In the desolate environment of Antarctica, when mechanics Bob Sawicki and Toby Weisser weren't at their jobs maintaining a fleet of snowmobiles at the U.S. logistics hub there, they passed the time by building a motorcycle-like snow vehicle out of junked parts and trash. As government employees, they were forbidden to use any new equipment on their side project. Instead, they got the engine and track from a totaled 1981 Ski-Doo Elan and, with the exception of nuts, bolts and fuel hoses, everything else from savvy dumpster diving.
Using pipes salvaged from a recycling bin, Sawicki and Weisser fabricated a frame, with a bent crowbar as the brake and a tent pin as the accelerator. The emergency brake is an old ice ax, and a couple of ice screws welded to the frame serve as foot pegs. It has two chrome tanks that used to be fire extinguishers; now one contains fuel, and the other feeds compressed air to a salvaged air horn. The aged engine performs modestly well, doing 30 to 35 mph on the snow—but that's pretty good for 99.9 percent post-consumer content.
Time: 120 hours
Two More Insane Vehicles
To build his high-riding snow plow, Colorado welder Rex Bailey mounted tires from an agricultural sprayer onto an old Dodge 3500 Cummins diesel pickup truck and used a commercial plasma cutter to create spokes, axle mounts and the truck's rear end. The Yeti's wheels are 76 inches high.
Time: 2,600 hours
The Snow Monster
Builder Lars Erik-Lindberg's hot rod consists of a fiberglass Model T replica mounted on the frame of a Volvo Duett station wagon, powered by a Chevy V8 engine. Underneath, Erik-Lindberg installed the tracks and suspension from an Arctic Cat snowmobile, allowing the vehicle to cruise across the frozen lakes of Sweden at 100 mph.
Time: 400-500 hours
The Yeti took 2600 months?
That would mean the yeti would have taken 145.6 years to build, if the months number was correct.
LOL...that Yeti started off before there was a Cummins diesel or plasma cutter invented. No wonder it took 145 years to complete.
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There are allot of projects that take hundreds of man years to complete. The Manhattan, Apollo, Buran, etc project may have taken man millennia. It would be sad if that stupid truck took as long as its calming though.
I loved the red one!
hahaha great play toys for winter to come... :)
People, you need to understand that typos happening linked we it or not.. PopSci guys are just that, guys as we are (I suppose you are guys:)
Great job making this monsters! Now, when you can get one? :)