Car garages are overrated to some. Car hangars, on the other hand, may be a hot new trend.
Ok, so not really. But the owner of said hangar, Rutledge Wood, does indeed have good taste. Of course, good is relative, but the lineup consisting of a rare 1966 Volkswagen Double Cab, a Mark IV Jetta pick-up, a lifted E30 BMW 4×4, a 2JZ-swapped Scion xB, and a few other vehicles that you probably won’t find anywhere else. The one that stuck out to us the most, though, would have to be the 1949 Chevrolet Step Van. Why? Because 525 horsepower, that’s why.
Wood tells video host and Formula D champion Chris Forsberg that Step Van’s power plant is an LS3 6.2 liter V8, and took part in the Hot Rod Power Tour. Wood built this mean machine with Summit Racing, and it’s essentially the Step Van’s body on top of a Frankenstein frame that is half Step Van, half ’99 Chevy Pickup. Wood also had a Sprinter van backseat put in so that his daughters could cruise around in it with him, air-conditioning, and “snake-skin.” The part that he says is his favorite, however, is the RideTech air suspension that allows this 66-year-old truck to ride like a cloud.