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Old 03-08-2017, 03:17 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 03-08-2017, 03:57 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Old 03-08-2017, 05:55 PM   #13 (permalink)
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This is a few days after I brought the Prius home.
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Cutting, cutting, and more cutting.
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Test fit. I ran the tape measure a lot that day.
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At this point I was thinking of running the complete Prius drive train and putting a tiny bed on it.
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Old 03-08-2017, 06:32 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Bravo! Welcome to our little special little group. I'll look forward to comparing notes with you about our projects!

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Old 03-08-2017, 06:33 PM   #18 (permalink)
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December 8th Change of plans.

I didn't like the way the truck was coming together. I sat in the shop and stared at the project thinking it was going to look stupid. Something needed to change. Then with about an hour before I had to leave an idea hit me. Why not do a sub-frame? Years ago I put a firebird sub-frame on a 56 Chevy. It gave me smoother suspension, disk brakes and power steering. I measured the frame rails on the truck frame and on the Prius and they were almost exactly the same. So I grab the saw and cut the front clip off the truck frame and rolled the rear section inside. I cut the Prius just in front of the fuel tank. Using some 4x4s as spacers, I laid the Truck frame on top of the Prius floor. Ratchet strapped them together and set the cab on top. I loved it.

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Old 03-08-2017, 07:22 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I didn't realize it was a 1st-gen Prius when you mentioned it was a 2001 Prius. But anyway, I also forgot how narrow those Art Deco trucks were. Have you never considered to use at least a 3rd-gen Prius since it's fitted with a chainless transaxle?

BTW what are you going to do with the rear axle? What about adapting the rear axle of the Prius since you won't need a differential housing?
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The reason I used the gen 1 Prius is... it's what I had �� It was given to me so I used it. It does have a second generation battery in it.

Not sure what I'll do with the rearend yet. My goal is to keep the look but drop the weight.


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