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Offline chicomecha

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cargo cover for CJ5
« on: February 22, 2007, 08:27:24 AM »
Here are some pics of my latest creation - a rain cover that still lets me be open-air.  Today looks like a good day to go see if it actually works.

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Re: cargo cover for CJ5
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2007, 05:05:39 AM »
Looks really nice! But my first thought was regarding gas milage when it catches the wind. By the way, I found you over here hiding from Mikey!
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Re: cargo cover for CJ5
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2007, 05:43:14 AM »
Looks really nice! But my first thought was regarding gas milage when it catches the wind.

This may help the gas mileage...  aerodynamics may keep him aloft longer   :o

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Re: cargo cover for CJ5
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2007, 10:23:18 AM »
That is what I kept thinking as I made it.  But I also kept thinking how the air in the cabin doesn't move much with just doors and a bikini, and I don't even have any windows in the doors.  So I thought it worth a try.  I also saw plenty of holes in the bottom and tailgate for air to escape.

So I tested it at 55 mph.  It was perfectly still.  Look close and you'll see that it can only catch air from inside the cab, and usually that air is moving forward, hitting my neck, not backward filling the cover.  The bikini top flaps all over the place at speed, and the cargo cover just sits there.  If anything, the air coming off the bikini actually pushed it in slightly.
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Re: cargo cover for CJ5
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2007, 05:21:01 PM »
Looks really nice! But my first thought was regarding gas milage when it catches the wind.

This may help the gas mileage...  aerodynamics may keep him aloft longer   :o

Ken
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Re: cargo cover for CJ5
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2007, 06:59:31 PM »
I did it!  I hit 68 mph in the CJ, and right as the engine was about to rattle apart, I lifted off!!!  I flew for several hundred yards - into a pond.  Lucky for me, it IS a float as well.  I popped right side up, floored it, and was home for dinner.

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