posted on Feb, 26 2011 @ 10:50 AM
No, no diagrams up here, but I'll be taking lots of pics during the construction phase. I'm sure I'll remember this thread in April or May and
I'll revive it with some pics then. I've played around with some reciprocating designs like you were suggesting, but they add too much weight to be
feasible. I do have a wind-powered air compressor set up at home though. I also have a shrader-valve refill nozzle set-up that will allow a gas
station air compressor to refill the cars tanks though. Cost about $5.00 for a fill up for 6 Type-S tanks.
To the other poster: Steam is infeasible for use in modern cars because of the operational maintenance required and the inherent danger in
pressurized steam (even with a monotube flash "safety" boiler). To be honest, most people are just too darn dumb to be trusted to drive down the
street in a steam car safely. I would trust the average poverty stricken citizen of India to safely operate a steam car faster than I would trust a
middle class American. In fact, there is a current ongoing project in western India right now converting old Yamaha 125cc motorbikes to run off of
two SCUBA tanks of compressed air. They are having resounding success and there are many videos on youtube.
Compressed air is also known as "cold steam" as it operates on identical principals without the the requirement of heat to create the pressure.
Many fireless locomotives were powered by compressed air including mining trams and many streetcar and short-haul passenger trains from the 1850's to
the 1930's in England, Germany, France and the US.
I'm not posting any diagrams or plans here because I have done enough research to know that my design is original and I haven't started the patent
process yet (waiting for the working prototype before I spend the time and effort) and I don't want to run the risk of it being co-opted by the folks
who are already making production air cars (there are three or four).