Heaviest man all set to roll

The world’s heaviest man, Manuel Uribe, still can’t walk, but he will soon be able to roll. He said that he is having a 1989 Chevrolet Astrovan outfitted to support his 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.

The mini-van 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.