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Toyota FJ Cruiser 4x4 Panel Van Conversion Speedhunters Livery | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

Toyota FJ Cruiser GSJ15W | 2-Door Panel Van Conversion

To be quite honest, I’m not the biggest fan of the Toyota FJ Cruiser styling. However, I appreciate the value for money this vehicle gives any aspiring off-roader. These are very capable vehicles and there are lots of aftermarket parts available to improve it. When Larry Chen of Speedhunters fame bought his manual transmission FJ and started posting his stunning pictures, I literally looked at it in a different light. When modified, it doesn’t look bad at all and I was wondering what I could do to make my vision stand out from all the other modified FJs out there.  Even though the design doesn’t naturally lend itself to being modified into a 2-door version,  I thought I’d give it a try. To keep one of the main design features of the FJ, I carried the door/roof line over to the concept and kept the two-tone paint scheme. The shorter wheelbase I first tried looked rather silly due to odd proportions and therefore I decided to keep the original. The resulting proportions hint at the equivalent Land Rover Defender 110. A meatier set of BF Goodrich tires on budget-friendly steel wheels called for alterations of the front bumper, even though a lift kit with coil springs was utilized. While at it, the rear bumper was also modified to improve the departure angle and because two spare tires are better than one, I mounted them Dakar or Baja 1000 style in the area formerly occupied by the trunk.

Toyota FJ Cruiser 4x4 Panel Van Conversion Speedhunters Livery | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2018)

If you want to compare the panel van conversion to the original picture, click here.

Land Rover Defender 110 Utility Wagon | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

Land Rover Defender 110 Utility Wagon

For a very long time I wanted to photoshop a Land Rover Defender but for some reason or another I never did. Today I thought about it again and went to work on it immediately. Starting with a plain 110 Utility Wagon I lifted it substantially, added bigger wheels with BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires, relocated the overfenders for more clearance and cut the rear quarter panel for a better departure angle. Winch and snorkel are a must on any 4×4 in my opinion, but I went a different route with the roof rack. Instead of utilizing the old fashioned style, I tried to create an integrated and more aerodynamic version complete with spare tire and jerrycans. To finish it off, I added a blue camouflage design. Now… I’d love to hop in, take it off-road and get it dirty. 

Land Rover Defender 110 Utility Wagon | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2017)

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Zündapp Janus 7500 4x4 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Zündapp Janus 7500 4×4

Watching the second Pixar Cars movie inspired me to photoshop a Zündapp Janus. A couple of hours later, this little monster was born: a modified Janus body with partially blocked windows, sitting atop a Willys Jeep frame. Simple, clever and easy. OK, I admit that it might be a tad more challenging to create this in reality. However, I did find a Renault 4 bodied Jeep a couple of years ago in France.

Zündapp Janus 7500 4x4 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Volkswagen New Beetle BAJA Concept | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Volkswagen New Beetle BAJA Concept

Alongside the Mustang BAJA concept, I worked on a BAJA-style vehicle based on the Volkswagen New Beetle. This vehicle was not only inspired by BAJA racers, but also by the beach buggies based on vintage Beetle chassis. I used the underpinnings from the Hummer HX concept car and modified it to fit under the New Beetle body. It’s not as a agressive as the Mustang BAJA I posted last week, but then – have you ever seen an agressive looking New Beetle? That’s downright impossible, lol.

Volkswagen New Beetle BAJA Concept | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Range Rover Mk1 Parts Express | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2011)

Range Rover Mk1 Off-Road Delivery Vehicle

Let’s imagine you own a company operating in the express delivery business. If somebody orders e.g. car parts, your company usually delivers the parts with a van or truck. But what if you need to deliver something in a more remote area, which standard delivery vehicles can’t access? Well, here is my solution this side of a parts drop from a helicopter: the we-deliver-your-order-anywhere-without-hassles Range Rover off-road delivery vehicle. This Mk1 has been modified to carry boxes and parcels in the back. The cargo bay is accessible from three sides via roll-up doors. Who wouldn’t like to have that?

… and for your well-earned holidays, just add a roof-top tent and put your supplies into the cargo bay. 🙂

Range Rover Mk1 Parts Express | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2011)

Dodge Nitro 4x4 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2009)

Dodge Nitro 4×4 with suspension lift

Ever since the Dodge Nitro came out I thought that the car had potential. The edgy looks and pronounced fenders sure make a good base for a proper 4×4 conversion. I got rid of the rear windows, installed a suspension lift kit and an ARB-style bull bar up front. Proper offroad tires and a custom snorkel add to the appearance.

Dodge Nitro 4x4 | photoshop chop by Sebastian Motsch (2009)