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   xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Dec 13 12:57 AM

Dec 13, 2009: Maniwa

This is the automotive breakthrough, that will put LJ's family on easy street... well, at least buy them a house on the Outer Banks.
Screw carbon fiber and exotic alloys, sustainable, recyclable materials is the key.



Quote:
Also known as maniwa, this special car was hand built by wood craftsmen and is actually legal to drive in japan. the car can accelerate up to 80km/h and is for sale at a bargain price of 44,000 USD. It also features a motorcycle-like handlebar steering system, gull wing doors and even has a stereo. it seats one driver up front on a wooden seat and has a wood bench behind for up to two passengers. The designers even made a pedal-power version for kids


Don't forget, those of us that live in snowy climes will save even more! By limited usage.
So PM LJ today, and Western Union a cash transfer right away, to ride the first wave (wood is good for wave riding too) of the future.

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richlevy  Sunday Dec 13 01:28 AM

Wow. It's Bob Vila meets John Delorean.

That cars is so cool I'm pining away for one right now.

If LJ could get the US distribution rights, he really would be Lumber Jim.



Adak  Sunday Dec 13 02:36 AM

I can hear the termites licking their chops, as this is posted!

Thousands of wooden cars, marinated to perfection in the occasional bit of rain - they'll swear they've died and gone to termite heaven!



Eclipse  Sunday Dec 13 04:18 AM

That won't pass safety standards in any way



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Dec 13 04:27 AM

I'm not so sure about that. I think it's a trike, and would have to only pass motorcycle standards.



SPUCK  Sunday Dec 13 05:46 AM

I think it's so ugly it would stop a train.



Tuba Loons  Sunday Dec 13 06:46 AM

The way they mounted the stereo looks like ass.

Thumbs down to the Picnicwagen styling.



spudcon  Sunday Dec 13 07:53 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tuba Loons View Post
The way they mounted the stereo looks like ass.

Thumbs down to the Picnicwagen styling.
The whole thing looks like ass. Snowmobile on wheels. After watching the video, the windscreen seems to function only as a decapitator.


Sundae  Sunday Dec 13 08:05 AM

Not sure about the low clearance.
No sleeping policemen in Japan, huh?
And where are the seatbelts! Won't somebody think of the children!

Actually I like the way it looks. so there.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Dec 13 10:50 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by spudcon View Post
...the windscreen seems to function only as a decapitator.
It protects the Solar Panel.


richlevy  Sunday Dec 13 12:17 PM

Actually, if I remember correctly, wasn't there a British car that was built on a wood chassis? Was it the Cooper Mini or something else?



jinx  Sunday Dec 13 12:32 PM

Thatthing would need to come with a house in OBX for me to drive it... wouldn't get thru the sand though I bet.

Although we did see a chevy malibu on the beach last time we were there.... that surprised me. Usually you see several awd mini vans stuck a few hundred feet past the end of the paved road, but the malibu was jammin' along...



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Dec 13 12:39 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by richlevy View Post
Actually, if I remember correctly, wasn't there a British car that was built on a wood chassis? Was it the Cooper Mini or something else?
Morgan. Some had three wheels, too.
Actually, prewar American cars had nearly as much wood as metal. You just couldn't see it, except on the woodies.


Cloud  Sunday Dec 13 02:13 PM

he he. you said woodies.



the above was not actually an attempt at humor; rather, it was an attempt to test my keyboard which mysteriously turned off on me.



Gravdigr  Sunday Dec 13 02:27 PM

Lotsa sharp corners and edges. Hell in even a minor fender-bender, or bumper-thumper. I woodn't want one.



glatt  Monday Dec 14 09:26 AM

Wood can be made to look much more streamlined and beautiful than that. Just look at any wooden boat. This thing is ugly and clunky looking.



dar512  Monday Dec 14 09:52 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt View Post
Wood can be made to look much more streamlined and beautiful than that. Just look at any wooden boat. This thing is ugly and clunky looking.
I suspect this is made to appeal to the steampunk types. Their stuff is purposely clunky.


glatt  Monday Dec 14 09:54 AM

I thought steampunk hardware virtually always has brass as a major component.



classicman  Monday Dec 14 09:57 AM

that looks like a picnic table or other outdoor furniture. With the right craftsmen, it could look sooo much better.

Whats that? Oh thats the style they were going for? nevermind.



Spexxvet  Monday Dec 14 10:00 AM

it even has a pergola off the back.



dar512  Monday Dec 14 10:41 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt View Post
I thought steampunk hardware virtually always has brass as a major component.
Or metal of some sort. I wouldn't call this steampunk exactly, but I think that was the vibe they were going for.

It looks like something a Keebler elf would drive.


xoxoxoBruce  Monday Dec 14 12:00 PM

It just dawned on me, they're following the style of custom vans, in Japan.



Undertoad  Monday Dec 14 02:01 PM

I'm just... so happy those are not street legal in any state in my nation

In my nation, morons identify themselves with the ugly-ass body kit... butusually this is restricted to a rear wing that would fall off if the car was driven at any speed at which it might become useful...

Japan says, I know... let's take a vehicle that gets 8 mpg and weigh it down with things that are not aerodynamic



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Dec 15 02:15 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad View Post
I'm just... so happy those are not street legal in any state in my nation
Are you sure?


Undertoad  Tuesday Dec 15 02:26 AM

The Rose Parade doesn't count



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Dec 15 02:56 AM

How about these?



Undertoad  Tuesday Dec 15 03:13 AM

Oh dear.



Gravdigr  Thursday Dec 17 03:51 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
It just dawned on me, they're following the style of custom vans, in Japan.
Looks like the Japanese vanners are single-handedly keeping the Bondo people in bidness.


Cloud  Thursday Dec 17 04:32 PM

the wings go up--it's like a wooden delorean



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