Pacific Senior Design Sand Car Project

$6,550 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 16 people in 47 months
Zach Wiberg  STOCKTON, CA

Our design team us made up of four students, Zach Wiberg, Raffy Escalona, Vinh Hoang, and Mike Baron.  We are Seniors in the Mechanical Engineering Bachelor of Science Program at the University of the Pacific.  As part of our curriculum we are required to complete a senior design project. 

 

For our senior project we have chosen to take an existing single seat sand car frame and modify it to accommodate a 6-link independent rear suspension, drive components, and new street bike engine.  A sand car is a recreational vehicle often used in off-road racing.   Our purpose in completing this project is to fulfill the course requirement of both designing and building our project using the engineering skills we have obtained during our studies here at Pacific.  Our design will improve the sand car's performance, allowing for faster acceleration, greater top speed, improved vehicle stability, increased ground clearance, improved ride, and reduced weight.  In addition, our design allows the suspension to be adjusted based on the driver's style.  As mechanical engineers, we are interested in the research and manufacturing of automotive parts and their application.   Through this project we hope to become more familiar with and improve upon the parts used in this vehicle.  Ultimately our goal is to make a career of designing and manufacturing automotive parts.

 

At this stage we have completed the conceptual design of our project and are ready to begin the building phase.  After extensive research, we have compiled a list of parts and materials necessary to complete the project.  Our preliminary estimate for the cost of the project totals $7,000, which we need to raise as a team.  We are looking for donations to sponsor our project and would like to ask you to contribute.  In return, sponsors will be given recognition during the Senior Design Display Day, where members of the community judge the projects.  In addition, the names of contributors and their business if applicable, will be placed on our project display board in a special thanks section and on this website in the updates section.  

 

Thank you for your interest and consideration in supporting our project.  We appreciate the opportunity to complete the project and learn from the experience.  If you have any questions regarding the project and/or would like to see our budget, design, etc. please feel free to contact our team at z_wiberg@u.pacific.edu.

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Update 2
Posted by Zach Wiberg
46 months ago
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Update 1
Posted by Zach Wiberg
46 months ago
Enter Thanks to everybody's support we have been ordering many of our drive and suspension components including cv joints, drive flanges, drive axles, shocks, and heim joints. These drive components have allowed us to start manufacturing our own center drive hub. In other news, the tail section that accommodates our 6 link suspension has been fabricated and welded up. Finally, we have purchased our power source, which comes in the form of a 2005 Yamaha R1 motor. In the weeks to come we will be ordering the last of our suspension components and fabricate the shock mounts and center hub mounts. We still have many other parts to order and things to finish in order to complete the project, but are making good progress.

Once again thank you for your continued support as we continue to make progress on our project.
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$6,550 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 16 people in 47 months
Created January 06, 2013
CA
$25
Caroll Anderson
47 months ago
RT
$25
Robert Thomson
47 months ago

Good luck with your project

BT
$50
Bridget Tarzwell
47 months ago

Best of luck!

KM
$50
Kevin Mantz
46 months ago

Good luck fellas

$50
Anonymous
46 months ago
JS
$100
John Smith
47 months ago

Have fun and i want a ride in it when it is done!

$100
Rhonda Otto
45 months ago
CS
$100
Charles Smith
46 months ago

Keep up the good work Zach!!

NR
$100
Nicholas & Carol Rotas
46 months ago

Best of luck with this. If this works, maybe you guys can focus on Boeing and their battery needs!!!

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46 months ago
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