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914Driver
914Driver MegaDork
7/26/23 10:04 a.m.
MiniDave
MiniDave Reader
7/26/23 11:36 a.m.

That vertical driver's seat cushion looks miserably uncomfortable.....

I know a ton of work and money went into building this thing, but what the heck would you use it for besides parades and car shows? I like my vehicles to be real world usable.....

I also wonder if the finished product was really what the builder saw in his head when he started, or if it went off course at some point?

AMiataCalledSteve
AMiataCalledSteve HalfDork
7/27/23 8:26 a.m.

In reply to MiniDave :

Weddings in extremely flat areas? I think that has the worst break over angle I've ever seen

TJL (Forum Supporter)
TJL (Forum Supporter) Dork
7/27/23 8:28 a.m.

In reply to 914Driver :

pope-mobile motorcycle? 

 

No Time
No Time UltraDork
7/29/23 11:16 a.m.
eastsideTim
eastsideTim UltimaDork
7/29/23 11:20 a.m.

In reply to No Time :

Wonder if it was a former Ride the Ducks! boat.  Glad I got to go on one of those tours back in the 90s before it shut down.

No Time
No Time UltraDork
7/29/23 11:37 a.m.

In reply to eastsideTim :

The still do them in Boston for Duck Boat tours, and use them for parades, etc. 

No Time
No Time UltraDork
7/29/23 11:37 a.m.
AAZCD-Jon (Forum Supporter)
AAZCD-Jon (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
7/30/23 8:19 a.m.
myf16n
myf16n GRM+ Memberand New Reader
8/4/23 4:48 p.m.
nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
8/11/23 10:58 p.m.

Currently listed on Marketplace in northern Atlanta.  You know you want it.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/147225831730956/

yupididit
yupididit GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
8/11/23 11:30 p.m.

I always liked these 

BMW 840ci

nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
9/21/23 10:58 a.m.

This one just popped up today in north Atlanta:

P3PPY
P3PPY GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
9/21/23 12:45 p.m.
yupididit said:

I always liked these 

BMW 840ci

Me too, that's nice!

Somehow my mind's default color for these is a deep blue

nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
10/12/23 11:25 a.m.

nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
10/13/23 10:42 a.m.

stroker
stroker PowerDork
10/17/23 3:04 p.m.

Somebody here wants this, I know they do.

Russian Warship, Go Berkeley Yourself
Russian Warship, Go Berkeley Yourself PowerDork
10/17/23 3:17 p.m.

As wacky as the tiny BD-5 was, the 300 MpH BD-5J was insane.

AAZCD-Jon (Forum Supporter)
AAZCD-Jon (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
10/19/23 5:24 p.m.

Git you a Cadillac converter with a hole exhaust

aircooled
aircooled MegaDork
10/20/23 1:58 a.m.

In reply to stroker :

  They have a very bad reputation, which is mostly related to the engines they tried to use.  A CG range of a few inches (!) is a potential concern also.

The longer wings seem like a very good option!

Almost as many have crashed and killed their pilots. The Aviation Safety Institute database shows a total of 25 fatal BD-5 crashes—12-15 percent of all BD-5s that ever flew. Many occurred on the first flight of newly finished aircraft, with engine failures and subsequent stalls a common thread. Of the first four homebuilt BD-5As, a version with shorter wings, three crashed and killed their builders on their first takeoffs. The fourth survived long enough to crash on its first landing. 

XLR99 (Forum Supporter)
XLR99 (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand Dork
10/20/23 7:54 a.m.

I remember being at the airport seeing one flying in the pattern on one of it's first flights in maybe 1980ish.  It was amazingly fast, literally passing the standard Cessna/Piper spam cans in the pattern.  I don't remember hearing about it crashing, but you can see the pattern from my parents' house, and we never saw it airborne again after that day.

stroker
stroker PowerDork
10/20/23 11:34 a.m.
aircooled said:

In reply to stroker :

  They have a very bad reputation, which is mostly related to the engines they tried to use.  A CG range of a few inches (!) is a potential concern also.

The longer wings seem like a very good option!

Almost as many have crashed and killed their pilots. The Aviation Safety Institute database shows a total of 25 fatal BD-5 crashes—12-15 percent of all BD-5s that ever flew. Many occurred on the first flight of newly finished aircraft, with engine failures and subsequent stalls a common thread. Of the first four homebuilt BD-5As, a version with shorter wings, three crashed and killed their builders on their first takeoffs. The fourth survived long enough to crash on its first landing. 

Got a link to that text, perchance?  I know somebody who'd want to look further into that...

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
10/20/23 2:19 p.m.
TJL (Forum Supporter)
TJL (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
10/24/23 8:34 p.m.
P3PPY
P3PPY GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
10/25/23 1:04 p.m.
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