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Dodge Van Ram 150 - Semper Fidelis

We again visited the Makigaya Base where we discovered a very unique Dodge Ram 150 Van.

Date Published: 08 Dec 2015
Dodge Van Ram 150 - Semper Fidelis

In Makigaya, Japan, there is a strange place, built out of shipping containers. These are typically used as support schools for local kids, but much to our surprise we came across one being used as a garage, complete with a hydraulic ramp, while we were shooting a very special Toyota Trueno AE86 a while back.

Dodge Van Ram 150 - Semper Fidelis

The owner of this particular garage, Okuno-san is a real enthusiast as hand builds cars and one off parts, plus he had something really cool installed for us.

Dodge Van Ram 150 - Semper Fidelis

This Dodge van, at the time of purchase by Okuno-san, was in rather poor condition and it took a significant amount of effort and time to restore giving it its current distinctive appearance.

Dodge Van Ram 150 - Semper Fidelis

As the garage itself was partially inspired by army bunkers and military ships, it seemed appropriate that the Dodge received a coating of army green paint and military-style rivets.

Dodge Van Ram 150 - Semper Fidelis

To add to the style, the paint job also included fake corrosion stains.

Dodge Van Ram 150 - Semper Fidelis

Dodge Van Ram 150 - Semper Fidelis

In keeping with the military theme, protector cages were fitted to the head and tail lights.

Dodge Van Ram 150 - Semper Fidelis

Normally the exhausts are diverted to rockets mounted on each side of the van but Okuno-san recently replaced them with a one-off stainless steel unit made specifically for this van.

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