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Old 09-04-2014, 07:01 PM   #15
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Ford Highboy...
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Wait, bad gas mileage... Give me a minute.
Can't argue with you, Panama Red. It's a beauty and would make a great toad. Big block engines, though, weight a lot.
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Old 09-04-2014, 07:06 PM   #16
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Here we go... Austin Healey Bug Eye Sprite.
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Or, since these are a bit difficult to find, maybe it's successor, the MG midget...
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I've got a red Midget... It's a bit of a contortion act getting in and out, but plenty of room once you're in.
Love bug eye Sprites. My wife has a 5-liter in her '76 MGB and we thought that would make a great toad, but all the drive train is now Ford engine, automatic trans and a Ford rear end.

A Midget would be pretty close to a great toad. Manual trans, old enough to not necessarily need a transmission fluid pump when towing. You're right, though, a bit on the tight side.
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Old 09-04-2014, 07:10 PM   #17
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Does it have to have four wheels???

Carver,the unique self-balancing vehicle technology hold by Carver Technology.

Morgan 3 Wheeler

I'd personally go for the Carver as I'm a fighter jockey wannabe.

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Old 09-04-2014, 07:22 PM   #18
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If you are building the frame all ready there must be a plan at work. Share what you have going and let us chime in with more details for you to add. The sky may be the limit around here tho.
Brother Pro. Made a good start above. I'll bet more good ideas pop up here.

Any pics of the 55 ford?

Cheers Richard

Ps. Interested in your Rapa Nui. Name? Have you visited there, a fan of the pacific islands, like me?
Been to Easter Island and the Pacific Islands. Great time. Would go back in a New York minute.

Here's the MG

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Here's the '55 on the cover of a mystery novel.

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I'm tracking down the early pix of the frame. Have soon.
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Silver Surfer and Rapa Nui

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Old 09-04-2014, 07:31 PM   #20
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Building a Toad

Great, now everybody builds trailers AND cars better than I do...

Nice looking B there. Major downside to the Midget is no air conditioning. We only have about four months a year that it's comfortable to drive it down here...

And that Ford... Holy cow!!!

Looking forward to your Toad build. Hope you're going to document the whole thing here...

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Old 09-04-2014, 07:44 PM   #21
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Does it have to have four wheels???

Carver,the unique self-balancing vehicle technology hold by Carver Technology.

Morgan 3 Wheeler

I'd personally go for the Carver as I'm a fighter jockey wannabe.

Cheers
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Tony...
Thought about a three-wheeler. Even an electric. From scratch. The Carver is cool, though. So is the Elio. But I wanted four wheels because I'm familiar with building stuff with enough tires to comfortably seat our family when we're broken down by the side of the road. No arguing who gets to stand if we only had three.

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Old 09-04-2014, 07:47 PM   #22
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Another thought… a grille with a mesh tight enough that gravel thrown up by the Interstate's tires won't penetrate to puncture the radiator or oil/transmission cooler. Because you need a certain total opening size for good airflow, a grille with a tight mesh (or closely-spaced rods, whatever) will need to be taller and/or wider to get the same cooling effect.

I have seen chrome or body-color grilles with large openings backed up by a discrete black plastic mesh with small openings to prevent penetration by stones, if appearance is an issue.
Protag... Good points. Will put on the list for the time I start building the body. Thank you.
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Old 09-04-2014, 07:50 PM   #23
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Great, now everybody builds trailers AND cars better than I do...

Nice looking B there. Major downside to the Midget is no air conditioning. We only have about four months a year that it's comfortable to drive it down here...

And that Ford... Holy cow!!!

Looking forward to your Toad build. Hope you're going to document the whole thing here...

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I'll document it all as it progresses. Thank you.
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We flat towed our MG Midget for years. Only a couple of issues, if the front end gets a bit wonky (worn king pins) the steering will go opposite lock if you turn really tight. Also the tow bar sticks up at a pretty good angle to meet the ball. Mine is lowered 2" since i bicycled it as a Solo ! event...

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Some well-integrated, rear-facing cameras might be nice. You could use them for backing up the towed vehicle when you are disconnected and out and about. Plus you could wire them up to a monitor on the tow vehicle to see what's going on behind you when you are towing.

Any "stuff" that normally needs to be strapped to a towed vehicle that could be eliminated would make hooking up and disconnecting so much easier. What else might there be besides the tow lights?

What if it had a good spot engineered to quickly and easily stow the tow bars and their accessories?

How about a smart battery disconnect? I'm thinking that some way to isolate or connect the towed vehicle from your tow vehicle's electrical system could be beneficial.

You might consider TPMS for the towed vehicle. I can think of at least one system that could probably broadcast the signals all the way up to your cab.
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Since you're talking about towing behind an Interstate, a luggage rack on your roadster's trunk wouldn't hurt. Since storage space in an Interstate is at a premium, I'm a big fan of stowing outdoor gear outdoors (in the toad) until I get to my campsite. Then once the campsite is set up, the gear isn't cluttering up the toad anymore, and the toad is ready to be driven. That leaves my interior storage in the Interstate available for items I'll use indoors in the Interstate.
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:26 PM   #27
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We flat towed our MG Midget for years. Only a couple of issues, if the front end gets a bit wonky (worn king pins) the steering will go opposite lock if you turn really tight. Also the tow bar sticks up at a pretty good angle to meet the ball. Mine is lowered 2" since i bicycled it as a Solo ! event...

The only really proper color is British Racing Green!
I like the MG idea because I have an MGB 1800 cc motor just rebuilt. Wish I had the five speed, but only four.

BRG agood color but I'm red green color blind! Which brings back bad Vietnam memories.
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Some well-integrated, rear-facing cameras might be nice. You could use them for backing up the towed vehicle when you are disconnected and out and about. Plus you could wire them up to a monitor on the tow vehicle to see what's going on behind you when you are towing.

Any "stuff" that normally needs to be strapped to a towed vehicle that could be eliminated would make hooking up and disconnecting so much easier. What else might there be besides the tow lights?

What if it had a good spot engineered to quickly and easily stow the tow bars and their accessories?

How about a smart battery disconnect? I'm thinking that some way to isolate or connect the towed vehicle from your tow vehicle's electrical system could be beneficial.

You might consider TPMS for the towed vehicle. I can think of at least one system that could probably broadcast the signals all the way up to your cab.
Rear facing camera now on the list. Good idea.
Gonna work on the tow bar storage idea. Another good I hadn't thought about. Have to design the body to have a good place for it and related stuff.
Sorry but not familiar with the initial TPMS.
Smart battery disconnect sounds like a good idea

Thanks for the tips. They're appreciated.
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