Check out this wild custom built by Ralph Hellyer of Mount Gambier in South Australia! This beast was uncovered by our mate Simo from Brisbane, who’s best known for ‘Ol Daze’, his gasser inspired Val. He’s also a van tragic, and when he’s not spray painting with the vacuum cleaner in the backyard or building his John Holmes porno van, he’s scouring vintage Aussie mags for mopar features. It was in an old issue of ‘Custom Rodder’ that he found this beauty.
“I was flicking through issue 23 from June/July 1974 and found this feature on a Dodge Deora replica”, he explained. “At first glance I just figured it was just a feature on a vehicle from America built similar to the concept trucks built by Gene Winfield and the like around that time, until I saw the SA rego plates and half-assed door frame/window area which probably would never have made the cut on a US show truck, and realised it was from Oz.
Now this sort of vehicle doesn’t usually get me too excited, and I find it pretty ugly to be honest, but it just made me wonder what the f*ck happened to cars like this in the years since; it amazes me how something as oddball as this could just fall off the face of the earth and in my 37 years of loving Mopars, had never even heard of this vehicle.
The same really can be said for the 1000’s of cars built up in Aus from the 60’s through to the 90’s, and although this particular truck is not my cup of tea, I can appreciate the hard work there must have been for this bloke from Mt. Gambier to make it out of a 54 Fargo (Dodge) pickup truck, especially the bodywork and swing-away steering setup.”
Following his discovery, with a little detective work Simo was able to track down these pics of the Deora Two in its current condition. While its obviously a lot worse for wear these days, it’s remarkably complete. Its apparently in an undisclosed location in country Victoria, but no word as to what its future might be.
Thanks again for sharing the pics Simo!