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April 15, 2005 7:53 AM   Subscribe

For Sale: Wothahellizat? It's definitely not built for speed, but this weird off-road truck is truly a labor of love.
posted by naomi (21 comments total)

 
Wo - it's a prototype of the Jawa sandcrawler from ep3! Cool! :-)

Well, either that, or something out of Mad Max...
posted by Chunder at 8:01 AM on April 15, 2005


Fuel 600 litres (130gals) diesel.

Multiply that by the current diesel fuel cost rate (in my area it's around $2.50 per gallon) and you pay a whopping $325 to fill the tank. I hope it has good fuel mileage!
posted by C17H19NO3 at 8:15 AM on April 15, 2005


C17H19NO3 : "I hope it has good fuel mileage!"

According to the scan of the newspaper article, 3 km/litre.
posted by Bugbread at 8:18 AM on April 15, 2005


that is VERY cool...

.... but where's the turret for the 50cal ???
posted by The Infamous Jay at 8:19 AM on April 15, 2005


Well, either that, or something out of Mad Max...

I got a distinct Autoduel vibe myself.
posted by Cyrano at 8:23 AM on April 15, 2005


For people using the Imperial system, if my math is right, it would be 8.6 miles/gallon.
posted by Bugbread at 8:24 AM on April 15, 2005


C17H19NO3: "Multiply that by the current diesel fuel cost rate (in my area it's around $2.50 per gallon) and you pay a whopping $325 to fill the tank. I hope it has good fuel mileage!"

Well, the first linked article says it averages "3km/1" which I presume means 3 kilometers to the liter of fuel. That means 1.864 miles to the 0.220 gallons, or about 8.5 miles to the gallon. Ouch.

Of course, you have to think about this: no mortgages or rent payments or utilities. You don't even have to pay for electricity-- it's solar. This thing is pretty cool. I think it would be a good investment.

On preview, bugbread beat me to it. Ah well.
posted by koeselitz at 8:25 AM on April 15, 2005


Also on preview: Chunder, wasn't the jawa sandcrawler in episode 4? < /geek>
posted by koeselitz at 8:27 AM on April 15, 2005


$175,000

Not such a bad deal. If you bring that to the U.S. you could easily recoup that cost by slapping a couple billboards on the side.
posted by wah at 8:27 AM on April 15, 2005


See also the MaxiMog.
posted by StickyCarpet at 8:47 AM on April 15, 2005


thanks sticky...

.... that ones even cooler!!!!
posted by The Infamous Jay at 9:17 AM on April 15, 2005


The trailer is really what makes the maximog.
posted by drezdn at 9:41 AM on April 15, 2005


Wow...that is so cool! I want one!

You know, if any mefites are looking for a birthday present for me...
posted by Sharktattoo at 10:01 AM on April 15, 2005


Provision for about 90 long neck beer bottles and over three months food.
Hrmm.. 3 months food.. 90 beer bottles.. that's what, only one beer a day?
posted by Pink Fuzzy Bunny at 10:02 AM on April 15, 2005


I wonder how much it would cost to be shipped to the states. That'll show those SUV fuckers who's boss.
posted by Dean Keaton at 10:03 AM on April 15, 2005


Is that a UNIMOG? Not a bad deal, for the modcons. Fantastic vehicle...
posted by Thoth at 10:43 AM on April 15, 2005


I was impressed by the two-motorcycle garage.

Then I saw that he powers a MIG welder from the truck. Crap dude, that's amazing!
posted by breath at 10:47 AM on April 15, 2005


Pink Fuzzy Bunny: Provision for about 90 long neck beer bottles and over three months food. Hrmm.. 3 months food.. 90 beer bottles.. that's what, only one beer a day?
Must not be a fan of of the 24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case theory of beer drinking.
posted by Mitheral at 11:24 AM on April 15, 2005


Lots of pics of converted trucks (and buses) at Mr. Sharkey's, no off road though. I've thought of building something like this myself, but smaller and cheaper. I'd start with a 4x4 school bus (yes, such things exist) and do the conversion. I don't think its on Mr. Sharkey's page, but there is a guy who converted a double length Metro bus (the type that bends in the middle and has accordion folds over the gap) into living space. He used the back half as a garage for his car.
posted by 445supermag at 11:35 AM on April 15, 2005


The interior is surprisingly pleasant. It's really very beautifully-done. I'm impressed.

Also, a two-motorcycle garage? Come on, this thing is awesome... and the top canopy can be raised and lowered? Sweet.
posted by odinsdream at 12:28 PM on April 15, 2005


Reverse parking must be fun. good links naomi
posted by peacay at 1:53 PM on April 15, 2005


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