Monthly Archives: August 2012

HUMVEE! Start your Engines! Humvee C-Series Kit Car

AM General Storms back into the Market with the HUMVEE C-Series Kit Car.

AM General blows the dust off and is jumping back into the civilian market with the HUMVEE C- Series Kit Car. This turn of events will allow customers to build a street legal HUMVEE!  The Kits comes with a rolling chassis (probably the 2006 Alpha), and the only thing you need to get the wheels rolling is a engine and transmission etc (on your own). This allows AM General to get around the EPA emissions standards and U.S. Government safety regulations that played a huge role in shutting down the HUMMER H1 productions several years ago.

All reports about the C- Series Kits state that it will come pretty basic.  Even though they are marketing the HUMVEE  on the civilian side, it will lack some of the creature comforts that Hummer H1 owners are used too. We have received  mixed reports but it looks like it will be downgraded interior trim. Lacking power doors and locks, door-mounted mirrors, hard doors, and even glossy paint.  C-Series will have a 4 seat configuration, soft top and soft doors.  Keep in mind , it’s a HUMVEE not the HUMMER.

We are super excited about the C-Series, this is right up our alley! Big plans are on the table for custom Predator packages.  With the C-series being so basic, it leaves TONS  of room for our Research and Development department to dive in and create some smoking custom work. With that type of freedom, every HUMVEE C- Series Kit Car leaving Predator will be unique.

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Tech Notes with Dan – Q&A Water Fording

Welcome back for another Tech Note. This article is a bit different. Dan received a great question and decided to share the answer with you. Enjoy!

Question:

I have heard that a civilian H1 will ford water up to 30in deep. I see videos where the H1 has water going over the hood. What modifications are required for deep water fording other than the snorkel?

Answer:

That is a very good question. First of all most of the military HMMWV’s are approved up to 30″. Some of the vehicles are approved up to 60″ with fording kits. The fording kit has a valve located by the drivers knee that shuts off the radiator fan and the vent to the wheel hubs, transmission and transfer case. The exhaust is extended up the left hand side of the vehicle. All of the electrical connectors are totally sealed and the engine does not have an ECM (Engine Control Module). The TCM (Transmission Control Module) is located in a water proof box to keep water out. A manual throttle is used so the driver can keep his head out of the water. The HMMWV is made to sink to maintain traction, so all drain holes are left open.

When AMG made the Hummer,  creature comforts were added that should not get wet. This includes : upholstery, interior, electrical harnesses and connectors, radios, and Etc. I hope this answers your question. I have seen pictures of Hummers with water over the hood (I’ve been there) and this is usually for very short time. For example, crossing a stream or splashing in a puddle. It is a lot of fun.

Dan

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