Yeah, we’re kidding, but how come three-wheel vehicles aren’t as common as EVs and convertibles? Handling and stability are two concerns. But not for this enterprising builder. Images of this mystery Chevy Silverado trike have been on the interweb for some time. But these images qualify for a MotorBiscuit closer look.
This Silverado raises the question: why?
Recent Facebook posts by Abrhan Gonzalez zero in on the unique Silverado pickup. These images were shot in Kilgore, Texas, but the owner and home of the unique Silverado remain a mystery. So we don’t know the key question, which is Why? Why would someone engineer and then assemble this?
The trailing arm is extended far enough that there are concerns about the leverage placed on it. But the welds, though bubble gum-ish, look to have penetrated enough that they will hold up. Whether the metal plates can withstand the stresses needed to support 4,300 lbs is another question.
Do the gussets and metal plates on this Silverado really work?
The steering gear is bolted to brackets that come directly off of the frame stub. That affords it some stability from the forces placed upon it. Lots of gussets imply that maybe they were added as flexing became apparent. Or not?
All of this extends through what was once the center section of the front bumper. Whoever conceived this Silverado kept a hint of the original front wheel opening visible in the panels that cover up what was once where the front wheels were housed. Normally, one would expect this area to be smoothed out without an indication of what was once there.
This three-wheel Silverado means one less pair of brakes in front
One drawback to this backyard three-wheeler is that the front brakes, normally doing the majority of the stopping chores, are compromised. How do we know? Because one brake isn’t as good as two.
And just as with a three-leg stool, stability is not improved from the four-wheel convention. Could this handle towing a trailer or boat? We don’t know how wicked such a task would be but the owner may or may not know.
How is this all suspended? We can’t answer, but assume it is hidden behind the grille. Should it not be suspended, this thing will collapse sooner rather than later. The torsional forces from contact with the road will do in any welds or metal plates. Suspensions are as much about saving the hardware as giving a comfortable ride.
What’s with the John Deere paint?
Then there are the paint and graphics. Obviously, John Deere products played a big role. But note that the filler panel for what was the wheel opening has a subtle remnant of its former function. That’s a lot of work, and an unnecessary effort given what this is, which is a mongrel. A humorous and interesting mongrel.
So there is more effort that has been put into this Silverado trike than necessary. If you’re the owner, we’d love to know where you were coming from? Until then, we can only ponder the effort, purpose, and mental state of the owner and/or fabricator.