News: Three DIY Snow Vehicle BEASTS

Three DIY Snow Vehicle BEASTS

As Popsci says, these DIY snow vehicles show winter who's boss.

The Snow Chopper

Three DIY Snow Vehicle BEASTS

Two government employed mechanics in Antarctica built a "snow chopper" with junkyard parts and trash. The engine and track are from a totaled 1981 Ski-Doo Elan, and everything else from "savvy dumpster diving". This beast cost only $10 to build.

 "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."

The Yeti

Three DIY Snow Vehicle BEASTS

This build ran a little higher in cost, about $38,700 higher, to be exact.

"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."

The Snow Monster

Three DIY Snow Vehicle BEASTS

Lars Erik-Lindberg's snow monster hot rod cost $15,000 to build.

"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."

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