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LongRoofian November 30, 2012 All Things Hoon, Cars You Should Know 34 Comments

I tried to get this up in time for Truck Thursday but damn work got in the way. I thought it was to cool to hold until next Thursday. Hope my fellow Hoons enjoy.

It has been said before and this olelongrooffan will say it again. Hooniverse has the best commentors on these here interwebs. Civil, knowledged, humorous and just all around cool folk. Wednesday in the comment section of the always funny Mr. Emslie’s Hooniverse Asks, LTDScott posted a link to those cool old Brazilian VDubs the K posted about on Wednesday. In that same comment thread, Alff posted the above image and Vavon added a link to its cool ass home website.

Other than that Maverick longroof the lovely $kaycog posted, these were some of the coolest vehicles I spotted in that comment section. Alff, this olelongrooffan is jealous of your wingman status by the way.

While there were a bunch of real cool vehicles published in that comment section, to me this are so cool because they are based on a series of products produced here in the good ole USA but these never made it here.

The above Expedition Excursion Explorer Carryall Suburban Bus is based on a 59-60 year F-100 and with its suicide doors is totally freaking awesome.

Fellow Hooniverse contributor who also blogs over at caughtatthecurb posted these on his site last year but this olelongrooffan thought they were worth sharing over here.

Every time I look at these things I am just so intrigued by them. A quick google search tells me these were not built by Ford do Brazil but by an aftermarket company.

I don’t know where that is true or not but the above F1 has a later model wide bed on it. I have never seen this generation of F1 that didn’t have a stepside bed.

It is interesting to me that Ford didn’t bring something like the one above here to the states to compete with Dodge’s Sweptside of 57.

This Bus would have been a direct competitor to the Chevy Suburban of the day. While Ford had a panel van of this era, I don’t believe they offered a passenger vehicle such as this here.

I wonder if the reason for not offering them here was that the sale of longroofs was so robust the powers that be decided it wasn’t necessary. Too bad for us.

It is interesting to see the different ways the rear ends on these were designed.

The rear window in the one above almosts appears as if to be stationary. The lower tailgate is openable though.

The back doors on the above two trucks appear to be different in shape. Kind of crazy to me.

And the one that got all this started has an almost car-like rear end.

There are so many cool ones it’s hard for this olelongrooffan to describe each of them.

Two doors, three doors, four doors, suicide doors, Oh my.

These things are just to damn cool. Everyone of them is just a little bit different.

This thing is almost car like in looks. Wonder if they could be had with four wheel drive capability.

And a clamshell longroof FTW.

They even built one as an ambulance. Love that red light on top.

I wonder what they sourced those taillights off of.

It even has a porthole window in the divider wall.

If my fellow Hoons have any time to kill, you really should check out this cool ass website.

Image Source: www.carrosantigos.wordpress.com

  • Irishzombieman

    <img src="http://hooniverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/ford14-700×410.jpg&quot; width="300/">

    As I said Wednesday, I don't think I've ever in my life wanted a car as badly as I want this one.

    All of these are awesome.

    • I would drive that for the rest of my life. And remarkably, it's simple enough that I probably could.

      • Irishzombieman

        I know! I'd be the guy everyone in town thinks of as "hombre with the weird car-truck thing." And I'd love it.

        • <img src="http://tanshanomi.com/temp/2002-F150SC.png"&gt;
          Of course, it's really not such a big leap from the truck I own now. I often tell folks that adding the waterproof, lockable bed lid turned this into a big 4-door sedan with great traction and the world's largest trunk.

          • MVEilenstein

            Pretty much!

          • BobWellington

            I absolutely love the looks of the FX4 trim on those F-150s – the two tone and the wheels just look excellent.

  • chrystlubitshi

    I love the split tailgate/cargo-doors one. That was my favorite feature of my astro van… until the hinges for the window section on top rusted out…. left me wishing for full cargo doors….

  • Funny thing – as cool as I think these are, I have no love for the Avalanche.

    • MVEilenstein

      The Plastilanche is imminently useful, but ultimately a waste. These, on the other hand, are amazing.

    • My in-laws have an Avalanche. It manages to combine all the worst features of a pick-up truck with the worst features of a SUV. —*Giant SUV like with poor visibility.
      *Poor interior rear set room (especially the footwells).
      *Large usable truck bed NO! It can't even haul a queen size mattress and box springs, we tried.
      *Large enclosed cargo space of a SUV, NO!
      *The whole mid-gate thing is just horrible and confusing.
      It tires to do everything and ends up doing nothing very good.

  • OA5599

    <img src="http://hooniverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/ford23.jpg&quot; width=500>

    <img src="http://hooniverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/ford25-700×399.jpg&quot; width=500>

    With wraparound windshields and what resembles a cowl at both ends of the cab, and the stripe running in the opposite direction, it looks like the designers just moved the hood to the other side.

    • With the vent window on the rear window and the "trunk" it really is hard to tell if this one is coming or going.
      <img src="http://hooniverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/ford10-700×433.jpg"width=500&gt;

      • Irishzombieman

        This one really looks like they took the doors and windshield from a van.

        • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

          This is the one that I expected to be your favorite, almost like that one but with two extra crazy doors and two tone paint. Well this or the two extra suicide doors one. Or maybe… Dang, how'd you ever pick a favorite?

          • Irishzombieman

            It was a very close second. Third, fourth and fifth right on it's heels.

            This is a completely new class of vehicle to me. Must be what biologists feel whenever they discover an undescribed genus of beetles wandering round an island no one ever bothered exploring.

            Ten points to whoever can identify the donor of those doors and windshield. I've been trying for an hour. Gotta git some work done now.

            • Tiller188

              No clue what the actual donor for those parts would have been, but I couldn't shake the feeling that the glass treatment and the profile on this reminded me of something. Finally figured it out, but it's not very helpful for answering your question…

              <img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3149/2732745112_990129caa8.jpg&quot;, width="500">

              [I'm referring to the observation car in the background, by the way, not the beater in the foreground…]

              • bus plunge

                Branson Scenic Railroad?

  • dukeisduke

    I visit the Carros Antigos site every once in a while – it's an excellent photoblog.

    • Irishzombieman

      I will be stopping there regularly from this day forth.

  • MVEilenstein
  • Van_Sarockin

    And the Commenters aren't so bad, eithur.

  • Vavon

    I love it when you are looking for something with Google it sometimes shows you random stuff that has nothing to do with your search. Whilst looking up something absolutely non-car-related for work, Google decided to show me this Uruguayan Peugeot. I think it deserves a spot in this thread.
    <img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lRRrZoVZpqY/TlOiYTJusMI/AAAAAAAAAnk/b6gfV2X0BOc/s1600/Peugeot 403 (1955-1966) (5).JPG" width="600/">

  • Mad_Hungarian

    The suicide door number with the covered mini-bed is inspired. Take that, Lincoln Blackwood!

    Chevy also produced a stylish Brasil-burban called the Veraneio: <img src="http://imganuncios.mitula.net/chevrolet_veraneio_mini_van_gasolina_4_3_12_mec_nico_4_portas_1976_1976_96635363807989502.jpg">It doesn't seem to come in as many wild variations as the Ford, but I did find this, which is identified as a 1981:<img src="http://images.quebarato.com.br/T440x/vende+se+veraneio+81+alcool+sao+paulo+sp+brasil__5B75F5_1.jpg"&gt;

  • Joe Dunlap

    Looking at these is making me squirm. At first glance, they look all to familiar until I look closer, and then its like, "have I been transported to some alternate reality. The Ford lettering and badging looks correct, but everything else is just……. wierd!?

  • CherokeeOwner

    A trip down memory lane. The original post these betrunked trucks popped up in eventually lead to me getting a proper account.

    I've asked it once before, and I'll ask it again: In the era of the BMW X6 and crossovers in general, how come not one automaker in the US has made a truck-based sedan like these Brazilian curios?

    • Van_Sarockin

      Wasn't that the Lincoln Blackwood?

  • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

    So Ford had the original Avalanche idea, though better thought out, in nineteen-freakin'-fifty-eight?!?!?!?!?!

    Who knows what we'd see on the roads, now, if this had gotten out of the system of the sheeple.

    Four door pickups are an interesting idea, for practical purposes, but not as a commuter vehicle, which is how 99% of them here in Texas are used.

    Yep, that bed can carry a half-ton of air….

  • boxdin

    These are pure custom made, and very nice. I think they didn't make it to the us because station wagon sales were great, and the pickup truck was still looked down upon and for craftsman only. My how that did change…

  • mike england

    So what is the real story behind these early crossovers? This is something Ford was experimenting with and decided not to bring to the market on a large scale right?

  • Charlie

    These are really cool, but I can't get past the fact that some are just SO ugly

  • marmer01

    Yep, the ride of a truck and the passenger/cargo capacity of a car, or at least a station wagon. Didn't make sense except in some poor-road or rural commercial markets (like Brazil.) That's why the Wagoneer and Travelall were niche vehicles at best. Even the Suburban didn't really take off until Chevy figured out how to make trucks ride and handle somewhat OK starting with the '67-68 redesign. And it took Ford about twenty more years to get comfortable with the idea, by then the hook was fully set in the US market.

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