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Real Wheels: Sandrail


August 24. 2013 3:49AM
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LIMA A sandrail is a lightweight vehicle built for traveling across a variety of off-road terrain. They are lightweight vehicles that use high flotation tires allowing the car to skim over the surface of sand without getting stuck. The vehicle has a low center of gravity which lets it turn and steer properly off-road. Most sandrails are built from a tubular space frame chassis that incorporates a roll cage. There are usually no windows, doors, fenders or body panels. The engine is typically rear or mid-engine mounted. Originally becoming popular in the 1960s, they use lightweight air-cooled engines like Volkswagen engines from the VW Beetle, Porsche or Corvair. Modifications are made to make the sandrail road worthy, including a windshield, turning signals and a license plate. Sandrails have been used by the military on some occasions. They are still used today by the Navy SEALs.Reggie Childs, of Lima, drove his sandrail to the Charity Car Show, although he chose not to enter it in the show. He said his sandrail contains a flat six Corvair motor with a Volkswagen Bug transmission. He has owned it for two years, and drives it once a week, according to the weather. He said it is his fun car on and off-road.





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