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Totally thinking out loud here...

I’m sure we’ve all seen what cash money and skill can do. But what can the average oppo do with low cash and low skills?

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Mr. Regular’s Ford Festiva review got me thinking. What sort of awesomeness could we do if we had a running $800 Ford Festiva, a sawzall, some sheet aluminum, a rivet gun, and maybe a pipe bender with some piping?

People have proven that a little bit of chopping and a little bit of modding can turn the Festiva into something that looks like a blast:

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So what’s the legality on this? How far can we go in street legal form to honor Chapman’s pursuit of lightness?

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The universal requirements are:

  • Horn
  • Engine hood
  • Windshield
  • Windshield wipers
  • Mirrors
  • Steering
  • Seat belts
  • Brakes (including parking brake)
  • Tires
  • Wheel Assembly
  • Exhaust
  • Exhaust emission system
  • Hi/Lo beam indicator
  • Headlights
  • Tail lights
  • Stop lights
  • Turn signals
  • License plate with lighting
  • Reflectors
  • Bumpers

Now look at it:

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So much excess because that’s what people expect a car to look like. How far can it be taken? I can’t be the first person to ask or consider this...

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