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#34943 of 38597 Re: NSH> [andys120]
Nov 16, 2012 (12:51 pm)
small size and light weight are beneficial off-road as well as on
I was driving my 98 Forester on the sand in the Outer Banks, and drove right by a stuck HD pickup. He'd forgotten to air down as well, but that beast must weight 2-3 times what my Forester did.
#34944 of 38597 Re: NSH> [ateixeira]
Nov 16, 2012 (3:47 pm)
OK, I'll bite -- What's a "HD pickup"??? Ford? Chevy/GM? Dodge?....
Nov 16, 2012 (3:51 pm)
I always associate those with Chevy Silverados. 1500HD, 2500HD, 3500HD. The Fords are Super Duties.
Nov 16, 2012 (4:25 pm)
I vaguely recall seeing something like this in Geneva in about 1998. The Zurich, Swiss plate on the motorcycle next to it (Red cross is Switzerland, Blue and white shield and ZH plate confirm registration area) makes me wonder if it is one of those strange French/Swiss vehicles used as a city car. There is (or was) some oddity of registration in parts of France and Switzerland which allow low powered vehicles to be driven by unlicensed drivers, including teenagers.
There are elements which remind me of the Ogle designed Bond Bug.
I cannot see a steering wheel or handlebars although there is a joystick looking thing poking up. The seating reminds me a little of a recumbent bike. However the bulky area behind the seats suggests some sort of power system. Some sort of pedal assisted battery vehicle, perhaps.
I wonder what it is
#34947 of 38597 Re: NSH> [ateixeira]
Nov 16, 2012 (4:30 pm)
The only time I took my '02 Explorer out on the Outer Banks beach, I could have looked like a total idiot.
The kids were taking some surfing lessons and as I watched, quite a few trucks drove onto the beach.
I didn't see anyone 'air down', so I thought I should be ok going out there too.
Little did I know, many of those beach drivers just drive around 'aired down'.
Anyways, I buried the Explorer in the sand up to the running boards.
When i tried to drive out in auto 4x4, nothing.
Locked 4x4 high, nothing.
Locked 4x4 low, nothing.
The people parked around me started packing up and leaving.
The I remembered that turning the wheel back and forth had got me out of a few other situations.
Did that, the power kicked in, and was able to drive out despite running 40+ PSI in all the tires.
#34948 of 38597 Mystery tail light>
Nov 17, 2012 (7:17 am)
#34949 of 38597 Re: Mystery tail light> [andys120]
Nov 17, 2012 (8:12 am)
#34950 of 38597 Re: . [grahampeters]
Nov 17, 2012 (8:15 am)
That's about what I was thinking. I spotted it in congested central Zurich. It had more control inputs than would be needed by simple pedal power, and was also kind of bulky looking - so it was some kind of dual power if not weak electric. No badging on it. This afternoon in western Austria saw a similar vehicle, but it had a different front end, and this one looked to be off the road for some time.
#34951 of 38597 Re: Mystery tail light> [lostwrench1]
Nov 17, 2012 (12:10 pm)
Yup, a '64 Mercury Comet Caliente to be exact.
Nov 17, 2012 (12:15 pm)