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Banana Car: Inventor Turns Pick-Up Truck Into Driveable Banana

September 2, 2019


WOMAN: I have never seen anything like this before. Can we touch it? STEVE: Sure you can. STEVE: I’ve built a lot of hotrod cars over the years, and I decided I wanted to something
completely ridiculous, and so the idea of the Banana Car came from that. STEVE: I was in a gas station and there was a bowl of fruit as I am standing in line,
right next to where I was. On top was a banana that ran fairly straight and curved at the
back, and I picked it up and I am looking at it, I am studying this, and I am picturing
where the wheels would go and the engine and the seats, and I picture it driving down the
road and start laughing. COMM: A product of the warped minds of art car fabricators, The Mutant Brothers, the
fully road legal Big Banana Car is a regular sight on the streets of Michigan. STEVE: I bought a 1993 Ford F150 pickup truck, took off all the sheet metal, which left the
nice slender frame with the engine and the suspension still attached. I then built the
frame, the skeleton of the banana out of rebar, covered it with chicken wire, sprayed it with
urethane foam like you insulate houses with, then sculpted that to a nice banana shape,
and then fiberglassed over the top. COMM: The fruity vehicle took two and a half years to build with the work mainly just being
done on Sundays. STEVE: The cost of the Banana Car was spread out over two and half years so it’s hard
to say exactly how much it did end up costing, somewhere between $20-$25,000. I could
have done for a lot less than that but we replaced everything. TOM: And to credit Steve though that doesn’t include any labor. You are looking at hundreds and
hundreds and hundreds of man hours. COMM: The Big Banana Car is four wheel drive and is surprisingly fast. STEVE: I’ve had it up to 85mph. Before you get freaked out that was in Texas, where the
speed limit was 80. So I was going 5 over and I was still the slowest one on the road. TOM: I’ve got bad news for you. I’ve got 85 in Michigan. But it was downhill. COMM: The vehicle stands just over 10 feet tall. However the stem is retractable to let
the car go under low bridges. STEVE: There have been two occasions when the stem wasn’t low enough. It makes you
realise quickly that you just made a mistake. COMM: Unsurprisingly the Banana Car doesn’t go unnoticed. TOM: Oh man, we get the reactions. Quite often we’ll do events at schools. When there is
sixty 7- and 8-year-olds, they are just screaming. It’s the funniest thing ever. STEVE: We’ve been asked a few times if we would sell the Big Banana Car but I realised
that if we did what we would be giving up isn’t just the car, it’s all of that.
It’s all that goodwill that just surrounds it and it’s lovely, it’s wonderful.

93 Comments

  • Reply Adeel Sohail March 23, 2016 at 12:00 am

    first viewer 👍

  • Reply Colonel Ronson March 23, 2016 at 12:06 am

    banana car!!

  • Reply The Banana Melon March 23, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Tried to pass him on the highway but he peeled out

  • Reply KlunkerRider March 23, 2016 at 12:55 am

    He's constantly being chased by King Kong

  • Reply hated and killed March 23, 2016 at 1:05 am

    imagine all fruit cars on the road, now we talking fruits for transportation, now imagine all roads in fruity shapes, now we talking fruity loops..

  • Reply Dustin dalessandro March 23, 2016 at 1:19 am

    This thing can peel out

  • Reply SideWayz Moose March 23, 2016 at 1:38 am

    Very cool, it piss's me off when they put all this time into the body and keep the stock F-150 wheel 🙁

  • Reply Charger Dave March 23, 2016 at 3:37 am

    Only drives on sundaes

  • Reply Henry T. March 23, 2016 at 3:57 am

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  • Reply Joe Wik March 23, 2016 at 4:05 am

    Cmon man the damn shed goes faster

  • Reply Maindrian Pace March 23, 2016 at 5:44 am

    A 302 powered, 4WD banana. Just saw one last week.

  • Reply Scott RC March 23, 2016 at 11:54 am

    The voice of the barcroft narrator is really annoying

  • Reply Abc123 Xoxo March 23, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Crazy !!
    I like it !! 👍

  • Reply Gobblox March 23, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    This guy is from my home town! He actually drives it frequently too. One day I drove past him on the highway in the rain.

  • Reply JdmKustoms Official March 23, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Don't Drive Past This When Drunk Or High XDDDD

  • Reply Jason's Journeys March 24, 2016 at 12:58 am

    He said he had to replace alot when building it, because it's technically a FORD. ..😒😂🍌 🍌

  • Reply linux750 March 24, 2016 at 2:56 am

    That's nice. I't be nicer if it could float and become…a "banana boat."

    you could also slap some wings on it and a turret so it could become an awesome "banana bi-plane"

  • Reply Humphrey R. March 24, 2016 at 3:24 am

    He's bananas!!!

  • Reply IAN LAI March 24, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Whoever is riding it is having a good time

  • Reply mr spacley March 25, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Good for him.. he could've made a burger car, but he chose to go with a banana. very healthy

  • Reply Classickid21 March 27, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Well lets all go bananas lol

  • Reply Auto Content Garage April 1, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    wouldn't want to crash that it might….split in half

  • Reply Cindy Coontz April 2, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    It messed up when others take over your hole life

  • Reply Joe Dummers April 6, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Andy Warhol approves this

  • Reply gabriel diffin April 10, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    I live in Michigan wow that's cool!!!

  • Reply gabriel diffin April 10, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    I live in Michigan wow that's cool!!!!!!

  • Reply Monalisaa Mahii April 16, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Wow 😄😱😰

  • Reply William Shook April 19, 2016 at 7:20 am

    "Cool"

  • Reply Fox Girl LPS April 21, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    I want it

  • Reply MIDNIGHT_DREΛM April 28, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Now all we need is a banana bus

  • Reply NP70707 May 5, 2016 at 4:11 am

    Thats American ingenuity and Imagination at work

  • Reply Skoda130 May 10, 2016 at 1:31 am

    Now try a driveable pancake..

  • Reply Grape May 16, 2016 at 4:04 am

    aww, no horse mask guy in this, what a shame

  • Reply ☀️ Sunny Days ☀️ May 19, 2016 at 6:52 am

    🍌 + 🚙 = 🙈 X 😎 + 👍

  • Reply Daddy's Art School June 7, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Nice Banana Car!

  • Reply Derek Waggoner June 7, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Hey baby, is that a banana your driving or are you just happy to see me?

  • Reply Shana A June 19, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    he's as mad as a hatter

  • Reply Firebrand1967 June 22, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Hey, it's Ace and Gary's Duo-car!

  • Reply Memelord August 8, 2016 at 6:00 am

    donkey kart confirmed?

  • Reply XtrA GoD August 20, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    DID YOU SAY BANANA!!!!!!!

  • Reply Jack Mcslay September 26, 2016 at 3:53 am

    Vroom vroom vroom vroom vroom vroom vroom… banana car!

  • Reply Bryan Ropar November 3, 2016 at 2:07 am

    I keep saying something that looks different or like something from another planet will turn allot more heads then a Porsche, Bugatti, Ferrari, or a Corvette.

  • Reply Robert Roehm November 26, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    this car followed me home from work! nearby Seal Beach! i hope this is in the Seal Beach Parade!!!

  • Reply Mabry Anderson December 6, 2016 at 1:16 am

    You should nickname that whacky vehicle "The Rotten Banana"!

  • Reply Martin Buenrostro February 12, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    I saw this car in driving in Monterrey park,ca it sure gets around

  • Reply Jameson March 29, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    roman atwood was in this

  • Reply RobertsDigital June 28, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    You could make money giving people a ride on that thing….

  • Reply Red Moon 96 July 13, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    I need this car NOW lol

  • Reply Big BUUURRRD July 19, 2017 at 5:27 am

    some gey people would try to stick that banana up their ass

  • Reply Vivian Nguyen August 7, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Who came here from America's Got Talent?

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  • Reply Skull fu November 2, 2017 at 5:10 am

    fish don't fry in the kitchen

  • Reply Clint Cochrane December 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    But can it do burnouts?

  • Reply ResidentEvil302cuba rican215 December 17, 2017 at 2:40 am

    That's a fruity car

  • Reply JacobHQ January 6, 2018 at 6:01 am

    That car is quite long

  • Reply Ludagen January 29, 2018 at 5:38 am

    Peel mobile

  • Reply Henry Lam February 5, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    he's nice man let my friends and i seat on this car in Huntington Beach 1/4/18.

  • Reply slimy data March 30, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    I've rode in it

  • Reply nate 99 May 3, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    I just seen one about a hour lol

  • Reply nate 99 May 3, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Ago lol

  • Reply Oprahs FatAss May 10, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    I just saw this driving down the street in Austin.

  • Reply Swade C May 24, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    This dudes a fraud. Never mentions the fact that 2 other people. One of which being my brother in law, welded the whole thing. They always claim they did all the work. But ask them any mechanical question, and their clueless.

  • Reply David Thomspson June 24, 2018 at 11:22 am

    The penis car is next!🤣

  • Reply Sk8r Shibe September 7, 2018 at 7:02 am

    It must be aPEELING to see that on the road

  • Reply yasin şenkaya September 9, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Araba muhteşem

  • Reply yasin şenkaya September 10, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Tek kötü yanı kireçten olması

  • Reply Dylan Deglopper September 17, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Yah this guy parks at Meijer all the time

  • Reply Ishan Chugh September 21, 2018 at 3:16 am

    Kitne ki hai ya car

  • Reply vik on bisht September 21, 2018 at 11:45 am

    how to make

  • Reply LegendaryFruitLoop September 21, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    This guy sounds like the Text-To-Speech voice redditors use lol

  • Reply B Shadden October 3, 2018 at 3:33 am

    tHaTs BaNaNaS. !!!!!

  • Reply nick drew November 19, 2018 at 12:05 am

    I saw that before in Florida

  • Reply Galaxy Goldbox December 8, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    banana song in backround
    IM A BANNNA, IM A BANANA
    IM A BANANA, IM A BANNA
    IM A BANANA!!!!!~

  • Reply Hector Mzqt January 8, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    They produced a bunch of these!

  • Reply Oh Shit January 14, 2019 at 9:30 am

    2 years later and this still makes me giggle

  • Reply artlord98 February 8, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    I’m eating a banana

  • Reply Orson Jarrett February 16, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Why does the guy who made this car sound like that one text to speech guy?

  • Reply NavigatedChaos February 17, 2019 at 10:51 am

    The only reason I'm here is because I'm trying to find a car and I thought of the most ridiculous car that can be out there. To think we are only a few miles apart from each other.

  • Reply David Merlin March 3, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    He should make a deal with a banana company, put their logo on and travel the country like the Weinermobile

  • Reply Xbox Live March 12, 2019 at 3:42 am

    Where’s the banana bus??

  • Reply Jayden W. April 8, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    Saw this down the street from my house in Ocoee, FL in a Publix parking lot. I was amazed lol!

  • Reply ritz ashwan May 8, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Oh mah god, that's slippery!

  • Reply Alyssa B May 24, 2019 at 3:16 am

    I live in Kalamazoo, and have seen this banana car 3 times!!

  • Reply EJDoesStuff May 27, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Banana bus

  • Reply Jitu Thakur May 28, 2019 at 6:14 am

    Ciut

  • Reply douglas wilson May 31, 2019 at 4:12 am

    It is too ripe

  • Reply yaya kelley June 8, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    "The banana" goes by my loft everyday. I want to get a ride for my 2yo grandson this summer on it!!🍌

  • Reply duolingo bird June 11, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    I saw this at walmaert today

  • Reply ignoremelol June 15, 2019 at 4:52 am

    Saw this on tik tok, somebody recorded it

  • Reply Amy Dg2008 July 27, 2019 at 2:40 am

    I.Need.This
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  • Reply Danielle Ripp July 28, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    My two daughters loves ur car. Can they take a ride?????? We have family that lives in Lansing n we used to as well. My youngest is so fascinated by it.

  • Reply John Smith August 26, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    One day the big banana car ran into the big donut car and there was a massive explosion..lol

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