ALL TRUCK, PLENTY PRIUS

Kwinana Courier - - Drive Way -

THERE are clas­sic trucks – and clas­sic trucks.

In Ohio, Joe Win­ter has a 1946 Chevrolet pickup, in it­self a ve­hi­cle to push the nos­tal­gia but­ton in older folk and make younger peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate a model of Amer­i­can class.

What makes Joe’s Chevy dif­fer­ent is that in­stead of a 228 cu­bic inch 3.7litre straight six un­der the bon­net and a three­speed man­ual gear­box, it runs on a Toy­ota Prius hy­brid pow­er­train.

Win­ter said he al­ways had a thing for some­thing dif­fer­ent, so he set about cre­at­ing just that.

De­spite the clash of cul­tures, he worked hard to re­tain the looks of the clas­sic Chevy truck, while hid­ing Prius.

More than just an en­gine trans­plant, the Chevy is now lit­er­ally a Toy­ota Prius un­der the skin.

Power sup­ply, eCVT, the lot, is al­lPrius.

The sub-frame from the Prius has been used and the Chevy pickup now drives through its front wheels.

Even the dig­i­tal dash­board of the lit­tle Toy­ota is tucked away be­hind the glass di­als of the orig­i­nal in­stru­ments. every­thing

Un­der the body is an un­ex­pected pow­er­train.

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