Temporary car insurance
If there's a store in your neighbourhood that
specializes in collecting and re-selling various kinds of scrap (paper,
fabric remnants, moulded plastics, adhesive-backed foam shapes,
cardboard tubes), you can start your temporary car project right away
with minimal investment. Otherwise, you may have to rely on whatever you
can find in your basement, the dumpsters nearby, or your neighbours'
houses. Finding your neighbours at home while you're scavenging for
parts can be vexing, especially if they discover you rummaging through
their trash. If that happens, just say that you're making something that
all of you can enjoy--a temporary car--and that you wanted it to be a
Almost anything can be useful when you're engineering a vehicle that
isn't "built to last." Start with a stack of egg cartons? Sure. They
could make a comfortable chair. A bucket full of small, plastic discs?
Again, yes. They could be an external covering, layered shingle-like,
and painted to resemble the scales of a fish. Keep in mind, though, that
it won't be useful as a car, even a temporary one, if it doesn't roll.
That's why you'll definitely need at least three hard, round, flat
objects to serve as wheels, in addition to whatever odds-and-ends you
discover and want to incorporate for decorative or insurance purposes.
But if you are
SERIOUSLY looking for temporary car insurance in Britain you'll find it
There are, as you would expect, many different
ideas about how to generate power in temporary cars. One of the most
elegant solutions was created by a hot-air balloonist, who is also an
award-winning origamist and air-flow engineer. Although he has yet to
create a functioning model (he's now collaborating with a coatings
specialist to make fire-proof paper), his diagrams for using
super-heated air to push the extra-light car forward, instead of up, are
inspirational. Unless you have insurance and a laboratory of your own,
not to mention mad folding skills, you should probably choose a less
theoretical power source.
With a heavy-duty tarp, or several yards of stout fabric, and a long
pole, for example, you could go the charming, old-fashioned route and
rig a sail. This is for builders who like a temporary car that's
stately, majestic, and slow. Also, since wind-direction and force are
unreliable, and since traffic lights are common, you'll want to make
certain your insurance cover is current, and that it applies to your
temporary car before you head out on the road.
Strong magnets used skilfully can get you zooming from the steakhouse to
the club without noise or weather delays, although you'll be dependent
on the metal in ordinary vehicles to get you rolling. Your insurance in
this regard is that, even when traffic is sparse, it's usually quite
easy to find large metal objects along almost any roadside. Street
signs, light poles, and fire hydrants should be enough to keep you from
Obviously a temporary car is better than no car at all, so put on your
tinkering hat and assemble yours today from whatever's at hand. Good
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