Let's just start this custom post off by saying, this definitely is not your Mom's Grand Caravan.. Unless you have like, the coolest mom in the world! (What am I even saying!? Everybody's mom is the coolest in the world! Haha) Either way, I've basically stripped all of what would have been practical in this minivan.
I would say this was one of my tougher projects that I've taken on. I honestly don't even know what made me decide to do it. I remember finding the casting (flea market!) and thinking "This baby has some potential!" So I took it apart, stripped off the orange paint and the rest of the ideas just came to me as I progressed on!
It started off with the idea of a RWB inspired body kit. The fender flares again like my LBWorks Murci I made, were crafted from Tamiya Epoxy putty and smoothed over with body glaze. The only thing I did differently on the fenders themselves was add a recessed rivet surround with the carving tool on my Dremel. Speaking of the Dremel, I also used it to cut out the ugly front Plymouth grill to replace with a rad, and eventually the entire rear hatch when I decided to put an engine in the back!
The engine was a donor from some fantasy Hot Wheel that had 2 of them in the front and back (no clue what it was), but it happened to fit perfect in the area where the 3rd row seats used to be. A bit of detail on the valve covers and piping itself made it really stand out! I thought it was extra cool that the exhaust pipes were directly attached to it as well!
After painting the four remaining seats bright red with black shell's, I went ahead and did the most tedious part of this project, the tiny roll cage. I used styrene rods painted silver ( I think 0.4') and krazy glue. The amount of times I had to rebuild it so that the van fit properly was 'krazy' itself haha. The Caravan doesn't sit as flush as I'd like because of this, but it will do for now.
Once I had all of the interior/cage/engine bay finished up, I fit wheels borrowed from an old NASCAR diecast donor. The race slick with yellow sidewall writing was just what I wanted. Extended axles were needed to sit inside the flared fenders. I also added a small amount of negative camber.
When it came to painting the van itself, I got the idea of making it Terminator style via a gunmetal grey paint scheme with red glowing eyes and accents. In a way it was a tribute to my good buddy's old minivan he had back in high school that we famously nicknamed "The Pussy Crusher" 😂. This will be it's reincarnation dubbed "The Pussy Terminator"
Here are a few before/after pictures with the original casting that I happen to bought an extra of! Quite the change eh! Which van would you want to bring the kids to soccer practice in?
Well I hope y'all enjoyed this post and my nutty little race Grand Caravan! Thanks for looking :) I took plenty of build pictures this time as well!
Oh! I actually came really close to ruining this custom too during primer. It fell right off my holder into all the dirt and sand on my garage floor while it was still wet. It took awhile to bring it back to smoothness!