Back in the 60’s I had to put my car in to have the engine rebuilt. The place provided a loaner, a van. Ever since, I wanted a big window van. The one they provided was a Dodge with a V8 mounted between the two front seats. To me it looked like the perfect van. But, alas, every time my wages went up, the cost of the van went up even more. It would seem I was not the only one that decided the van was a really nice vehicle.
I was always a person who preferred utility over appearance, but the van wasn’t that bad looking. More important, 8 or nine could fit comfortably in it. Or, If I wanted, I could put a lot of stuff in it.
To this day, if I could have such a van, I would really like it. However, nowadays, they don’t build vans like that. There are a few that are close, but even they are out of my price range. I mean, I am living on social security. I don’t know if I can even afford the insurance.
However, if we are going to talk dream vehicles, let’s put an electric motor on each wheel, making it a four wheel drive with very good traction. Let’s replace the engine with a turbine and put it in the back. By using generator and electric motors, the turbine engine could run at a constant RPM. Then we could add some battery power to provide extra power for short durations. It likely wouldn’t need it, but it is a dream vehicle.
Because of the turbine, the intakes would need to be high and on the side, to keep it from ingesting to much dirt and debris. The exhaust would be through twin pipes at the back and on the sides. Naturally, some defusing should take place. Most jet exhaust is at least 900 degrees. That is a little too much to allow directly into any overhanging trees.
The neat thing is that it would run on almost anything. That just might make the green people happy.
Noise it not a problem. With proper baffling, a jet engine makes less noise than almost any type of motor when it is designed to run at one RPM.
One added advantage, such a vehicle warms instantly. That means, even on the coldest day, the heater would produce nice warm heat right after the engine is started. That is especially nice for an old 72 year old man who grew up in southern California.
Now, I wonder. Just how much would I have to pay for my dream vehicle. Guess I’ll just have to wait till Volkswagen comes out with their electric van and be satisfied with that, if I will be able to afford that.
Oh. One more thing. I would make sure all lights could be changed with in five minutes with nothing more than a screwdriver. I just noticed the other day that my headlight went out and that will cost me a bundle. The light costs 50 dollars and it is another 50 to install it. (Well, it might be more than that now. It’s been a few years since the last time I had it done and you know about inflation.)