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WAHOO!! Finally licensed and on the road after 11 years.
Scroll down for photos of the car in it's current state.
Stay tuned for photo's of the finished product.
Double click to see the full size picture. This is the Vortex. I've been building it for the last 6 (correction, after looking up all the receipts I found that I started this 11 years ago) years. Well, I got it this far in about a year and a half. Then, we moved, and moved and moved. From near Toronto to Ohio. Even though I had a shop set up in Tillsonburg Ontario (move number 3) we weren't there long enough to get anything done beyond some decorating in the house.
That's me standing beside the car to show how low it is. It's a completely hand built three wheeled car. The chassis is made of plywood and fiberglassed. The body is made from polyurethane foam which is glued to the chassis and then carved to shape. Then the whole thing is fiber glassed, sanded, filled, sanded, filled, sanded, sanded etc. It seems endless and that's why it looks like it has a rash.
Although she is now drivable and reliable, there is always something to improve and/ or change.
A new pnumatic door opening system opens and closes the doors silently via a remote.
Graphics and pinstriping and a better interior are next.
I'm also looking into building a Tesla Turbine for a really unique power source.
If you'd like to get a set of plans for this great DIY project, go over to www.vortexplans.com
Also, if you might be interested in receiving a news letter on myself and others building and/ or driving Vortex's, click http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vortex3wheeler/ It's free and fun and even informative. There's also lots of other photos there along with some useful information.
Addendum: Alex Smith sold the vehicle to Dustin Stern in April 2006
For a period of time the vehicle was at my house, and the next page shows many of the photos that I took.
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