• Dec 14, 2010
Translogic at Dream Factory Blow – Click above to watch video after the jump

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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      • 4 Years Ago
      He didn't notice that the bowtie on the van was backwards (check it out). Also, the High Rider is based on a '71-'72 C-10 pickup, not an S-10. Where did they hire this kid? Geez.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Crazy, but awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      HHR would do well for Chevy in Japan it seems
      • 4 Years Ago
      Haha, Japanese into muscles cars is fantastic!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do want! Each one is so neat.
      • 4 Years Ago
      American vans are quite popular here. I know a place in Yokohama that sells only Dodge and GM vans from the 70's and 80's. They have a whole showroom full of them, all in excellent condition. Also, I remember that Chevrolet actually extended production of the Astro van in the 1990's because of Japanese demand. There are still lots of them on the road here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      While in Japan, you guys MUST check out RAUH-Welt. Perhaps the coolest tuner Porsches anywhere...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure that honor goes to the Gemballa Avalanche. ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      God love the Japanese.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wouldn't be surprised if this originated as the reverse of what was going on in Japan in the 90s; the Chevy Astro had a huge cult following there at that time, and some claim it influenced the styling of cars like the Suzuki Wagon R and Toyota bB
      • 4 Years Ago
      I actually really dislike this series. I know I shouldn't, but I feel like they're missing out on so many aspects of Japanese tuning, and their whole culture towards cars.

      More then any American or European, Japanese look at cars as an emotional piece of life itself. They actually, for the most part, see cars as being an extension of themselves, and in turn, being alive.

      All it takes is one look at the young guys who Touge in mountains, or the older men who barrel down Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line tunnel at over 220MPH weaving in between traffic going a steady 80MPH.

      This series is fun, and for people who are beginners to Japanese car culture, it clicks on a few points. But unless you visit Japan, and meet some people who take this whole car loving business very seriously (as in devoting their entire life to ONE car...) you won't ever truly understand just how afflicted with the Automobile this culture really is.

      I remember meeting some members of an R30 Skyline club. Some had Iron-Nose R30's, and others had Cheese-Grate R30 Sedans. Every single member was happy to be part of a lifelong club, which they could remember until the day they die. They all lived for their cars, and more then one man chose his car over a relationship with a woman.

      To them, it was an embodiment of their soul, and something that stirred them from the inside.

      That's REAL passion for cars.

      To each their own, but I really think this show is missing out on some really great stuff that's available if they just search around hard enough.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why the HELL do I get downgraded when I post something true? Utter B.S. This show barely cracks the ice in an entire glacier that is Japanese Automotive Culture, and they cover VERY well known Japanese automotive cultures.

        If they dived a bit deeper (and if the Autoblog Commenters had a bit more brains and took the time to do some research) they would see that there is ALOT of unspoken automotive culture in Japan that is like a treasure chest of discovery.

        At least I can spell, unlike 95 percent of the commenting base here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fun looking cars.

      I am especially impressed that because they made more than 100 of the "van" version, that they had to crash test it. Now this is a small-time customization shop and they could afford to crash test a car, so I find it rather funny when people complain that crash testing cars is just sooooo expensive that automakers can't afford it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm sure there's a way to bring the cost of that particular vehicle down to its raw materials since it's being used for a non-commercial purpose.
      • 4 Years Ago
      These vehicles are both disgusting and fantastic at the same time. In fact, scratch disgusting.

      I would take the Beetle and A-Team van in a heartbeat, and all the C-10 needs is an extra foot of bed and it would absolutely rule. In fact, I unironically think Chevy could take that C-10, add an extra foot to the bed, increase the ground clearance a bit and make it the next Colorado replacement.

      'Course, I could just be crazy...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, I just realized they couldn't use that as the Colorado replacement. That guy's so scrunched in there he can barely move, and he's not that big. I can only imagine an American trying to get in there.
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