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Unread 03-13-2012, 01:50 PM   #1
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Hi My name is Rob. I am a classic car guy. Owner of a 69 GT Ford Torino(daily driver), 66 convertible Mustang, 1990 classic Range Rover, and 2 Sterling Kit cars. Other cars: 1999 Chevy S10 4x4 V6 and 1994 saturn SC2.

I have spent many years redesigning a classic Kit car known as the Sterling Sports car. Then I decided to make it float on the water. A childhood dream of driving my bug into the water, come true.
After finishing the bodystyle I made molds off of the car thinking that others might want to upgrade their vehicles to this new body type, I made it so that the new exterior panelling would adapt directly to the original Sterling, but didn't have any interests from Sterling owners. Thats when I decided to go amphibious.
When getting registered from the CHP I was able to get the Amphibious vehicle type from them, they called it the car of the future. well now I am basically finished with my prototype and am moving on to a new project.

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66 mustang at Sac raceway


Redesigned Sterling Kit car (Sterling R) at Bug-O-Rama


1969GT Ford Torino fastback
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Nice! My dad had a Torino Cobra
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Redesigned Sterling Kit car (Sterling R) at Bug-O-Rama


1969GT Ford Torino fastback
Many people simply dream... you on the other hand live your dream! Congrats on seeing the Sterling component car through to the finish. The gun metal paint looks cool. By the way, are the bottom side scoops functional?

In regards to the Torino, are you planning on any custom touches?

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Mike, Ford Torino is really a great car. I have put basically 100,000 on mine myself.

Invision, originally this was a Sterling Sports car kit. On my version the side panelling has been redesigned with the addition of a front air dam located beneath the front bumper insert. I redesigned the roof and canopy raising the windshield angle and increasing head room about 4 inches. Also this new canopy has been shifted forward. Originally I was going to go with a mid-engine, but decided to make more interior space instead, and make it float

To answer your question about the side intakes being functional. The answer is yes. The side intake ports and upper intake ports are ducted to my fan shroud. sealled to the shroud using a rubber boot, ensuring fresh air to the engine cooling system(aircooled VW) sucks a lot of air determined by the throttle. I figure that this could also reduce overall drag of the vehicle, and I have done some bench testing and have noticed less turbulence.

Originally I thought that I would sell aftermarket pieces to update the original sterlings but there isnt a market in that. I made molds off of the finished bodystyling but that turned up to be not necessary.

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Heres a short video of when I first drove my car in the water. This was like 1 or two summers ago with a makeshift propulsion system that I made out of stuff in my garage, I recently made a radial flow pump that attaches to the crankshaft of the motor. I haven't tried it out yet so I dont know if it will work. Although I have came up with a hydraulic propulsion system that I think would be ideal for my original plan, which i ditched last year. check it out it might make you laugh!


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