Invisible cars.

Two approaches to making cars "invisible" - change the look of the car, and change the nature of the car.Art car and wire car via Science Forums.

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Conceptual Car

If you could invent any kind of car, what would it look like? What makes this car different from one you could just buy? Can it turn into a boat? Can it roll like a ball? Is in powered by bycicle pedals? Can it fly? Describe your car.

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Car Phone

No, not a phone in a car--a phone that is a car, or at least looks like one. This car is a converted VW Beetle that is being used to promote a phone company. I think this may be even more exciting to see on the road than the sheepdog from the movie Dumb and Dumber.Link via TechEBlog

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Car Audio

Post all your stuff/questions about car audio.

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Custom car

Ibuilding a custom car body out of polystyrene foam. Any advice on what to cover the foam with to strenghten it. I was thinking abot fiberglass but was really hoping to avoid it if possibe. Any suggestions on a strong alternative to fiberglass would be appreciated.

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rustoleum on cars

Come on people!! We have "PROS" saying it cant be done to 1st timers with excellent results. i've painted cars with spray cans (not recommended) of course I used Walmart cheepo paint, Tractor paint (had JD green, IH yellow, FORD white and mixed every thing together and sprayed it on my Toyota pu. mint green, lasted 5 years till I got tired of it. Then used Western paint Porsche red on same truck weathered badly after 2 years. Now I am going to paint my 93 Dakota with Rustoleum flat black and then get the grandkids to help camo it  with spray bombs,brushes, whatever. Just remember lifes short, HAVE FUN

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The $2500 Car

From a NYTimes article, a story about a new $2500 car hitting the market in India. It won't pass US or European emissions or safety standards, but still- how neat is this?For Tata Motors of India, which will introduce its ultra-cheap car on Thursday, the question was, what could it take out?The company has kept its new vehicle under wraps, but interviews with suppliers and others involved in its construction reveal some of its cost-cutting engineering secrets — including a hollowed out steering-wheel shaft, a trunk with space for a briefcase and a rear-mounted engine not much more powerful than a high-end riding mower.The upside is a car expected to retail for as little as the equivalent of $2,500, or about the price of the optional DVD player on the Lexus LX 470 sport utility vehicle.The model appearing on Thursday has no radio, no power steering, no power windows, no air-conditioning and one windshield wiper instead of two, according to suppliers and Tata’s own statements. Bucking prevailing habits, the car lacks a tachometer and uses an analog rather than digital speedometer,

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Excercise car?

What I am designing (and planning on working on very soon) is a vehicle with the possible speed of a gokart, but with a propulsion system similar to a bike. The mechanism itself would be a simple push pedal (like a car) but with a gear system like a bicycle. Upon pushing down the pedal, a shaft connected too it would then push against the foremost gear. and that gear would push another and so on until it comes in contact with the rear wheel, propelling it forward. A simple spring between the pedal and floor will allow the pedal to return to the original position. However I cannot seem to get the steering and brake system down right. Should the steering be that of a car and use 2 wheels on the front with a long axel connecting the 2? or more like a bike, with a one wheel turning system. (aka. should it be a 4 wheel or 3 wheel? Might depend on weight distribution and balance, though both could be possible.) and how should the brakes be arranged? a pedal, like a normal car brake, or a stick beside the driver, like an emergency break, as well as where the brake pad would come into contact with the rear. On the axel or on the wheels? Last (and most definitely not the least) is that while this vehicle must be sturdy, it must also be light weight. So any and all material recommendations for parts would be greatly appreciated. (cheap would also be appreciated) (My thought for material) chasis - light, but firm (strong) wood. axels - aluminum or steel tires - Gokart/ riding lawn mower turning wheel/steering - wood or plastic seat - whatever I can find that's soft (not a major thing) safty belt - I may not be able to test out the prototype (kinda thick) so I need the crash test dum *ahem* "driver" to survive incase a crash were to happen. brake pad - rubber so that it causes the right amount of friction but not enough to damage any parts.

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EMP for cars

So, if cops had a thing to shoot at cars, that sent an EMP through them, would it turn off the car? Would it harm the people in the car? Is it a ridiculous idea?

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Couch Car

Had an idea about making a couch car. Since summer is starting to end (DEMON WORDS) i thought id better slow it down. Ideas, plans, diagrams, places to get parts would greatly be apreciated. Best of luck with your summer!!

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Car Mods

Has instructables ever considered featuring some of Mightycarmods videos/DIY's? They are getting more and more popular every day! If you haven't seen them, check out their youtube channel:  http://www.youtube.com/user/mightycarmods?feature=chclk It's entertaining and very helpful and has saved me money so far! What do you guys think?

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Car Battery

When I tried to start my  car the ignition just clicked a few times, then finally started.  It seemed like the battery was weak.  I spoke to a mechanic who said probably one battery cell was bad and advised that I replace the battery.  I did that and now have a brand new battery. I didn't fix the problem.  Does anyone have advice?

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Running a car alternator with a car battery? Answered

The car alternator that i have don't have any magnets inside. it is not a universal ac/dc motor because when i hooked up car battery to it. it wont run. how does it run in the car. is there any circuit that i need to make to make the motor run here is the pictures that i took there is only a F written next to the green wire and a N on the top right of the motor just after the green wire. the white wire is very thick

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Get Car Dealers to Donate Cars

Hello Friends, Car donations can be a good source of added income for many non-profit organizations. What amounts to a tax write-off for many dealerships can be turned around and sold so the charities can increase their ability to help their causes. If you are interested in getting an automobile donation, asking a dealership to donate may be a good option. Calculate all the facts and figures before you even contact a dealership about getting a donation. Car dealers are traditionally bottom-line oriented people. This means they understand numbers well. If you can show what your operating budget and expenses are and how a donation can be a financial help to you and how the tax break will help the dealer, you will be better off. Best Regards Tim Boon Donating Cars

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My Mousetrap Car

It's not perfect, it only goes 2-3 meters, and it's always failing in one way or another. Getting these things to work is harder than it looks.

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Mouse trap car? Answered

I am building a mousetrap car that is giving me problems in propulsion.  I have attached an arm to the trap, I have moved the trap closer to the wheel.  I have added a second mousetrap, and it still doesn't work.  Any guesses on why the car isn't working?

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Good new car

Hello boys and girls I have been saving up my lunch money for several months and thought about buying a new car. (my mom gave my car away to my nephew). I want something that is cheep, gets good gas mileage and preferable not made in the Republic of Korea (no Kia or Hyundai for personal reasons). I thought about a hybrid but they are like 6 grand more expensive and the advantage of MPG doesn't really justify the cost. I figure i can spend under 20,000. but i only make about 1 grand a month (take home) but i dont know how much insurance is going to be (probably expensive because im under 25) Or should i get one of them "pre-loved" cars at the dealer. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. (i thought about getting a bike but its not really a family friendly vehicle.

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DIY Car Carpet?

Hey, I have a 2000 Toyota Echo with holes in the carpet I've done a fair amount of searching, but I can't find an aftermarket manufacturer that sells pre-molded carpets for this car. Has anyone experience in replacing their car carpet with a custom carpet? How do you compensate for the lack of molding? Thanks, kd.

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car, transportation, egg

Hi, i have to build a toy car or something like it, powered by rubber bands so its no problem, the thing is that it has to travel 31ft on a straight line, and then stop at 31ft and drop an egg. the egg must survive the fall from the car... Any ideas??? I'd consider using some type of braking mechanism. A string wrapped from a front axle to a rear axle would make a great brake. It would work kind of like a cassette tape; winding from one side to the other, and stopping when it's completely transferred form one to the other.

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HHO powered car

One of my friends asked for my help for a project for his school expo. He wants to run a car on water and I have told him not to be too optimistic. when I googled it all I found was that it was not possible(as of now), but no other detail. I did stumble upon an old episode of myth busters in which they came to the conclusion that a car can run on hydrogen, but they were unable to provide enough hydrogen from their electrolysis setup, however, I noticed that the HHO generator created by king of random produces way more gas then theirs. so I wanted to know your opinion and knowledge on this matter and whether this can work or not.  

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Inflatable electric car

Inflatable structures have always fascinated me. They can achieve amazing strength to weight ratios, and only take up space when required. At Instructables, I often sit on an inflated ball!: https://www.instructables.com/id/Ergonomic-work-station/ So, I've fantasized about an inflated car that's just as safe as something more massive, but weighs a mere fraction -- deflate to store or park! XP Vehicles is stepping up and trying to make it real with a direct-ship sub-$5000 electric car: A baffled pressure tube system (think Zodiac rubber boat) provides the actual supporting and protective structure of the vehicle. How safe is it? Recall that NASA recently threw tens of millions of dollars of ultra-sensitive electronics onto the surface of Mars from nearly a mile up and then bounced that same delicate gear for over a mile over boulders and everything worked flawlessly.This was due to the instruments being shrouded in an already expanded inflatable housing that has served as the model for the Whisper body structure. Anyone looking at the warnings on their visor can be concerned about the dangers during airbag inflation so XP simply built a vehicle entirely out of next-generation, always inflated, safety airbags. The engineers for the Whisper are confident you can drive it off a 25-foot cliff without serious injury to its passengers. They claim this is the safest car ever designed for drivers, passengers and pedestrians.Initially designed for the Southeast and Western Asian markets, the car will float in an emergency such as a flood or tsunami and can be assembled by any two people of reasonable competence. The vehicle, similar in appearance to rounded edged sports cars, will be configurable online by each customer much like you build and customize personal computers online today at various major retailers. Colors, trims, features, and styles will be user-configurable on 4 different body-types.

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In-car computer (PC)

I want to put a PC in my car as a media source for music/podcasts, movies for the kids, park and surf at hotspots, etc. Has anyone done this? I have an older laptop that I can use/sacrifice, or should I get a small pc case? Things I want to do: #Can I hook it up to the "key on" power to boot when I start the car. #The laptop battery is weak and only gives power to the laptop for a few minutes (about 15 minutes then just enough to shut down) #Disconnect and relocate the screen or install a touch screen #Roof-mount (magnetic base) hi gain wi-fi antenna #the in dash stereo has RCA/mini-jack inputs for sound #I'm good with cars and computers. I can replace an axle as easily as a hard drive. I'm not afraid of getting greasy or soldering on boards. In other words, I believe I am up for the challenge Any help or advice you can give would be greatly appreciated. peace, Scott

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Children's Electric Car

I started to build a pedal car for my granddaughter and fell victim to "Project Creep". What started off as a simple, standard style pedal car modeled on a Type 59 Bugatti grew to a 6' long soapbox style car that will need an electric motor to move it.  I am a DIY guy and i have the plans, materials lists (it will be wood) and motivation.  What I don't have is a parts list for the electrical components nor do i have any idea how big the motor should be, e.g. 500W, 750W,750 gigawatts.  I wish there was just a kit that had all the components from accelerator pedals, gears, motor and a way to connect the whole thing to the 16" bicycle tires.  I don't need it to go 20MPH (she'll be 4 by the time I'm finished) but i don't want flimsy - i tend to overbuild things: why use two bolts when three will do? So, the question is what do i need and where do i get it - the first part is the most important.  I promise i will document the whole project with pics and words from concept to test drive - but i need help.   

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car audio installation

So I have recently purchased an 8 inch subwoofer from a garage sale, wich was already mounted in the box. It has 2 inputs, a red and a black. I currently have it hooked up in replacement of the stock passenger side rear speaker in my 1999 ford ranger XLT, and it works well, but is not very loud. My question is 2-fold. 1: how would I go about wireing the speaker so that it could be used in addition to both the stock rear speakers without decreasing sound quality or volume, and 2: How could I increase the volume of just the subwoofer without affecting the other speakers? I have heard that there are "bass amplifiers" that i could hook in line but have not seen where I could purchase/ build one. Schematics and links would be very helpfull! Thanks, Iloveairsoftstuff

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Car light dimmer

Hi all, Can someone show me how to make a car dimmer or point me in the right direction to make one. Just to recap this is like the new cars when you open the car the light fades up and when the car door is closed the light will take 5 to 10 seconds to dim out. Thanks in advance.

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wood and fiberglass cars

Hi i was just wondering when people make those awsome cars out of wod and fiberglass how do they get the shapes of the wood right?

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compact car trailer

I drive a small car and was wondering how i could get a good sized trailer.  One day i was looking at old vw ads on youtube and i came across this  http://www.youtube.com/watch#v=56XL0TysIn0&feature;=related i was wanting to see what other people thought about this system and how to build it 

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A week in a proper car.

I've been driving Womble for exactly a week now, and some things have occurred to me. I thought I'd share them, in no particular order.I enjoy driving again.Because I'm driving, not steering. No power steering, no servo brakes, I am in touch with what the car is doing every second I'm driving. I do something, and I get instant feedback. I'm suddenly redeveloping all the good driving habits I used to have - looking further ahead and watching traffic more, correct hand-position on the wheel, feeding the wheel through my hands as I turn, slowing with gears before brakes.It's a cliche, but it's seat-of-the-pants driving.I drove Kitewife's Focus a couple of days ago, it was a disaster! Taps the brakes, do an emergency stop - steer with two fingers, weave all over the road. There's no feedback, nothing to tell me by feel exactly how much braking I'm doing, or how fast the wheels are turning. I had to look at the dials to check the speed and watch the revs before changing gear.Modern cars, I have decided, are only one step short of video games.Maybe that's part of the reason for the rise in roadrage?There's no need to take pride or care, because the car does it all for you. Spend enough money, and the only thing that will kill you is if you drive at a tree. Even that may not be possible with radar-triggered brakes soon to become more common.If you have abdicated all responsibility for your safety to a mindless mechanism, who do you blame if something goes wrong? Where do you direct your anger? The only target left is the other driver.I seem to have joined a sub-culture.I'm not the only driver of a proper Mini in my area. I pass two or three every day. Amongst others, I've seen a white one, striped pink, with a bubbly blonde driving. I've seen a 70s Traveller in immaculate condition. Several jobbing Minis, in every-day-driving state, and a Mini wedged full of teenage lads, fully kitted out for racing, roll-cage and all.Every single one of them waved, flashed their lights or otherwise said "hello" as we passed. I have never seen drivers of other kinds of car do that. It's pretty good, getting a friendly wave from a stranger. It lifts your day, puts a smile on your face.It's like we share a happy secret. Minis attract comment more than cars that cost fifty times as much.If people see a Ferrari in the car park, they might nudge each other and make admiring comments, but if they see a Mini, they come over, say hello. On Saturday, a huge hairy rocker, returning to his big Japanese family car, children in tow, left his children in his car, and came over for a chat about the surprisingly roomy interior of my Mini, and an idle chat about the type of engine (single-point injection, if you're wondering).People might wish they could afford a supercar, but they are genuinely jealous of people who actually own a proper Mini.Everybody has a Mini in their closet.I'm not really a petrol head, and I don't work with petrol heads, but suddenly everybody wants to talk about cars. They all seem to have had an adventure in a Mini, their own or a friend's. Half of them regret having sold their Mini years ago.OK, so the old Minis don't meet modern safety rules. They're slow, utterly lacking in luxuries (my heater has two settings - on or off), but if somebody started building them new, using the original molds for the panels and frames (they still exist), and charged five or six thousand pounds a pop, they would make an absolute fortune.

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Temporary Car window Tint

How can optically clear(not hazy) window tint be applied such that it can be removed at night?

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Caster/Crazy Wheel on a car?

So I have this great idea, at least I think its great essentially you buy a very cheap front wheel drive car, take off the rear wheels and put two giant casters on it.  I think it would be a blast, the amount of G forces you could pull with a 1 cylinder engine would be insane.  What are your opinions, tips, ideas? Have you heard of this before?

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Green car mod roundup

Treehugger has a nice roundup of mods that people have made to their cars to make them more efficient or run on alternative fuels. They even included the Honda Accord that runs on trash in the list, which is pretty cool. Other mods include wood-burning cars, biodiesels, wood-burners, solar-power, hydrogen, and aerodynamic enhancements. Check out the link for the slideshow. Note: there are 17 slides, not 17 cars. 17 DIY Cars Hacked for Fuel Efficiency

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Hydrogen car to be Open Source

The manufacturer of a hydrogen car unveiled in London on Tuesday will make its designs available online so the cars can be built and improved locally.The Riversimple car can go 80km/hr (50mph) and travels 322km (200mi) per re-fuelling, with an efficiency equivalent to 300 miles to the gallon....The company will distribute the engineering designs to the 40 Fires foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that will make the designs "open source".The idea, they say, is to allow local manufacturing in small plants. This stands in contrast to the "economies of scale" that drive current plants to huge sizes and workforces.In addition, designs can be adjusted for local markets, using locally sourced parts or materials.The agreement will be such that if the designs are improved by a local manufacturer, those improvements will be sent back, so that what the company refers to as its "network of manufacturers" can contribute to the overall development of the product line.

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Making a car purr- roar

Well this one is not that hard you just need to take off the muffler and of course a nice engine helps. I suggest if anyone wants to win this that has basic knowledge of cars and has acces to a torch-welder and saw should do this instructable. Any other suggestions for the person who decide to take this task are what this post is for. Enjoy Duck-lemon

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Making a car purr- roar

Well this one is not that hard you just need to take off the muffler and of course a nice engine helps. I suggest if anyone wants to win this that has basic knowledge of cars and has acces to a torch-welder and saw should do this instructable. Any other suggestions for the person who decide to take this task are what this post is for. Enjoy Duck-lemon

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In depth preventative car maintenance....?

I've recently got a 1996 Dodge Neon. Sat untouched in the winter for a year or two. After using it; things have been failing left and right in the vehicle... What are some things i can do to clean out or revamp my car to make it in tip-top "like new" shape?? I'm not at all shy to do anything under the hood. I'm just unsure of which direction i should go. I'd very much like to complete this before winter. Some tips and details would be GREATLY appreciated.

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Why are car windshields laminated? Answered

Side and rear windows are tempered so that they shatter into relatively harmless chunks on impact. But windshields are laminated, so that even though they shatter, all of the pieces are kept in place. Why is this? It seems that if a laminated windshield shatters/spiderwebs and remains in place, it would completely obscure the driver's vision while he is trying to control the car. Additionally, if someone is thrown from the car, through the windshield, they would be cut by the glass shards that are stuck to the laminate. So why are windshields laminated, or more importantly, why aren't all windows in a car made of the same type of glass?

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What's your dream car?

We all have one, what is yours? Mine would be A) Chrysler ME 412 or B) Saleen S7

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Novelty Car Horn - Help!

I bought an Ooga horn, and a button wiring kit, but i'm having some trouble...First off, there's no relay, should there be? Also, do i need to buy an additional toggle switch? I don't want to replace my existing horn, simply add another horn. Do I need a new fuse, too? And...I don't really understand the diagram, so if anybody knows where to find better instructions, or can provide them, that would be greatly appreciated.Key to the diagram:1: Original Horn2: Existing Fuse3: Horn switch on steering wheel4: Fuse 10 Amp5: Selector SwitchMy HornThanks!

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Physics Competition Car Design

Hey Everybody, I'm new to the community here, and i am hoping that with so many great minds on this site, some great ideas will be generated. the deal is, for a competition, my school needs to build a small car, around 1foot by 1foot, and it is propelled by three average sized rubber bands, it need to travel three meters straight, make a 90 degree right turn on the spot and travel 2 meters to stop in a parking zone, it has to turn and do the whole course unaided, Any great ideas? Thanks for helping me out

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DIY Car Stereo Antenna?

Want to know if anyone has turned their roof rack into am/fm radio antenna or knows how? Not how to mount an antenna on a roof rack!!! I have a Jeep Liberty (2005), w\ (self) custom made aluminum roof rack. And I have 35ft of flexible/braided grounding strap to make internal run from roof-rack through and internally down to jeep frame if/as needed. **Concept Notes**  Outside rectangle frame is 1-1/2" (O.D.). I will rubber-coat all straight tube section then apply appropriate wire on to rubber and re-coat with rubber coating. I was then looking to slide slightly over-sized (I.D.) carbon fiber tubing over that. Ground and antenna wire will run through inside of rack turn down stanchion where bolts to roof. Rubber grommet to further insulate & protect wires. I want super reception AM & FM, little to no visible footprint, 1. What wire or such for antenna is best/appropriate? 2. Proper lay out antenna wire? ie., wrapped around primary insulated tubing or laid out length-wise.

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How to paint a design on a car?

In auto shop are teacher is allowing us to bodywork to different degrees, and has allowed to to paint designs on the car such as our school logo. How would we go about painting on a logo or any other design. I figure we would need to clean the surface and possibly remove some of the finish to make sure the paint doesn't flake off. Any help is appreciated.

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Street Legal Bumper Cars

Bumper cars given a massive upgrade and are now legit for driving on the regular roads. Sweet! Link

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Gravity Car Wheel Size

I have built several adult soapbox derby/ Gravity cars. I'm working on a new build that may require a smaller front tire, such as a 16inch tire. My plan is to run 2 26inch rear wheels and 1 16 inch front  wheel, with a total car weight of 225lbs.   Since there is no gearing, just gravity, and just considering size, will smaller front wheel effect my speed? Thank you

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Good Car DIY book? Answered

My friends birthday is coming up. He has always talked about how he would like to be able to fix stuff in his car. I decided to get him a good DIY book about cars. Unfortunately I cannot find one. Does any one know of one? Thank you in advance.

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Trashing cars! (crash-testing)

If you like seeing new cars mangled in slow-motion, one place to go is here: www.euroncap.com/home.aspx Select your make (and model) Click on "films" upper left (The site also has safety-evaluations)

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Car Camera (security) system

I've had my car knocked into when parked and could not find any witnesses to the incident. That set me out into the market and internet to find a camera system that can record about 12 hours when I am away from the car. Unfortunately, every system I've come across is a "black box" system. It records moments before an accident so you can have evidence. Anyone knows how to build one?

Topic by legan 


Hybrid cars - uphill strategies

I own a hybrid car (Honda Insight 2nd generation - CVT) and I'm happy with the fuel economy (4.3 L/100 Km  --  54,7 MPG),  but I think there is still room for improvement. My house is on top of a hill and when I get home I have to climb steep slopes. The batteries go low and the forced regeneration kicks in. (The car uses the gas engine to recharge the batteries.) When I get home the batteries are almost fully charged. The next trip is, of course, downhill and the high state of charge prevents me from getting the maximum advantage of regenerative braking. (Put in other words: I'm burning gasoline uphill to recharge the batteries that I could charge for free driving downhill...) How could I avoid/reduce forced regeneration? What strategies do you use driving uphill? Thanks

Topic by Fabio M 


Mousetrap car Pulley help.

Hi! ive been working on a mousetrap car for my physics class and i was looking into the idea of pulleys to get more power to pull on the axle to rotate it. Ive noticed that alot of the Pulleys I see all rotate on an axle which I can not acheive due to the small space on the car. So my thought would be to anchor these small wooden pucks (small like 1 cm diameter) and have notches in them so that the fishing line wouldnt slip. (picture) Can I get some help on wether or not this would work? If it works can I get some input on how i could make it better? ex. different pulley designs that dont require moving parts. Thanks in advance!

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Slow down cars with trees.

Traffic calming schemes are frequently unpopular with drivers; speed bumps and oddly-placed bollards make life uncomfortable. In Norfolk, England, a new scheme is being presented that slows traffic without even touching the road or obstructing the driver. Two hundred trees have been planted at the boundaries of villages suffering from speeding drivers, and it is the trees that fool drivers into slowing; they are in rows down each side of the road, and as they approach the village, they get slightly closer together, and slightly closer to the road. Seen only in the driver's peripheral vision, the trees give the same subliminal visual clues as increasing speed would, and drivers respond by unconsciously slowing down.  The illusion has slowed traffic by an average of about 3km per hour. The illusion has been used before (rumble strips on the approaches to roundabouts are spaced more and more closely together to create an audible illusion of acceleration), but the more subtle nature of the tree-planting makes it less obvious, and thus harder to resist.  Provisionally seen as a success, more detailed, longer-term results are to be presented to the Department of Transport in the Autumn, with a view to rolling it out on B-roads nationally. The Independent Autoblog

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