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Young Cubans make pedal-powered Model T for transport, fun

  • Dany Gomez's feet, right, rest alongside his friend's feet after pedaling from his home to the Malecon sea wall in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. In a country where few can afford a car, a group of high school students have built a replica of a Model-T Ford with pedals instead of a gasoline engine, painstakingly acquiring and installing thousands of nuts, bolts and used car parts to complete their creation. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    Dany Gomez's feet, right, rest alongside his friend's feet after pedaling from his home to the Malecon sea wall in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. In a country where few can afford a car, a group of high school students have built a replica of a Model-T Ford with pedals instead of a gasoline engine, painstakingly acquiring and installing thousands of nuts, bolts and used car parts to complete their creation. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dany Gomez, center, poses with friends next to his homemade replica of a Model-T Ford, which he pedaled from home to the Malecon sea wall in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Gomez says it’s not perfect, but allows him and his friends to get around independently, and they can get a little exercise while doing so. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    Dany Gomez, center, poses with friends next to his homemade replica of a Model-T Ford, which he pedaled from home to the Malecon sea wall in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Gomez says it’s not perfect, but allows him and his friends to get around independently, and they can get a little exercise while doing so. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dany Gomez's feet rest on the pedals of his replica of a Model-T Ford, after traveling in it from home to the Malecon seawall in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Transportation can be daunting for many Cubans, with old cars selling for more than $30,000 and new cars more than $50,000. Also, the state-run bus system is overburdened and unreliable. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    Dany Gomez's feet rest on the pedals of his replica of a Model-T Ford, after traveling in it from home to the Malecon seawall in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Transportation can be daunting for many Cubans, with old cars selling for more than $30,000 and new cars more than $50,000. Also, the state-run bus system is overburdened and unreliable. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)  (The Associated Press)

In a country where few can afford a car, some Cuban high school students have built a replica of a Model T Ford propelled with pedals instead of a gasoline engine. They've painstakingly acquired and installed thousands of nuts, bolts and used car parts to complete the creation.

Transportation can be daunting for many Cubans, with old cars selling for more than $30,000 and new cars more than $50,000. The state-run bus system is overburdened and unreliable.

Eighteen-year-old Dany Gomez was the mastermind behind the homemade pedal car, which gets four people to nearby beaches and onto the coastal Malecon boulevard at night. Gomez says it's not perfect, but allows him and his friends to get around. And they can get a little exercise while doing so.