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Nissan Engineers Build Leaf Pickup

Team-Building Exercise Turns Into Conversation Piece

Sep 18, 2014
Wherever there are enthusiasts, it seems, invariably, that one of the projects that eventually pop up is a pickup conversion of a car. We’ve seen some pretty unlikely candidates, including a BMW M3, Volkswagen Jetta, and now, a Nissan Leaf. Although the Leaf may seem like the most unlikely of candidates for the pickup treatment, necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention.
Photo 2/9   |   Nissan Leaf Truck Sparky Rear Three Quarter View
The pickup, known around Nissan’s Stanfield, Arizona, technical center as “Sparky,” started as a team-building project for Roland Schellenberg, a durability and reliability engineer at the tech center. The center needed a utilitarian vehicle for running errands around the tech center and looked around for what parts they had handy. Being a proving ground for durability and reliability, the facility had plenty of spare parts from worn-out vehicles that were still usable. Obviously, a lot of the hardware for the Leaf pickup was donated from a Frontier, but there’s actually a little Titan thrown into the mix as well. The rear cab wall is out of a Titan, including its vertical center sliding rear window.
Photo 3/9   |   Nissan Leaf Truck Sparky Bed
To add a personal touch to the project, Arnold Moulinet took some surplus wood strips he had in his garage and put them in the center of the bed, to give it a classic, retro flavor. “It kind of looks like a beach truck, so I said what would be better than turning it into a woody?” said Moulinet. He finished the strips at home with his router and added a sealer. Check out the video of the making of this unique project below!
Source: Nissan

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