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Old 08-16-2010, 05:39 PM   #1
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German el camino - Der StrAbe - E46 Chassis with a pickup bed

Check out my, what I think is one of a kind el camino, "der strabe" on an E46 coupe chassis platform. I started with a BMW 330 ZHP coupe and saved it from the scrap heap. Made a nice shop truck by grafting a Colorado bed onto the totaled cpe.

I bought the coupe totaled and was going to fix it up for the old lady. My dad came in the shop one morning and told me to look at the bed setting up a few stalls from the cpe. it looks like that will fit on pretty easy. So I stopped lookin for a rear clip and started on the thing. At first we were going to try to keep the bed separate like they are on the truck, but as we got into it it just worked out better welding it onto the cpe. Feel free to give me a call 717 222 2867

More details on the build - the coupe was hit in the right rear, and the car was cut the car behind the B pillar. The sunroof was saved but the track was shortened. the rear window area was custom build and the glass was cut by our local glass guy. The Colorado bed was shortened ( the width was good). The bed was "sleeved" to fit the vehicle. 18 gauge metal lines the inside of the bed and diamond plate was used for the floor. The entire drivetrain and chassis from the BMW. The orginal BMW gas flap has been moved to the exterior of the Colorado bed. The spare tire is in the same place, it wasn't moved.

German Shepard dog and my aryan princess
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Old 08-16-2010, 05:45 PM   #2
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hahah, awesome. so now ive seen E30, E39, and now E46 el caminos.
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do you have any pics from when it was being put together? i'm interested in the story behind this.
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Old 08-20-2010, 09:06 PM   #6
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:38 AM   #8
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That is awesome! Love it! Now all you need to do is put an M3 engine it and supercharge it!
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greetings
I'll send pics of the work done,
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Complete with an M pinstripe!!! Very nice work
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that is sooo cool.. very very nice
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I bought the cpe. totaled and was goin to fix it up for the old lady, My dad came in the shop one morning and told me to look at the bed setting up a few stalls from the cpe. it looks like that will fit on pretty easy. So I stopped lookin for a rear clip and started on the thing. At first we were goin to try to keep the bed seperate like they are on the truck, but as we got into it it just worked out better welding it onto the cpe. feel free to give me a call 717 222 2867
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german el camino

greetings
some more pics of my der strAbe
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german el camino

greetings
I can do the body and custom stuff but i'm a 49 year old computer illiterate
so i'm havin to put my pics of the der strAbe on threads
cant seem to get pics on the my garage cspace
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greetings
we do neat in the east
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