Ford has created the portmanteau “Vandemonium” to highlight just how many modified Transit Connect cargo van and Transit Connect Wagon models it will bring to the 2013 Specialty Equipment Market Show in Las Vegas. Next month, Ford plans to show off Transit Connect vans customized by aftermarket tuners.
The first modified 2014 Ford Transit Connect was overhauled by Ohio-based Blood & Grease, which turned the cargo van into a mobile clothing store. Changes begin with vinyl graphics, 18-inch wheels, air suspension, and a new intake and exhaust for the 2.5-liter inline-four engine. Inside, Blood & Grease has installed an upholstery and stitching station, a high-powered audio system, and a small mobile clothing boutique.
CGS Motorsport wanted to create a 2014 Ford Transit Connect suited to the drag strip. While the van won’t actually be competing in timed events, it’s instead outfitted to serve as a rolling support shop. On board are steel cabinets filled with tools, welding equipment, an air compressor, a set of ARP bolts and fasteners, and a customized leather interior. New red paint, tinted windows, and 20-inch wheels dress up the van’s exterior, along with a custom vinyl sign announcing CGS Motorsport. Just to keep some street cred, CGS also enhanced the van with a sport suspension from H&R Springs, and a new intake and exhaust for the four-cylinder engine.
Pennsylvania’s eJudged created what it calls a “mobile command station for car show judging.” As a result, the group decided to make its 2014 Ford Transit Connect an example of what eJudged looks for in tuner cars. Outside, that means this van scores 19-inch wheels, a new body kit from Lipster, tinted head- and taillights, aftermarket HID headlights, a brushed-steel vinyl wrap, a Magnaflow exhaust, and an air suspension. In addition to an upgraded Sony sound system, the cabin benefits from a wireless router; two computer monitors; Apple iPads, iPad Minis, iPods, and associated docking stations; an Apple Mac computer; and a Johnson Controls lighting system.
Impulse Marketing & Media used their 2014 Ford Transit Connect as the basis for a baked-goods delivery van. Called Project SunnySide Transit, the van is filled with special racks and shelves for holding baked goods that can then be sold to hungry bystanders. There are, of course, SEMA-ready modifications on the rest of the van: a Rockford Fosgate sound system, 18-inch wheels, an Eibach suspension that lowers the van by one inch, a new engine intake and exhaust, two-tone paint with air-brushed logos, and a new leather-and-suede interior treatment.
Literally combining form and function, California’s K-Daddyz Kustomz turned their 2014 Ford Transit Connect into a rolling car detailing and pin-striping shop. The means the cargo area is filled with special cargo divides, shelves, a paint mixer, a wide assortment of paint supplies, and a diamond-plate floor. A two-tone red-and-black paint job, tinted windows, 19-inch wheels, and a lowering kit complete the van’s visual transformation.
LGE/CTS Motorsports designed a 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon that could conceivably serve a family as a cross-country road trip vehicle. The interior benefits from DVD players for rear-seat passengers, an upgraded sound system, painted trim pieces, and custom JS Interiors seats. Beneath the car, adjustable Bilstein suspension, 20-inch wheels, a new sway bar, a new exhaust, and painted chassis components comprise the van’s mechanical changes. It is painted gray with gold and silver accents and tinted windows, and comes with a cargo box for the roof rack.
Mobsteel lowered a 2014 Ford Transit Connect, applied dramatic yellow graphics over its black paint, and fitted yellow steel wheels. The company has revealed little about its modified van, save for revealing that it is designed to promote the work of the Detroit Steel Wheel Company.
California’s Pentech Automotive added an extensive list of electronic upgrades. Pioneer speakers, amplifiers, and subwoofers help upgrade the sound system, while a leather interior upgrade and Recaro seats improve the cabin’s looks. On the outside, KW Suspension components lower the car, while 20-inch wheels and a tri-color paint scheme contrast with die-cut vinyl graphics.
The final take on the 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon comes from Strange Motion, which conceived a van for hauling BMX bikes and riders. A dramatic grey-and-orange paint job combines with black-and-white wheels on the van’s exterior. Atop its roof is a box for spare parts and a mount holding one BMX bike, while the interior has both room for passengers and space for carrying more tricked-out two-wheelers.
All of these modified 2014 Ford Transit Connect vans will be on display at the 2013 SEMA show starting Tuesday, November 5.