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  • K

    I saw the first car (van? truck?) on 295N yesterday. The lip around the truck-bed is plywood and foam. It appears the driver uses it as a work truck of some sort. I was stuck in traffic behind him for a while and spent a while checking out this ride.

    • textdoc

      Heh — like a DIY El Camino?

      • K

        That is exactly how my husband described it.

  • NH Ave Hiker

    The van stays parked on the street right near the El Haynes school in Petworth, I run by it frequently and they have a car cover over it (necessary I would say lol)

  • TinkerTaylor

    Does this impair the structural integrity of the vehicle? I ask because plotting the increased frequency of chopped-top vehicles and the increased frequency of collisionless rollovers in DC indicates that in the near future all vehicles will be chopped-top and rolling over of their own accord. Seems that there may be a burgeoning market for HANS devices.

    • spookiness

      Yes. A unibody car is not structurally designed to just be cut up like that. The roof provides a great deal of the rigidity and strength. The van is a conventional body on frame, less of a big deal. The Civic would probably fold up easily.

    • Philippe Lecheval

      Yes, they essentially have until their next inspection is due to enjoy this thing. All of that sharp exposed metal is a serious safety hazard to pedestrians and cyclists, should a collision occur.

      • NH Ave Hiker

        DC doesn’t have safety inspections, only emissions.

        • Philippe Lecheval

          They might not make you test your turn signals, but if they’re checking for violations such as tinted windows (and they do), I seriously doubt they’re going to let you slide right through the inspection line with obvious structural deficiencies.

  • DRC

    Wow, the criminals are getting really aggressive with vehicle break-ins. Did they use a sawz-all or excavator?

    • Anon

      Ha, seriously though, I know someone that had the hood removed from his truck. It wasn’t in DC but it was Fairfax County which is close.

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