Sunday, July 13, 2014

Building a Chariot Part 1–Blue Chariot

I saw these photos on Facebook, they were posted by Robert Enoch of Ohio. I appreciate that he has given me permission to post these images.
Let me introduce Robert Enoch. Jack of all trades from what I can see on FB. Genius with Chariots!!
Two views of the prototype chariot undercarriage.

Close up of undercarriage. Notice how long the bars holding the axles are. This is because the wheels that will be attached are (guessing) at least 28 inches in diameter.
BlueChariotSideViewThis is the side view of the chariot after assembled. This photo was added here, so the size of the wheel can be compared to the previous photo of the  undercarriage.

Notice that for added strength, there is what I think is rebar going from the supports for the axles to the front of the chariot.
Not only did Robert make the chariot, he also made the double tree and neck yoke. (My best guess is he bought the wheels.)

Double tree and neck yoke.
Assembled double tree and neck yoke.
Additional information from Robert.:
It took me a week in my spare time to hand make the tongue neck yoke and eveners. I cut out the general lengths and shapes with power saws hand saws then I shaved the wood into the final shapes I desired and sanded and applied the desired finish to the wood. Then I built the mast part of the frame for the tongue to attach firmly to the body and drilled it out for future shafts to be exchanged and bolted up.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Building a Chariot Part II–Red Chariot

The photos that follow are of the second chariot built by Robert Enoch. The photos start with building the “cab” and then the undercarriage. Thanks to Robert for providing the photos and permission to post these.
GrayPrimerChariotREARTubNotice the holes in the front of this cab. These will connect the undercarriage to the front of the cab. GrayPrimerChariotTubFront view of same cab. Holes are visible in this photo as well.
LeftFrtTubSame cab painted. RedTubFrt

And close up of wheel.  I think I counted 16 spokes…

Looks simple, doesn’t it?  Before trying to build your own, I suggest you build a prototype first and then test it. You need to make sure the system is the correct dimensions, proper clearance below the cab, the wheels are the right diameter and the whole unit is well balanced.

 The rest of the story from Robert:

I used a smooth sided 55 gallon metal drum for the body. I'm not in the position to start building and selling a lot of these right now but may consider it for the future. 

I tried to find a good quality chariot for a mini online to purchase but didn't find any that I was happy with so I just decided that I want one and with my past profession skills to build my own, so here it is. 

As for the cost the most expensive thing on this build for us was the wheels.  The rest would have been a bit costly to do all at once but I bought as I went through on the build and just got what I needed at the time. I haven't added up the cost of the build and yet I don't want to put a price on what it took it to be here today either at this time...Thanks for your inquiry! 

And I don't mind if you want to repost pictures of it and comment on it. I'm just not at the position at this point to start producing these as of yet..may consider it for the future though..

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Summer Breeze's Filly Foaled 6/26/2014

Sure to remain small
Sire: Toad Hill's Spots and Dots (30")
Dam: Toad Hill's Summer Breeze

Sire: Lucky Four Rebelchase Rebelheir
Dam: Toad Hill's Summer Breeze

Toad HIll's Rainbow Starburst - Filly Foaled: 5/21/2014

Photos taken Oct. 2014

 Sorry but she is a little dirty in this photo below:

Updated Photos: August 26, 2014
StarBurst is changing color, the baby coat is coming off and underneath it appear black.

Here's StarBurst with Na'Vi in front and Soldier behind.

Should be tested to see if she carries LWO gene.

Toad Hill's Rainbow Starburst