Gordon Hoffman had wanted to build a car since he was a teenager. Here's the story behind the Skate.
"I decided to start by converting my motorcycle to a three-wheeled platform. I had made hundreds of drawings over the years. I made a wood mockup to see if things were close. Then I made the drawing for the metal version. I had a muffler shop bend me some pieces for the main frame. My shop is an old garage. I made a full-sized piece of graph paper and mounted it to a sheet of plywood, and commenced to weld the frame of the vehicle. It took almost 4 years to get it to a drivable state - the front suspension took an entire winter by itself. Most of the welding was done by my Lincoln Weld-Pak 100 wire feeder welder. I got the Skate licensed, and finished covering the frame after about another year.
"When I take the Skate out for a spin, I get a 'thumbs up' from older men, and howls of excitement from the kids."
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