1983 - Volume #7, Issue #2, Page #09[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Making Ends Meet (Double Car)
This unusual way to "make ends meet" is for real - a driveable double car, made by splitting two 1977 Datsun F10 Hatchbacks, removing the tail ends and welding the front halves together back to back. The car has two dashboards, two steering wheels, two front seats, two hoods, two gear shifts and two fully functional engines. Since both cars were front wheel drive, the resulting "double car" can be driven from either end.
Locking devices were put on the steering systems so one end locks while the other is steering. The exhaust system also was altered, and the wheelbase strengthened to accommodate the extra length.
The double car was put together by Fram/Autolite, a major auto parts manufacturer headquartered at Providence, R.I, to prove that preventive maintenance pays off. One of the front ends is from a well-maintained car and the other from a neglected auto.
Fram/Autolite is taking the double car on the road, displaying it at major fairs and auto shows across the country.
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