By on June 9, 2011

Back in the “good ol’ days” at Jalopnik, Davey Johnson, Jonny Lieberman, and I would spend our days searching for examples of homemade El Camino-ized cartrucks. It sort of peaked in early ’07, when we found the Starionmino, but it’s taken until now for me to find a genuine El Accordamino live and in-person, parked just a block from my house.

I caught it out of the corner of my eye while driving by and thought, “Whoa, a Dodge Rampage parked right in my neighborhood. Cool!” I returned to shoot some photos, because street-driven Rampages are about as common as Aston Martin Lagondas these days, and… wait, what the hell is this thing?

The front half is clearly an ’84 or ’85 Honda Accord, and— in spite of the faded paint and general beater-ness— the conversion job appears to have been very nicely done. I don’t see any of the adobe-grade Bondo, corrugated roofing material, and pop rivets that are the hallmark of the two-12-packs-and-a-torch backyard El Camino-ization job.

I thought that perhaps I might be looking at a Rampage rear half mated to an Accord front half, but a glance at some Rampage photos killed that theory.

The rear strut mounts appear to be very Accord-y, so this may be a heavily modified Accord rear body with a RWD minitruck’s tailgate grafted on. You couldn’t get an Accord wagon in the mid-80s, so it’s not a quick-and-dirty wagon-to-truck hack job.

I’m out of theories about this fine vehicle, and I wasn’t able to track down the owner. Can any of you identify this tailgate? That might be a start…

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18 Comments on “Down On The Mile High Street: Baffling Honda Accord Pickup...”

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    This thing is magnificent. Strut towers in the bed? Yes please.

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    If this owner went to all that trouble, why doesn’t he at least re-paint it and keep it fixed up? Otherwise, an outstanding job!

    Much better than the poorly-done plywood-and-plexiglas sawed-off wagon-to-truck conversions I used to see a lot of in the 60’s and 70’s!

    Whew! I haven’t used that many hyphens in a sentence in a very long time!

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    Is the tailgate from a VW rabbit truck?

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    Don’t doubt yourself, Murilee! The tailgate is assuredly Rampage, with extra reverse lights added, flanking the license plate. The originals have been colored amber for, I would guess, turn signals.

    But the rear flanks seem to have been taken straight from the donor Accord. The lockable fuel door and the positioning of the marker light seem to line up with Accords of that vintage (thank you Google images).

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    When you are trying to contact an owner, have you tried the time-tested technique of putting a “call me” business card under the windshield wiper blade?

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    I always wanted to do this to my ’85 Civic hatchback. Its not long enough to become a pickup, but just a chop-top convertible look on a such a car (hatchback) appeals to me. Imagine a CRX with same done… that would be sweet. Yes I too am a graphic artist that spent time in PhotoShop playing with such flights of fancy.

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      Oh wow. I wanted to do something similar with a Yugo. Cut off the top, cut down the windshield and make it a lowrider. Paint and upholster it all one color, inside and out. Chrome the engine, and the wheels only.

      Man I had a wild imagination back then… :)

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    Great find. Love the Honda badge on the tailgate. Is the bungie cord between the strut towers for keeping the cargo in or to keep the flanks from bowing out?

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    I always thought an Accord’ero would be a good idea. But since I’m pretty long-legged, I would want to start with a 2-door car to take advantage of the longer doors for a roomier cab. Box’d be shorter of course, but one isn’t going to be hauling bricks or gravel in one of these anyway.

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    I thought the Accordamino was called the Ridgeline?
    (At least that’s what I always call my friends Ridgeline…)

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    Andy D

    Purty good looking conversion. Just wondering about structural integrity

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    Very interesting vehicle indeed and it appears it was done well I would agree.

    Agree, the owner when doing the conversion grafted the tailgate and taillights from the Rampage for this project.

    I know the 84/85 Honda Accord well, my parents for a few years had a 1985 Accord SE-I from 1987-91 and I think I’m seeing that very car now parked during the day near my apt here in Seattle, now a little faded and weathered but still in good shape otherwise, even the leather though with lots of creases still looks intact all these years later.

    As for the Rampage trucklets, I hardly see them anymore either around these parts and I think I see more Omni/Horizon twins than I do the Rampage, of which it was based on (though to be fair, the fastback Omni/O24 twins.

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    A little paint and she would be good to go. Too bad you couldn’t find the owner I would love more information on this thing.

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    This vehicle was originally my uncle’s. Burt Davis owned the Honda/Harley Davidson Motorcycle Shop in Dodge City, Kansas. He and his friend, Elton Spena (along with the help of an instructor and some students from the Topeka Vo-Tech School where Elton worked), built it because he wanted a Honda pick-up and Honda did not make one at the time.

    He found a 1984 Honda Accord that had been hit in the back. The whole vehicle is the Honda. They just cut it behind the back seat and along the back doors taking the back window and the windows of the back doors out. Then they welded the back doors shut and folded the top of the car down behind the front seats. They then put in a back window and the bed for the pick-up and the little triangle pieces behind the front door from an El Camino. The tailgate was from a Dodge Rampart. They put stickers on it for business advertising – if you looked close, you can still see where they were, the corner triangles had the Harley Davidson #1 insignia, a red Honda sticker on the back fender and Harley Davidson lettering in white along the top sides of the bed.

    The shop used it until my uncle retired, my dad decided he liked it and wanted it so it moved to Colorado. When my son turned 16 (in 2007) it became his first car. My son sold it in May of 2011 when he decided to purchase a different vehicle.

    We are looking for some photos of it from the early years but haven’t found any yet. If we do, I will post them.

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