So I still have a bradley shell laying around and the more I look at it, the more I think it would make a great boat. Yes I said boat hahaha. The idea would be to find someone CL in my area giving a boat away with similar dimensions and somehow put the two together. Either use an outboard or maybe even a jet drive of a jetski.
Anyone ever seen a bradley like this? If so any photos laying around?
You can get old fiberglassics between "free, no title, you haul" to title, trailer and outboard for $600. I bought a Mazda 626 for $300 and traded it for my '57 Wizard with a runnng outboard. I would post pics, but this site says my pics are too bi or too small. It's probably because I'm on PS3, not PC.
I think its a fantastic Ideal to use the Brad as an Amphibian.
Here is the road map to build a Bradley GT 2 Amphibian.
You need to obtain a late-model front-wheel-drive vehicle VW beetle. Remove the VW body from the chassis. It may have to be cut off. Remove the mounting flange from the GT 2 body. This would make more room inside the GT 2. Set the GT 2 body over the VW chassis. Welled up a steel frame that will fit into the walls of the GT 2 this'll be a reinforcement for the cut VW chassis. Make a metal transition piece to attach the GT 2 body to the VW chassis floor. The GT 2 will sit higher on this chassis but you will need the height for the amphibian version of this vehicle. Once the GT 2 is mounted to the chassis lay in fiberglass cloth and matt to the floor so that the bottom of the vehicle is sealed. Enclosing and sealing the botton of the car comes later.
Modify front A-frame suspension so the upper 'A' arm will slide inward at the upper mounting points. Get a servo system to slide this 'A' frame system to retract the front retract wheels upward and inward. And the tip of the wheel will act as an bumper. I am not sure how the rear suspension works on the late-model VW but I am sure you can find some way to use low rider suspension system to retract these wheels.
As for the boat repulsion system get a turbocharger just use the exhaust portion of the turbocharger and tie the output shaft to a inboard outboard boat drive system. Let your exhaust be your power transmission for the boat action.
Get a automotive rotisserie, mount the car/boat and turn it over. Fill in the side walls and bottom of the floor with urethane foam, it is a liquid mix you can get it from boat and aircraft part suppliers. Use this foam to fill in voids around all wheel opens, it will help in floatation. Use sheet foam to connect the front body edge to the hull and the rear body edge to hull. Sand the foam on the bottom to shape the hull, then lay on fiberglass mat then two or three layers of carbon fiber or one layer of carbon fiber and one or two layers of Kevlar. Make it bullet proof. Like I said The technology is HERE and NOW. I want one. Wyn
Using a Subaru 4 wheel drive setup, build a clutch system for the rear wheels & connect the drive to to 1 or 2 jet ski setup. Then you could use the front wheel system to drive on the road. I thought about this a few years ago, but that's as far as it gone.
Will finish someday, I HOPE!!!! Although, never really finished!
Well I would love to do an amphibian project but it will end up being very expensive. The thought of the boat was that I can get a hull for next to nothing (if not free) and the rest would just be messy work haha
Post by cocacoladodge on Oct 24, 2013 18:03:22 GMT -5
Heck, I've seen guys at car shows with '57 chevys pulling old fiberglass boats that they basiclly made the top half look like their car. the interior too for that matter.
Being down in Florida, are you thinking a flat bottom boat? if so, that should be fairly easy to cut the lower sides of the brad off, (about mid wheel well)fabricate new mounting points, and bolt on. then you could go fishing in class, and depending on if you make a convertible top for it, you may even be safe in the rain and not get the inside soaked.
k1286: need to find body parts (gull wing doors and rear glass) for early Bradley gt, just bought this car and need help finding a source for parts
Oct 1, 2016 17:17:48 GMT -5
kitcarguy: You have to make them yourself . They are not available anymore
Oct 4, 2016 15:51:03 GMT -5
skip20: Pictures would help alot!!
Oct 5, 2016 11:17:36 GMT -5
rangerxp: I have one of your Ranger Xp's in Chico! Please reply
Oct 17, 2016 18:32:05 GMT -5
kitcarguy: What Rangerxp?
Nov 4, 2016 20:28:59 GMT -5
dx1: Just bought gt2 HOw do I know what year it is and is there an id # on the body anywhere?
Jan 6, 2017 15:44:31 GMT -5
kitcarguy: dx1 There is no way to tell what year the body is. The Dataplate (if there is one) will not give you any useful info.
Jan 10, 2017 12:13:18 GMT -5
leglehookr: does someone have an idea for a door lift replacement? I dont really care for the originals.
May 1, 2017 23:44:11 GMT -5
manwithplan: where is the serial number located on a gt2?
Jun 6, 2017 13:20:54 GMT -5
kitcarguy: Hey manwithplan mine were both in the battery area in the rear of the car (behind right tail light) If yours does not have one not to worry, they do not mean anything lol
Jun 12, 2017 14:39:09 GMT -5