GMC Sonoma Turned Psuedo-Rat-Rod

Rat Rod seems to be very loosely defined, these days, and this is an example. Most of this was once a GMC Sonoma/S15, but there’s not much left and a V8 has been shoved into it. The builder obviously likes chains (well, it is from a custom bike shop) and has done some cool little touches, but we’re not sure about the sum of the parts. Continue reading GMC Sonoma Turned Psuedo-Rat-Rod

Hideous Gucci GMC Denali

If you find this tasteful, you should buy it.  You should be institutionalized.

Where to begin?  This thing has two-tone black/Gucci pattern exterior paint/wrap (?), lambo doors, 30-inch wheels and the interior one would expect on such a thing.  Also, per the seller, it has “waterproof speakers under inside the hood by the grill.”  Okay.

The interior description includes ostrich and Gucci; so you get the picture, even if the seller didn’t include any good ones.  As you’d expect, the audio system is over the top and eliminates all cargo room.

Mechanically, the power train and drive train are stock, which isn’t surprising on this type of rig.  Air suspension has been added, however, along with backup batteries for that and the audio system.

So, it’s not practical; but, to be fair, it is clearly described as a show truck.  What type of show, we don’t know.

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Austin, TX
$26,000

The doors are obvious, but we don’t think Yukon hoods were meant to open that way.

Note the Gucci patter in the silver areas on the exterior, as well as the massive wheels.  Even with air ride, the ride can’t be too comfy.

This is the only real interior shot we get, but it’s all anyone should want to see.

Audio system is certainly impressive. Rear visibility – probably not so much.

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2000 GMC Yukon Denali Gucci Custom 5.7L 8 Cylinder Engine, 5 Speed Automatic Transmission.

So Im selling a one of a kind Gucci Denali, very very rare. It has been my pride and joy but have to let it go. I used it for many car shows and have won many 1st place trophies, if your gonna keep showing I’ll give you all my trophies.

So why is it one of a kind, and very rare let me tell you. Everything works perfect, garage kept year round, one owner, non smoking.

So for the mods: Let’s start on the outside. It’s a two tone paint, original black and Gucci pattern on the lower half as u can see in the pics. Has Lambo doors, they go up 90%, Has a tilt hood, both kits are high dollar kits no BS. Also has custom Escalde vents, to top it off it has 30’s with a low pro tire. Comes with one of a kind custom air ride kit, made by Air ride suspension. This kit was special made just for my truck. It has front, back and side to side and come with a digital display. Has 2 5 gallon tanks and 2 compressorsvery fast to fill air back up. Once again look at the pics. It also has waterproof speakers under inside the hood by the grill. Engine has never been worked on it’s a 5.7L only thing I did was a K&N ram air kit. Engine is kept very clean and oil changed regular.

So the inside once again one of a kind custom interior. The seats are black and gray with black ostrich. The doors are also black ostrich and bottom of doors are Gucci. The head linear is all Gucci with custom lighting. For the sound system it has 7″ in-dash Kenwood with every option u can think of, 6 tv’s, headrest and sun visors. For the mids and highs it has Focal speakers all around and custom kick panels with very loud horns, once again see pics. The back end has a ported box with 4-13.5 JL Audio top of the line subs JL has. For the amps I went with MTX Audio. One large amp is pushing all subs and the other 2 amps are for the mids and highs. It has 3 TREO Audio battery for believe me no lights are dimming as you hear your music. One battery is under the hood to run the truck, and the other 2 are hiding behind the big box. The truck is wired for indoor car shows with a large compressor, so you can leave your music on all day at the shows without a problem. Once again it’s a one of a kind rare Gucci Denali.

Please dont call about I can help you sell it!! DON’T NEED HELP SELLING IT!

Childhood Dream: A-Team Van Replica

If you’re they type of early 80s TV fan who knows what “B.A.” means when it precedes Baracus, then this might be the find for you!


We’ve never previously seen a truly accurate A-Team van and it looks like this is a great one.  The seller provides a lot of information in the text below; so we’ll just cover the highlights.  For some reason, this project was started within the last two years, as it is based on a fleet van from Arizona that was in service until that time.  We don’t know what motivated the party who modified it; but we like the result.  This van is even a Chevy re-badged to be a correct-for-A-Team GMC.  Naturally, that badge engineering was among the easiest tasks.

Note that it seems the 93K mile engine just received basic maintenance and tune-up during the conversion process; so, despite its appearance, this is not a “new” van mechanically.  That should factor into price considerations, but one should also note that the Chevy 350 can be rebuilt or swapped very easily.

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Las Vegas, NV, USA
$39,999

From this angle, everything looks great!

The signature stripe and spoiler, with color-keyed turbine wheels, really set it apart.

If memory serves, this is a pretty good replica of the interior, too.  Certainly, the color is correct.

From this angle, it seems some cabinetry is missing – probably weapons storage.  All those (apparently blanks-shooting) guns had to be stored somewhere.

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A Team Chevy Van Fully Customized and Full TV Spec, YOU WILL NOT FIND A NICER ONE.

This vehicle is currently located in Las Vegas, NV and can be delivered or driven anywhere in the US or sent to the ports for overseas travel. Please email or place a phone call for more information.

Here are the specs on the A Team Van:

1981 Chevy G20 Beauville Van 350 Engine, No Rust, No Damage. This van started as a fleet Arizona vehicle that was fleet maintained until early 2014. This van is impossible to find in any condition but to have a no rust, low mileage, no damage and fleet maintained van you have the basis for a great build. This van was purchased for a price of $2,500 with an additional $1,000 spent on new hoses, belts, full tune up, fluids, brakes, suspension components and transmission flush. Full records on the purchase and the engine work will also be included in the paperwork.

Here are the exterior components:

1) Fiberglass components (fender flares, running boards, lower front spoiler, rear upper spoiler, and sunvisor) These items were professionally installed by a Custom TV vehicle builder who is well known in the industry. The parts used are of high quality and no “off the shelf” components were used.

2) Front Brushguard – This piece was custom made and created from the TV specs from the show.

3) Fog lights on Brushguard / lower spoiler / sunvisor – These are also of TV spec and correct colors from the show.

4) 3-color paint (satin black, gunmetal grey, red) with 2 color pinstripe – This paint job is the correct TV spec with a Black Matte finish as the show did not have a glossy finish van.

5) Exhaust tips exiting in front of rear wheels – 4 port square tip- These were custom made and also match the TV show van. They also include a cherry bomb sound and will create a backfire and flame when revved quickly

6) Extended sliding door hinge (needed to clear fender flares) This bracket is custom made and not something that you can purchase.

7) 3 roof antennas (1 wired for CB, 1 wired to stereo, 1 blank) These were also from the TV show and always left off of most replicas.

8) Turbine/Cyclone Rims and Tires including correct paint. These rims are very rare to find the offset 15 x 8. If you can find them the tires alone are $500 each plus shipping.

Here are the interior components:

1) Interior – Fully custom front chairs, swivel and moving captains chairs and rear bench. These seats are TV correct color along with correct textured seats. These were sent out to a custom interior company which took 8 weeks to complete.

2) Full floor and walls custom built inside of the van to provide a sub floor for comfort of the rear passengers. This alone was a 6 week process. The floor was covered with carpeting as well as the walls and the headliner is made of velour. 

3) New weatherstripping was installed for all of the doors and windows.

4) Overhead console across front was custom built to hold the working CB radio.

5) The dashboard, side door panels, rear door panels, engine cover and side mirrors were all professionally painted to correct TV spec.

The van is currently used for corporate event rentals and trade shows and can also include a website for rentals if that is the direction that you would like to go with your purchase. 

In total this van took over 10 months to create and full photos of the build, build sheet, video and all documents will be provided with the new owner. This is truly a one of kind A Team van with no other vans on the internet like the one that we have. Every detail has been add to this vehicle to come as exact as possible to the original from the TV show.

Bicentennial Van, with Creepiness

I, your humble host, am just old enough to barely remember the Freedom Train visiting Tulsa, Oklahoma and bringing with it Spirit of ’76 decals and other trinkets.  It was all the rage at that time, or at least it’s all I remember.  From time to time a Bicentennial Edition vehicle pops up and the memories come rushing back.  It’s even better when said vehicle is a (creepy) van!

The seller says this oddball runs and drives.  Isn’t that all you need to know?

Well, okay, if you do want it, we recommend checking for rust, as this is a Jersey van.

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Paterson, NJ, USA
$850 with 11 bids, reserve not met and 8 days to go

This is a awesome from every angle.  Note the air dam, which is reminiscent of the B.A. Baracus’ van in the A-Team.  This is the correct model, after all.

Front end is all A-Team and hides the van’s Bicentennial nature.

Okay, back to the good stuff – the American flag motif is absolutely classic and the small, creepy windows are pure van awesomeness.

Rear widows treatment may be the best feature, especially with the wrap-around flag graphic.

Freedom ’76, b!tches!

Uh-oh, just Freedom here – the ’76 wore off.

Here’s our first look inside.  Yes, the shag carpet you expected is present in a lovely blue.  Note the white upholstery on the swiveling seat, too.

The color theme continues throughout with lots of white vinyl and lots of blue shag.  Note the dim interior due to small, creepy windows and fancy curtains.

You’re damn right there’s a dentist’s sink in there!  How many lines of coke were done on this table?

We included this shot to show the extra shag over the driver and front passenger.

How about one last look at the faux wood grain dash.  Only a bit of shag is visible here, so things look borderline normal.

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Up for grabs is another odd-ball vehicle that we have! Not much to say besides its SOLID and Runs&Drives! Great candidate for a RESTO…. 🙂 Any Q’s just ask away & GOOD LUCK BIDDING!!

Item specifics
Condition: Used VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): TGL256U501454
Year: 1976 Interior Color: Blue
Make: Chevrolet Number of Cylinders: 8
Model: G20 Van
Transmission: Automatic
Trim: VAN Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Engine: V8 Vehicle Title: Clear
Drive Type: RWD Fuel Type: Gasoline
Mileage: 39,769 For Sale By: Dealer
Exterior Color: White

GMC Jimmy Plus Sea Ray 185 Equals Oddimobile

Every now and then, someone decides they can do better than Amphicar.  Usually, these are crappy cars that don’t work at all as boats.  That’s the case here; so, alas, Amphicar wins.

There’s nothing we can say here that would help.

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Alpharetta, GA, USA
$4,089 with eight bids, reserve not met and six days to go

No, we don’t know about the costume.

Yep, it’s a boat.

Sorry, the picture was of very low quality, but here’s the rear.

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You are viewing an extremely unusual vehicle. She was made from a 1994 GMC Jimmy. The majority of the body was cut off so I could have a Sea Ray 185 sport bow rider installed on her for the perfect marriage. Together I’ve created a street legal Boatcar. Every car show I enter I win, wherever I drive people take pictures and film videos. No it does not float but it sure looks good and runs great. It has a/c, ps, pb, cruise, tilt, stereo, ships horn, ships bell, and fishing rod holders. This took me a year to build and a lot of challenges to over come along the way. She is a one of a kind, you can see her at Theboatcar.com and you can see her on YouTube at Making Waves:The Ultimate Streetworthy Boat Car. 

If it Floats Like a DUKW and Drives Like a DUKW. It’s a DUKW.

The DUKW, known as the Duck, was a World-War II amphibious 6×6 truck.  These often do tour duty, these days, so it’s not too surprising this was someone’s dream in Newport Beach, CA.

The seller claims the hull was recently blasted and primed and that the engine was rebuilt, though hasn’t been started since (how long??).  Other parts, such as windscreen and Central Tire Inflation System hubs, are included in the sale, though not pictured.

Apparently, the seller has a rare trailer for this.  One would hope never to need the trailer for an amphibious vehicle, but it must exist for a reason (recovery?).

Are you interested in starting a tour business?  This could be just the ticket.  Click here for examples.  At $52K, the initial investment isn’t tiny, but we’re sure you can obtain sufficient financing through the masterful crafting of an SBA loan application.

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Newport Beach, CA
$52,000

This is ‘styling’ not seen in a typical Oddimotive post…

Yes, that’s a hull with wheels.

It looks pretty much the same on this side.

Yes, it does have a prop for water propulsion!  In its day, this could achieve almost 7 MPH on water!  We wonder what’s leaking…

Here’s the helm.  It’s not clear whether all controls are present and functional.

Cargo/passenger compartment is a blank slate.

Here’s the inline six engine.  Apparently, this needs a floor in the helm area…

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1942 G.M.C. D.U.K.W. WW2 Amphibious 2.5 ton 6X6 truck. This DUKW is in great shape and does not require much hull repair to be in sea worthy condition. It has been sand blasted inside and out, primed and painted. The original 270 GMC straight six has been re built and never started. The radiator has been re cored as well. The DUKW has most of the parts to get her put back together including the CTIS hubs and windshield. I have a clean title in hand for the DUKW. I also have a extremely rare DUKW trailer 1 of 7 in existence I can sell for an additional $3500. I am interested in a trade for a 2010 – 2015 Dodge ram 2500 – 3500 crew or mega cab 4×4 truck with the Cummins diesel low mileage and fully loaded.