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2013-01-02 10:04:16 AM
Yes, but can it get up to 88 MPH?
 
2013-01-02 10:16:38 AM

xanadian: Yes, but can it get up to 88 MPH?


And I assume it generate the 1.21 gigawatts?
 
2013-01-02 10:26:40 AM
It was intended to have a gas-turbine engine, not a reactor.
 
2013-01-02 11:29:18 AM
Yes I have.  It was expected to have depleted uranium bumpers as a way of finding places to hide the waste and encourage people to drive cautiously.  At least until the energy field comes in.
 
2013-01-02 11:35:26 AM
That was what all the ruined junked cars in Fallout 3 were based on.
 
2013-01-02 11:35:58 AM
The real Ford atomic powered car was the Ford Nucleon.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Nucleon
 
2013-01-02 11:46:38 AM
Didn't turbine engine vehicle exhaust melt asphalt and thus were scrapped?
 
2013-01-02 11:50:50 AM
An interesting thread, considering Toyota just replicated Mitsubiti's LENR research. Both are working on the technology with the aim of powering cars.

/No, it's not cold fusion
 
2013-01-02 11:52:43 AM
I had seen pictures before.

Interesting how Cadillac stole the silhouette a few years later.
 
2013-01-02 11:56:10 AM
I think what this really shows is how uneducated the normal populace was in regards to science and technology at the time.
 
2013-01-02 11:59:37 AM
Ever heard of the 1955 Ford Mystere atomic car?

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Should I have?
 
2013-01-02 12:07:11 PM

dryknife: Didn't turbine engine vehicle exhaust melt asphalt and thus were scrapped?


I think you're thinking of the turbine powered locomotives. Union Pacific had a few of them and if parked under an overpass they could melt the asphalt on the road above. Eventually they were decided to be more trouble than the traditional diesel-electric models.

The only turbine powered automobiles in production of which I am aware were Chryslers. Neat, but again, more trouble than a traditional piston engine. I've seen one of the VERY few remaining running models (at the Museum of Transportation near St. Louis).
 
2013-01-02 12:09:56 PM

dryknife: Didn't turbine engine vehicle exhaust melt asphalt and thus were scrapped?


No, they were scrapped most likely because of emissions problems. Also, when limited numbers of turbine-powered cars were tested by the public, the sound was compared unfavorably with a vacuum cleaner. And nobody wanted a car that sounded like a vacuum cleaner.

More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysler_Turbine_Car

I have seen one of these at a museum. :oD
 
2013-01-02 12:36:29 PM
 
2013-01-02 01:05:37 PM
I love the Big 3's 1950s brimming-with-confidence show cars, impracticable though they might be. Ford was doing the Futura (future Batmobile) at about the same time, yes? And, isn't the car in the video forecasting (in exaggerated form) what the fins would look like on the 1957 Ford (as compared to the '55 sedan that was "new" at the time)?

/Hooray for Chrysler Turbine car of 1960s, too!
 
2013-01-02 01:56:03 PM
As a matter of fact, I have heard of it.

/Detroiters and cars ... like peanut butter and chocolate
 
2013-01-02 02:12:02 PM
onscreencars.com

/You guys are slacking
 
2013-01-02 03:00:00 PM

dryknife: Didn't turbine engine vehicle exhaust melt asphalt and thus were scrapped?


Jay Leno owns a turbine powered motorcycle:

www.bikemenu.com
Vid Link
 
2013-01-02 03:15:51 PM

HotWingConspiracy: That was what all the ruined junked cars in Fallout 3 were based on.


i was really disappointed by the lack of exploding junk in fallout new vegas. i loved running around exploding cars, it was probably my favorite form of attack
 
2013-01-02 03:20:34 PM

You Are All Sheep: I think what this really shows is how uneducated the normal populace was in regards to science and technology at the time.


Yes, that has totally changed, now hasn't it?
 
2013-01-02 03:42:02 PM
www.chuckstoyland.com
The Atmos--do want
 
2013-01-02 03:45:20 PM

You Are All Sheep: I think what this really shows is how uneducated the normal populace was in regards to science and technology at the time.


It would be perfectly safe as long as you stuffed your mouth full of asbestos.
 
2013-01-02 03:50:38 PM
Ford Gyron

www.autoweek.com
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two wheels, gyroscope stabilized
I bet with today's materials and technology, they could make it fly
 
2013-01-02 03:51:36 PM
It's no Chryslus Corvega.
 
2013-01-02 04:32:13 PM

cretinbob: Ford Gyron

two wheels, gyroscope stabilized
I bet with today's materials and technology, they could make it fly


Looks like Syd Mead was involved with the Gyron concept (not sure if it was his idea or if he just rendered it).

www.carstyling.ru

Time for some retro Mead...
farm3.staticflickr.com
www.shadowlocked.com
www.carstyling.ru
www.carstyling.ru
 
2013-01-02 04:50:57 PM

MrSteve007: dryknife: Didn't turbine engine vehicle exhaust melt asphalt and thus were scrapped?

Jay Leno owns a turbine powered motorcycle:

[www.bikemenu.com image 500x321]
Vid Link


He also has the EcoJet, a one-off turbine-powered custom that the GM design team helped him build. You can see a lot of Caddy in the car. I saw Jay take Dennis Gage for a ride in it on My Classic Car. Really loud.
 
2013-01-02 04:52:58 PM

Oops.  Here's Jay Leno's EcoJet:



www.motorstown.com
 
2013-01-02 05:14:09 PM
I prefer a Plymouth Satellite.

/faster than the speed of light
 
2013-01-02 05:26:03 PM
i508.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-02 05:42:34 PM
Many have forgoten Studebaker. Gorgeous designs, Engineering was okay for the time. Many kits were available to put in small block chevvies and running gear. Check out 1953-64. My favorites are the ones without fins.

I think they would turn some heads on the roads today.
 
2013-01-02 05:43:24 PM
I had a ride on a turbine-powered crash truck at (then) NAS Miramar in 1968.  I think the engine was P&W J-47, but not sure---was radial-flow though.  Not powered by thrust, but by gearing.  Exhaust gasses vented straight up from the top.  Pretty sure it was a custom-build.  Did a Google, but didn't find it.
 
2013-01-02 08:41:08 PM
Once in a while, in the Cretaceous period, the car mags would run an article on someone's one-off turbine car. I read about a Corvette that got the transplant, it was a little slow off the line but it would just keep accelerating, Up to a point, the faster it went, the faster it wanted to go.

Small turbines for helicopters can only be used for so many hours in a flight role, and then they have to be replaced. They still have many useful hours left in them, and that's where some of these motors come from.

These days (get off my lawn) the tiny $5k jets for model planes are awesome, but they're too tiny to move a road vehicle - they're the size of soda cans. Fun to see on Youtube though.
 
2013-01-02 08:46:36 PM

akula: dryknife: Didn't turbine engine vehicle exhaust melt asphalt and thus were scrapped?

I think you're thinking of the turbine powered locomotives. Union Pacific had a few of them and if parked under an overpass they could melt the asphalt on the road above. Eventually they were decided to be more trouble than the traditional diesel-electric models.

The only turbine powered automobiles in production of which I am aware were Chryslers. Neat, but again, more trouble than a traditional piston engine. I've seen one of the VERY few remaining running models (at the Museum of Transportation near St. Louis).


deansgarage.com

/1977
 
2013-01-03 02:15:19 AM

cretinbob: [www.chuckstoyland.com image 760x530]
The Atmos--do want


the mark V?
 
2013-01-03 04:51:12 AM
What the production version of the car looks like:
www.papersavepro.com
 
2013-01-03 09:15:26 AM

lucksi: You Are All Sheep: I think what this really shows is how uneducated the normal populace was in regards to science and technology at the time.

Yes, that has totally changed, now hasn't it?


Actually yes. You make those same statements about a car nowadays, and you're laughed out of the room.
 
2013-01-03 09:27:32 AM
"People finally realized that an accident might cause a meltdown on main street." (video of exploding atomic bomb)


Brought to you by your local oil company
 
2013-01-03 12:18:21 PM
There's one for Turbine testing http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1g3QvkpMqc0
 
2013-01-03 10:02:56 PM
Dear Metaluna Mutant:

Thank you--I'm gonna guess "National Lampoon, 1976," and may or may not take time to search it out...
 
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