There was a lot of talk this year about how America doesn’t build anything anymore and that we’ve transitioned to a service economy. All the manufacturing jobs have moved to Asia, blah, blah ,blah, we just sit at Charbucks and use the latest app on our mobile device that we are making payments on, blah, blah, blah. Well these pundits that live in a coastal bubble apparently have never surfed the for sale by owner car and motorcycle sections of Craigslist. Here you will find the American spirit of a guy in a shed that brought us powered flight, computers and other physical things alive and well. Find this Ford powered rat trike for sale in Friday Harbor, WA for $6,500 via craigslist.
There isn’t a lot of information about this build in between the excess of commas in the ad, but this creation is powered by some sort of Ford 6 cylinder and uses an automatic trans to put the power to the two back wheels. I will let you be the judge of the weld quality and materials.
The builder has thankfully included a trailer hitch receptacle, but I don’t know what you would tow with it. It also has a crooked tail light and a licence plate held on with zip ties, although the ad mentions it hasn’t been titled yet, so there is a DMV future ahead of the new owner.
Also included are some pictures and links to the builders portfolio of other trikes he’s produced.
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Gianni is Daily Turismo’s Pacific Northwest correspondent. He just got back from Christmas with his in-laws and is out of witty tag lines.