[rescue] Overloading vehicles - was: What a load of...

Wesley Will wwill at siu.edu
Thu Sep 27 13:14:08 CDT 2007

Mr Ian Primus wrote:
> Anyone else got any good stories?
> -Ian

Sorry, it wasn't any cool computer rescue hardware, but I think it was 
an impressive load anyway:  I managed to put the entire bill of 
materials for one of those wooden 4x4-post children's swing sets (one of 
the big ones, with sliding board, climbing rope, platform on one end, 
and a fire pole sort of thing) in my 1988 Yugo GV, and then drove it 
about 50 or so kilometres (30-odd miles).  It squatted pretty low, and 
went pretty slow, but it got there.

I do miss my little old Yugo.  (Engine finally pooped out at 110+K miles 
on the odometer.  But it always got me where I needed to go, and even 
the last time it moved on its own it got me home before it died 
completely.  And it did so at 43 mpg, average.)  I still have the thing, 
under a tarp, and I'm trying to track down a scavengable series 
shunt-wound electric fork lift/skid steer motor, and convert it to 
hybrid or total electric.  (Hybrid if I manage to scrounge a small 
engine to use to drive a generator as well as the big electric motor, 
pure electric if I can't.)

wes will

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