The Truth About Cars » Custom Van http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:00:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Custom Van http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Junkyard Find: 1972 Ford Econoline 300 Camper Van http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/junkyard-find-1972-ford-econoline-300-camper-van/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/junkyard-find-1972-ford-econoline-300-camper-van/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:00:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=953217 After yesterday’s 1972 Mercury Junkyard Find, it makes sense— in some circles— to stick with model-year 1972 vehicles this week. With that in mind, here’s a very biohazardous second-gen Ford Econoline that I braved without benefit of a space suit. I’m pretty sure I didn’t catch hantavirus, scabies, or dioxin poisoning, but it’s still too […]

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After yesterday’s 1972 Mercury Junkyard Find, it makes sense— in some circles— to stick with model-year 1972 vehicles this week. With that in mind, here’s a very biohazardous second-gen Ford Econoline that I braved without benefit of a space suit. I’m pretty sure I didn’t catch hantavirus, scabies, or dioxin poisoning, but it’s still too […]

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Junkyard Find: 1979 Dodge B200 Landmark Van Conversion http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/junkyard-find-1979-dodge-b200-landmark-van-conversion/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/junkyard-find-1979-dodge-b200-landmark-van-conversion/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=889482 Are you a member of the Brown Car Appreciation Society? A fan of the Malaise Era and maybe bad music of the late 1970s? If so, then today’s Junkyard Find is for you! I spotted this brown-on-brown-on-brown van conversion at my local self-serve wrecking yard a full year ago, and I’ve been waiting for just […]

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Are you a member of the Brown Car Appreciation Society? A fan of the Malaise Era and maybe bad music of the late 1970s? If so, then today’s Junkyard Find is for you! I spotted this brown-on-brown-on-brown van conversion at my local self-serve wrecking yard a full year ago, and I’ve been waiting for just […]

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Question: What Is the Stoniest Moter Vehicle of All Time? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/question-what-is-the-stoniest-moter-vehicle-of-all-time/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/question-what-is-the-stoniest-moter-vehicle-of-all-time/#comments Wed, 01 Jan 2014 05:01:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=689090 As of 12:01 AM Mountain Time on Wednesday, the first legal, open-to-the-general public cannabis shops in the United States may start selling their wares. In my Denver neighborhood, the dispensary next door to the first Chipotle restaurant opens for business at 10:00 AM, and I’m trying to guess what kind of car, truck, or other […]

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As of 12:01 AM Mountain Time on Wednesday, the first legal, open-to-the-general public cannabis shops in the United States may start selling their wares. In my Denver neighborhood, the dispensary next door to the first Chipotle restaurant opens for business at 10:00 AM, and I’m trying to guess what kind of car, truck, or other […]

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Junkyard Find: 1976 Dodge Tradesman Van http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/junkyard-find-1976-dodge-tradesman-van/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/junkyard-find-1976-dodge-tradesman-van/#comments Fri, 20 Dec 2013 14:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=684786 The Dodge Tradesman cargo van of the 1970s was quite popular among customizers back in the days of 20% annual inflation and talk-box guitar solos, as we saw with this ’72 Tradesman Junkyard Find last year. In the very same San Francisco Bay Area wrecking yard, here’s a Slant-6 Tradesman that doesn’t quite qualify as […]

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The Dodge Tradesman cargo van of the 1970s was quite popular among customizers back in the days of 20% annual inflation and talk-box guitar solos, as we saw with this ’72 Tradesman Junkyard Find last year. In the very same San Francisco Bay Area wrecking yard, here’s a Slant-6 Tradesman that doesn’t quite qualify as […]

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Junkyard Find: 1987 Toyota Conversion Van http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/junkyard-find-1987-toyota-conversion-van/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/junkyard-find-1987-toyota-conversion-van/#comments Sat, 31 Aug 2013 13:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=504057 The last time we saw a Toyota Master Ace Junkyard Find was when I discovered this super-elaborate ’85 Space Van art car in Northrn California last year. I’ve always admired these mid-engined machines, with their unkillable pushrod fours and goofy Mars Base looks. Here’s one I spotted in a Denver wrecking yard a couple weeks […]

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The last time we saw a Toyota Master Ace Junkyard Find was when I discovered this super-elaborate ’85 Space Van art car in Northrn California last year. I’ve always admired these mid-engined machines, with their unkillable pushrod fours and goofy Mars Base looks. Here’s one I spotted in a Denver wrecking yard a couple weeks […]

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Want To Impress The Swells At the Country Club? Hemi-fied Custom Dodge A100 Pickup! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/want-to-impress-the-swells-at-the-country-club-hemi-fied-custom-dodge-a100-pickup/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/want-to-impress-the-swells-at-the-country-club-hemi-fied-custom-dodge-a100-pickup/#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 13:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=487909 Of all the racing venues I visit during my travels as Chief Justice of the 24 Hours of LeMons Supreme Court, the ritzy clubs tend to be the weirdest. We went to the Monticello Motor Club in New York a few weeks back, and twice a year the LeMons Traveling Circus rolls into the Autobahn […]

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Of all the racing venues I visit during my travels as Chief Justice of the 24 Hours of LeMons Supreme Court, the ritzy clubs tend to be the weirdest. We went to the Monticello Motor Club in New York a few weeks back, and twice a year the LeMons Traveling Circus rolls into the Autobahn […]

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Junkyard Find: 1983 Volkswagen Vanagon Steal Your Face Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/junkyard-find-1983-volkswagen-vanagon-steal-your-face-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/junkyard-find-1983-volkswagen-vanagon-steal-your-face-edition/#comments Fri, 23 Nov 2012 14:00:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=467717 I usually don’t pay much attention to VW Transporters in the junkyard, but I have a friend with a Vanagon (he’s an industrial designer and decided that this VW— which I believe to be one of the worst motor vehicles ever built— says positive things about his sense of style and appreciation of good design) […]

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I usually don’t pay much attention to VW Transporters in the junkyard, but I have a friend with a Vanagon (he’s an industrial designer and decided that this VW— which I believe to be one of the worst motor vehicles ever built— says positive things about his sense of style and appreciation of good design) […]

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Question: What Subject Matter Will Go On Your Custom Van’s Airbrush Mural? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/question-what-subject-matter-will-go-on-your-custom-vans-airbrush-mural/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/question-what-subject-matter-will-go-on-your-custom-vans-airbrush-mural/#comments Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=461884 In the ’72 Dodge Tradesman Junkyard Find earlier this week, I referred to the iconic custom-van airbrush mural with “jousting knights battling Aztec kings in a zebra herd at the Mars Base.” All of those elements were seen on the flanks of plenty of Chevy Vans and Econolines back in the 1970s (though you didn’t […]

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In the ’72 Dodge Tradesman Junkyard Find earlier this week, I referred to the iconic custom-van airbrush mural with “jousting knights battling Aztec kings in a zebra herd at the Mars Base.” All of those elements were seen on the flanks of plenty of Chevy Vans and Econolines back in the 1970s (though you didn’t […]

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Junkyard Find: 1972 Dodge Tradesman Custom Van http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/junkyard-find-1972-dodge-tradesman-custom-van/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/junkyard-find-1972-dodge-tradesman-custom-van/#comments Wed, 26 Sep 2012 13:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=461593 Once the Detroit Big Three went to front-engined/snout-equipped cargo vans in the late 1960s and early 1970s, replacing the dangerous yet highly-maneuverable-in-alleyways forward-control/flat-nose vans that came before, those vans became much more practical for freeway driving (and family transportation). I still see plenty of 40-year-old Econolines, Beauvilles, and Tradesmen in junkyards these days, since these […]

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Once the Detroit Big Three went to front-engined/snout-equipped cargo vans in the late 1960s and early 1970s, replacing the dangerous yet highly-maneuverable-in-alleyways forward-control/flat-nose vans that came before, those vans became much more practical for freeway driving (and family transportation). I still see plenty of 40-year-old Econolines, Beauvilles, and Tradesmen in junkyards these days, since these […]

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Vantasy and Superwagon: Vintage AMT and MPC Model Kits Back In Production http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/vantasy-and-superwagon-vintage-amt-and-mpc-model-kits-back-in-production/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/vantasy-and-superwagon-vintage-amt-and-mpc-model-kits-back-in-production/#comments Fri, 24 Aug 2012 17:30:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457815 I still haven’t gotten around to building my 1/25 scale Billy Carter Redneck Power Pickup kit, but that won’t stop me from adding more projects to my “get to it someday” collection… which I’m about to do, now that TTAC reader Neb has pulled my coat about the huge lineup of 1960s and 1970s plastic […]

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I still haven’t gotten around to building my 1/25 scale Billy Carter Redneck Power Pickup kit, but that won’t stop me from adding more projects to my “get to it someday” collection… which I’m about to do, now that TTAC reader Neb has pulled my coat about the huge lineup of 1960s and 1970s plastic […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Volkswagen Transporter http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/junkyard-find-1978-volkswagen-transporter/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/junkyard-find-1978-volkswagen-transporter/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2012 14:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=432301 Like the Fiat 124 Sport Spider, your typical second-gen VW Transporter typically spends many years as a never-started project in a back yard or driveway (because everyone loves an air-cooled VW bus!), then washes ashore at a junkyard. I’ve been seeing these vans in about the same numbers in junkyards for a couple of decades […]

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Like the Fiat 124 Sport Spider, your typical second-gen VW Transporter typically spends many years as a never-started project in a back yard or driveway (because everyone loves an air-cooled VW bus!), then washes ashore at a junkyard. I’ve been seeing these vans in about the same numbers in junkyards for a couple of decades […]

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Junkyard Jackpot: The Missing Pieces For the A100 Hell Project Puzzle http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/junkyard-jackpot-the-missing-pieces-for-the-a100-hell-project-puzzle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/junkyard-jackpot-the-missing-pieces-for-the-a100-hell-project-puzzle/#comments Fri, 17 Feb 2012 16:30:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=431198 My 1966 Dodge A100 Hell Project has been in semi-hibernation since the summer, but now it has a rebuilt front end and I’m ready to get back into turning it into the 8-track-equipped custom van of my dreams. Since I bought my van project, the toughest problem has been finding junked A100s to provide a […]

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My 1966 Dodge A100 Hell Project has been in semi-hibernation since the summer, but now it has a rebuilt front end and I’m ready to get back into turning it into the 8-track-equipped custom van of my dreams. Since I bought my van project, the toughest problem has been finding junked A100s to provide a […]

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Junkyard Find: Customized 1971 Ford Econoline http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/junkyard-find-customized-1971-ford-econoline/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/junkyard-find-customized-1971-ford-econoline/#comments Thu, 24 Nov 2011 19:30:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419781 I’m back in California to visit the family, which means I also get to visit my favorite East Bay self-service junkyards. I was hoping to find a Dodge A100 to donate some parts for my A100 Hell Project; instead, I found this Econoline to serve as possible customizing inspiration. This van appears to have been […]

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I’m back in California to visit the family, which means I also get to visit my favorite East Bay self-service junkyards. I was hoping to find a Dodge A100 to donate some parts for my A100 Hell Project; instead, I found this Econoline to serve as possible customizing inspiration. This van appears to have been […]

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Down On The Mile High Street: Take That, Homeowners’ Associations! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/down-on-the-mile-high-street-take-that-homeowners-associations/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/down-on-the-mile-high-street-take-that-homeowners-associations/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2011 13:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=403754 It just does my heart good to see a suburban Denver neighborhood in which there’s no meddlesome HOA to tell a man he can’t have a vintage customized Econoline on the street and a Mustang drag racer in the driveway.

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It just does my heart good to see a suburban Denver neighborhood in which there’s no meddlesome HOA to tell a man he can’t have a vintage customized Econoline on the street and a Mustang drag racer in the driveway.

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A100 Hell Project: Finally, the Right Tachometer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/a100-hell-project-finally-the-right-tachometer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/a100-hell-project-finally-the-right-tachometer/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2011 18:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=401199 The thing about my ’66 Dodge A100 van project that makes it a challenge is that I’m going for an early 1970s customization job, not the far easier late 1970s routine. My van won’t have Aztecs On Mars airbrush murals or a wood-burning stove (not that there’s anything wrong with those things), but it does […]

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The thing about my ’66 Dodge A100 van project that makes it a challenge is that I’m going for an early 1970s customization job, not the far easier late 1970s routine. My van won’t have Aztecs On Mars airbrush murals or a wood-burning stove (not that there’s anything wrong with those things), but it does […]

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A100 Hell Project: Red Metalflake Naugahyde… or Reproduction Dart GT Vinyl? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/a100-hell-project-red-metalflake-naugahyde-or-reproduction-dart-gt-vinyl/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/a100-hell-project-red-metalflake-naugahyde-or-reproduction-dart-gt-vinyl/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2011 13:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=390327 As the 1966 Dodge A100 Hell Project progresses (slowly), I’m finally at the point at which T-shirts and towels draped over the trashed seats— nuked by over a decade of outdoor storage in the Colorado sun— no longer cut it. It’s time to fix ’em up! The framing and foam rubber are in beat but […]

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As the 1966 Dodge A100 Hell Project progresses (slowly), I’m finally at the point at which T-shirts and towels draped over the trashed seats— nuked by over a decade of outdoor storage in the Colorado sun— no longer cut it. It’s time to fix ’em up! The framing and foam rubber are in beat but […]

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Sad Vans! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/sad-vans/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/sad-vans/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2011 13:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=390194 Going to the wrecking yard on a grim, rainy day somehow makes all the junked custom vans seem even more depressing than usual. How much work went into that mural? The oil floats on the dirty rainwater, as the vans await certain death. That Mexican restaurant in Redwood City that had a jaunty VW bus […]

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Going to the wrecking yard on a grim, rainy day somehow makes all the junked custom vans seem even more depressing than usual. How much work went into that mural? The oil floats on the dirty rainwater, as the vans await certain death. That Mexican restaurant in Redwood City that had a jaunty VW bus […]

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A Little Help From Hooniverse: Leaky Van Window Fixed With Long-Distance Junkyard Parts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/a-little-help-from-hooniverse-leaky-van-window-fixed-with-long-distance-junkyard-parts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/a-little-help-from-hooniverse-leaky-van-window-fixed-with-long-distance-junkyard-parts/#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2011 13:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=389565 The A100 Hell Project really isn’t very hellish, since the van is rust-free and still has most of its tough-to-find trim parts. However, the list of really irritating minor problems that must be solved to bring a project vehicle up to real-world-enjoyable status is always long. One of the most maddening was the busted window […]

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The A100 Hell Project really isn’t very hellish, since the van is rust-free and still has most of its tough-to-find trim parts. However, the list of really irritating minor problems that must be solved to bring a project vehicle up to real-world-enjoyable status is always long. One of the most maddening was the busted window […]

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Carburetor Bad, Fuel Injection Good: Custom Dodge Van Donates EFI System To A100 Hell Project http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/carburetor-bad-fuel-injection-good-custom-dodge-van-donates-efi-system-to-a100-hell-project/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/carburetor-bad-fuel-injection-good-custom-dodge-van-donates-efi-system-to-a100-hell-project/#comments Fri, 01 Apr 2011 16:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=389413 I’ve been driving the A100 Hell Project around with its horrible-at-best Carter BBD carburetor (which Chrysler almost certainly chose because it was 18 cents cheaper than a Holley), and every time it stumbles, refuses to idle, or performs any of the standard repertoire of BBD tricks, I swear to myself that I’m going to go […]

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I’ve been driving the A100 Hell Project around with its horrible-at-best Carter BBD carburetor (which Chrysler almost certainly chose because it was 18 cents cheaper than a Holley), and every time it stumbles, refuses to idle, or performs any of the standard repertoire of BBD tricks, I swear to myself that I’m going to go […]

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Dodge A100 Hell Project: You Want Luxury? Here’s Luxury! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/dodge-a100-hell-project-you-want-luxury-heres-luxury/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/dodge-a100-hell-project-you-want-luxury-heres-luxury/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2011 17:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=387714 These days, we’ve got endless choices in plush, comfy trucks. Back when my 1966 Dodge A100 project van was built, the top trim level of the A100 was the Sportsman Custom, and that was one of your few luxury-truck choices at the time. Naturally, I insisted on a Sportsman Custom when I went shopping for […]

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These days, we’ve got endless choices in plush, comfy trucks. Back when my 1966 Dodge A100 project van was built, the top trim level of the A100 was the Sportsman Custom, and that was one of your few luxury-truck choices at the time. Naturally, I insisted on a Sportsman Custom when I went shopping for […]

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Wheels Make the Van! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/wheels-make-the-van/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/wheels-make-the-van/#comments Wed, 15 Dec 2010 23:30:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=377355 As the Dodge A100 Hell Project proceeds in fits and starts, I’ve been so wrapped up in making the thing streetworhy that haven’t gotten around to doing anything about the external appearance… until now! Yes, that’s a full set of Cragar S/S clones, in the proper anachronistic 14″ diameter and shod with big fat Grand […]

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As the Dodge A100 Hell Project proceeds in fits and starts, I’ve been so wrapped up in making the thing streetworhy that haven’t gotten around to doing anything about the external appearance… until now! Yes, that’s a full set of Cragar S/S clones, in the proper anachronistic 14″ diameter and shod with big fat Grand […]

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