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The Ultimate DAYTONMOBILE

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by WA6MHZ, Feb 12, 2020 at 3:29 PM.

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  1. WA6MHZ

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    Wow! I want one of these!
    bug-camper-10.jpg
    Since its basically a VW BUG (a well loaded down VW BUG) it would get great gas mileage. And U can sleep in Rest Stops and Parking lots all along the way. Of course their is no restroom faciliites, so you would have tor rely on McDonalds and such for those activities. But it looks like U can sleep comfortably in the back.
    hereis a better video of it.


    It has an overhead console where all the radios could be mounted. The roof has ample room for every imaginable antenna. Not very aerodynamic, But probably still 40MPG!
     
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  2. WA6MHZ

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    Probably sneak back a SX-88 in it too!!
     
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  3. WA6MHZ

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    here is how it mounts to a VW frame and pan
    bugger.jpg
    I'd sure want to have a good engine and transmission for this! Dayton is a LONG LONG ways from Kaliforny!
     
  4. WA6MHZ

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    Here is the dashboard
    buugerdash.jpg
    it just begs for a Heathkit HW-2036 under the ashtray; and a Swan 350 under the passenger dash!
     
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  5. N2EY

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    Some fun facts:

    The classic 1960s VW Beetle gets MPG in the low 20s - unmodified. With the added weight and wind resistance of the modified version, miles per gallon will go way down.

    VW Beetles weren't known for acceleration nor top speed in their unmodified state, and adding weight and wind resistance will only make them worse. The resulting added strain on the engine and transmission are left for others to consider.

    Modern minivans like the Honda Odyssey get MPG in the high 20s/low 30s on the highway, and the high teens in the city, as long as one doesn't drive like a maniac. And that's fully loaded.
     
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  6. KD8DEY

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    Astro/Safari Camper conversion van would be more practical...
     
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  7. K7TRF

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    You took the words right out of my mouth. I drove a '63 Bug back in college and gas mileage was not its strong point. I'd typically get around 19 to 22 MPG with a good tailwind ;)
     
  8. WA6MHZ

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    in the back is a full kitchen, buggerback.jpg table and convertible bed, hide the SX-88 under the table on the way home!
     
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  9. WA6MHZ

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    Dont think it would hold up well with the TORNADO ALLEY we have to cross along the way either!
     
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  10. N2EY

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    In 1963, 19 to 22 MPG was pretty good. Not so much today.

    And the Beetle had very good aerodynamic properties for its time. The modified one....not so much.

    73 de Jim, N2EY
     
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