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Dream Factory Blow

Remember that sweet looking Volkswagen Shorty Bus that the Gas Monkey Garage crew built and later sold at Barrett-Jackson for nearly $40,000? I’ve been obsessed with it ever since first laying eyes on it, and I want one of my own! Surely Richard couldn’t have been the first person to come up with such a concept, right?

While I was cruising the Interwebs awhile back, I came across something potentially even better than a shorty bus. A company in Japan called Dream Factory Blow is taking new Kei-Car minivans, mini trucks and cars and transforming them into miniature sized American trucks of the ’70s and ’80s.

Dream Factory Blow starts with a Japanese Kei-car, strips them down, cuts them up and re-fabricates their favorite American bodies in fiberglass on the Kei-car’s already existing framework. Any structural members of the chassis that are cut are then reinforced to maintain rigidity.

First up is the Easy Rider, a tribute to the Chevy vans from the 80’s:

Dream Factory Blow - Easy Rider

Dream Factory Blow - Easy Rider

Dream Factory Blow - Easy Rider

Next up is the Free Rider, a sort of a mini-Blazer from the 70’s:

Dream Factory Blow - Free Rider

Dream Factory Blow - Free Rider

The Papa Rider is perfect for lovers of the 60’s Dodge vans:

Dream Factory Blow - Papa Rider

Dream Factory Blow - Papa Rider

They’ve also got something for you pickup truck fans out there, the High Rider:

Dream Factory Blow - High Rider

Dream Factory Blow - High Rider

Dream Factory Blow - High Rider

And for those looking for a more modern Dodge van, check out the Surf Rider:

Dream Factory Blow - Surf Rider

Dream Factory Blow - Surf Rider

These are just a few of the many vehicles that Blow offer.. Pretty wild stuff, right?

There’s got to be a company here in the US willing to do similar conversions. They could maybe find an old Miata, Fiero, or even a Suzuki Samurai, and build a car on that chassis. If anyone out there is up to the task, build me a mini A-Team van or a VW short bus, and I’m there!

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, the definitive men's lifestyle blog, and he's one of the biggest car enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."

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