Specifications

 

 

DIMENSIONS:

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Length – 268.5" (22 feet, 4.5 inches)

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Width – Without the auxiliary sponsons – 96" (8 feet)

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Width – With the auxiliary sponsons – 124" (10 feet, 4 inches)

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Sponson vertical travel between Land and Water modes – 7.5"

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Height – 63.5" (5 feet, 3.5 inches)

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Ground Clearance – 7"

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Wheelbase – 137.5" (11 feet, 5.5 inches)

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Track – 72.5" (6 feet, .5 inches)

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Weight – 8,500 Lbs

 

CAPACITIES:

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Engine Oil – 9 Quarts

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Transmission Fluid – 15 Quarts

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Transfer case: 2 Quarts

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Front axle – 2.5 Quarts

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Cooling system: 36 Quarts

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Surface Drive – 3 Quarts

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Marine Trim – 1.5 Quarts

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Marine Steering – 4 Quarts

 

ADDITIONAL FACTS:

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There is over a mile of wiring in the HydroCar.

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There is One 500-amp fuse at the main battery that protects the entire electrical system.

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There is over 450 feet of air, vacuum, hydraulic and coolant hoses on the HydroCar.

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There are 36 Fuses in the craft.

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There are 16 Relays in the craft.

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There are 595 powder-coated parts on the craft.

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The HydroCar is equipped with two horn systems. It has a very meek 12-volt horn that can be used if someone is blocking your way, or you want to get someone’s attention.

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There is also a 4-Trumpet ‘train style’ air horn that can be used if a little more attention is required – from someone a mile or two away.

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There is a full set of ‘KITT’ lights just in front of the windshield to give the HydroCar a high-tech ‘Knight-Rider’ look.

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There was over fourteen gallons of DuPont Imron used to paint the HydroCar.

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Rick Dobbertin personally logged in over 18,300 hours of labor on the project.

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The car was completed over an eight-year period.

 

COMPONENTS BY MANUFACTURER:

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3M – #5200 marine grade caulk to assemble and seal components throughout the car.

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Accel Performance – Eight #416S performance spark plugs.

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Accon Marine – Six hidden cleats that pop-up whenever you need them. Three navigation lights that can be manually popped-up when you transform to water mode.

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AED Performance – A custom-built 1050 Dominator carburetor for the 572 engine.

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Aeroquip – High-pressure hoses and fittings for the fuel, oil and transmission lines.

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Afco Performance – An all-aluminum, multi-core, six inch thick racing radiator with enough capacity to keep the 572 cool.

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Alcoa – Polished aluminum, forged 17" x 8" eight-hole wheels – 6 x 5.5" bolt pattern.

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Ancor Marine Wire – Marine grade, tinned wires and cables – over a mile in total length.

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Arneson Surface Drives – An ASD-6 modified by Arneson to handle the 762 horsepower generated by the HydroCar’s 572 Chevy engine.

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Atlas Transfer Cases – A fully gear-driven transfer case with a 3.00 low range.

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Blue Sea Marine – Fuse panels, terminal blocks, relays and battery switches.

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B&M Shifters – A B&M Magnum Grip Street Bandit shifter and a shift cable.

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B&T Auto Service – Technical advice for some of the problems along the way.

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CarQuest – DuPont Corvette Velocity Yellow Imron paint.

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Char-Lynn – The power steering helm unit for the Arneson Surface Drive.

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Classic Tube – Stainless steel brake lines and fittings for the braking system.

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Clippard Industries – Small diameter hoses and fittings for the HydroCar’s instruments.

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Colors and Customs – Expert application of the DuPont Imron Corvette Yellow paint.

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CP Performance – A billet oil filter/cooler adapter.

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CSR Performance – A zero-friction throttle cable.

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Currie Enterprises – The front axle is an aluminum Rock-Jock Dana 60. The rear axle is a tubular axle. Both axles are fitted with aluminum Ford F-350 style steering knuckles.

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Custom Autosound – Two 6" x 9" premium speakers.

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Deist Safety – 4-Way seat belt/shoulder harnesses on each seat.

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Derale – An 8-pass oil cooler, complete with a 10" fan helps to cool the engine while another 8-pass cooler, complete with a 10" fan helps to cool the transmission.

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Detmar – Four in-line bilge blowers.

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Deutsch – High-tech, waterproof wire connectors throughout the car.

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DuPont – Gallons and gallons of Corvette Velocity Yellow DuPont Imron paint.

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Firestone Industrial – 8 air springs for the sponson articulation and 10 air springs for the suspension raising and lowering.

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Flaming River – The steering wheel, steering column and steering components.

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FleetPride – Custom made driveshafts, pillow blocks and couplers.

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Flex-A-Lite – An interior heater.

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Fram Filters – Two fuel filters mounted inside the sponsons.

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Frigo Design – Custom aluminum breaking and shearing and the powder coating of 595 custom-made parts.

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Genuine Dealz – Marine grade wire and electrical accessories.

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George Prockup – Precision machining of custom designed parts from front to back.

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Grainger – Six pneumatic air cylinders to open and close the wheel well doors. Two air cylinders to raise and lower the rear deck.

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Guden – Gas springs for the gull wing doors and engine compartment lid.

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Hella USA – Xenon bulbs for the headlights.

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Hot Flash Car Care Products – The only wax and finishing products to touch the surface of the HydroCar. The best wax on the planet. Period.

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JBA – Large tube, stainless steel, titanium-coated headers.

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Jeffrey’s Auto Body – Expert application of the DuPont Imron Corvette Yellow paint.

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J & T Automotive – Custom cut and installed safety glass throughout the HydroCar.

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Kaman – A 2,000-pound linear actuator for the rear axle steering assembly.

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K-Four – Twelve LED sponson door indicator lights.

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Kidde – Two Mariner 5-pound marine grade fire extinguishers.

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K&N Filters – A 16" x 3" chrome air filter for the Dominator carburetor.

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Loctite – Fastener thread-lockers as well as pneumatic and hydraulic thread sealants.

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March – A complete set of aluminum billet pulleys and an alternator mount.  An engine-driven compact power steering pump and remote reservoir for the marine steering.

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Michelin – Four P265/70R17 Michelin LTX Mud and Snow tires.

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Monroe – Eight Corvette-style Sensa-Trac shock absorbers.

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Moroso – Radiator and windshield washer fluid tanks.

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MSD – An MSD 7-ML-2 Pro Race Marine controller and an HVC-2 coil connected to a billet marine distributor. A 160-amp alternator. A 3-horsepower high-torque starter.

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NAPA – Miscellaneous hard-to-find-parts and hoses.

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Nu-Way Hydraulics – A custom made trim cylinder, 2.5" longer than stock, to raise the Arneson Surface Drive high enough to drive the HydroCar on the road.

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Optima – One yellow-top T-31-D deep-cycle/starting battery.

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Oslo Switch – Forty-five lighted switches to control all of the components on the craft.

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Parker – A trim pump for the Arneson Surface Drive. High-pressure hose and fittings for the marine trim and steering systems.

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Performance Automotive & Transmission Center – A ‘Quadzilla’ 4-speed automatic transmission that is built tough enough to handle the HydroCar’s 762 horsepower.

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Permatex – Ultra Black silicone sealant and anti-seize for parts assembly.

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PGW – Solex laminated safety glass throughout the HydroCar.

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Quality Controls – Three 4-way controls to divert the air to the proper components.

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Racer Design – Two high-tech Lexan headlight assemblies.

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RCI – Two 15-gallon fuel cells.

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Recaro – Two custom upholstered racing seats.

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RHH – Marine grade floatation foam to fill the sponsons.

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Rolla – A Swiss-made, custom 6-blade stainless steel propeller.

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Ross Controls – Nine reverse-flow regulators to manage all of the air systems.

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Rule – Four 2,000gph Bilge pumps in the front and rear compartments. Four 750gph Bilge pumps in the passenger and engine compartments – 11,000gph total.

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Rumetco – Stainless steel and nylon fasteners to assemble the project.

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Scandvik – Stainless steel hose clamps and adel clamps.

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Seaman – XR-5 material for gaskets and protective covering.

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Silver Trumpet – A 4-trumpet air horn.

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Spinneybeck – Marine grade leather for the seats and interior components.

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Stainless Steel Brakes Corp – Four Elite aluminum 4-piston calipers to stop the craft. A 12-volt vacuum pump to make sure that the brakes always have enough vacuum to stop.

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Summit Racing – A billet fuel pump and fuel regulator. Two 16" electric radiator fans. Two 16" electric rear compartment fans.

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Supertrapp – Two 5" polished stainless steel mufflers with 3 discs in each.

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Superwinch – The two hub-locks that are used to engage the steering boxes are safety-rated for a 1-Ton truck axle. The trailer is equipped with two winches – One for the rear door and one to pull the HydroCar into the trailer.

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Thermal Foams – Urethane closed-cell floatation foam for the auxiliary sponsons.

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Thermo-Tec – Exhaust tube wrapping and heat deflecting pads.

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Tractech – The front locking differential for the Currie RockJock axle.

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Twin Disc – The parent company of Arneson Surface Drives and Rolla Propellers.

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VDO – Twenty-five instruments to monitor all of the HydroCar’s onboard systems.

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Viair Air – Two high-volume 450C air compressors and two pressure switches.

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Weiand – A high-volume, polished aluminum water pump.

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World Racing Engines – A fully dyno-tuned World/Merlin all-aluminum roller-cammed 572 cubic inch Chevrolet engine, producing 762 Horsepower @ 5,800 rpm and 712 Pounds of Torque @ 4,200 rpm.

 

 

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