MAX Update No. 94: FrankenMAX

| 8/6/2012 2:23:35 AM

Tags: MAX, 100 mpg, streamlining, fuel economy, nose, Jack McCornack,

“What kind of car is that?”

Hmm. “That’s a long story…”

The best description came from a stranger waiting for the ferry with me, who said “It looks like an Elva crashed real hard into the back of a Lotus Seven,” which is not far off, except for the crash part.

094GreyNoseIt’s been over a month since the streamlined nose came off MAX and began its one-way trip to the fiberglass shop. That nose has been shaped and smoothed and braced and flanged and painted and waxed and sacrificed to the mold making process, and it’ll be the end of August before the first new nose comes out of the new mold (which is currently under construction). The MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, PA, is coming up in September, and I’ve got plenty to do to get ready (roof, doors, and windshield come to mind) but I’m not hiding in my garret — MAX is taking its first international excursion this weekend. So I needed a temporary nose replacement that wouldn’t take much time or effort.

Good thing I hung on to MAX’s Prisoners of Petroleum body parts from Escape From Berkeley, so I could cobble something together. I think it’s fair to call the result (cue the creepy organ music) FrankenMAX!


Jack McCornack
8/19/2012 4:04:10 AM

Hi Neil, I know of three under construction and there's a "MAXine" going together with a Geo Metro engine. I've been pretty dang conservative about saying Good Enough to Replicate, but finally did so at the beginning of the month--see the Make Your Own MAX page at I didn't have serious doubts about hitting 100mpg, but I didn't always think it could be done for ten grand retail. That was a challenge.

Neil Larkins
8/17/2012 5:26:39 PM

Jack- Sure have enjoyed this "ride" these past years. Gotta admit, I had my doubts you'd achive that 100 mpg figure, but you did! Question: Any idea as to how many have successfully reproduced your efforts, or if not that, how many have tried?

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