Ever since Elon Musk took to Twitter to ask his followers what they would like from a Tesla pickup truck, the world has waited with bated breath. Of course, this was back in 2018, and as we all know, he never really followed up on his promise—yet.
This left a lot of Tesla fans hungry for the infamous ‘model P’; so much so that some of them have actually started making their own designs for the pickup truck.
While most of these are high-level concept proposals—such as Istanbul designer Emre Husmen’s CAD design concepts—maker and robotics enthusiast Simone Giertz (along with some friends) made a fully-functioning Tesla truck:
Cleverly dubbed the Truckla, this modified Tesla was made by taking a brand new Tesla Model 3, cutting out the top of the backside, and adding a truck bed to the chassis.
So—how did they do it?
After weighing in the car, they stripped the interiors and took a heat gun and some wire to remove the rear top window. This freed up a ton of space so the team could make the big cut and remove the top rear portion of the vehicle.
Upon making the initial cut, the team finds out the metal folds into itself without proper support. To remedy this, they prop up the car on a couple of jack stands so it won’t shift around while they’re tearing apart this brand new vehicle.
They continue cutting through the top rear portion of the Tesla Model 3 until it has a wonderful rear sunroof. Once it’s gone, they start taking measurements to fit a truck bed onto the rear of the car.
Now it’s a matter of fitting in a number of metal structures to fit the large structure of the vehicle. To make room for the truck bed, they also cut out the top portion of the trunk. They took an old truck bed from a real pickup truck and a rear window from another truck and fitted both of them onto the Truckla.
It wouldn’t be a true utility pickup truck without a roof rack, and considering the Truckla only has 3 feet and 11 inches of space by the wheel wells, Simone took an old Chrysler pickup roof rack and cut it to fit her creation.
There’s a bit of a time skip between the attachment of the roof deck and the finished Truckla, but to commemorate the truck’s completion, Simone and her friends decided to shoot a fake commercial for the Truckla, complete with outdoor scenery and a cowboy motif. Elon, are you watching?
It’s a bit of a long watch, but you should definitely check out the entire video on Simone’s YouTube channel, Simone Giertz. It’s there where you’ll find her other projects, vlogs, and other weird but awesome shenanigans.