posted on Jun, 16 2008 @ 01:53 AM
Perhaps somebody with more background and experience can help me with this. This is all speculation based upon some basic observations.
I was thinking about some improvised vehicle armor using old tires.
Most tires, as most of you are probably aware, contain layers of cordura and belted steel, in addition to the thick layers of rubber on the outside.
A diagram of a typical tire is shown below.
Fig. 1: cutaway of radial tire
The idea consists of cutting tires into squares, or some other shape, and arranging into an overlapping pattern similar to "scale armor". Then the
"tire scale" would be placed on the inside of a door panel, possibly in multiple layers.
Fig. 2: example of "scale" armor
Obviously, you would not be able to use this technique for an entire vehicle, as it would get very heavy very quick. But this could easily be applied
over the front of the radiator, and in the driver's side door panels and offer enough protection to get from point A to point B. I estimate that two
layers of this "tire scale" would be equivalent to level III armor.
Any thoughts or comments on this would be appreciated. I do not have as much experience with armor as some other members here might, and would like
some educated criticism.