, and while Ferren won’t divulge the exact budget of the truck, he grants that its total cost is in the millions. If Ferren’s claims are to be believed, when it finally hits the road sometime this year it will be the most elaborate all-terrain vehicle ever built—a six-wheeled terrestrial spaceship capable of traversing nearly any terrain, from mud-swamped roads to rock-covered pathways to small bodies of water. It will be able to travel up to 2,000 miles without resupply and navigate slopes as steep as 45 degrees—an incline that is difficult to walk up.
 
Then there are the extras, which include Kevlar-reinforced tires, more than a dozen interlocking communication systems, and a diesel-powered motorcycle “dinghy.” Add to that the KiraVan’s massive trailer, which is 31 feet long and more than 10 feet high and houses an ecofriendly bathroom, a custom-designed upscale kitchen, and Kira’s own “penthouse” loft (which she herself helped design). The only thing missing is a built-in espresso machine. A countertop one will have to do.
 
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Ferren leaves the chair for now and gives me a tour of the vehicle, starting with the front cab. Like his MaxiMog, the KiraVan is adapted from a Mercedes-Benz Unimog. Ferren and his team have gutted most of the original equipment, leaving only the steering wheel and a few smaller components. Among their numerous additions are a series of custom-made, overhead- and dash-mounted touchscreen cockpit displays, which monitor the vehicle’s health and navigational progress; a joystick-operated situational-awareness system, which allows passengers to see the view from any one of the vehicles’ 22 cameras and provides infrared thermal imagery of the road’s temperature; and an emergency-beacon locator-transmitter, which goes off automatically in case of an accident—if, say, the vehicle flips over. (With his radio direction-finder subsystem, Ferren can also track nearby vehicles that might be in trouble.)
 
There’s more: A joystick for the truck’s hydro-drive system, for switching from four-wheel drive to six-wheel drive. Passenger-side display units that allow riders to monitor everything from tire air pressure to battery problems. And a communications system that turns the vehicle into a mobile command base and allows Ferren to communicate and coordinate with nearby aircraft. “It’s basically as if we’re an airplane, just stuck to the ground,” he says. Every form of communication imaginable is on the truck—from walkie-talkies to UHF radios to high-powered GPS systems. “I always want to know where I am,” Ferren says. The KiraVan can send emails from under a triple-canopy rain forest.
 
We step out of the cab and examine the chassis. He’d originally wanted to import a newer, extra-strength chassis from Europe, but when that proved to be a bureaucratic nightmare he decided to modify the existing model, which he lengthened and doubled for more reinforcement—a process that took months. Affixed to the chassis are two fuel tanks—from the front seat, Ferren can transfer fuel back and forth between them, in case one is damaged or to address balance issues—as well as the truck’s suspension system. (Ferren removed the original coilspring-and-shock-absorber setup and replaced it with a nitrogen-hydraulic system in hopes that it will provide a more stable ride.)
 
We move on to the trailer, which at the moment sits toward the back of the garage. Walking through a swing-out door, I find myself in a bathroom with a sink, shower area, and retractable toilet (there’s no sewage system; instead, waste is incinerated—”reduced to an inert ash,” Ferren says—that can be disposed during stops).
 
Much of the trailer is still under construction, but there’s already a wall of kitchen equipment, including a convection oven, a microwave, and an induction-cooktop stove. Fully stocked, Ferren says, the kitchen will be able to sustain a family of three for two to three weeks; if some of the onboard gear were to be removed and replaced with extra food, it could go as long as six weeks.
 
We exit and walk to the back of the trailer, where Ferren plans to mount a diesel-powered motorcycle. He searched forever for the right bike—at one point, he tested a model used by the Marines—eventually tracking down a Dutch motorcycle he could import. The KiraBike might seem like a luxury add-on, but in fact it’s proof of just how much preemptive worrying Ferren has done when it comes to safety. “I think of it as a dinghy,” he says. “If I want to run into town, I don’t want to take 51,700 pounds of expedition vehicle to get milk and eggs.” And in case of emergency it could also be used to transport a passenger to medical care. “I have a little girl,” Ferren explains. “I would like her to see the wonders of this world. But I’d like her to survive the experience.”
 
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Posted 19 August 2014 - 1000 AM

Aussie home built Motorhome on an IH ACCO Chassis. The Wothahellizat



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Posted 21 August 2014 - 0125 AM

 


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Posted 24 August 2014 - 0122 AM

Dual D8 Cat bulldozer 

 

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 0128 AM

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 1009 AM

I will stick with my hand crank, but a beer to the guy for ingenuity.


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Posted 24 August 2014 - 1214 PM

I will stick with my hand crank, but a beer to the guy for ingenuity.

 

I have seen video of the same thing done to a semi tractor......


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Posted 24 August 2014 - 1338 PM

 

I will stick with my hand crank, but a beer to the guy for ingenuity.

 

I have seen video of the same thing done to a semi tractor......

 

 

And I'll go one better than that - rope around the the prop of a late '30s fighter plane, pulled by a car......


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Posted 24 August 2014 - 1456 PM

Vintage Motor Cruiser. I don't know the name or make of this particular boat. Pretty though.

 

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 1552 PM

Looks like an Elco Veedette.


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Posted 24 August 2014 - 1554 PM

That's a lot of varnish to take care of.
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Posted 24 August 2014 - 1639 PM

Looks like an Elco Veedette.

 

Too big for a Vedette. Bow,flair doesn't quite look right for an Elco, but I guess it could be a Flattop with mode over the past 80 years.


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 0149 AM

 

 

I will stick with my hand crank, but a beer to the guy for ingenuity.

 

I have seen video of the same thing done to a semi tractor......

 

 

And I'll go one better than that - rope around the the prop of a late '30s fighter plane, pulled by a car......

 

Do you have a gif or a photo for that? I posted that hillbilly gif by Mr King on another site and some of them want a follow up.


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 0200 AM

Here is the rope starting semi just for the hell of it. 

 

 

And another interesting video I found while looking for it. 

 


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Posted 25 August 2014 - 1344 PM

Popped up today on my suggested videos to watch. 

 


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