• Jan 2nd 2009 at 11:28AM
  • 47
Click above for a high-res image gallery of the homemade HUMMER H1

Life is stranger than fiction. If anyone tries to tell you differently, simply point to the Canadian man who built the truck you see above, from scratch. Francois Couture, known in his posts as "H150", showed up in the Full Size Bronco forum on September 17, 2004 with a simple query: "Since I'm a Ford nut but always wanted a HUMMER but don't have lots of money, I decided to fabricate my own [based] on Ford truck frame..."

As forum users do, there were soon people offering a multitude of answers to his questions. But what the other users discovered rather quickly was that this guy was, literally true to his word, was fabricating a HUMMER H1 from nothing but plans. Using steel from his job, he built his own sheet steel bending machine, and over the last four years has been welding together a HUMMER H1 practically out of thin air. And get this: before he started his project, Francois didn't know how to weld. He learned to weld in order to build the truck. And he's good. Like, awesome. His fabrication work is as professional as anything you'd see from folks with a lot more money than a dedicated husband and father in Quebec.

The H1 is being built on a donor frame from a 1987 Ford F150, with an engine from a donated E-350 Super Duty shuttle van, and a whole bunch of other ingenious swaps, all from Fords. If you have the time to read 45 pages, it is worth it. Our favorite name for the truck so far: H4d. After four years and a bit, he's still working on it, and he's taking donations at the behest of other forum members in order to get the truck finished this summer. The effort and the passion speaks for themselves in the gallery of photos below. Hat tip to reader Kiran!

[Source: Full Size Bronco]

I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.

    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice. As long as he likes it, that's all the hell that matters.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wanna say something mean like " wtf for?" and "why?" but............

      his efforts = glorious happy

      good job living your dream ^_^
        • 6 Years Ago
        yep, you may not share the dream but kudos to him for saying "How can I?" rather than "I can't"

        great effort on his part. kudos to family for supporting him in the endeavor. dont discount that
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's the french canadian spirit!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The worst part is that the SAAQ will probably refuse to issue a license for the truck since it's a custom and safety-untested vehicule. They'll probably ask him to build 2 more for crash tests....seriously.
        • 6 Years Ago

        i have done my home work on this
        Unless they change their rules the truck should pass safety without problem
        This is why I used a existing frame and suspensions
        I did follow all the guideline on hand built vehicle book from the SAAQ
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is one of the best looking conversions I've ever seen, simply fantastic!
      • 6 Years Ago
      This shows that if you are determined or have too much time on your hands, something great can happen. Just like this monster. I hope you can prove to people that you built this THING by your self, because I had to prove to people that I drive a 91Jag with a V-12 in it......GOOD LUCK ON PROVING THEM WRONG AND CHARRISH THE MOMENT AS WELL TOO.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I might not like Hummers -- or F-150s, for that matter -- but damned if I don't love this project.

      The part about him learning to weld just for the sake of doing this is what really puts it over the top. That's dedication.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good for him! As Stacy David (Gearz) always says: "Get out there and build something, man"
      • 6 Years Ago
      This thing looks mean and I really like it. Great nod for the Hummer but it surely has some custom twists that make it a great project...
      • 6 Years Ago
      The front view looks really odd...seeing a solid front axle under an H1 just ain't right...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm a fan of neither Ford trucks nor Hummers... but I must say I'm very impressed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think I recall this guy on the Bullitt forums when he started it up. I see a 2001 Bullitt in one of the pics. Glad to see he'd completed the project.
      • 6 Years Ago
      He had to have bought a H1 hood. I don't see how the guy could have stamped his own out of metal. Forming it by hand would be insane.

      Still a very good looking project, way to go.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I read every page of the thread. He says he bought the hood for $80. It's a real HUMMER hood. And for those who don't know, the hood includes the front clip too on a HUMMER.

        Still, I think his work is fantastic.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It looks like fiberglass in some of the pics.

        Also looks like the axle shafts are missing pic #4.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Right- the hood looks to be a correct original, which lends much to why this looks so much more accurate from many angles than some of the kits out there. I like the ride height, as opposed to the up-there build X-treme 4x4 did.
        I've never seen an H1 build using the Ford TTB, but it can easily be made to have very good wheel travel.
    • Load More Comments