Coupe is adreamcometrue
A two-door Falcon stands out from the crowd, writes Mark Hinchliffe
IF FORD and Holden won’t make large coupes, then one Melbourne company is happy to fill the demand void.
Dreamtech International, in Dandenong, has been modifying and mainly stretching cars and SUVs since 1991.
But in 2003, Dreamtech partners Graeme Scott and Greg James Ware dabbled in chopping a BA Falcon down to a two-door coupe and showed it at the Melbourne Motor Show.
Now they have chopped another BA into a coupe and hope this is the start of a new line of business.
‘‘When we did the first one it was a bit quiet at the time, so we thought let’s do something a bit different,’’ Scott says.
‘‘With no Falcon or Monaro coupes around we hope there’s some demand for this type of car. We’re passionate about what we do. We like the Ford product and like to do these sorts of projects. It’s exciting and keeps our guys interested.’’
Their recently finished yellow BA coupe is customised with a supercharger, Brembo brakes, leather interior and a big sound system. It is for sale at about $70,000.
The 2003 project is a standard XR8 costing $45,000.
‘‘These are one-offs, but the price will come down if we get production going on them,’’ Scott says.
‘‘We’re pretty much finished with the BAs unless someone wants one, but we’d love to do an FG. It’s a great car mechanically and finish-wise it’s fantastic.
‘‘From an engineering point of view the biggest hurdle is side impact testing, but we can provide the calculations,’’ he says. ‘‘Besides, we didn’t take any length out of it which makes it attractive to people who want the same legroom and wheelbase.
‘‘Basically we just moved the B pillar back 10 inches (25.4cm) to get the right proportions and right-size door.
‘‘It’s quite appealing to people who want something different and collectable.’’
The company builds all its custom vehicles to order, mainly stretched limousines such as the Hummer H2 and Chrysler 300c.
Scott says they build 14-20 limousines a year. They also do right-handdrive conversions. One conversion involved stretching of two Hummer H2s into 24-seaters with triple rear axles costing $450,000 each.
‘‘At the peak of the Hummer frenzy we did one a month,’’ Scott says.
When they started making stretched limos, the trend was for sixseaters.
‘‘In the past few years we’ve seen demand change to 10 seaters,’’ he says. ‘‘Largely people use them for deb balls and the like. It’s a nightclub on wheels with laser lights, smoke machines, disco floors and ceilings, wet bars and big sound systems.
‘‘Some of the biggest H2s have had 42-inch plasma screens in them. It’s just getting ridiculous.’’
Sleek: a Ford Falcon XR8 cut down to a two-door coupe — the B pillar has been moved back 25cm to get the right proportions and right-size door.