Valuable Internet Resources

 

Welcome to our listing of specially selected resources on the Internet.  If you are interested in any of the subjects of this website, you will likely find helpful and interesting resources on this page.

Alternative/Sustainable Energy

The American Hydrogen Association: The American Hydrogen Association (AHA) is a non-profit association of individuals and institutions who are dedicated to the promotion of inexpensive, clean and safe hydrogen energy systems.

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI):  The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public.

Innovative Transportation Technologies: This comprehensive site reviews more than 30 transportation technologies; some operational, some under development, and some conceptual. A must-visit site for anyone interested in innovative transportation alternatives.

United States Department of Energy: This site provides information on a broad range of environmental, energy, and scientific subjects.

Environment & Global Warming

United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP): This site has the latest information on global warming and climate change.

California Air Resources Board:  CARB (now ARB) operates under the umbrella of the California Environmental Protection Agency.  The site contains lots of good technical and product information.

Electric & Hybrid Vehicles

Plug-In Hybrid Development Consortium: The Plug-In Hybrid Development Consortium is made up of component suppliers working together to accelerate the commercial production of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

50 Cycles Electric Bikes: 50 Cycles are a provider of electric bikes and home of the Kalkhoff bike.  Visit their website for more details and other cycling accessories.

California Energy Commission (CEC):  Great site for EV and energy related information, as well as links to other sites.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Hybrid & Fuel Cell Development Programs:   Information on Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs), Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCVs) and other technologies being developed by the  Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) NREL program.  NREL is a national laboratory working in partnership with public and private organizations.

Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA):  Formerly the Electric Vehicle Association of the Americas, EDTA is now an international association oriented toward supporting the development and use of battery, hybrid and fuel cell electric drive technologies and infrastructure.

eGO Vehicles:  The eGO electric bicycle is energy efficient, practical and fun!

HybridCars.com:  Major automobile manufacturers are developing gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles in a push to dramatically lower vehicle emissions and increase gasoline engine efficiency.  This site reviews the various offerings from the OEMs, and it provides technical information.

Phoenix Chapter Electric Auto Association:   The home page of the Phoenix Chapter of the Electric Auto Association (EAA). Site includes information on electric vehicle races, events, books, and their monthly meetings. The site also includes a listing of links to other EV related sites.

Sacramento Electric Vehicle Association (SEVA):  SEVA is an excellent source of up-to-date information and resources for EV enthusiasts and builders. They publish a monthly newsletter entitled “EVUpdate.” Condensed copies of back issues are available online. SEVA is a chapter of the national EAA (Electric Auto Association). You can join SEVA ($15.00, then $10.00 per year), or print out a membership form online and join the national EAA ($35.00 per year). By joining the national EAA, you automatically have membership in the EAA chapter closest to your home.

Best Hybrid Vehicles:  Information and resources for Hybrid Vehicles. This site provides a lot of information for anyone who is interested in purchasing a Hybrid Vehicle of any kind.

Hybrid Car Information and Resources:  This website, published by the Hybrid Car Organization, contains information and articles about hybrid cars, HEV’s, electric cars, and gasoline electric technology.

Fuel Efficient Vehicles:  This website is dedicated to helping us avoid such a horrible waste of resources, climate, health, and life. Follow the latest postings at the News Room.

Solectria Corp:  Solectria is a designer and manufacturer of electric, hybrid electric, and fuel cell technology products, including individual components and kits.

Honda Hybrid Vehicles. Honda’s hybrid vehicles.

Nissan Leaf:    Nissan’s battery-electric vehicle.

Tesla Motors: One of the world’s most advanced electric vehicles.

General Automotive

Buhrke.com- Metal Stampings Company:  This company offers metal stampings and assemblies, precision metal stampings and progressive metal stamping.

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE):  SAE Headquarters in Warrendale, PA, maintains the world’s largest inventory of aerospace and land transportation technical information. Abstracts of books and technical papers can be accessed via their online search utility. You will also find information on events and activities, and how to join the SAE. This is a must-visit site for aerospace and land transportation professionals and enthusiasts.

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) – Arizona Section:  The Web site for the Arizona Section of the SAE. It provides information on local activities, programs and events.

Eng-Tips Forums:   Eng-Tips Forums are 900+ independent peer-to-peer non-commercial support forums for Engineering Professionals.   Features include automatic e-mail notification of responses, a links library, and member confidentiality is guaranteed.

Honda Parts Wholesale: Worldwide distributor of replacement Honda auto parts.  Also offers performance accessory catalog for cars and trucks.

M. W. Bourne Co:  Company specializes in design, fiberglass products, and mold-making.   Take a look at the motorcycle-based three-wheeler on the main page.

GPS Tracking Device:  GPS North America provides you with a GPS tracking device that is affordable. Our GPS vehicle tracking device is cost effective and has real-time vehicle location, mapping, and reporting.

Online Traffic School & Defensive Driving: Online Traffic School  provides the complete information about the online courses viz traffic school, defensive driving, point reduction, driver improvement and driving safety for all 50 states in US.

Extended Auto Warranty: Get an extended auto warranty from Continental Warranty, the nation’s leading extended warranty specialists.

Custom Auto Classifieds: Custom Auto Classifieds, Custom Cars News, Ride Show Off. Sell your Custom Car, get the latest Custom Car News or just Show Off your Ride.

Japanese Motors: We import low mileage engines, transmissions, body parts & accessories from Japan.

               Autolist  Search for new or used cars by region or city,  Great time-saving resource

 

Three-Wheeled Vehicles

3-Wheelers.Com: This site offers a comprehensive look at three-wheel cars from their inception until now.  The site contains lots of photos from owners and builders, plus historical information.

Davis Registry (Davis Three-Wheeled Vehicle):   The Davis Registry serves as a worldwide clearinghouse for information on the Davis three-wheeled vehicle, which was manufactured in California from 1947 to 1949.

Jim’s Page For Three Wheeling Cars:   Jim’s page provides info and links to a variety of three wheel cars on the Internet.

Tilting Trikes:   Max Hall has put up a page showing the various tilting trikes from around the world.  These are three-wheel vehicles that bank into curves, like The Transit Innovations’ Project 32 Slalom.

Human Powered Vehicles

International Human Powered Vehicle Association:   Information, upcoming events and other Internet resources on human powered vehicles.

Recumbent Cyclist News (RCN):   If you want the latest information on recumbent bicycles, recumbent Cyclist News is the place to find it.

National Bicycle Greenway:  Home of the “Mayor’s Ride” and the push for bicycle pathways in the United States.

Intellectual Property

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office:  Site offers much information on patents and trademarks, as well as a patent search utility.

FreePatentOnline.com:  This site provides fast, easy-to-use access to millions of patents. FreePatentsOnline.com now provides free PDF downloads. Many sites charge $2 – $5 each to compile individual image files into a PDF and let you download it.  This site does it  it for free.

Delphion:  This site provides on-line patent searches, as well as lots of related information on intellectual property.  It is sponsored by IBM, and replaces IBM’s prior patent search site.

DIY Plans, Materials & Information

 

Plans & Information

Compumarine:  Compumarine provides boat plans showing amateur boatbuilders how to build cedar strip dinghies and canoes.    Plans include full-size patterns and a construction manual.

Gluhareff Pressure Jet Engines:  This is the website run by Irina Gluhareff, current owner of rights to the Gluhareff Pressure Jet Engine developed by her father, Eugene M. Gluhareff.

Hoverclub of America:  The Hoverclub of America, Inc. is where you’ll find the most up to date information and news on hovering. They sponsor hovercraft events, and provide information on models, human powered machines, recreational hovercraft and large military hovercraft. Members receive their bimonthly newsletter, Hovernews.

Kit Car Links:  This is the biggest set of kit car links anywhere on the internet.  This site is easy to navigate and dedicated to kit car and replica car websites.

Mertens-Goossens NA – Boat Plans Online:  This is a site oriented specifically to boat builders. They offer plans, books, supplies and kits.

Stevenson Projects:  This company offers plans to many projects that were featured in Popular Mechanics and other magazines.

Popular Rotorcraft Association: The place to get info and network with others about homebuilt rotorcraft.

Parts & Materials

KTA Services, Inc ;   Complete line of electric vehicle components, including chargers, motors, and contactors.  Reliable service and lots of helpful technical information.

Aerospace Composite Products:  Fiberglass resin and cloth, plus much online information.

Advanced Composite Materials:  ACM distributes all types of composite support materials, including vacuum bag films, liquids, fabrics, kevlar, carbon fibers, fiberglass, and much more.

Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co:    Suppliers of composite materials and aircraft components, catering to the home builder.  They have several supply centers in the U.S. and elsewhere.   Their “Last-A-Foam “is identical to the “Clark Board” specified in Doran plans.

AM Castle Metals:  Supplier of No. 321 stainless steel sheets for G8-2 jet engines.  Thirty Sales Offices in the U.S.   Phone: 1-800-BUY-CSTL.  For best availability, purchase No. 321 stainless in most common sheet size of 36- x 120-inch.

Bolt Depot:  Buy nuts, bolts and other fasteners at Bolt Depot’s online store.

Composites One Inc:  Composites One carries a full line of fiberglass materials and supplies. They have 14 locations throughout the U.S. and Western Canada. Visit their website for more information, or call 888-225-5264 and your call will be automatically routed to the location nearest you.

Canadian Plywood Association:  This organization represents manufacturers of plywood and veneer products in Canada.   Their site offers free technical assistance, lots of free literature, fun do-it-yourself plywood plans projects, and much more.

Fibre Glast Developments Corporation:  This is the world’s largest mail order source of fiberglass materials. They also provide tips on techniques and applications, as well as training videos and books on working with fiberglass.

J & S Supply:  Suppliers of urethane foam boardstock.

PartsHotlines Used Auto Parts Search:  Real time used auto parts search from salvage yards across the United States.

Shopman Incorporated: Shopman is a retail and wholesale supplier of marine, industrial, composite, and fiberglass products. They are located in West Palm Beach, Florida, and will ship to your location. A good source for urethane foam and fiberglass materials.

HKS Aviation:  Company manufacturers a 60 hp air cooled twin that can be used for light aircraft and hovercraft.

Honda Parts Wholesale: Worldwide distributor of replacement Honda auto parts.  Also offers performance accessory catalog for cars and trucks.

Small Engine Warehouse:  This family-owned business stocks hundreds of models of small engines.  They ship to any destination in the world.

“600” Headquarters:   A source for Honda AN 600 parts, some of which are used on UrbaCar and Urba Electric.   Also see the eBay link:

U Need A Part:   “U Need A Part” is a powerful on-line locator for new, used, aftermarket, auto, truck and motorcycle parts.  They have about 250 auto recyclers from all around North America, as well as bulletin boards and classified sections.

PWC Engines: Short Block Technologies offers a complete line of remanufactured engines for your Sea-Doo, Jet Ski, and other personal watercraft.

Boating Supplies: Pleasure Boat Marine, the place to feed your habit for boating supplies. We have something for every type of boating enthusiast.

Automega Dash Kits: The largest up-to-date selection of wood dash kits and woodgrain dashes available. Choose from real wood and molded dash kits, as well as real carbon fiber dashes.

Truck Light Bars: – Light Bars – Tyler Jenkins is the founder of T-Bilt and has been building Ford and Hummer lights bars by hand for over 12 years.

Bearings: PYC Bearing – Professional bearings manufacturer in China.

Dog Guards: Specialist supplier of Thule Car Roof Racks, Van Roof Racks, Boxes, Bars and Bike Racks.

Titanium Supplier: Titanium Metal Supply is a titanium supplier and stocking distributor as well as a full service source of titanium mill products.

Marzee Water Jet Services: MarZee provides precision water jet cutting services.  They specialize in production and prototype accuracy for aerospace, architecture, entertainment and environmental design. MarZee is a family-owned and operated business.  You’ll get the best price if you let them provide the material, and you provide the DXF file as a pattern.  Marzee ships to US destinations.

Special Services

Shields Premier Windscreens:  This company produces top-quality polycarbonate windshields and windows for racing and other applications.  Their windshields are produced with 100% optical clarity, and they can stand up to windshield wipers, chemicals, and sand pitting.  They have a variety of stock windshields and canopies, and can make custom sizes and shapes as well.

Policysure.Com:  Policysure provides insurance for homebuilt vehicles, plus a whole range of insurances, competitively priced and 24 hours a day 365 days a year.  You can get online quotes by answering just a few questions.

Electrical Engineering Community: EEC offers various tools and calculators for electrical engineering. The resistance calculator is sure to come in handy!

Miscellaneous

Tony Foale Designs:  Dedicated to the interesting subject of motorcycle chassis design.  Lots of articles and photos.   Principle source for the acclaimed book “Motorcycle Chassis Design” – the art and science. Tony Foale contributed the tilting three-wheeler information for our document, “Three Wheel Cars: Primary Factors That determine Rollover Characteristics,” and was a contributing author to the Second Edition of Alternative Cars in the 21st Century.  A must visit site for the motorcycle technical enthusiast.

Aboard Boats & Yachts Market Ltd. A searchable listing of those in the nautical Internet boat market. Includes info on nautical events, boat builders, yacht brokers, and other related nautical sites.

Aeromobile, Inc: A website showing hovercraft you can buy ready-made.

Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA): Professional organization of Industrial Designers in the U.S.

Stainless Steel Bolts: Stainless steel bolts are oftentimes necessities for those in the equipment servicing industry. Find more product details on the website.

3D Gurukul: Free 3D Models in Max, Maya, Poser, C4D, and more… Gallery, Artwork, textures, tutorials…

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