Many of us began our love affair with mechanical modes of transportation on three wheels – the ubiquitous kindergarten tricycle. If the price is right, today’s Good price or no dice Trimming could be a way to channel that inner child.
There are a lot of times when we as consumers are happy to pay for the patina. We often pay extra money for jeans that are already frayed and have holes. Most of us also prefer films that offer a lived-in aspect. It even gives fantasy stories an extra layer of credibility that enriches the experience.
Unfortunately for the seller of the 1961 Ford F-100 “Rat Rod” we looked at on Friday, none of that passion for patina could exceed an asking price of $ 12,000. The integrated pickup, while Ford was positioning the combo cab and sleeper truck, seemed to most of you more shabby than chic, and so drove the price down in a massive 80 percent No Dice loss.
When you think of old and worn out, or perhaps more appropriate, old and abandoned, kit cars often come to mind. Assembling something as complicated as a car in your own garage can be a daunting task, and it is likely that only a minority of people who take on the effort will get it right.
today 1982 Urba Sport String Trimmer is a kit car that looks remarkably complete and is also in fairly good shape. Maybe it’s because that wasn’t all it’s a tough job to build as it is only three-quarters of a car and is powered by a lawn tractor engine.
Surprisingly, the trimuter iit’s not just a strange case. He first appeared on the cover of the February 1980 issue of Mechanix illustrated, an American publication aimed at people who like the idea of biting more than they can chew. You know, the “hold my beer” crowd.
Now I’m not going to go down in the history of the model as Jason has skillfully handled this already. for us in an article from the beginning of the year on a much more trashy Timuter. You can call me lazy, I will stay efficient.
This one is in much better condition than Jason’s find, with sparkling metallic green paint and flashy chrome mag wheels wrapped in white-lettered tires. It’s right in the back, of course, since the Timuter is strictly a three-wheeler, classified, according to the ad, as a closed motorcycle in its current state of residence and therefore requiring a helmet when in use. Fortunately, the seller is launching a matching color brain bucket with the tricycle.
Even though it’s pretty weird, there’s still a lot to love about this Trimuter. It has both a retractable headlamp (we all love them) and a retractable door to access the tidy cabin. This interior appearsis reasonably spacious and has a pair of seats that look like they came out of a Pinto. The steering column is alarmingly long for something that only has to turn a wheel, and it likely obscures the view of the tiny instruments. In ccontrast, tthe passenger gets a single radio speaker as dashboard companion.
Motivation, if you can call it that, comes from an 18 horsepower two-cylinder Onan engine. If you are a big fan of the Mustie1 YouTube channel as I am, then you are probably quite familiar with the ins and outs of engines like those. You probably also know by then that there won’t be much more to be gained from it and therefore no way to improve the top speed to 35-40 mph that the seller claims. this Trimuter is able to pull together.
That’s okay because nothing more than that would likely turn out to be a quite terrifying experience considering you would only do it on three wheels in the most elegant way possible. No, it’s more for walking around the neighborhood, impressing at Cars and Coffee, and maybe going to the DQ for a milkshake and a crowd of curious people. What can it be worth?
The seller is asking $ 6,500 for the trike and is open to offers or even trade. If we’re using that as a starting point, do you think it’s a good place to start? Or is this Trimuter a kit that asks for too much caboodle?
Omaha, Nebraska, Craigslist, where to go here if the ad disappears.
H / T to glemon for hookup!
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