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I can’t get APC’s out of my head

I’ve been checking thing out forever, I got it for my son, but I’ve been secretly keeping my eye on it so I could nab it one day when he got board of it –that day has come.

I’m a closet Vanner, always have always will, I thought I got vanning out of my system with the General Lee –guess not! This thing fits the Van/ APC vehicle criteria perfectly.

So now I have to come up with the plan, this version seems to be Rear engine –if you’ve driven a small van you know how much room a front engine takes up, and if you driven a VW van you miss being able to load stuff in the back like a full size van, We need to come up with a good floor plan, the size of the interior requirement will determine the size of the vehicle, however I think a good size would be a Scion XB;  a full size would be too big, heck maybe it’s even possible to use the Scion platform –cut it apart and rearrange it to suit the new layout. I still like the idea of a hull design, the metal is thicker, and all the mechanical parts and suspension mount to it.

Wheels –I like the look but they don’t look very practical do they, you want to keep the suspension low for maximum interior space, I wonder if you can get a hub gear reducer and flip it up (all custom mounts of course) an independent front end of some sort should work fine.

Doors, you’ll need something space age for sure, loose the cooler ducts on the side and we’d have all the room we need to get in and out comfortably.

Thoughts?

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5 Responses to “I can’t get APC’s out of my head”

  1. jerry chamberlain Says:
    December 4th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    u need geared style hubs check out the military style hummvee ,then turn it upside down and its 8 bolt gm patteren

  2. Henry Verrydt Says:
    December 13th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    why not an electric unit, small size, power can be laid out over the entire floor , heck you could do solar panels on the roof, save the planet and all that, it would be a silent but deadly kool

  3. Stony Smith Says:
    January 2nd, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    That’s a good idea, electric hubs, 300+volts on the floor -seems easy enough -I’m on it… Isn’t there an issue with motor controllers not being able to manage multiple motors as you round a corner (outside wheels travel faster than the inside)

  4. John Montpellier Says:
    March 29th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Possibly a chevy Astro Van, would require lots of body mods. They have a full frame but the body is fairly low for a van, the axles are stout and could easilly take huge wheels/tires. Or option 2 to keep it short and low VW Bug tub with a Custom Body.

    Just my taughts, I know it will be a kick-@ss van when you build it.

  5. Dan O'Connor Says:
    April 15th, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    screw electric….. good old gas burning detroit iron driving hydraulic pump to hydraulic motors on wheels. make it mid engine it would look cool with exhaust pipes coming out the sides and scoop on the roof.

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