ALL TRUCK, PLENTY PRIUS
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 three-speed 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 everything Prius.
More than just an engine transplant, the Chevy is now literally a Toyota Prius under the skin.
Power supply, eCVT, the lot, is all-Prius.
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.
Under the body is an unexpected powertrain.