Streamline Van


Van in the Wind Stream

We’ve been wind tunnel testing our Ford Econoline 350 Extended Body delivery van as the photo above shows. The test is run backwards. That is to say the wind was coming from the rear as if the van had been driving 60 mph in reverse gear. Screaming! I would not want to actually try that out on the highway unless I was doing a Mythbusters episode and even then I think I would rather not.
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We got about 14″ of snow but there is virtually none on top of the van because the wind blew it all off. The van is parked next to the butcher shop which created a high intensity wind zone as the wind hits the north end of the butcher shop and then slides around to either side in order to naturally plow our driveway. The intense stream of air left a hard pack on the hood and windshield as they were at the lee. Rather dramatically shows off the quiet eddy there.


Glacial Overhang

Interestingly, the snow pack actually projects beyond the front of the van out into the air by about eight inches.


How the Van Looked Before the Wind Tunnel Test

This same wind continues to blow snow down off of Sugar Mountain onto our fields and farm long after the storm is over. Thus we’ll have snow falling for days as the mountain and trees shrug off their downy coat.

Outdoors: 24°F/4°F 14″ Snow, High Winds
Tiny Cottage: 63°F/56°F

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About Walter Jeffries

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3 Responses to Streamline Van

  1. Jenna says:

    Walter I bet your pigs are the only ones in the world to get to ride in a white streatch limo! Or any limo probably for that matter! Ride of their lives. I would love to see the interior. Hot tub? Wet bar? TV? Surround stereo?!

  2. Nance says:

    I’m interested in your wind speeds. How high were those wind gusts? A week or so back, we had gusts of 50 – 60 mph. I think the ‘best’ was 63. These are unusually high winds for Iowa but not unheard of. Still, when it blows like that, we pay attention. I think you did too.

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