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So much Awesomosity …From a Dodge Caravan?

Peter Tanshanomi August 27, 2010 In General 15 Comments

Among we mutant tribesmen who inhabit this wasteland known as the “Automotive Fringe,” the Dodge Caravan doesn’t usually come up in conversation except as the butt of jokes. But this Caravan is sufficiently and awesomely mutated to be one of us.

The only thing wrong with the Caravan is that there was 4-1/2 feet too much of it. Who knew?

This FWD car hauler hails from the wilds of Canada, and is amazing not only for the imaginative thinking and amazing fabrication, but also for its remarkable functionality. The rear deck uses air suspension to “kneel,” permitting easy loading without a ramp, and it can be equipped with a trailer to haul a second car. Very cool. The entire rear deck was custom fab’d and then hot-dip galvanized. Awesome.

Check out the builder’s details on the whole design and build process.

From Michael’s Blog via Targa Miata.

  • Feds_II

    Deep down in my heart, I know you're tipping your hat.

    Also, note the "CARMEL" license plate, a nod to the back half's ability to kneel like a Camel so that it can load cars without the use of ramps.

    Very punny indeed.

    • I didn't see your post in yesterday's Hoonatica comments until this was already forged in flames of the Hooni-furnace, but yes, Feds_II does get credit for posting the lead photo and links yesterday.

      I happened to be employing the same google-fu maneuvers concurrently, that's all.

      • Lesser blogs wouldn't give credit like this.

      • Feds_II

        Oh, no google-fu… This was stored in the "What Else Should I be Doing With My Welder" file in the servers of the Feds_II data storage unit.

        You know, the place most people keep their files on family member birthdays/names.

        • Ah. I was digging for more FWD pickup Hoonatica material when I came across it for the first time yesterday.

  • Perfect hauler for everything…. crap drive it to work even!

  • IronBallsMcG

    This is fantastic. The front wheel drive pick-ups post got me dream building something like this, but this is so full of win I can't stand it.

  • My dad had a '90 Dodge Caravan. When it wasn't busy eating transmissions (3 in just over 100k miles) it was actually kind of fun to drive. I had it up to 100+ on a dairy road, and could have gone faster, but I started wondering what would happen if a hay truck or milk truck were to pull out of a dairy.

  • Number_Six

    The blog is fantastic; I've been engrossed in the Targa Newfoundland stories.

  • British race cars and a Caravan? This guy loves to work on his own stuff. I toast to him for his ingenuity and mad skills!

  • DeadinSideInc

    This is awesome, go Feds_II

    Also – Dallas Smith Corp. has done this:

    <img src="http://www.dallassmithcorp.com/images/vanmayflower.jpg"/&gt;
    <img src="http://www.dallassmithcorp.com/images/vandrycleaners.jpg"/&gt;

    • Maymar

      I don't think I'd want to drive that anywhere outside of Saskatchewan. Or even the parts of Saskatchewan with speed bumps.

  • Atomo

    My folks had a 1990 Dodge Caravan with the 2.5L Turbo 1 engine in it (yes from the factory). Nothing was more awesome than pulling out to pass and seeing peoples jaws drop when the turbo spooled up. Almost like the van had a rocket attached. Oh well, back to dreaming about a turbo diesel conversion for my 2005 Caravan.

    • Møbius

      We "enthusiasts" always portray W8 Passats and V10 wagons as "sleepers", but there is nothing more discreet and low-profile than a minivan.

      BTW, cool story.

  • Magicare

    Hey, glad you guys like my "creation". Still running fine at 345,000km original engine and one trans which I put in at the time of the conversion.