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Fat Albert
01-05-2014, 14:26
PSM has suggested that I post a picture of a mini jeep that I built for my grandkids. This is classified as a backyard assault vehicle light, lol.

MtnGoat
01-05-2014, 14:33
Really nice work!

What did you use as its base?

koz
01-05-2014, 15:02
Gotta show more pics than that. Looks like fun

Fat Albert
01-05-2014, 17:31
It's made of exterior grade plywood built from plans. The hardware was bought from a company in Minnesota who also makes kits and plans for several other types of vehicles. I chose to buy the nine sheets of 3/4 inch plywood locally at Home Depot instead of the $900 for their body kit.

The engine is a 5hp Kohler, 4 stroke, chain drive. The gear ratio is very low so only give about 6mph. I figure that slow enough to catch the grandkid that decides to take it down the road to see his girlfriend.

I'd given some thought to building small M5 Stuart Tank when time permits. It would use a similar drive system and would give me a chance to attend veterans parades.

tonyz
01-05-2014, 18:04
Beautiful work - lucky kids !

Although, I suspect you feel that you are the one who is lucky.

You are all blessed.

albeham
01-06-2014, 06:12
Sweet!!!

AL :lifter

JJ_BPK
01-06-2014, 07:00
It's made of exterior grade plywood built from plans. The hardware was bought from a company in Minnesota who also makes kits and plans for several other types of vehicles.


Outstanding...

Joe, Could you post the company web site? My 8yo g-kid wants a truck, but all the stores carry are toy car/trucks for 4-5 yo's. They are to small. Next step up seems to be golf carts.. Your jeep looks like it fits in between.. :D

PSM
01-06-2014, 12:17
Outstanding...

Joe, Could you post the company web site? My 8yo g-kid wants a truck, but all the stores carry are toy car/trucks for 4-5 yo's. They are to small. Next step up seems to be golf carts.. Your jeep looks like it fits in between.. :D

Heck, I want one for ME! :D

Pat

Fat Albert
01-06-2014, 22:02
Gentlemen,

The info is as follows:

C F Struck Corp.
Box 307
Cedarburg, WI. 53012
www.Struck-Kit.com

The jeep took me about a year to build so for a healthy guy maybe 3 months. It was great fun teaching the grandkids how to use the tools needed for the project. The 4 year old loved to paint everything including the floor, garage door and my toolbox, lol.

This thing is a lot bigger than it appears...it comes in somewhere around 800 lbs.

Fat Albert
01-06-2014, 22:19
JJ,

You might want to buy the plans and see if you can modify them. I would like to see a mini deuce and half or 5 quarter.:)

I really like the idea of building some sort of tracked vehicle but that's down the road. Maybe a M-5 Stuart, M-113 or M-114.

I've been working on a gyroplane design for 4 years and I want to finish it before moving to the next project.

Brush Okie
01-06-2014, 22:21
Gentlemen,



The jeep took me about a year to build so for a healthy guy maybe 3 months. It was great fun teaching the grandkids how to use the tools needed for the project. The 4 year old loved to paint everything including the floor, garage door and my toolbox, lol.

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The memories and knowledge of the time you spent building that with them is worth more than anything you could have just bought them. Congratulations and great job.

Fat Albert
01-12-2014, 11:31
I want to thank everyone for the kudos for the mini jeep.

Now, for a more serious question about the use of SF's small tactical vehicles. What has brought about the use of these vehicles instead of Hummers or Mraps in SWA? They have no protection and, I'm guessing, less X-country ability. However, they do seem to be much more air-transportable.

If you were to build or buy a good E&E vehicle what would it be? It would need the ability to carry a couple of bug out boxes and a couple of folks in bad terrain.:lifter

MR2
01-12-2014, 13:29
If you were to build or buy a good E&E vehicle what would it be?

Moderators, this should be split off to a new Thread.

TATQ, it depends on the environment - i.e. how far you need to go, how much/many you need to carry, how fast/long, etc.

Many who have looked at this have stated in decreasing order of preference a 4x4 vehicle, a dirt bike of at least 100cc, a mountain bike.

For us, a grocery cart or family car will get us (safely) to our intermediate/cache point. From there, all three travel options are available to make our way the 70 miles necessary to exit this urban center to a small, like-minded community where there are a half-dozen negotiated safe houses. Becoming involved in the Recall efforts has opened many, many doors.

Of course YMMV...

x SF med
01-13-2014, 14:56
the Stuart would need a higher hp engine with a little more torque, as would the M113... or maybe a small diesel engine for them, gots to be able to climb in either one of the tracked vehicles.:D

Nice work on the jeep.

Fat Albert
01-14-2014, 09:28
x SF Med,

You are correct about a larger torgue engine. I was thinking about a Briggs or Kohler 25 hp engine from the National Hydraulics catalog. The steering would through a Borg Warner T10 skid steer transmission with a 40 hp rating. The tracks would be made from 24" conveyor belts with bolted on cleats for drive and traction.

If it were to be used in an E&E event, I would think it would need an all terrain capability. It would be logical that roads would be blocked and impassible due to the mass exodus.