1987 - Volume #11, Issue #2, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Turnaround car turns 360 in its tracks"It's the only one of its kind," says Dan Kashubara, Canfield, Ohio, about his mini car that spins around in its tracks thanks to a unique wheel configuration.
The car is fitted with single wheels front and back that steer and is driven by a VW transaxle. The car has two frames so it pivots up and down on rough ground. The engine is mounted on the rear frame and the rollbar and passenger seats are mounted on the front frame which fastens to the rear frame with a large metal hinge just over the center drive axle. A set of shock absorbers also connect between the two frames.
The single wheels front and back, built by Cushman, were salvaged from U.S. Mail trucks, as was the steering wheel. The rear wheel is steered by a slave hydraulic cylinder that's connected to a master cylinder on the front wheel. A neutral valve automatically aligns the wheels, if needed. The car does a 360? turn in 2 sec. and the inside wheel will turn inside an 18-in. circle.
Kushubara takes the car on the road at speeds of up to 65 mph. and says it'll track straight "hands off' - even in a stiff crosswind. However, he primarily uses it off-road. "It's got the traction of a 4-WD and gets good mileage. Goes anywhere with great maneuverability," he notes, adding that he'd like to see the idea developed for commercial use.
For more information, contact FARM SHOW Followup, Dan. Kashubara, 8803 N. Palmyra Rd., Canfield, Ohio 44406.
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