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Old 11-15-2003, 04:43 PM
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Unusual Project!

Well fellow hotrodders, I need your guidance on a new project.

I have an idea for a "father-son" project.My 10 year old and I have decided to build an ATV type vehicle.Actually the plan is to build a child sized version of a Jeep or Hummer.
This would be a great learning opportunity for both of us.

This is a new idea and I have done no research or design yet.I thought that the best place to start would be here.This will be a built from scratch project and I hope that some of you will have some input on this.

The only things that I know for certain are that I want it to operate just like a full-size vehicle (not like a 4-wheeler or go-cart) and that it should have a manual shift transmission (floor-shift).Also, safety is a big concern.

The biggest decisions would be the engine, transmission, and rear.My first thoughts are to use a powered down motorcycle engine.This still leaves a big question about the transmission and rear.
I am open for suggestions and comments.Thanks!

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Old 11-15-2003, 06:51 PM
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Hey Doc
I was it the junkyard yesterday and saw a geo metro and was thinking how neet it would be to use the three cylinder and trans axle assembly for a similar project (i was thinking single seat buggy) .the unit was compact and looked like it could be adapted to a home built chassis fairly easily. You have seen the comercial with the hummer soap box derby car havent you?
Good luck with the project Dawger
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Old 11-18-2003, 09:56 PM
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Dawger, I am not to sure about the metro drive-train.
Although,You have led me to look into using the drive-train from a VW Beetle.It seems that that would be the easiest way to go.

BTW,Yes that commercial did inspire this project! LOL
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Maybe you could use a shortened VW floorpan like a dune buggy uses, & build a body for it. Here's a kit for a full-length VW pan:

www.wombatcar.com
http://www.kitcar.com/hummbug.html#wombat
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Old 11-19-2003, 12:03 PM
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Now you have got my wheels turning!
I could get a "bombed-out" VW and chop the floorpan, shorten the axles, and modify the front suspension!

Add a hand-crafted body with a full roll-cage and my son will be the envy of all his friends!
Thanks for the input.

BTW: I just realized that we are neighbors,jimfulco!
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Old 11-19-2003, 02:46 PM
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This sounds cool. Of course you know we'll require pics of this project as it evovles.
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unusual project

I would think you want 4WD. I have built ATV utility vehicles from a Geo Tracker. I used the existing chassis and drive train, 80 HP, auto or 5 speed, 4WD, FI, instruments, etc.
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