Dive Right Into 1:32 Scale Model Dekotora Hell!

I thought I'd retired from Model Hell after my last project, but now I've found some kits that might force me to break out those headache-inducing tiny paintbrushes again: Dekotoras in 1:32 scale! » 4/25/09 5:00pm 4/25/09 5:00pm

That's Not A Custom Exhaust, THIS Is A Custom Exhaust; Japanese Tuner…

Oh land of the rising sun, you complete us. Whether it be dekotora » 11/03/08 5:40pm 11/03/08 5:40pm, , custom , or cartoony car like the ones shown here, Japanese tuners make us laugh and cry, inspiring and frightening all while being endlessly amusing. How many aftermarket pharmaceuticals do you have to be on to come up with some of this stuff? We…

Forget The Spoiler: Your Van Needs Bat Wings!

Yet more proof that nobody can outdo the Japanese when it comes to wild-ass vehicle modifications comes courtesy of this photo sent to us by reader Nathan. You got your Dekotoras, and now you got the BatVan! That means it's time for some Melt-Banana, so make the jump and crank up your speakers. » 4/23/08 7:30am 4/23/08 7:30am

Dekotora Driving Game Revealed For Nintendo Wii, Our Minds Officially…

Take our love for driving sims like the Gran Turismo series and combine it with our fixation with dekotora trucks and you get what we consider to be the most Jalopnik game of all time: Zenkoku Dekotora Matsuri. From what we can tell from the trailer, Japanese Elvis wants you to buy, customize and drive around in your… » 3/01/08 2:00pm 3/01/08 2:00pm

Go Here For Inspiration On Your Audi A9

No doubt after checking out the breakout styling superstar Audi A9 we saw yesterday, you're contemplating a similar transformation for your own boring commuter-mobile. Why not spice things up with wings, various pipes, lights, fiberglass and faux fur? It seems like the only logical thing to do. Setting aside the… » 2/20/08 10:00am 2/20/08 10:00am

Since You've Been Extra Good This Week: Pakistani Dekotora

You know a meme has reached its defining moment when it transcends itself. Like a jukebox hero with stars in his eyes, these Pakistani Dekotora have reached for the mic of fate and while displaying mastery of the material, achieved their own awesome spin. These trucks are a result of nearly the same phenomenon which… » 2/15/08 2:30pm 2/15/08 2:30pm

Awesome Dekotora Photography Now in Book Form

Photographer Masaru Tatsuki has done the world a great service and captured the majesty that is Dekotora in a book for all to own. In an interview with PingMag, Masura recalls how he spent nearly ten years living amongst the Dekotora truckers, getting ensconced in their culture, understanding their passions. It was… » 2/02/08 11:00am 2/02/08 11:00am

And Now To Revive an Old Meme - Dekochari

We need to get back on track with lobbying the big boss to change the tagline to include our love of Dekotora. Right at the tail end of our last Dekotora obsession we caught a glimpse of the Dekochari, the bicycle version of the Dekotora. Pictures alone didn't convey the combination of the bizarre and the sublime… » 1/22/08 8:15am 1/22/08 8:15am

Project Car Hell: Pink Pig or Short Bus?

Our two contestants yesterday were pretty evenly matched, with the Turbo 2002 beating the KA24DE 510 by a nose. Today, it's time to really explore true project lunacy, with a couple of vehicles that would be sure to make your neighbors recoil in horror if they were to see either one being dragged into your driveway… » 8/16/07 5:30pm 8/16/07 5:30pm

Jeepney Alert On eBay!

Maybe you've toyed with the idea of building a Dekotora, but who among us has actually contemplated owning a genuine Manila-style Jeepney? It just seemed such a distant, unattainable dream... until now![eBay]
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Jeepney: The Filipino Dekotora!

So what's a country to do with a mess load of Jeeps left by an occupying liberating army? Why, they decorate them with chrome and retrofit them to hold a few extra passengers. Enter the Jeepney, a Filipino tradition. Or at least it's been a tradition for the past 60 or so years. Yay, America! [via VBS.tv: Part I, Part… » 7/16/07 6:00pm 7/16/07 6:00pm

In Russia, Dragon-Truck Makes Ass Haul You!

I know folks love the Japan-love for lighting and trinketing up trucks. But you can keep your wimpy decorated Dekotora because this Russian heavy hauler's the hands down meanest coolest looking truck I've ever seen. If we saw this truck-o-saur following us down the highway, we'd haul ass out of its way as quickly as… » 6/05/07 12:15pm 6/05/07 12:15pm

Hangin' at the Dekostora

Japanese chain Autobacs is legendary for carrying all kinds of wacky-ass crap for cars. We lurves us some Autobacs, but we've just stumbled across a store that may be even better. From what we've gleaned from this video, Shop Jet carries everything one needs to turn one's everyday Hino or Fuso into a… » 5/29/07 7:30pm 5/29/07 7:30pm

It Is Good, Densely: Blast Running's Dekotora Madness

As far as we can tell this is the opening sequence from a Dekotora driving game called Blast Running. Computerized translation produced the description for the video, which in turn became the headline for this post. Dekotora driving games evidently continue on for Playstation. We're saving up our pennies for … » 5/23/07 5:30pm 5/23/07 5:30pm

Shanghai'd! Jalopnik Visits the PRC!

After a rather mind-numbing trip that took roughly 16 hours longer than expected, we are here, esconced comfortably on the 81st floor of the Jin Mao Tower. Construction and bad air abound here in Shanghai, but that will not deter Los Lone Jalopnik from his appointed rounds. Plus, the Huangpu River is rife with what… » 4/19/07 7:00pm 4/19/07 7:00pm

Question of the Day: Donk or Dekotora?

Okay...it's clobberin' time. Are you gonna roll on 30s, with possible Dada-esque corporate sponsorship all over ya box? Or are you gonna take Hetfield's advice and hit the lights? Mob up or convoy? How would you, dear reader, rather roll through West Oakland cranking a bootleg of Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman of… » 4/10/07 7:15pm 4/10/07 7:15pm

Mitsubishi Delica Space Gear SUPER EXCEED!

No, really. We don't make this stuff up. The third generation of the mighty Delica boasted a turbodiesel powerplant and 4WD. This capability along with plenty of mirrors, lights, nerf bars, ladders, and roof racks transcended the Delica beyond mere space wagon and into super classification. The Super Exceed was also… » 1/31/07 11:28am 1/31/07 11:28am

Question of the Day: What's on Your Dekotora?

Never let it be said that Jalopnik does not love the dekotora. Combining big-truck badassness with Mobile Suit space-ageosity and pachinko-parlor chintz, the decorated trucks are simply some of the most outrageous custom vehicles ever made. We, naturally, would start with a Mitsubishi Fuso Super Great in cement-mixer… » 1/28/07 5:22am 1/28/07 5:22am


Nothing brightens a weary, dreary, ho-hum drizzly Sacramento morning like the dulcet tones of "It's a Small World" accompanied by a blinking, winking outrageous display of lights attached to a Mitsubishi Fuso Super Great or similar. Please press play. Won't you press play? » 12/27/06 11:15am 12/27/06 11:15am