Dusterbd13 PowerDork
Jan. 27, 2017 7:05 a.m.
Grtechguy wrote: I don't hate the idea

I actually like the second one. Is there a build thread?

spin_out HalfDork
Jan. 27, 2017 7:13 a.m.

1) I applaud you guys for last years build.

2) John had posted this image which looks to me like a convertible with the top removed, the tailgate area removed, and a Bed added. Though I think the convert has a side to side top brace that I would leave in. It does appear very truck like, and is possibly less work than relocating a cut off roof. Just sayin'. (Oh and you'll note that most of the PT truck photos do not show it from the side. The the scale is all wrong because the bed is far too short.)

Grtechguy MegaDork
Jan. 27, 2017 7:35 a.m.
Dusterbd13 wrote:
Grtechguy wrote: I don't hate the idea

I actually like the second one. Is there a build thread?

Found this album on google images Lots of build pics

SVreX MegaDork
Jan. 28, 2017 7:38 a.m.

In reply to spin_out:

Not all PT trucks are out of proportion!

SVreX MegaDork
Jan. 28, 2017 7:38 a.m.

In reply to Grtechguy:

Apparently, you and I were looking for the exact same thing!

JohnRW1621 MegaDork
Jan. 28, 2017 8:03 a.m.
pimpm3 wrote:

This picture above is actually a screen shot from a video.

An 18 video series of about 4 minutes each.

If started watching them. In the beginning I am a little confused by his first cut (which seems too low) but he does this to accommodate a locking bed cover that he fabricates.
Actually, the bed cover is a trunk lid and he calls the finished product a PT Coupe.

Yes, the standard body as a bed comes out very small.

JohnRW1621 MegaDork
Jan. 28, 2017 8:21 a.m.

That stepside looks great but that is a lot of bed fabrication.

I've only driven a PT Cruiser once as a rental probably 10 years ago. I know they are mostly miserable vehicles but I am finding myself oddly attracted to modified versions.

minivan_racer UltraDork
Jan. 28, 2017 8:35 a.m.

If this is a go I may need to find and excuse to make it down there this year.

JohnRW1621 MegaDork
Jan. 28, 2017 8:48 a.m.
minivan_racer wrote: If this is a go I may need to find and excuse to make it down there this year.

Like I said earlier, this a great way to get involved with The Challenge with a shared commitment requiring less than what a one man campaign requires.

Here is the $2016 PLB Link


Jan. 28, 2017 2:28 p.m.

I could see a P71 turned into a pickup, and call it a Ranchero Pursuit

pimpm3 Dork
Jan. 28, 2017 3:25 p.m.

The more the merrier.

The beauty of the PT cruiser is they are cheap and have a powerful engine that can easily have the boost turned up.

I think the pick upification should be doable in the parking lot and is totally different from last year's build.

RevRico Dork
Jan. 28, 2017 3:56 p.m.
TIGMOTORSPORTS wrote: I could see a P71 turned into a pickup, and call it a Ranchero Pursuit

I'm still thinking about that.

Appleseed MegaDork
Jan. 28, 2017 5:27 p.m.


John Welsh MegaDork
March 20, 2017 6:07 p.m.


There have been developments.

Still too early but if you're "thinking of joining" this build you can start to change that to "planning to join" this build.

pimpm3 Dork
March 20, 2017 6:27 p.m.

Thanks John you made it easy for me to find the thread!

Behold! $225 plus fees bought me this fine example of retro awesomeness...

Never before have so many people been this excited about a pt cruiser.

Yes that is a stick shift...

The great thing about PT cruisers is they are so awful a small dent totals them...

...even with relatively low mileage

I already sourced a rear hatch for $50.00.

Coming soon to a parking lot near you the parking lot pick up conversion!

Robbie UberDork
March 20, 2017 6:29 p.m.

Oh shiiiiiiiii

Raze UltraDork
March 20, 2017 6:41 p.m.

And so it begins... Again

Andy Neuman HalfDork
March 20, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Raze wrote: And so it begins... Again

Don't worry this is the "last" one.... Until another great idea is born.

pimpm3 Dork
March 20, 2017 7:12 p.m.

I would hardly classify this as a great idea

GTXVette HalfDork
March 20, 2017 7:28 p.m.

and you may need to access a Chevette front end if rear engine is to be considered.lol

Pattyo New Reader
March 20, 2017 7:43 p.m.

Why replace the hatch if you are just going to truck it out?

MrJoshua UltimaDork
March 20, 2017 7:48 p.m.

Is it a GT cruiser?

pimpm3 Dork
March 20, 2017 7:49 p.m.

I just found this. It is hideous. Carry on...

pimpm3 Dork
March 20, 2017 7:50 p.m.

In reply to MrJoshua:

No it is a non turbo. I am cheap. This one was available, nearby and a manual.

Stampie Dork
March 20, 2017 8:04 p.m.

Can the turbo parts bolt on? Should I start looking for PT Cruisers the local yards?

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