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Traveling the country right this moment, maybe even passing through your hometown is The World’s Littlest Ice Cream Truck. It’s little because those tasty Dibs treats are little. And it is not just a miniaturized Renault Kangoo/ PT Cruiser/HHR-style little truck. No, that would have been too obvious. The world’s littlest ice cream truck is a Mini Cooper S, Sawzall-ed and fiberglassed into a real ice cream truck.
[ Tuner Trucks: Dibs Mini Cooper S ] Autoweek
The actual conversion of the Mini Cooper S was done by customizer-to-the-stars Ron Canyon at his Canyon Motors shop in Culver City, California.
It came apart in two hours, said Canyon. That was the easy part.
The rest of the work took 10 weeks. To get the ice cream truck look, Ron Canyon did research he looked up ice cream trucks on the Internet, scoped out Dreyer’s own antique truck parked at corporate headquarters in Oakland, and got more photos from a movie and TV car specialist.
Dreyer’s/Edy’s (it’s the same company, but called Dreyer’s in the West and Edy’s in the East) chose the Mini for its size, first of all, but also because the vehicle has high-tech items like Blue-tooth and iPod compatibility. To those, Canyon added a MiniMac computer and an HP Tablet PC, all performing various promotional duties during the truck’s 10-city cross-country tour