Cool Custom Car Mods

I have seen some insane custom car modifications over the years. The possibilities are as limitless as a customizer’s imagination. The spin-off the back grill for tailgating is a great simple example of a cool car mod. Car customizing has been innovated by tailgaters that wanted an easier way to bring and swing their grill into position before the ball game, 1970s and 80s van customizers, Vanagon, street rodders, mad scientists and teenagers across North America and beyond. Insuring a modified car can be costly, but it is clearly worth protecting you investment of time and money, right?
1) DJ Booth made out of an old armored truck – Steven HTC with, i think some help from a legendary Phoenix promoter, Disgo cut the top open of an old armored truck. The dj’s turntables and mixer could rest on the hood while the dj stood up in the center front of the vehicle doing their thing. They used it for a few raves and events around the Phoenix area,

1a) Any vehicle that turns into a dj booth really can be cool – a party to go on wheels. Red Bull’s made a few, but the coolest ones I’ve seen were made by individual innovative minds without limitless corporate funds but unlimited in creativity and drive to funk things up.
2) Back in the 70s there were some amazingly talented van customizers working in garages across America and Canada. One classic look was wall to wall rug in a van with a circular waterbed and a working rotary dial phone. Of course a fridge with cold ones and a small rotary dial television often complemented the funkification to perfect the environment. I tried remaking one of these classic vans myself, but found that modernizing a classic van was more costly than I could afford.

2a) Volkswagen innovated or, some say copied hippies with their camper van edition known as the Vanagon. It had a roof that popped up so you could make room to sleep up above where the traditional van roof stopped.  These were hugely popular and are still seen on the roads a lot today.

3) Many small and large efforts have been made to add skateboard and bike ramps to modified trucks and vans for demos, competitions and promotional tours. It can be done cheaply and simply or with a lot of welding and adjustments you can add a whole skate park worth of features around the frame of a regular truck or van.

4) Limos with hot tubs in the back. This is really one of my favorites that I’ve unfortunately only seen and never been able to try myself. Cruising down the street in a jacuzzi sipping a margarita sounds like a good time to me.  People have added a lot of other things to limos, but this is by far the best limo mod I’ve ever seen.

Mike Machina has written for 944 Magazine/944.com, Comcast, The Onion and Westword and has been a car enthusiast since he was first able to get behind the wheel of a truck on his friend’s farm in elementary school. He specializes in blogging about classic cars, everyday driving tips, maintenance, insurance and car humor.

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