Thursday, February 4, 2010

DIY Snow Vehicles...

Check out this snow machine built from scraps from the recycling bin... I wonder what I can create from the junk in my recycling bin. Maybe I can make a Tin-Can Phone...Oh Yeah!
-Two more vehicles at the link below!

Dashing Through the Snow: The builders made the Snow Chopper entirely from parts they found around their workplace at Antarctica’s McMurdo Station. Courtesy Bob Sawicki

"In the desolate environment of Antarctica, when mechanics Bob Sawicki and Toby Weisser weren’t at their jobs maintaining a fleet of snowmobiles at the U.S. logistics hub there, they passed the time by building a motorcycle-like snow vehicle out of junked parts and trash. As government employees, they were forbidden to use any new equipment on their side project. Instead, they got the engine and track from a totaled 1981 Ski-Doo Elan and, with the exception of nuts, bolts and fuel hoses, everything else from savvy dumpster diving.

Using pipes salvaged from a recycling bin, Sawicki and Weisser fabricated a frame, with a bent crowbar as the brake and a tent pin as the accelerator. The emergency brake is an old ice ax, and a couple of ice screws welded to the frame serve as foot pegs. It has two chrome tanks that used to be fire extinguishers; now one contains fuel, and the other feeds compressed air to a salvaged air horn. The aged engine performs modestly well, doing 30 to 35 mph on the snow—but that’s pretty good for 99.9 percent post-consumer content."

Time: 120 hours
Cost: $10


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