The Lambro three-wheeler
updated October 22, 2006
This is the
story of microfurthur the
E., a former student of mine, came up with "TriHy" while we were out
having coffee the other day (in June '05) and figuring out how we were
going to keep people moving while sparing the Earth some CO2.
("Amory Lovins is *The Man!*")
microfurthur came up as a name when I was telling my daughter a bedtime
story that included The Merry Pranksters and their schoolbus, Further. Note that the famous schoolbus bore the name "Further" and "Furthur".
The latter was the choice when the vehicle made it's way to Mexico to
visit a fugitive Neal Cassady... this seems to be the special spelling
that has stuck.
It started when friend Jay H. had a Lambro 550 left over... he bought
this one for its engine. With the engine removed (even before that) it
was a little rough, but it made a great candidate for an electric. In
the autumn of 2003, one of my students and I began to build battery
racks and a motor and transmission mounts for it. In the autumn of
2004, another student and continued working on it.
Will M. (left) and I, autumn 2003.
The "MWM" painted on the vehicle is for Max-Will Motors, our putative
Brian W. (driving) and me, December,
2004, making the first test drive. Auspiciously, Will (then a freshman
in college) was on hand for this historic event. Brian went off to M.I.T.
in the fall of 2005.
spring, as school gave way to the relative freedom of summer, I got
really cranking. Here's the story, in installments.
I just remembered that I used to own the Lambro Jay H. is restoring,
and now I own the Lambro he used to own. See, odd vehicles have to move
around a little to find not just a good home, but exactly the right
home. We are only caretakers for these time travelers, after all. Plus,
symmetry. Always symmetry.
A suite of shots from Microcar and
Minicar Day 2005.
nice people at the Museum of Transportation in Brookline gave me an
(also known as an extension cord) to a couple of kW-h worth of charge
so that I could give rides at the show.
||Here's the whole rig at
Gould's Microcar and Minicar Classic, in July of 2005.
||I trailered the whole
rig from the outer 'burbs to the inner for the Microcar Class.
||I threw the plywood body
together when the forecast called for rain for Microcar Day. The seat
is from a Dodge minivan.... it has cup holders that pull out as a
drawer. That's right: cup holders.
|Through the door you can
see the control "deck," with all the realys, the audio amp, charger
||Under the back seat are
the second pair of speakers and my toolbox.
|The paintjob by my wife
and daughter. So excellent!
What's next? ALUMINUM! I am going to make the back of the
three-wheeler and the trailer *both* look like the old teardrop
trailers popular in the 30s and 40s. Kinda like these...
Showing at the 4th Annual AltWheels Festival outside of Boston, September 2006.
Teardrop from the side.
Teardrop, rear right quarter view.
I've been linked to by John B. at "Tiny Tears" Teardrop Trailers, a great resource for teardrop trailer builders and buffs, 10/2006.
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