Yes, that’s correct, we have successfully completed our remote control Chevy!! My friend is looking for a server to post the movie on. If anyone would be willing to host a 50MB file, we have a 20 minute divx movie of the whole process, including our driving it like maniacs in the back lawn. We don’t have any pictures, but this movie is quite good, in my opinion, so the quicker we find a host, the quicker you can all see it!
Thanks to everyone who helped out and answered my frequent questions!!
very nice!! hope to see the video soon! wish i had the materials($) to do that!! how well does it handle? and what kind of controls are you using?
steering wheel? joystick? pedals?
how are you working the clutch & transmission? or is it automatic? if so, can you reverse it remotely? can you switch to and from neutral and drive?
and to add more fun… is your handbrake remotely activatable and deactivatable???
and congrats to finishing it!!
Yes, it’s a fullsize car; no, it’s not street legal. There is no steering wheel, and the throttle cable has been detatched and relocated, so even if it were legal, it is only drivable via remote control.
It handles decently, though driving it from a distance is certainly difficult.
We are using a FlightStick joystick. Forward = gas, left/right = steering, trigger = activate brakes, top button = deactivate brakes.
We toyed with the idea of making the hand brake remote control, but we ran out of time (today was our last day)… perhaps we will continue to work on it, however.
The car is a 1987 chevy nova, which we bought for $300. It is a real POS, but it serves our purposes. It has an automatic transmission, power steering, and power brakes.
Thanks for trying, mechman!! lol
Come on people, this video is totally sweet! It is a 20 minute documentary about how we did it (including the mods we had to make) and then us driving it and showing off… good times. Just need a host!!
Our school has a Senior Project program, where we get 2 weeks off from school (and we get to skip finals) to work on any project we want (the project has to be approved by a committee first, however). So, me and two friends decided to undertake this project. Therefore, I am not on any team; we borrowed the equipment from our school’s FIRST team (team 571), and one of the members recommended this board, so I came here!
I’d be willing to host it for a bit till you find something better.
PM me and I’ll give you an account on my FTP server. You can upload it there and I’ll put it somewhere everyone can get to. Oh, yeah. Since I use the computer I’m using to host this (as in, I do other stuff on it), it might not be the fastest thing ever, but I can do it till you find something better…
The 80’s version of the Chevy Nova is actually a rebadged Toyota Corolla. If I’m not mistaken Chevy didn’t offer a different engine than Toyota for this vehicle and if that’s the case than it would be a 74hp 1.6 liter four cylinder.
We cannot manipulate the shifter at this time, but we may continue to work on the car in the coming weeks. You can still manually put it in reverse so it is easy to get it out of a tight corner (of which there are none of in a 10 acre field). The brakes were intended to be proportional but we had to be finished by today and we couldn’t figure out how to use potentiometers effectively so we just did an on/off braking systsm, which works just fine.
The picture the greg posted is accurate, but ours is not even THAT nice. Ours is terrible. I found a few hosts, so I’ll be posting links soon!!