Cereal submitted this build to me, but it’s something I saw years ago while reading Street Machine Magazine when the car was still a concept. It belongs to professional Aussie golfer Stuart Appleby, and it shows what happens when you’re a BMW nut with a whole lot of disposable income. An M5 sedan is given the ute/pickup treatment to fit some golf clubs in the back, with all the body work being fabricated the old school way, in metal.
Okay, I’ve waited long enough and I’ve made an executive decision. I’ve been watching this build for a while, waiting for it to be finished but I can’t wait any longer. It’s going to be debuted at the upcoming SEMA show, where I’m sure it will be photographed by numerous websites, so I wanted to show it to you guys first. Just take a look at the Solid Works renderings of the parts built for the project and you’ll see why I’m such a fan of this build. I wonder if the people who built cars at the factories back in the 50/60s/70s would ever dream they’d be getting this much love in the new millennium. We have the pro-touring crowd to thank for that (and their deep pockets!)
Some quick stats:
LQ4 6.0L V8, 4L80E transmission, custom chassis, air-ride, C4 Corvette suspension, rear mount twin turbo, C6 Z06 Corvette brakes.
Japanese hatches such as the FC RX7 and S13 180SX make great candidates for pickup conversions, as we’ve seen before in Japan with a few drift cars getting the chop.
Earl has created his own spin on the concept with this 2nd Gen RX7, come and see it get built and continually evolve.
Traditional hot rods, rat rods, and kustoms command huge respect, if only for the sole fact that the builders will only use a combination of used and custom made parts. When I say used, I don’t mean a few years old, I mean decades old. It’s hard for most of us to grasp the idea, as we’re too used to jumping online and ordering that next part we need.
This 1941 Chev comes from the H.A.M.B., an awesome community of people who love anything and everything to do with traditional hot rods, including lifestyle, culture and artwork. I will be featuring a few builds from these forums in the future, including cars made from what most of us would consider scraps of metal, so keep an eye out if you dig this sort of thing.
Over in Chicago, a guy named Marty – in conjunction with some key sponsors and talented workshops – has been building his ultimate GMC Syborg pick-up. The car is being created in Pro-Touring style, with many custom touches and countless hours of labour invested in the project. This is a high caliber build, using the latest technology and all the best parts.