With on-premise sales being affected due to Covid-19, Karbach Brewing Co. called on Cruising Kitchens’ to build them a keg-style vehicle to take on the road to serve their signature craft beer.

Cameron and Kaycee Davies had been on a search for the perfect vehicle to customize for Karbach. As luck would have it, Amanda Martin from Martin Bros Customs posted a 1951 international metro van on her Instagram, and the second Cameron saw it, he was sold. The old school rustic aesthetic matched perfectly with the vision Cameron had in mind, to alter it into a retro-mod style keg van for Karbach.

Being that this van is from the classic era of the 1900’s, there was a ton of body work that needed to be done to get it to function properly. With years of built up rust, no motor or transmission, and depleted tires, the CK team kicked into high gear to revive this vintage van. This modernized rat rod includes the following exterior modifications: a retro-fitted 2001 Ford F 250 chassis to fit the body of the van; achieved by moving the rear axle forward 18”, and notching the chassis 10” to accommodate the X2 industries street scraper airbag kit. There are also custom 20” billet aluminum rims machined by JTX forge, that were wrapped in Nitto 420V 12 ply tires, as well as custom bead-rolled front fenders to add an extra 9” of width to fit the new tires. The team also built a Chevy small block 383 stroker to make sure the van has plenty of horsepower to get around. The interior has been converted into a self-sufficient walk-in cooler to store kegs, with a 9kw Cummins generator, and six draft taps on the exterior passenger side. The walls have been skinned with a mixture of stainless cold rolled steel, and copper sheet metal to keep in theme with the exterior patina.

Karbach entrusted the CK family to transform this old school van into a retro high-end beer showpiece, so they could use it at events and as another creative marketing tool. Tune into the rigorous process Thursday 6:30p|5:30p CT on Motor Trend TV. Check your local listings.

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Cameron Davies

President & CEO of Cruising Kitchens & PrintIt Custom Wraps and Graphics.