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walking barge

walking barge

walking barge

walking barge

walking barge
Walking Barge (1947)

2 prototypes where build.

Engine: ?
Gearbox: 2 forward & 1 reverse
Water propulsion: propeller (retracted on land)
Load: 60,000 kg

At the shore, the propeller folds up.
Then the barge starts to walk on the three compartmentalized pontoons that form the hull.
For each step, the centre pontoon is lifted 350 mm and moved forward 3300 mm.
Then the centre part is lowered and moved backwards
that way the outer pontoons, move upward and forward.
There are hydraulic steering pads at the rear end of the outer pontoons
to turn the 18 meter long barge in little more than its length.

Despite the 350 mm lift it can climb a 1500 mm high wall.

The whole idea comes from a 1939 walking drag-line a Ransomes & Rapier
that was using the patented Cameron and Heath walking method.
Wartburg 400

Wartburg 400

Wartburg 400 Engine
Wartburg 400 (1977?)  7 where build.

One car is lost in time.

Even without the doors this vehicle is amphibious.
For how long I can't tell. ;-)

When swimming the engine is hanging in the water.
The radiator is mounted high behind the engine.
The electrics are also mounted high above the water line.

This car and one brother have
Engine: 4 cylinder 4 stroke

5 other brothers have
Engine: 3 cylinder 2 stroke

Water propulsion: wheels only

More info is much needed and welcome.

WaterCar WaterCar prototype (2002)

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The fibreglass amphibious vehicle is based on a 2002 Convertible Camero body style.

Engine: 2.5 litre 300 hp
Water-drive: Berkeley jet
Speed land: 160 water: 55 km/h

the four-wheel independent suspension retracts by agepantserd single switch for water mode operation.

The centre-mounted removable ski pole along with the wake it creates make it ideal for wake boarding or skiing.
This sporty four-seater makes it possible to drive to the lake, experience an exhilarating boat ride and drive back home again without ever leaving the car.

WaterCar, Inc. is looking into the feasibility of producing the car in kit form.
This vehicle is for sale and they take your orders now.

Phyton front

Phyton interio

Phyton rea

Phyton water
WaterCar Phyton (2009)

This Amphib is hand build one at a time.

It is a hot rod on the water, excess of 100 km/h water speeds,
and a hot rod on the street, 12,5 second 1/4 mile and 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds.

The interior is based on a boat design with captain chairs in the front and a wrapping bench in the back.

The wheels retract pneumatic.

Engine: aluminium LS Corvette
Speed land: 200 water: 100 km/h
Length: 6850 width: 2050 height: 1650 mm
Weight: 1900 kg
Passengers: 5
Marine Propulsion: Water Jet


Gator side

Gator front

Gator beach

Gator water
WaterCar Gator (2009)

This Amphib is a kit car based on the VW Beetle.

The chassis, engine and the basic gearbox come from the Beetle.

But the roof, doors, wind shield, headlights, seats, mirrors, e.t.c. are the same as on the Jeep CJ8

Al the parts need it to build this vehicle including the patented Gator Transmission are in the kit.

The chassis is placed inside the hull.

The basic kit has NO retracting wheels and can NOT pull a water-skier.

Engine: Volkswagen flat 4
Gearbox: 4 speed manual Volkswagen Beetle
Speed land: 136 water: 12,8 km/h
Marine Propulsion: water Jet
Length: 4950 width: 1800 height: 1500 mm
Weight: 1250 kg
Passengers: 4

The Wave

The Wave
The wave (1984)

It is an amphibious camper.

Privately build, this project started in 1984 and was not finished in 2000

Engine: V8 Oldsmobile Tornado 455 in the rear
Speed land: 96 km/h water: 22.5 ? km/h
Length: 10560 mm

It has a hot tub, galley and 6 people can sleep and 22 can have a seat.

The cost over the years has grown to more than $ 100,000 but for that money the owner has a two story boat/RV.

I have never found more info on this vehicle.
It was mentioned in the San Diego Log August 11-24 2000

Weasel

Mud Weasel

Fun
Weasel M 29c  (1971)

Was made by Studebaker and amphibious with flotation units.

The "WEASEL" is a unique vehicle. It was used by the US Army, the US Air Force, the British Army and by the Soviet Army under the Lend Lease Program.

In WWII they were a very useful means of transport in the Pacific area on the many islands with their difficult terrain.
But they were also used in Arctic areas.

Engine: Studebaker Champion 6-170 a 6-cylinder gasoline, 65 hp @ 3600 rpm
Gearbox: Warner 3 gears forward and 1 reverse
Transfer-box: Sprocket 2 speeds.
Speed land: 50 water 6.5 km/h
Weight: with flotation units 2175 kg
It has a capstan winch on the bow.

First photo was made at the:
General George C. Marshall museum located Zwyndrecht, Netherlands.

This Museum got a new location Liberty Park - Overloon, Netherlands.
Weiguo water bike

OLD water bike
Weiguo water bike (2009)

Li Weiguo's daughter Li Jin rides the amphibious bicycle in Wuhan of Hubei Province, China.
The bicycle floats by eight water buckets used as pontoons and moves forward by an adjustable vane wheel.

It is not the first amphibious bike, as you can see in the second photo,
but it is simple enough to build.

Yes, I know they are not self propelled.
But I'm the only one that is allowed to brake my own rules!

Westphalen prototype 01  (1970)

I like to list more but I do not know more!

Westphalen prototype 02  (1971)

I like to list more but I do not know more!
Westphalen prototype 03

Westphalen prototype 03

Westphalen prototype 03

Westphalen prototype 03
Westphalen prototype 03 (1973)

Wilhelm Westphalen has build an high speed Amphib with a flat bottom.

The front and rear wheel are retractable in individual compartments.
The front wheel compartment can be close by horizontal sliding door panels.
The rear wheels are simply moved up to the rear above water level.

The propeller can also be lowered and raised.

Engine is mounted between the front wheels and drives only the front wheels and the propeller.

Vertical movement of the wheels and prop-shaft is by electric motors.

Wheels down.

Westphalen prototype 03
Wheels up.

Westphalen prototype 03

Wilcraft Wilcraft

A more or less simple hunting and fishing Amphib.
The weight is 250 kg and it can load 300 kg

Motion by a 8 hp motor and a two-speed gearbox with reverse
Locking differential, Hydraulic disc brakes
20 mph Top Speed on the road
11 inches (30 cm) of ground clearance and a smooth bottom

It is developed as an ice fishing rig

No picture
Wildcat see Zhejiang Kingpower
Wolverine Wolverine http://www.route6x6.com

You can find more about this machine in the museum of ROUTE6x6.

Picture used with permission from ROUTE6x6.

Wrangler Wrangler

Amphibious all terrain vehicle.
I know nothing about this vehicle.

This vehicle was for sale on Ebay

X

XA-180 XA-180 (1983)

The XA-180 series has excellent reputation both in Finland and abroad. Since 1983 only one vehicle has been withdrawn from service.

Powered by the Valmet 611 (180 kW, hence the name XA-180) engine, the basic XA-180 PaSi; is fully amphibious with only minimal preparation. Water speed is 8 km/h road speed exceeds 110 km/h. It was originally unarmed.

There is also a XA-185 series and a XA-200 series developed from the XA-180.

Brait 10 x 10 Xingtai Threer Machine & Equipment Trading Co., Ltd

Brait 10x10

Engine: 88 or 103 KW
Gearbox: 5 forward 1 reverse
Steering engine 44 KW

Speed land: 70 km/h water: 20 km/h ????
weight: 3850 kg

Wheels or tracks, so they say. ;-)

Hull: glass-fibre reinforced plastic

XM-147 see Dukw super Dukw
XM-148 see GULL
XM-157 see Drake
XM-410 see Chrysler XM-410
Y

YW 531 YW 531 APC (1960)

Designed in China. It is fully amphibious, it is propelled in the water by it's tracks and has a small trim vane.
The vehicle was the first tracked APC to be produced by China. Speed land: 65 water: 6 km/h The YW 701 Command Post Vehicle (1968) is a YW 531 with a raised rear hull to give increased room to work inside.

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