Hells Treehuggers Harley-Powered Prius
Friday, April 4, 2014
Environmentalists, look away. One creative cookie ripped apart a 2008 Toyota Prius and crammed a 1986 Harley Sportster engine inside. The 'hybrid' is up for sale on ebay.
The Harley-powered Prius has earned its stripes racing the 24 Hour of LeMons.
Buy the Harley-powered Prius and get this '1986 Hybrid-Davidson' pit bike to boot.
This story’s buzzin’ around the internet today and we found it too hilarious not to share. There’s a 2008 Toyota Prius for sale on ebay
. No big deal, right? Well, this one’s been gutted by the owner, it’s engine and electric motor have been ripped out, and an old 1986 Evo from a Harley Sportster has been thrown in. The interior likewise has been gutted and a roll cage has been installed.
The “hybrid” has raced the 24 Hour of LeMons, an endurance race for vehicles that can’t cost more than $500, the event a playful poke at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans. Even though it looks like a POS, a lot of work has been done to it. The stock 883 Harley engine has been bored out to 1100cc and the owner devised a chain drive system to get the power to the front wheels while retaining the original Prius differential, CV joints and axles. Unfortunately, the Harley-powered Prius crapped out after they put in a new clutch. The current owner, identified as spank226 on his ebay account, doesn’t have the time and energy to get it running again, but has a slew of parts and extras he’s willing to give up to anyone willing to take a try.
As if the sight of the thing isn’t comedic enough, the write-up spank226 did on ebay is hilarious. Not sure what their day job is, but they could be a comedy writer for late night TV based on their write-up. We encourage you to check out the listing on ebay
, but we pulled some of the funnier quips to share with you in the compilation below. Let the bidding wars begin!
Courtesy of spank226 ebay
This ain't no April Fools joke! This here is a 1-of-a-kind, custom built 2008 Toyota Prius powered by a Harley Davidson and it's currently registered and insured to drive on the street. Yes, you could drive this bad-boy to work if you've got the jewels.*
2 Cylinder air-cooled engine with rock-and-stick technology that replaces the overly-complicated crap that Toyota spent bazillions of dollars and dozens of years designing and I spent a couple hours with a 10mm wrench and some wire cutters undoing.
Unmuffled, straight-though big bore exhaust designed by Basset, because loud pipes save lives and you'll need to drown out the sound of the Earth crying every time to stomp the throttle that controls your S&S "bug-sprayer" carburetor.
Kill Switch: In case removing all of the Toyota electronics, drivetrain, interior, and soullessness wasn't enough to exorcise the factory glitches. It's a total CYA move.
Side view mirror "handlebar whips": Because that's how you roll.
You'll get a 1986 Hybrid-Davidson pit bike (aka the original motor-donor). It's currently sporting a weedwacker motor that turns a lucas alternator via chain drive, which goes through some electrical do-dads to charge some batteries which in turn power an electric motor. Said electric motor then goes through a jack-shaft arrangement to drive the rear wheel of the motorcycle. "Ran when parked".
It's still parked.
"Getting behind the wheel of the ToyoHog was as surreal an experience as I have ever had driving a car. Getting over the fact that there’s a V-Twin Harley engine sticking out of the hood of a Prius, you sit behind the wheel and simply marvel at how it has been intertwined with the drivetrain, especially the gear shifters! 'See that T-Bar handle coming out of the dash to your right? Just press the clutch and push it IN once for 1st gear, then pull for second, pull for 3rd, and pull for 4th…….and work it backwards to downshift……just like you would on a Harley……' . Yeah, JUST like my Harley!