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Brubaker Box
In the series « I’ve never heard about that peculiar car before », I present the Brubaker Box !
About this creation

Summary




History


The Brubaker Box is the work of Curtis Brubaker. This eclectic ‘van’ is considered as the first minivan ever, because it had a limited seat number and because it was smaller than vans, like the VW Bus, which the Box is based on.

Also known as the Automecca Sportsvan in its ‘kit-car days’, the Brubaker Box is a really strange car. Instead of having a ridiculously high number of doors, it only had one; which was a mixture between a gullwing and a sliding door. The interior was also very peculiar. Most of the commands were on the panel under the driver’s window, leaving the dashboard very poor in instruments. The back seats were nothing other than a big sofa. And that’s because I adore this car.


Design


Sporty, sharpened and sleek; that’s the design of it.

Brubaker Box - Lego

Brubaker Box - Lego

Brubaker Box - Lego

Brubaker Box - Lego

Brubaker Box - Lego

Brubaker Box - Lego

Engineering


Nothing particular here. I had a very limited amount of space here; because it is based on set 10220.
I managed to insert a flat-4 beetle engine in the back; and I connected it to the back wheels.

Brubaker Box - Lego

Functions


Here I have:

  • A working door

  • Opening engine cover


  • Adjustable seats

  • Working pedals



Other Things to Know (or not) ...



  • Width: 12 studs

  • Length: 38 studs

  • Height: 13 studs


  • Which one is the coolest to ride on the californian coast in the seventies?



    Brubaker Box & VW Bus T1- Lego





    An Easter Bunny hid himself on one of the picture. Can you find him?


    Thanks for watching!
    Happy easter!
    ~Yann~



    Comments

     I made it 
      December 16, 2015
    Quoting Per Bonde Impressive. Looks like a difficult build. Is it 100% alternate, or based on 10220 with supplement?
    Thanks! No it isn't an alternate. I've used the chassis only of the 10220 set
     I like it 
      July 27, 2015
    Man and I thought the Dodge Deora was a weird car! Really nice job on this, seams like it was a really hard car to build. If I have one complaint it is that the space around the front bumper feels a little weird, but its not to surprising given the difficulty in making the weird shape of the body.
     I like it 
      June 11, 2015
    A great work of Lego creationism! Very nice! Thanks for sharing!
     I like it 
      May 29, 2015
    ...and the big 5-0!! I'm not cheating you into likes, this really does deserve another one :D
     I like it 
      May 21, 2015
    ha, ha, you really know how to pick them, I had never seen this van before, very original and instructing, as for the model, you tried a very original technique, it gives an interesting result, considering the difficulty of such a distinctive vehicle.
     I like it 
      May 15, 2015
    Wow, Great Van! I would drive with this one to the beach. Nice coloursheme, excellent working goodies, and perfect shape! Brilliant Work!
     I like it 
      April 23, 2015
    Impressive. Looks like a difficult build. Is it 100% alternate, or based on 10220 with supplement?
     I made it 
      April 22, 2015
    Quoting Spades 188 A weird and interesting car, however you have captured the look and the detail really well, keep up the good work! :-)
    Thanks a lot!
     I like it 
      April 21, 2015
    A weird and interesting car, however you have captured the look and the detail really well, keep up the good work! :-)
     I made it 
      April 15, 2015
    Quoting brick car Superb!It's very unique,peculiar and detailed! 5/5:)
    Thanks Brick Car :-)
     I made it 
      April 15, 2015
    Quoting Henrik Jensen I`ve never heard about this one, but it looks amazing. You did an excellent job recreating the odd shape of the Brubaker Box. I don`t like the bumpers, but that has nothing to do with your model, you just made them like the real one.
    Thanks a lot Henrik! The bumpers are quite strange, but it fits well on this car IMO ;-)
     I made it 
      April 15, 2015
    Quoting Technic Man Amazingly done. Lots of details. 5/5. Is it supposed to say where the bunny is or not tell that so others also search for it?
    Thanks a lot! You can tell now where it is ;-)
     I made it 
      April 15, 2015
    Quoting Spencer Mckrell Thanks for showing us this Car/Van, Nice work.
    Thanks a lot ;-)
     I like it 
      April 10, 2015
    Superb!It's very unique,peculiar and detailed! 5/5:)
     I like it 
      April 9, 2015
    I`ve never heard about this one, but it looks amazing. You did an excellent job recreating the odd shape of the Brubaker Box. I don`t like the bumpers, but that has nothing to do with your model, you just made them like the real one.
     I like it 
      April 9, 2015
    Amazingly done. Lots of details. 5/5. Is it supposed to say where the bunny is or not tell that so others also search for it?
     I like it 
      April 9, 2015
    Thanks for showing us this Car/Van, Nice work.
     I made it 
      April 9, 2015
    Quoting Alexander Paschoaletto seriously, how do you find these cars? hahaha how did you find the Brasilia?
    By searching ;-) now seriously: I found the brasilia thanks to the SP2. There was once one for sale in France; and it was on every internet site during 1 year.
     I made it 
      April 9, 2015
    Quoting Marc dZ Excellent work on the design. Very accurate and original MOC.
    Thanks a lot Marc!
     I like it 
      April 8, 2015
    seriously, how do you find these cars? hahaha how did you find the Brasilia?
     I like it 
      April 8, 2015
    Excellent work on the design. Very accurate and original MOC.
     I made it 
      April 8, 2015
    Quoting Mister Hashtag I still can't find the Easter bunny -_-
    Last picture ;-)
      April 7, 2015
    I still can't find the Easter bunny -_-
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting Gabor Horvath What an interesting design! Your model is full of interesting techniques and solutions! Superb MOC! :)
    Thanks Gabor!
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting Dennis B I have never seen this car before, but it looks awesome. The last picture is very cool!
    Thank you dennis! Glad you liked it!
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting Josiah Nelson Another wonderful creation! You are also quite correct in the 'never heard of this before' kind of car! ;) Keep on building, because you have some pretty amazing models!
    Haha thank you! More strange cars are coming (maybe ;-)
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting Karol J Looks really interesting. Very nice shape and a lot of details. Good work!
    Thanks a lot Karol!
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting David Roberts What a strange vehicle. Thanks for explaining a bit of its history! I wonder if the lack of holes for doors made it stronger or cheaper to manufacture?
    Thanks for commenting david! I knew you would be interested ;-) So far I understood the whole story, the door is a single sliding door only for design purposes. It had been produced in a very limited so I don't think strongness was the point here.
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting Green Footed Bear BTW I'm using Green's computer, I'm matt Rowntree. ;)
    Ah ok ;-)
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting Green Footed Bear Sorry dude, it's those sweet five spoker rims that makes this the coolest thing on the road in the 70s. What a fantastic car, can't see this thing being electric, needs something loud and obnoxious. Love the bumpers too, were they 4x4 lumber. XD Your version is spot on glorious. Outstanding! I want one too. ;)
    Haha thank you a lot! I think you've missread yourself: it's eclectic, not electric. Of course it is shouty and loud (well if you think that a beetle engine is loud and shouty ...)
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting Sebeus I Nice choice of car, I think even now it has something futuristic about it.
    I totally agree. Sliding doors are the future ;-D Thank you!
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting Gabor Pauler Nice angling of the body!
    Thank you!
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting Sam the First This thing is awesome! Great work on the angles, it looks awesome.
    Thanks Sam!
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting Jimmie Martinez A fantastic build from a LEGO master craftsman. You absolutely nailed it in the design and the details. Bravo and very well done.
    Thanks so much for the kind words!
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting TheGarageBoy (Mitchell Smith) I've never heard of this car before. It looks a bit weird, but the model looks great! Very well built, lots of detail... What more could you ask for?
    Thanks a lot!
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting Clayton Marchetti Fantastic Yann! This is a really brilliant build. You nailed the shape perfectly. The engine looks great too.
    Thanks a lot Clayton for the kind words!
    Quoting Clayton Marchetti Where did you find this little Jem!
    It was reviewed in a german car-magazine. It immediately caught my eye ;-) http://www.autobild.de/klassik/artikel/vw-kaefer-umbau-brubaker-box-5599623.html
    Quoting Clayton Marchetti Btw Is that the rabbit peeking through the passenger side window in the last pic?
    Yes it is ;-)
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting gene 3S Nicely shaped and good introduction the design and functions.
    Thank you!
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting Nick Barrett What a fantastic car! I'd never heard of it, but now I really want one :-) Great build and presentation.
    Haha thanks! As I said below: only 10 are still alive ...
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting Firas Abu-Jaber Fenomenal work here! Great use for the hinge pieces to get that accurate overall shape. Not to mention that very, very clever techniques on the sliding door. Just wow!
    Thanks Firas ! I'm very glad you liked it.
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting Kermunklin the Giant Evil House Head That is pretty cool. It's like the future of vans, as imagined in the sixties or something. All the technical stuff is impressive but quite beyond me-very impressive!
    Exactly! That was the main idea (I think) of the whole concept. Glad you liked it ;-) Thanks
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting Greg 998 Very original and very well reproduced!
    Thank you Greg!
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting Stephan Niehoff Fantastische Arbeit Yann, besonders gut finde ich die Funktionalitäten und den Motor. Excellent my firend
    Vielen Dank Stephan!
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting Jet Best Awesome, it looks great!
    Thanks Jet!
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting Peter Szabo Hi Yann! Absolutely great work! Great recreation in LDD! Happy easter!
    Hi Peter! Happy easter to you & everybody as well! Thanks!
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting MortalSwordsman . This thing is completely bonkers. I want one.
    Haha thanks. But there is a problem. Only 10 are still existing.
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting Alexander Paschoaletto amazing job, I really like the general look of this thing hahaha the doors are awesome
    Thanks Alex for the kind words!
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting Turbo Charger Never seen that van before, it looks amazing! Absolutely fantastic work. Only, why didn't you fit those wider road tires?
    Thanks a lot! Glad you liked it ;-) I used the 10220 set (vw bus) chassis. The tires are still the same as on the set and I think their fitting well. Which tyre are you proposing?
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting Mister Hashtag Man, that thing is weird :P Great job!
    Haha Thanks a lot!
     I made it 
      April 7, 2015
    Quoting Matt Bace That is pretty cool. I had never heard of this vehicle until I saw it here, but you've done a great job recreating its unique shape and color scheme.
    Thanks a lot! I want to try another color scheme; something with blue; I think it can fit quite well to the car ;-)
     I like it 
      April 7, 2015
    What an interesting design! Your model is full of interesting techniques and solutions! Superb MOC! :)
     I like it 
      April 7, 2015
    I have never seen this car before, but it looks awesome. The last picture is very cool!
     I like it 
      April 6, 2015
    Another wonderful creation! You are also quite correct in the 'never heard of this before' kind of car! ;) Keep on building, because you have some pretty amazing models!
     I like it 
      April 5, 2015
    Looks really interesting. Very nice shape and a lot of details. Good work!
     I like it 
      April 5, 2015
    What a strange vehicle. Thanks for explaining a bit of its history! I wonder if the lack of holes for doors made it stronger or cheaper to manufacture?
      April 5, 2015
    BTW I'm using Green's computer, I'm matt Rowntree. ;)
     I like it 
      April 5, 2015
    Sorry dude, it's those sweet five spoker rims that makes this the coolest thing on the road in the 70s. What a fantastic car, can't see this thing being electric, needs something loud and obnoxious. Love the bumpers too, were they 4x4 lumber. XD Your version is spot on glorious. Outstanding! I want one too. ;)
     I like it 
      April 5, 2015
    Nice choice of car, I think even now it has something futuristic about it.
     I like it 
      April 5, 2015
    Nice angling of the body!
     I like it 
      April 5, 2015
    This thing is awesome! Great work on the angles, it looks awesome.
    XY EZ
     I like it 
    Matt Bace
      April 4, 2015
    That is pretty cool. I had never heard of this vehicle until I saw it here, but you've done a great job recreating its unique shape and color scheme.
     I like it 
      April 4, 2015
    A fantastic build from a LEGO master craftsman. You absolutely nailed it in the design and the details. Bravo and very well done.
     I like it 
      April 4, 2015
    I've never heard of this car before. It looks a bit weird, but the model looks great! Very well built, lots of detail... What more could you ask for?
     I like it 
      April 4, 2015
    Fantastic Yann! Where did you find this little Jem! This is a really brilliant build. You nailed the shape perfectly. The engine looks great too. Btw Is that the rabbit peeking through the passenger side window in the last pic?
     I like it 
      April 4, 2015
    Nicely shaped and good introduction the design and functions.
     I like it 
      April 4, 2015
    What a fantastic car! I'd never heard of it, but now I really want one :-) Great build and presentation.
     I like it 
      April 4, 2015
    Fenomenal work here! Great use for the hinge pieces to get that accurate overall shape. Not to mention that very, very clever techniques on the sliding door. Just wow!
     I like it 
      April 4, 2015
    That is pretty cool. It's like the future of vans, as imagined in the sixties or something. All the technical stuff is impressive but quite beyond me-very impressive!
     I like it 
      April 4, 2015
    Very original and very well reproduced!
     I like it 
      April 4, 2015
    Fantastische Arbeit Yann, besonders gut finde ich die Funktionalitäten und den Motor. Excellent my firend
     I like it 
      April 4, 2015
    Awesome, it looks great!
     I like it 
      April 4, 2015
    This thing is completely bonkers. I want one.
     I like it 
      April 4, 2015
    Hi Yann! Absolutely great work! Great recreation in LDD! Happy easter!
     I like it 
      April 4, 2015
    amazing job, I really like the general look of this thing hahaha the doors are awesome
     I like it 
      April 4, 2015
    Never seen that van before, it looks amazing! Absolutely fantastic work. Only, why didn't you fit those wider road tires?
     I like it 
      April 4, 2015
    Man, that thing is weird :P Great job!
     
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