“I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.”
“I feel that life is measured in achievement, not in years alone.”
Illustration for article titled Show Us Your Winter Beater.

The concept of a winter beater was a foreign to me for a long time, because when I lived in places with harsh winter weather I already drove pretty crappy used cars. Then, before a particularly good winter in Vermont, I got a new Toyota Tacoma, and someone had the audacity to ask me if I was going to daily drive it through the winter.

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Of course I was going to drive it all the damn time, a brand new truck, in the snow, what more could a you want?

Well, this person defended their question by laying out all the nasty effects the winter months can have on a vehicle, effects that I’d long been aware of, but never really given a second thought. The idea of a winter beater was planted, and ever since then I’ve enjoyed fantasizing about building the ultimate foul weather vehicle.

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As I have lived in Southern California for the last 8 years, and will be here for the foreseeable future, I don’t have the need for a winter beater, although the pull for a second vehicle in very, very strong. When the time comes, I’ll likely make a triumphant return to the Subaru family with an H6 3.0 swapped into a bug eye Impreza wagon. 6 speed manual swap from an STi, Forester suspension for a slight lift, and BAM, winter BEATER.

Do you already have an awesome winter beater in your driveway? Share it, or if you dream of one like I do, feel free to share that too. I have to imagine at least one of you crazy bastards wants to do a lifted Miata.

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