Opinion: I’m Underwhelmed By The ‘Truckla’ Tesla Pickup

  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

can be reached at nickjaynes@gmail.com
  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

can be reached at nickjaynes@gmail.com
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People get impatient waiting for new products all the time. However, it’s sort of rare for a person effectively ruin a perfectly good Tesla Model 3 because they are too restless to wait for the brand’s pickup. But that’s exactly what YouTuber Simone Giertz did.

As a bit of back story, Tesla announced that it is working on a pickup truck some time ago. And it’s been revealing bits and pieces of it for a while. In fact, Elon Musk recently claimed the truck would be better than an F-150 at truck things and a better sports car than the Porsche 911. These, as you can likely gather, are insane benchmarks — and ones the brand will likely miss.

Regardless of how potent a pickup the Tesla truck might be, Simone Giertz was tired of waiting for it to A) Be unveiled. And B) Go on sale. So she decided to the the next most logical thing and cut up her brand new Model 3 into a truck.

From that project no fewer than three YouTube videos were produced. The first is a quick ‘commercial’ revealing the truck. Then there’s Simone’s video of the project. And lastly we have one posted by Rich Benoit, who is a Tesla rebuilder.

Here’s the commercial:

When I tuned in to the duo of videos detailing the so-called “Truckla” build. I expected to watch a master class in automotive re-engineering and modification. What I found instead was not one but two sort of rambling videos about cutting a car up and reworking it into a pickup.

Maybe I’m just overly critical or biased, because I’ve been cutting cars into trucks for years. However, I am pretty unimpressed with the final product.

The trim doesn’t fit very well around the windows, for example. Much of the interior trim is still missing. And, as you can see in Simone’s video below, they used fiberglass on the interior that left dangerous particles throughout the cabin. It is as if every part of this project was an afterthought.

Maybe I was expecting more. That’s because, well, since they were starting with such an expensive, practically brand-new vehicle, I assumed — nay, hoped — they would be really detail-oriented and have all the loose ends shored up even before they started. This team clearly didn’t. I very much got a fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants vibe, which is disappointing. Sure, there’s got to be some punk rock-ness to a project like this. But, c’mon, guys, be at least sweat the small stuff a bit harder.

By my estimation, they were more smitten with the concept than I think they should have been. You cut a perfectly good car into a truck; we get it. Frankly, it’s been done. Now take a breath and do it right.

To make matters worse in my mind, Rich is such an impressive builder himself. Again, I assumed the final product would be more polished because of his rebuilding bona fides. For example, I was shocked to see that he himself was shocked how hard it was to cut through many of the Tesla’s many layers of metal body structure. Isn’t this guy a mechanical whiz who restores totaled Teslas? Shouldn’t he be deeply familiar with the thickness of the Tesla metal?

Maybe I am the only one sweating the small stuff (because they obviously didn’t). But, really, this thing is a C- at best.


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  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

can be reached at nickjaynes@gmail.com
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