This is me challenging you to making the world’s first functional Tesla pickup truck. I know people call me the Queen of Shitty Robots,. and that my track record isn’t terribly impressive so far,. but I have an angle grinder,. but I have an angle grinder, and a welder, and I’m not afraid to use them. We’ve actually been planning this project for over a year,. like it’s a year ago that we first had the idea. But then I had a brain tumour, and some stuff happened,. But then I had a brain tumour, and some stuff happened, and,. yeah. But now we’re back at it!. So I’ve been working together with Marcos Ramirez,. who I’ve built a bunch of projects with before,. and we’ve laid out a plan -. and these are the basics.
This is gonna be super scrappy,. like the truck itself is gonna be great,. but the process is gonna be scrappy AF. We’re gonna make it at of a Tesla Model 3,. because it has a steel chassis, which is easier to fabricate for -. the Model S has an aluminium chassis. And also surprisingly enough,. the cheapest option is actually to buy a new Model 3,. because they just released their standard range Model 3,. and it’s actually cheaper to buy that one than a second-hand long-ranged one. We’ve been going through a bunch of different designs,. and the easiest thing would probably be to just strip everything at the back and put in a flatbed. So it will just be like a Tesla head. So it will just be like a Tesla head with a flatbed butt. So it will just be like a Tesla head – with a truck butt.
But I don’t really like the look of that,. so instead what we’re gonna do – and which is probably gonna be a lot harder -. is to try and save as much of the original body-lines as possible. So essentially, just cut out the top part of the backseat and of the trunk,. and then embed a truck bed into the existing chassis. This is gonna be. This is gonna be SO. This is gonna be SO much work. Like crazy months of work. It’s definitely the biggest project that we’ve ever taken on,. so we’re gonna need a lot of help. Laura Kampf and Rich Rebuilds are coming in for the first part of the project to help out,. and also we’re just gonna just bring in as many friends as we can to get this done. It’s gonna be a. –
also known as a PIFF. It’s when you pull in favours from all your friends to get somethings done. Yeah. We’re gonna PIFF all the way to. We’re gonna PIFF all the way to TRUCKLA. I’m uhh, getting ready to buy the car. It feels like I shouldn’t be aloud to do this. Yeah I feel like a grown up is going to come and tell me that I’m not allowed. Do I need to ask anybody for permission?. -Simone, are you allowed to buy this car?. Yes, you’re allowed to buy this car, you’re the CEO of this company,. you’re also a grown-ass fucking woman, you can buy a car if you want to. Place order. Your order is compelete!. [intense enjoyment]. Fuck, I just bought a car!. I just put a down payment on a fucking Tesla. And I’m going to cut it up. I’m going to transform it into my ultimate dream car. [laughs uncontrollably]. Don’t look it in the eyes, don’t give it a name.
I’ve been thinking that I should key the trunk so that I don’t get attached to it. I’m just excited to, like, have the car and to be able to start taking measurements off of it. cause Marcos and I have just been total weirdos in San Francisco. and, like, as soon as we see a Model 3, we’re like. “Okay, I kinda want to cut it here, like what if we go it against here?”. and, like, people come over there like. “Hey, this is my car.”. Are we all set?. You guys are all set. Yeah?. Fuck, I own a car!. Ooh. Ooh Gosh. [mumbles incoherently]. I can’t believe I’m allowed to do this. I am so nervous that I’m gonna get cold feet,. I realize I really like having a five seater car, and then I’m gonna end up and not do it. But Laura is coming to town, Rich is coming to town,. everybody’s tickets are booked, we have a workshop. You’re gonna become a truck. You’re gonna become the world’s first Tesla pickup. …
that’s on the roads. Kind of. World’s most official, inofficial Tesla pickup. Should we go fast? I’m ready, you know. [enthusiastic laugh]. I’m taking the car for its last ride… in its current form, at least.
This project is way too big to do in our workshop. There’s just not enough floor space, so we’re heading to the new shop that we’ve rented only for this project. I think we have it for, like, 10 days, 12 days. and then we’re going to have to figure out what we do after that,. cause it’s obviously not gonna be done in 12 days. Rich and Laura and Marcos and all the rest of the crew is there so. We’re taking the car there and it’s not gonna exit it looking the same way. Whole truly I feel like people who really appreciate pickup trucks. and people who really appreciate electric vehicles,. like, the overlap isn’t that big. It’s kind of two different crowds. I really want to drive electric just because it’s not feasible for us all to, like, drive around in camp fires. And also, I feel like I should pad this a little bit, but I’m not: Fuck oil companies. Like seriously, fuck them. Well, there’s no backing out now,. [slight chuckle].