December 28, 2011
Chinese Man Builds $600 Military Style ATV
By Chad Love
So you really want an ATV for your hunting spot, but just don't have the money to buy one. You could keep hoofing it, which would keep you healthy. You could steal one, which would probably land you in the klink, or you could do what this guy did and just make your own.
From this story (Lost in Translation Warning: The grammar in the linked story reads a bit like a cheap toy instruction manual.) on chinahush.com:
Chinese folks have always had the self-entertaining mindset to compare little things to big renowned things even just for the slightest resemblance. We had a post last year talking about a homemade knockoff Lamborghini by a 25 years old guy. Recently a chef from Zigong City, Sichuan Province became famous on the Internet for spending only about 4000 yuan in designing and handcrafting what netizens called a knockoff “Hummer."
The 2 meter long, 1.5 meter high homemade auto took Qu Zhibo 3 years to build since he was busy running his own restaurant. Small as it is, it has everything an auto needed, it burns gasoline and can be driven in the similar manners of a normal car. The only difference lies in the starting – one have to start the kart from behind before jumping into the driver seat to drive, since the engine that remodeled from a motorcycle locates at the end.
From distance, the kart looks like Hummer or Jeep used in America military field operations. “I am a military fan, my design is inspired by armored command vehicle. I am thinking painting it camouflage to make it look more of a real thing.” Said Qu. As for craftsmanship, everything from engine cover, seats, car skin etc are completely handmade by Qu himself, except for steering wheel, tires, tank and engine which are bought parts.
Four thousand yuan is about $600 American. Think you could make something similar for about the same money? Would your buddies on your deer lease laugh at you if you showed up driving it?