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Old 04-05-2013, 11:41 AM
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Question Need advice on a small, powerful FWD diesel setup

I'm working on the design of a 2F1R 3wheel vehicle and I'd like to use a small, fairly powerful diesel setup as the primary drive mechanism. I don't know alot about diesel setups and I'd welcome suggestions and recommendations to use. I'm trying to design a 2 seat side-by-side with a small (3') storage/package area behind the seats. The body will be fiberglass laid over carved foam to define the shape and provide the mounting for the drive train. An alternative would be to mount the engine in the rear and drive the rear wheel through either a short driveshaft or a motorcycle clutch, transmission and chain drive.
 
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look at a semi trailer or box truck they have motors from 2 to 4 cyl set ups
 
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That's a good idea. I hadn't even considered that. They have a higher profile than what I was thinking of, but I'm sure that could be modified. Thanks.
 
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in the box truck style a lot of them have a low profile 2 cyl they are about 18 "long by 12"wide I was thinking about putting one in a geo metro and making it hydraulic drive
 

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Old 04-07-2013, 09:10 AM
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That would be a perfect size. I don't know if you've seen a Riley TriMagnum or XR3, but I want to design something along those lines but with FWD (or AWD) with a front engined design. I like the XR3, but there is really no room to carry anything except a passenger. I'd like to have enough "cargo" space to take my German shepherd and some camping/hunting gear. Your idea is a really good one. Thanks.
 
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we use hydraulic drive on mine buggies around here and some are electric some are diesel a 2 man buggy weighs around 1200 pds it got me wanting to do a off the wall conversion
 
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What is a mine buggy, exactly... you mean one of these...

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Seriously, I did a search on both "mine buggy" and "coal mine buggy" and I came up dry... except for lots of dune buggies of various sizes.
 

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no a coal mining buggy
 
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I just bought a Toyota corolla diesel. its FWD. 5 spd transmission. I've seen a couple of the motors on evilbay.
 
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