• Jan 11, 2011
The Vancat – Click above for high-res image gallery

Traversing snow-covered terrain can be tricky and if you need carry a dozen passengers, your options become quite limited quite quickly. Peak Snow Adventures of Northern Idaho has come up with a solution and it's called the Vancat.

A hybrid we can get excited about, the Vancat has a whole lot of everything going on. Starting with a full-size Dodge Ram van body mounted on a Thiokol chassis, the Vancat is propelled by a 391 Ford V8 engine and power is routed to a set of German-made Hans Hall aluminum tracks.

The Vancat can seat 16 passengers along with everyone's snow gear, and if that wasn't enough, the roof has been chopped up and turned into a canopy so your snowbunny passengers can enjoy the scenery. The Vancat is currently for sale with a reduced (and apparently negotiable) asking price of $30,000.

[Source: Peak Snow Cats via Bring-A-Trailer]

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      • 3 Years Ago
      SICK! A 391 is an oddball choice as well, how often do you see FT series engines anymore? I guess the good thing is that a 428 should drop right in to place :D
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very cool. It's snowing like crazy here in NYC - Mayor Bloomberg could use one of these if he screws up again.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The reason for the Ford 391 is...the van body was install on top of a old 1970's vintage Thiokol Model 2100 snowcat and one of the engines available in that model was the 391 mated to a C-6 automatic.
      • 3 Years Ago
      $30K ? asking? is it a hi miler?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ya Think? 4K+ hours.

        OTOH, it's a LOT cheaper than a bombardier snocat like used to groom ski runs!!

        They START at maybe $250K.

        A used pisten bully with a 13passenger cab sold last year for about $80K so $36k could be a steal.

        1997 Pisten Bully PB-280 -Black Cab Cat is SOLD ... cabin available
        1997 Pisten Bully PB 280 with 13 passenger cabin, this cat is also a movie star and available Dec 5th with cabin or separated. This is a wheel catwith Combi tracks and all new drive belts, foam filled tires, large fueltank, turbo replaced,new rear sprockets, pumps and mtrs. Rebuilt 500 hrs ago, cabs repainted and always stored covered. All manuals, has crack on passenger side windshield but not enough to require replacement.

        Cabin sold separate $15,000.00 and cat separate for $69,500.00 Complete unit $79,500.00
      • 3 Years Ago
      the new A Team is getting filmed in Siberia?
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's the Chariot from "Lost In Space". Now all this thing needs is frickin' lasers on the roof and it will be good to go.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Noooooo !!! A Ford in a Dodge !!

      I remember a Mopar magazine back in the late 80's a 360 4bbl Dodge van ran 15 flat in the 1/4 stock...they modded it (headers,gears,different carb)and ran in the 13's and were gunning for the 12's !

      Many Snow Cats have Dodge engines,I know in Colorado my buddy bought a beastly snow machine with a Dodge 360 !

      A 440 Dodge would of been a better choice as in the movie bullit the stock 440 blew the doors off the modified 390 Ford ! (391 industrial block lower hp than a 390)
      Those 440 cars were low 12's stock in the quarter mile when new,as tested by car life with 8 inch slicks,13-14 with stock tire spinning 14 inch tires !
      • 3 Years Ago
      Heh... my family used to have an '85 Ram Wagon... that front fascia brings back memories.

      The mods are just evilly awesome.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I saw this on BaT. Totally awesome.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Due to severe budget cuts, The Empire's arrival on Hoth produced not so much shock and very little awe.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Perfect for the Northern Zombie Apocalypse region.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A friend of mine has a Ford snowmobile, which I think is even more awesome.

      Won't hold as many people, though.

      I guess I can't include a picture, but you can google them, (made in the 20's)
      • 3 Years Ago
      There aren't many ways to look cool driving an old van, but this is one of them.
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