posted on Dec, 23 2010 @ 03:59 PM
For all those wanting to take a trip....
Maybe we can find out what Adniral Byrd did with his SNOW CRUISER
The immediate purpose of the Snow Cruiser, however, as part of the U. S. Antarctic Service under Admiral Byrd's command, is to speed up
exploration work and scientific investigation as well as to claim the continent as a United States possession by maintaining colonies there for three
years as required by international agreement. Assisted by a five-passenger airplane, it is believed that the Snow Cruiser will add as much to the
knowledge of the South Polar regions in two or three months as all previous expeditions combined. This plane, along with others, is expected to map
most of the South Polar Continent by means of aerial cameras. The Snow Cruiser, world's newest and largest automobile, has almost nothing in common
with conventional cars except that it runs on four pneumatic tires, but even this comparison is not exact because the tires are so large and soft that
a spring suspension is unnecessary. Unlike an ordinary car, it has two engines instead of one, four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering by two levers
instead of a steering wheel, two accelerator pedals, two brake pedals, a builtin hydraulic jack on each wheel, enough Diesel fuel for a 5000-mile run
(2500 gallons), 1000 gallons of airplane gasoline, bunks for four men and food for a year.
WHEELS are driven individually by 75 hp electric motors in their hubs. Dr. Thomas C. Poulter, designer of the Snow Cruiser, is shown directly behind
ADMIRAL BYRD is shown in the driver's seat grasping the two steering levers. Right lever is for front wheels and left for rear. The four conical
buttons directly in front of him are lined up at the center, indicating that all four wheels are pointed straight ahead. The 10 valves at the right
and another 10 at the left are for raising and lowering the wheels. Lever to left of cushion operates a controller switch for rear wheel motors. There
is a similar lever at right for front motors.
KINGPIN, about 10 inches in diameter, is shown just to right of front wheel. Note that both wheels are pointed to right to guide vehicle into the
HELPS ITSELF OUT ... Snow Cruiser came to rest in bed of stream near Lima, Ohio, as shown at left. Hydraulic jacks built into kingpin assemblies
lifted body (right) permitting it to be to allow vehicle to be blocked up with timbers. Then wheels were lifted by jacks and timbers placed under
wheels. By this method a plank road was constructed to allow vehicle to be backed onto highway.
TYPICAL CROWD at a country filling station near Pavilion, N. Y., where the Cruiser was stopped for repairs on the right front brake.
The Snow Cruiser was built in three months by the Research Foundation of Armour Institute of Technology which owns the ship. Its construction,
costing $150,000, was financed by friends of the Institute and 80 manufacturers. Principal units in its makeup include a special alloy steel body
built by the Pullman company, two six-cylinder 672 cubic inch, 150 hp Cummings Diesel engines, General Electric generators and. motors, and controls
for steering, braking and jacking, by Hydraulic Controls Inc. The airplane is a specially designed Beechcraft with a 350 hp Wright Whirlwind engine.
This was reprinted from an old magazine article
MoToR Magazine - December, 1939
First Hand Impressions of How World's Largest Automobile Is Operated
By HAROLD F. BLANCHARD
Technical Editor of MoToR
A full copy available HERE
I just wish I had the time or the staff to sort out the 80% of stuff I haven't processed yet