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"Poor Man's" Sports Utility Vehicle

Dwayne Lowe built his own mini SUV by mounting a 1982 Chevette car body on top of a 1980 Datsun pickup.
  "It's not exactly a real sleek looking rig, but it's a fun little rig to drive around," says Lowe. "I use it for getting around between farms, and it's my son's favorite thing to drive. Chevrolet stopped building the Chevette in 1987, so a lot of young guys have never seen one and don't even know what it is."
  The rig still has the pickup's original 2.0-liter, 4-cyl. gas engine and 4-speed automatic transmission. Lowe stripped the pickup down to the chassis, then built new body mounts for the Chevette body. The car body wheel wells are located about 1 ft. above the pickup's aftermarket 2.35 by 75 wheels. He mounted an expanded metal running board on each side of the car, and he put a drop-step truck bumper on back. He also added an air intake to the head. And he added Chevrolet pickup marker lights, mirrors and a homemade bumper on front.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dwayne Lowe, 88 400th St., Chanute, Kansas 66720 (ph 620 433-1559).


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2005 - Volume #29, Issue #4