I love going to Home Depot, often to wander the aisles and find stuff to help me solve a problem I didn’t realize my house currently has but might one day, and other times to be stopped dead right in the parking lot knowing that I won’t find anything more interesting inside the store. I initially thought someone was doing something interesting to a Subaru Baja. Then I got closer and realized someone started their project by MAKING a Subaru Baja out of their slightly hail-damaged second generation Outback and then building on from that starting point.
This is another one that will give our Western European readers the heebie-jeebies (nope, no vehicle inspections here, we have the freedom to kill ourselves and others traveling behind us if it all goes horribly wrong and all without having to carry much if any insurance! If you don’t keep your distance it’s your own fault for getting maimed, personal responsibility blah blah blah, this is the home of the free. And the brave!)
I couldn’t tell if the builder was actually assembling this in the parking lot or just came back for more screws or lumber or whatever the next step is, there was lots of sawdust in the back of the car as well as tools, a roll of building wrap, Romex electrical wire etc. He’s in the “Pro” parking area and I think he qualifies. Rainclouds were beckoning, so instead of the method I use where it seems to take me about five trips back and forth to accomplish the simplest of tasks, taking the whole task to the store just might be a better method, after all, everything necessary is under that orange roof and you’d save tons of time. I’ll need to remember that next time.
2×2 lightweight construction, staggered joints, (some) bracing, it’s well on its way! I can see the vision. An exterior skin, insulation, a door, maybe a window or two and some sort of roofing material and it’s all ready to paint a big W on the side and head for the Outback. Or maybe just the Wild. Or the Wal-Mart parking lot across the street where they’ll let you park and live in your camper.
The obvious advantage is that if you wanted to build this on your own property and place it on the ground you’d need to get permits, pay fees, have inspections, and get a whole load of City Hall involved. By slicing your wagon in half with a Sawzall and fastening your lumber to the remaining sheetmetal it gets around all that AND you’re entirely mobile and free to park it on whatever street you want, even right in front of City Hall and The Man Within if that’s your desire. I sincerely hope I see this again at a further stage of completion, at least the Outback seems to run and there’s no shortage of parts and experts around here to keep it alive forever.