World's Heaviest Man Having Van Specially Redesigned

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) - The world's heaviest man still can't
walk, but he will soon be able to roll.

Manuel Uribe said Thursday he is having a 1989 Chevrolet
Astrovan outfitted to support his record-breaking weight, giving
him mobility after more than six years of being confined to his
bed.

Uribe earned the Guinness World Record as the world's heaviest man in 2006, when he tipped the scales at 1,230 pounds (560
kilograms.) He claims to have since shed more than 500 pounds after
making a public call for help.

Uribe, known as Meme to his friends, even has a name for his new
ride.

"My friends call it the Meme-Mobile, just like the Batmobile,"
he said.

The minivan is being converted into an open-air, flatbed pickup
of sorts. Manuel says he will put a bed on the back of the van to
drive around town, with his new wife at the wheel. When at home, he
will hang out in a remodeled garage that will include a forklift to
help raise his regular bed up to the level of his car bed, allowing
him to switch locations from time to time.

Uribe said that, with the new car, he plans to start up an auto
parts business. And Uribe's wife, Claudia Solis, said the two are
even thinking about making a trip to the beach in May.

Uribe married Solis in October, and the wedding was one of the
few times he has left his home in recent years.


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