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    El camino, meet your match.

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    Dude I just seen a smoking newer SS el camino yesterday for sale and had to try to not go back to check the price.
    Looked brand new, dark blue with lighter blue pin stripping original rims and all.

    That pruck looks pretty stylish, I'd do the same if I had time and a place to retro it.
    I hear the batteries can be had for even cheaper if you by aftermarket China banks.

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    I want.....to point and laugh at anyone who would drive this on the road in daylight.

    I do admire the guy's ambition to build something he puts his mind to.

    Not my cup of tea.

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    This Pruck is a neat idea, the Prius car body has much of its enforcements on height of the battery tray so choppin gup the rear roof area will not take away as much strenght as it would in other cars.

    Many classic coupes like Mustang or Camaro can be converted into a pickup with even less effort but much harder to fit a Hyrbid drivetrain an dall the safety and emissions electronics the Pruck has in it.

    About time someone builds a convertible or Truck out of the early Prius that seem to sell for cheap more recently, albeit the 800 paid by the owner of this build have been cause it has been in 4 accidents, one of them a rollover so may mark the very cheap end of that price scale.

    As on the El Camino, the modern day predecessor would be the Australian/ GM made Holden Ute:

    http://lefthandutes.com/ ( carporn warning)

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    An even more practical and possibly easier mod would be to just mount a large box to its rear, this was offered for commercializing many european compact cars for decades an dincluded versions of the Citron 2CV and more recent compact cars.

    The VW Caddy and Ford Fiesta Courier are good examples for the style in a picture-search.

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    Cup of tea or not it's a smart choice for many like me working intown driving from a far.I'd get more work just driving up in that I'm sure
    with the type of ppl i CHOOSE to work for,but hey I'm not saying I'd not drive a 3500 turbo all jacked up on steroids,if I worked a pig farm or Traveled back and forth through rugged terrain to an oil rig or alike.
    but just to drive to be cool is not my cup of tea either.

    Not a tree hugger just being realistic these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blt113 View Post
    I want.....to point and laugh at anyone who would drive this on the road in daylight.

    I do admire the guy's ambition to build something he puts his mind to.

    Not my cup of tea.
    There is good amount of practical applications, private and work, for a very light truck.

    Most hobby gear such as bikes, quads, camping, scooters etc. pp all do not require heavy hauling trucks but solely the trunkbed space and a rather average load capacity;
    Similarly many work applications involve hauling tools that total less than half a ton in weight and the transport of materials that again do nto weight much mure than waht a Pruis could carry.

    It saves fuel all the time, has good torque ( which is good for a truck), modern safety equipment not avaiable on many used trucks such as 4+ airbags and ESC - and can go in the car pool lane which saves time.


    While not appealing to the same part of the "brain" a V8 would it appears that rationally there should be plenty of applications for a such light truck with hybrid drivetrain.

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    Ideally I'd love to drop my wife's ecboost in the 2013 escape in my ranger.
    If someone did a retrofit like that I'd be first in line .

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    I live in an area where I see lots of trucks with huge rims, low profile tires, 12"+ lift, not a spec of dust, no trailer hitch, nothing in the bed, Instagram name sticker on back window, oversized exhaust tips, and if they are really trying to prove something, they will blow black smoke out their asspipes at every red light.

    Of course, all white males, listening to lil jizzy, birdguy, or whoever has to say the N word, so he can rhyme it with another N word.

    Then I have the greatest generation in their Prius', switching lanes without signals, not switching lanes with turn signals, hazards on in the rain..or not rain, and the ol' 10-15mph below the speed limit.

    Apparently , they don't know how to use the torque in the hybrids.

    Oddly enough, that story came from 30 minutes from my area.

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    North or south.
    all my peeps live in pasco.

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    The parents almost got a 16 prius the other day because they plan on traveling a bit in the future.
    he said the seats where very stiff for the ride and alittle cramped for 6'3 that switched them to the new hybrid camry which is so close in mpg but much more comfortable long distance for them .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Len View Post
    The parents almost got a 16 prius the other day because they plan on traveling a bit in the future.
    he said the seats where very stiff for the ride and alittle cramped for 6'3 that switched them to the new hybrid camry which is so close in mpg but much more comfortable long distance for them .
    That is probably a good choice, and a for reliability Toyotas are hard to beat.

    I wonder if people analysing tesla stocks for the car-part of the valuation ever looked at the large differenc ein sales figures on the hybrid camry and "a Prius" , the continuity of sales of the prior generation Prius in parralel with more rent ones singals that this model has its own sales dynamics - largely driven by a "hype" and being the first car people think about when considering an hybrid - and how the Tesla sales figures depend on a similar public reputation and brand image ( and them needing a charger network as limiting to electrics alone.

    Another 10-15 years from now many more cars will have an electric drivetrain, but not be dependant on plugs but have fuel cells instead.

    Seing the car makers loosing sales and brand boost to Tesla - while not wanting to go all-electric for reasons of battery supply cost where tesla can beat them - and petrol companies loosing sales revenues while maintaining their gas station network (money is made by kiosk sales there in main anyways) the core holdback for fuel cell implementation, being the network of stations to refill on supercooled H1 it is only a question of time until they set up a mutual roadmap.
    Huyundai sells a SUV with H1 power and electric drive, only 136kw of power but great torque and 320 miles of range.


    However these days and for travelling a "conventional" hybrid is the far better choice, on long distance trips it would run mostly on gas anyways ( not sure if the actual mpg of a 2.4 standard piston port and a 1.8 miller cycle engien are much different) and the seating comfort is most important of all.

    I am happy to hear your parents are still doing fine and travelling ( did you ever find back the stolen solar-electric installations and pictures some years back ?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Len View Post
    Ideally I'd love to drop my wife's ecboost in the 2013 escape in my ranger.
    If someone did a retrofit like that I'd be first in line .
    Most retrofits come down to clutch bell mount patterns, on the more modern cars since onboard-plug systems and can-bus ( mid 1990ies) much more issues can arise and be in the way.

    I have been looking into details on how to maintain abs and possibly esp functionality ( airbags and lights and so on is easy except for can-bus cars) to convert a 1st series mercedes A-class ( sold around 1995-2001, they where designed to come as electrics and fuel cells fromm the onset using german Zebra batteries so have a sandwich type floor and perfectly even bottom) into electric, some functionality is modular on pre can bus and modules are blocks that click into plugs in the cars switchboards while others are not.
    Sometimes it is possible to use such blocks of other models and replace digital with analogue ABS sensors on switchboards still supporting plug-in modules , however ESP is finniky and emission regulations may be a problem, too, albeit not so much on cars individually registered ( and with engine downsize).

    Some small companies and enthusiast may do such swaps, in european models there is companies that centered around one type of engine ( llike VW TDI's ) offering retrofit kits to all cars and series with a matching clutch bell pattern ( can be a VW Van Type 2 from the 1980ies or a Aidi A8 of the 1990ies etc.).


    A friend of a friend who put a 140hp TDI with additional chipping into his VW Lupo ( largest stock engine 75hp) had airbags and abs, still, but a problem with emisssions and the engine warning light so it would not easily pass official tests.

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    Yes they caught the$$$$ing scum bags.
    and where the batteries were scrapped.the business owner I wish gets hit buy a bus-didn't even question the crackhead
    even after the batteries were marked with all info of ownership on every side and tops with sharpie.scrap yard douchbag.

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