In some automotive cultures, a wide body car isn’t really a wide body. Sometimes it’s just a set of fender and quarter panel flares that accommodate wider wheels and tires. Real wide body cars have massive over fenders front and rear, and while they accomplish the same result as the flares, these over fenders are typically grafted onto the body of the car, thus making the car wider than it was.
Then there’s this truck in Sweden that takes that phrase – wide body – to a completely different dimension. It started out as a Scania truck with a 14.2 liter diesel engine, but it’s been transformed into something that is being called “Ukkometso”. In order to make this transformation a success, some changes needed to take place.
The Scania truck was a much wider vehicle to begin with, and the Chevrolet truck body needed to somehow fit onto the chassis of the Scania. The builder had one idea in mind: to make the truck a wide body pickup, quite literally.
To accomplish this task, the truck was cut right down the middle, split into two half trucks. Then he added 30cm (about 11.8 inches) to the width of the truck, filling in that gap that was left by cutting it in half. He welded in the gap, and the result is this maniacal-looking wide body Chevy truck that creates a scene wherever it goes, with an exhaust sound that is unlike most anything you’ve ever heard.
We think it’s great when people overseas create wicked vehicles like this one. It’s putting out about 400 horsepower and utilizes a Mercedez rearend, creating a strange concoction of pickup truck meets Scania for some wildly slo-motion burnout action. So what engine would you have chosen for this wide body Chevy pickup?