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Dajiban '75 E-150

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Can a non-Dodge really be a Dajiban? Don't know! Or care!

If you're out of the loop, this should explain things for you- http://jalopnik.com/5481898/crazy-japanese-build-serial-killer-vans-for-the-race-track-dajiban

Anyway...where were we?

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This is the AMT Vantom or Phantom or whatever it's called for this reissue. The first thing I had to do was dig up an appropriate set of wheels and tires for this thing. I noticed that many of the 1:1 Dajibans have RWL BFG T/A tires with Minilite-style wheels. After a bit of digging I located a set of each. The van was also lowered, and I chose to incorporate a bit of negative camber, which is easy with a Ford Twin I Beam front suspension when you lower it with shorter (or cut) coil springs!

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I'm going for an overall 'tattered' look, so I used the worst paint I had in the stash- a very old can of Rustoleum Heirloom White with a bad nozzle. Some light weathering will follow. I'm throwing in a few random elements from other genres, too- the passenger's side headlight is covered with a smiley face- I've seen many Bosozoku-styled cars with that lamp covered or removed, so I decided to do it to this. It will also have an oil cooler on or under the front bumper.

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Alright Chuck, you got my attention ;)

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I see the AMT '53 Stude wheels have been put to use already. B)

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I see the AMT '53 Stude wheels have been put to use already. B)

Thats were the wheels came from?, I like them, I need to get me a set

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Thats were the wheels came from?, I like them, I need to get me a set

Avoid the most recent reissues ("Double Whammy" and later)- they have the old Halibrand wheels instead. Still cool wheels, but not this type.

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The 'paint' is more or less done, and I decided to try a subtle 'stickerbomb' motif for the rear windows.

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Fantastic mixture of styles! Love the look of it! and LOVE the stickerbombed windows!

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This quick little weekend project is DONE! Uploading pics of the finished van now. :rolleyes:

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Sweet van

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That's. freakin cool Chuck!

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