Weird and Wacky Cars at the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise

There are all manner of trikes out there, from the legitimate business plans to the flimsiest home-built creations, but I’m pretty sure this is the only one with a steering wheel. First introduced in 2006, the Thoroughbred Stallion was pulled from the market in 2010 due to collapsing demand for the $34,000 trike. It was reintroduced in 2012 and if the website is to be believed, can still be ordered today. A Ford 2.3-liter I-4 and five-speed automatic liberated from a Ranger are crammed under the nose and interior parts are borrowed from an early 2000s Ford car,

VW Short Bus

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There are plenty of heavily modified Volkswagen Type II busses out there, but the extent of work done to “The Short Bus” (as the custom metal badge attests) is tough to match. Originally a 1966 split-window model, it’s been shortened, pin-striped, rebuilt, and festooned with custom LED lighting. The owner is so used to the attention it gets, he hands out business cards with his website to photographers in convertibles as they’re trying to get ahead of him for a front three-quarter shot.

Ford Golf Cart

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In some parts of this country, custom golf carts are big business. Few, though, are built to this standard. Mixing and matching design from a 1952 Ford and a 1955 Ford Fairlane, this cart has seen more body work than most award-winning resto-mods. It’s sure to be the envy of the golf course/planned community with its Coker white wall tires and two-tone bench seat.

Corvair Booger

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The 1963 Chevrolet Corvair 95 Rampside pickup was an interesting vehicle in its own right, but far more so now that its overstressed, air-cooled flat-six has been replaced by a small-block Chevy V-8. Incidentally, the Rampside’s ramp has also been replaced with a radiator. Stacks, a Roadkill sticker, and a name to complement its well-patina’d green paint and you’ve got yourself this.

The Upside-Down Van

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Always a crowd-pleaser, we couldn’t help but include the upside-down van again. We’ve never caught it stationary, so I can’t tell you exactly how it was done, but peeking through the heavily tinted windows it appears a van or truck ladder frame has been trimmed down to form the base upon which a metal frame has been welded to support the body. The van drives backward as well as upside down, with the driver peering out of windows cut into what used to be the lower rear barn doors. My favorite touch is the spinning wheels on the roof, an effect that appears to have been achieved by mounting two solid axles to the roof, welding their differentials, then connecting two engine starter motors each to the pinion yokes to drive them.

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