Friday, May 1, 2009

Running a Full Marathon

I’ve been wanting to develop marathon carriages for a long time. I really see this type of work being a creative outlet and a way to be functionally artistic. It has to be a blast creating vehicles without the constraints that go along with traditional carriage design and construction. Over the course of the last winter I devoted a chunk of time to this endeavor. We are now in the process of developing an producing our first single horse marathon carriage. So far I’m thinking it’s pretty slick.I’ve been wanting to play with marathon carriages for a long time. I really see this type of work being a creative outlet and a way to be functionally artistic. It has to be a blast creating vehicles without the constraints that go along with traditional carriage design and construction. Over the course of the last winter I devoted a chunk of time to this endeavor. We are now in the process of developing an producing our first single horse marathon carriage. So far I’m thinking it’s pretty slick.



So one of the biggest things standing in our way for this project was production of the wheels. Task one in the marathon carriage dealio becomes setting up to produce our own in house. Here I have a stack of steel marathon style wheels that are tacked and ready for final welding.



Most of the creative design work for a project like this will rattle around in my head for a while. Sometimes it’s fun to put pencil to paper. Other times I start sticking metal together just to see where it lands. This project is more the result of the latter. I am in the early fabrication stages here and the rough design begins to take shape.



I’ll always use bent shapes where I can over making square corners building a vehicle. It adds to the challenge but the design results can be so much more impressive. Yours truly fitting the side bumper rails and supports to the main frame.



The form of the vehicle begins to taking shape. So far I’m liking what I see but the real test of this bad boy will be out on course. It’s solid, light weight, good looking and I am confident it will perform well. Sometimes the best part my job is getting involved in projects like this. It can be intense and I bury myself in the dirt of the shop for long days that seem to just fly.



So here we are tacked and together for the most part. It is still awaiting a front suspension which will be a 3 spring platform. Looking forward to a test run sometime soon. Sounds like a nice weekend so I hope you can get out and enjoy it.

Good Day!
Todd


7 comments:

The Queen said...

I am anxious to see the marathon cart Todd is building for me, RIGHT TODD? I will SOON be whipping around town and country with my new wheels. I am sure Nancy will soon be ordering one once sparkle sees how easy it is for Hershey to pull the QUEEN around, RIGHT NANCY? Todd when can I come and drool on the cart?

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