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Video: Translogic visits Japan's Dream Factory Blow

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Video: Translogic visits Japan's Dream Factory Blow

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Dec 14th 2010 at 7:57PM


The Translogic crew is still bumming around Japan. For the show's third episode in the island nation, host Bradley Hasemeyer heads to Sagamihara to tour Dream Factory Blow.

No, it's not a cocaine supercenter. The customs shop specializes in laying unique fiber-reinforced polymer bodywork over the sheet metal of the lowly kei-car – the 660cc-engined machines that make up the lowest rung of the automotive food chain. Dream Factory Blow specializes in tweaking the aesthetics of the pint-sized cars to create miniature interpretations of classic American iron like a 1972 Chevrolet C10 pickup truck or a 1985 Chevrolet van.

But Dream Factory Blow isn't just bolting on body panels. For that sweet little Chevy pickup, the fabricators started with a Suzuki Lapin, hacked off half of the rear body work and crafted an entire pickup bed. It's too awesome for words. Of course, dismantling a substantial portion of a vehicle's body structure does have an impact on frame stiffness, and to that end, Dream Factory Blow has to have its vehicles tested by the Japanese government for safety. Hit the jump to check out the video after the jump.

[source: Translogic]



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These things are awesome. Interestingly, the bowtie on the mini Chevy Van is a mirror image. Perhaps they were studying reversed pictures of Chevy Vans.

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