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Old 12-03-2013, 12:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2012 Elantra w/ Pickup bed and boat tail?

I recently have been given the opportunity to buy a wrecked 2012 Hyundai Elantra. Although I have not yet purchased it I would love to here (and see) some ideas.

The car was hit in the rear passenger side. So nearly all the bodywork from the b pillar back would need to be reworked. As far as I can tell the wheels were not put out of alignment so the wheelbase would stay as is. My current idea is install a pickup bed similar to the smyth performance truck and put a removable aero top on it.

Currently everything is up in the air so if you come up with an idea that does not include a pickup bed I would be interested in hearing it.

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Sounds like it'll be fun.

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bed/tail

To do it would give you a chance to work on the most important real estate on the car,allowing some more aggressive roof contour as well as plan-taper.
You'd also have a multi-purpose vehicle,as has been attempted by a few automakers,but never made it past the concept stage.
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It will require some massively serious skills to accomplish this while maintaining the integrity of the unibody structure.

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It will require some massively serious skills to accomplish this while maintaining the integrity of the unibody structure.

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X2 I'd run away and never look back. Structural integrity would have to be maintained if you don't want to die if you are ever in a crash with it. Depending on the damage, the wheels might be straight but the whole car may not be square anymore. Not yo mention possible pinched brake/fuel lines and other unseen damage that can really add up.

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