Any 4x4 Left hand drive or Right hand drive donor
vehicle can be used with your choice of most any gasoline or diesel
engine, from a straight inline to a V8.
The Range Rover ‘Classic'
(1970 to 1995) was chosen for ours because they are cheap in the
UK, where the prototype Aquajeep was designed
In your country, Jeeps, Chevy's, Toyotas or any other
4x4 may be available cheaply, just make sure that it has or can
be fitted with coil springs, this makes for an easier build.
The plans are very easily adapted
for any 4x4 and instructions are included.
The Aquajeep's protected design is beautifully
simple with no hidden rust traps, no complex seals to fail, a
world class off-road capability and it swims as well. A true
multi-purpose amphibian built for hard rugged use. No slipway
available, don't worry just drive straight into the water.
chassis concept” is made from 4x2” (100x50mm)
box section, 16g sheet steel and 18g alloy or steel, it is almost
Aquajeep is a serious machine equally at home
in the USA, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Down Under,
for repairs there is no waiting for expensive parts, just get
the welder out and make your own from scrap steel or an old vehicle.
Automotive adhesive works well for emergency repairs to the floatation
Aquajeep has several options for water propulsion
depending on your budget:
- The cheapest is a simple guarded propeller
attached to the rear drive shaft.
- Propeller shaft assembly run from the
power take off (PTO) on the gearbox.
- Water jet drive.
- Small 10hp outboard.
- Small inboard, Beta Marine 10 hp diesel
engine with forward, neutral and reverse. Fuel consumption
is less then 1 liter per hour, it runs more than 4 hours on a
Aquajeep steers well in the water using just its
front wheels, but a simple fabricated rudder is recommended
for greater maneuverability. Maximum water speed is around 6
Other versions of Aquajeep can be made
just by making simple adjustments to the plans. You can
see some of our ideas here.
Using a bit of your own ingenuity, the hood
and cab can easily be re-shaped to resemble your favorite
vehicle, a Land Rover like ours, a Jeep maybe or even a Hummer.
As a guide only and with all the parts prepared
and ready to go, Aquajeep can be completed by any competent person
in around 100 / 120 hours, skills that you don't have can easily
be learned (www.haynes.com)
or you can sub-contract some or all of the work to a welder/mechanic.
The Aquajeep in the photographs was built in the
UK in 2002 for the following costs, which will give you some idea:
|Parts, paint, etc.:
|Licence and plans:
|Our donor vehicle:
|Grand total for a completely finished Aquajeep:
If you give the highest consideration
to the quality of finish and specification of your Aquajeep,
you will have a vehicle worth in excess of $30,000, not
too bad for such a small outlay. Certainly it is the biggest
bargain in kit cars today.
attracts a huge amount of attention, and questions wherever it
goes, the commercial possibilities are endless:
- Build Aquajeeps and/or Parts for sale
and earn $100 + per hour. List on our web site (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Offroad/Water Safaris. $40 x 6/7 passengers
x 2 = $480 / $560 daily per Aquajeep.
- Hotdog, ice cream or snack wagon. Sell
from the water for massive daily profits.
- Contract with The Emergency Services for
flood rescue, lake rescue etc.
- Island commuting and deliveries, no waiting
for ferries, charge the neighbors.
- Mobile billboard for campaigns, product
promotions and ads with a difference.
- Sell sponsor and ad. space and your
Aquajeep will earn back its build cost many times over.
- Do all the above, you can start with just
- Original steel Amphicar cost $3167 over
35 years ago in 1967, today a well restored model fetches $45,000+,
average cars go for $25,000.
- Dutton Mariner, an excellent UK fiberglass
waterjet vehicle, costs upwards of $40,000.
- Gibbs Aquada, a fabulous machine, seen
recently on the River in London , England , $230,000.
- The Amazing Aquajeep priced from only $2000,
will more than earn its keep, possibly start a new life for
you or the very least a profitable adventure, a bargain we
think, you decide. Only $495 (see
package) gets you started and selling your donor
parts makes it a free license.
Sub-contracting the work will still make
you a very handsome profit, all that's required is a little
organizational effort; it's your decision on how much ‘hands
on' involvement you want.
Fantastic bonding tool for a School,
Club, Family or Friends' project.
The journey of a thousand miles starts
with a single step.
We wish you a warm welcome to making your
first step in the amazing world of Aquajeep.