Introduction: The 'Brightvan'
This is a rather complex vehicle system heavily resembling a bike, that can easily be used as a sort of armored car (Look at the option in Step #6 to increase combat capability). You can check local laws, but this should be street legal, its kind of like a tandom bike. From airsoft hell.It works well at night, and the more lights you add, it makes it safer and safer, also adds to visibility.
Did I mention that this thing is like an airsoft combat buggy?
Hope you have some strong-legged teammates.
Step 1: The Body
Mine, personally, is made of scrap steel, but pine or oak is fine too.
The body should look a lot like this.
Make sure to buy tires, thick ones. And make sure you have nice axels. The entire rig is dependant on this. The vehicle should be roughly 6 ft. long, and 4 ft wide.
Begin by Taking the basic rectangular shape of the main body. Fill in the gaps until you have a roughly similar device to the one shown. Cut out circular shapings (two in the back and two in the front) That fit your lightbulbs. Then Build up your axel/wheel/steering system (See Step # 4) and generally try to leave LOTS of room for peddling. When youve finished your rectangle, put in the rear section and the basket. The basket needs to be EXACTLY the same size as the car battery you decide to use.
Try to keep up the space, theres nothing worse than a cramped ride.
Step 2: Pedals System
Attach spoked wheels to a larger, heavy-duty bike-like chain, the vehicle has 2 pedal systems. The passenger pedal system should attach to the fron axel, the Driver system to the back axel.
Really it looks like a big bike, technically thats what it is. Keep this in mind.
Heres a simple model.
Step 3: Seating
I went down to my friendy neighborhood scrapyard and 'obtained' a few old car seats. Got 70% off, its best to know your suppliers. It was an old '96 ford seat. Barely used. Not bad. That is generally what you see here. If you cant obtain some quality pieces, a few 4x4's and cloth with cotton weged between works fine.
Picture # 2 The back seat was a bit more difficult, I needed to buy a stool, and chop off the bottom. On the bright side, this made mine mobile. Again, 4x4's work.
Then those 4x4's can come into more use. Make a flore pannel and rail, this is IMPORTANT because, me and my buddies discovered by trial and error, that if you hit a bump, the rear gunner goes flying.
Step 4: Steering
This is generally how the steering wheel works. It spins a spoked wheel, much like the one that is used to run the 'motor'. It locks with a second, which turns the axel.
I got this system by studying automobiles, other systems may work, but I suggest this one, it is simple, cheap, and effective. It only works if you have strong arms though, so be ready for the strain. Otherwise, google other methods, I've found modefiend weed-whacker engines work decently.
Step 5: Lights
The lights are powered by a car battery. Copper wiring plugs into the outlets, and the end piece of wire plugs into a lightbulb.
B E C A R E F U L ! This is dangerous! Cut the wire in half as you do this, and plug 4 wires into each node. Wrap the cut-down wire around a nail, embeded into a piece of wood. Attach the ends with the lightbulbs attached to a nail on the OPOSITE end of this wooden piece.
Attach a paper clip to the first nail, and connect the two nails when you want to torn on your lights.. and wrap up the wire with electrical tape. 2 lightbulbs go into the back, and two into the front. embed them into wooden blocks, to keep them from moving.
The light system should look like this.
Step 6: Thank You
Thanks for reading my short little instructable, I hope you liked it, and can put it to good use.
WARNING: No brakes on this model, I built in a wooden block that I shoved down to stop the wheels by pure friction, but if you can find out a better way, i suggest you do so.
-I take absolutly no responsibility to what you do with this rig. Or any spinoffs, options, injury or death (Hey, I dont know, you make just suck at driving).
OPTIONAL: Build walls onto the sides, and a roof. This makes it a bit slower, and bulkier, but it offers more opertunities for lights and protects you better.
-Take a disk of a mirror, cut a hole in it and put it around the lights, this greatly increases reflectivity.
-Place a plexiglass bubble around the lights, this will protect them from breaks, as they are common (We crash a bit, and just about any bump to a lightbulb will shatter it).
-Put in a simple seatbelt. Vehicle belts work lovely, But I didnt have access to that. So we built a clip that attaches to your belt ot belt rings, as well as a pull-down webbing chest-strap (We added this recently, it works well, but can be a bit of a hinderance) It was built by taking wooden planks, having them stick out of the sides of the seats, and web'd them up, with the planks attached to a sliding joint, allowing for us to store it up, like a rollercoaster guard made of cloth..
-If you are building this for airsoft, you can put in a 4x4, sticking out of the ground horizantally, and putting a ball bearing with a hollow tube attached to the top. Stick a gun in this, and you instantly have a stable platform, plus it looks positively intimidating.
-If you can find a piee of plexiglass, it is recomended to make a windshield, at least on the drivers side (Again, if made for airsoft, you want to leave the passenger unhindered so he can shoot).
-Paint is fun, but keep it to a minimum. Electrical currents + Paint = Fire.