Moonbeam, as the owner builder calls it, is a 100 mpg 3 wheeler built from 2 Honda Elite scooters, some steel tubing, plastic, time and desire. Jory Squibb is a 65 year old handyman from Camden, Maine who got tired of filling up his Toyota station wagon and thought he might be able to build something a little more fuel efficient.
When Jory began his build he didn’t know how to weld so he bought a Hobart MIG welder and learned how. Then he started studying some of the websites devoted to microcars and three wheelers, chose his donor vehicles, worked out a design and started building.
Top speed is an uncomfortable 52 mph, it prefers to go a bit slower and seems to work best as an around town scoot. He gets 85 mpg in the city and about 105 mpg on economy runs. His website has a lot of information about the project and explanations of why he made various choices along the way with design and materials. Everything added together came out to about $2500.
This is a great example of someone who decides to do something, learns the skills necessary and goes to work. There’s nothing in this project that most anyone familiar with tools could not do. The price is extremely reasonable and many of you probably have some of the necessary parts already on hand to make it even more affordable. I like projects like this a lot. While this particular vehicle may not be your personal choice, it makes it seem a lot more feasible to build whatever you like. Very cool.