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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-02-2002, 07:14 PM
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Hypothetical vehicle design...need advice

Hey, everybody!
Maybe you can help. For a college class, I recieved an assignment to design a vehicle for a specific niche market-not necessarily a whole vehicle design, but rather the specifications and a general description of the vehicle. I chose to design a utilitarian truck much like the Land Rover Defender or Nissan Patrol, only designed with ultra-modern technology. It would serve as a military/utility vehicle, and have incredible off-road capability. There are three versions- a short-wheelbase, long-wheelbase, and pickup. The question I have for this forum is whether a body-on-frame or unit-body construction is best for this vehicle. A pickup could be made with a unitized body, so that is not a factor. If you were designing this type of vehicle, what sort of construction would best serve this vehicle? The way I see it, unitized is stiffer but body-on-frame is more flexible in terms of modification of the body for special uses. Please help, I can't decide! Thanks a lot!!
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 04-09-2002, 07:51 PM
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I would say body on frame. For a utilitarian vehicle the ability to modify the vehicle easily is nescisary (can't spell). For example, a person buying a pickup might want a pickup box, flatbed, or utility tool-box bed. Furthermore to keep production costs down you might want to note in your assignment that there could be two pickups, a short and long bed version. Then you would have two base frames, one for your short wheel base vehicle/short bed truck, and one for your long wheel base/long bed truck. Also, since you are wishing to tout this as a possible military vehicle there would be components that would be put on the vehicle that wouldn't be put into the civvy market. A body/frame truck would probably be easier to adapt such equiptment to.
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Body on frame and for god's sake give the thing TWO solid axles!!!!!!
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 03-07-2003, 10:52 PM
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I'm pretty sure his project is over by now.[img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]
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