Stranded in the desert, man builds motorcycle from Citroen 2CV car

Attitude is a tremendous force which can put things in a whole new perspective. The ones with a gallant approach to life consider adversities as a chance to redeem themselves, a fortuitous stab at glory and they make it so. The weakly constituted on the other hand fade away to the pressure. The incident under discussion is of the former grain, where genius triumphs over predicament. This true story is about Emile Leray whose Citroen 2CV car got shattered in the middle of the Sahara desert and he decided to craft a motorcycle from the leftover parts.

2CV converted into bike
2CV converted into bike

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The project seemed to be exciting but was full of challenges and difficulties. Emile attempted to build a motorcycle with whatever remained in a state of the car. The wheel arm was fitted upturned on a chassis, along with the gearbox and engine laid at the center of the chassis. This setup kept space for the battery and accommodated the tank and luggage. The most interesting aspect about the motorbike is its 2CV transmission. It has got drum that drives the rear wheel by friction and helps to drive in reverse as disassembling gearbox would have been too risky in desert.

It wasn’t possible to assemble a motorbike without using a drill and other welding tools. Emile managed to drill holes by bending metal piece at 90 degrees to form an edge and at some point this edge gets weakened to the hacksaw. It was then unbend to be flat again and punctured with a hammer and a punch. Efforts were made to make assemblies according to the original holes of the chassis. The possibility of completing the project remained uncertain till the last step, shadowed by the exertion and solitude. But finally Emile proved that where there is a will, there is always a way.

Motorcycle made from Car
Motorcycle made from Car

Via: Hackaday/ Neatorama

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