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Old 12-20-2012, 09:40 AM   #5776
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Hum....my friends drove an old converted Dodge school bus/van all the way from Quebec down into the deep south and across, back up to BC. 4-5 years ago??? Most probably in a worse shape than the above conversion.Sure has a 318 in it from the 70's, older than the van. Then used it to live in, so it hardly moved for that time.

Did not move at all the last 2 years, they just flew in and drove it back. One flat and a few quarts of oil.....! LOTS of gasoline!

I sure had my doubts about their vehicle,, I have worked on it for them....

So they made a little video for me and the other naysayers.....

http://sharing.theflip.com/session/1...ideo/156925361
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:35 AM   #5777
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What could go wrong? It's written on the front of the van. And it doesn't say First On Race Day.
Found On Rubbish Dumps
Fix Or Repair Daily
Fails On Rainy Days
Fails On Race Day
Found On Roadside Dead
Failure Of Research & Development
Found On Road Deserted
Fast Only Running Downhill
Factory Ordered Road Disaster
Factory Ordered Rebuilt Datsun
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For Only Retarded Drivers
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For Off Road Death
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Fat Old Rusted Dog
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First On Recycle Day

I had a buddy with a Ford pickup in the 80s that was a real lemon. ALWAYS breaking down.
He pried the ford logo off the grill and welded one of these on in its place

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Old 12-20-2012, 10:53 AM   #5778
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Found On Rubbish Dumps
Fix Or Repair Daily
Fails On Rainy Days
Fails On Race Day
Found On Roadside Dead
Failure Of Research & Development
Found On Road Deserted
Fast Only Running Downhill
Factory Ordered Road Disaster
Factory Ordered Rebuilt Datsun
Flip Over Read Directions
Four Old Rusted Doors
Ford Owner Really Dumb
For Only Retarded Drivers
Ford Owners Recommend Datsun (Dodge)
Flipped Over Russian Dunebuggy
For Off Road Death
Fords Only Run Downhill
Fat Old Rusted Dog
Freaking Old Rusted Dodge (Datsun)
Forget Out Running Datsuns
For Old Retarded Drivers
First On Recycle Day

I had a buddy with a Ford pickup in the 80s that was a real lemon. ALWAYS breaking down.
He pried the ford logo off the grill and welded one of these on in its place
You left out "Henry Ford had very good ideas, to bad he took them to the grave".

Many people just love any Dodge, we pray for them.
There's a reason they named it Dodge, that's what they do when getting lapped.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:55 AM   #5779
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After checking out different models made over the years and delving into 22" class c too i'm leaning towards this class b from the mid to late 90s.

It's made by coachmen on a ford or gm 350 chasis. most are ford. they were made until the year 2000 so you'll find v10s as well as older 460s and some V8s plus the occasional GM.

understand there are 3 of us, so what i like is it has a front cab over for my daughter to sleep and then my wife and i can sleep on the fold out couch plus this config. has a rear dinning area/table that is also a sleeping area.

this is the setup I like http://www.campingworldofhillsboro.c...oachmen/196086
and the other being a rear throne toilet and small shower.
the rear toilet/shower layout seemed to waste space imo. but most all the mfg were doing it this way.

with the rear dining area, i have a separate place to do computer work while someone is say chillin on the coach. the toilet is just a small compact spot on the side w/ some fast privacy curtain if needed. the shower is outside, which is plenty.
the topper portion is not are huge as the airstream e190 and like i said this has a rear dinnete/bed vrs wastefull attempt at a shower inside the van.

these can be had for 10-15K and i'd figure on another few k fixing things up and lift it a inch or 2 plus add a locker.
i'd put a bike on the back and we'd head to baja & beyond.

has anyone here owned one of these or know about them???
i can't find any info/broshorse on them only some listed for sale.

any other mfg making this type of class B in the 90s w/ hard shell topper that afforded sleeping in a cab over sense?
i'm talking topper, not the whole rear fiberglass & wider unit class B+ thing. i must say that kodiak vxl2000 from canada is sweet but bigger and alot more $ used. if it was just the 2 of us the layout would be easier to find but with a child also needing a place to sleep and area to call her own the cab-over is kinda needed.

i could go up to B+ or short 22" class c but the more and more I think about it, I like the narrower pure van based. we will drive it all over mexico and openings are tighter in that country on the mainland.

so far i've found airstream b-190, coachmen 19(?) & some saying falcon.

my thought was by the time i just bought a 350 class van and started out fitting it it could way more $, plus all that time vrs a factory built class B rv. of course a diesel & 4x4 converted coachmen 19 would be the bomb but i'm not holding my breath hoping to that find unicorn.


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Old 12-20-2012, 12:48 PM   #5780
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so says mr M.B. aka money bags


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Found On Rubbish Dumps
Fix Or Repair Daily
Fails On Rainy Days
Fails On Race Day
Found On Roadside Dead
Failure Of Research & Development
Found On Road Deserted
Fast Only Running Downhill
Factory Ordered Road Disaster
Factory Ordered Rebuilt Datsun
Flip Over Read Directions
Four Old Rusted Doors
Ford Owner Really Dumb
For Only Retarded Drivers
Ford Owners Recommend Datsun (Dodge)
Flipped Over Russian Dunebuggy
For Off Road Death
Fords Only Run Downhill
Fat Old Rusted Dog
Freaking Old Rusted Dodge (Datsun)
Forget Out Running Datsuns
For Old Retarded Drivers
First On Recycle Day

I had a buddy with a Ford pickup in the 80s that was a real lemon. ALWAYS breaking down.
He pried the ford logo off the grill and welded one of these on in its place

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Old 12-20-2012, 12:53 PM   #5781
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so says mr M.B. aka money bags
Mucho Benjamins (to repair)
More Broke
Machinery Breakdown

...etc
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:24 PM   #5782
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nice van, congrats

I'm with Hayduke, one day I might convert mine- if I don't sell it until then.

Can't find a picture now, but back in Europe they have, used to have anyway, armoured E350s, and I always liked the badass look- kind of like your van, sans the front bumper.

Are the tires 265?

Ko
Thanks!

The tires are 285's...
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:30 AM   #5783
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Anyone ever stored a bike in a van? We're staging our house for sale and my wife demanded I get most of the toys out of the garage (the Ural can stay because it's kitschy and not running). I got a 10x10 enclosed for the home stuff and a 10x20 outdoor for the van with the plan of putting the Strom and the DR inside. They'll be there for ~ 3 months, what should I do to them beforehand prior to loading them up?
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:14 PM   #5784
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Anyone ever stored a bike in a van? We're staging our house for sale and my wife demanded I get most of the toys out of the garage (the Ural can stay because it's kitschy and not running). I got a 10x10 enclosed for the home stuff and a 10x20 outdoor for the van with the plan of putting the Strom and the DR inside. They'll be there for ~ 3 months, what should I do to them beforehand prior to loading them up?
Storing them in a Van would be no different then storing them anywhere else for the same time. Since Colorado is cold in the winter, make sure anything water cooled has proper antifreeze for the temperture. I would run them out of gas before storing or the vapors might add a new aroma to the inside of the van and all the other stuff stored in there as well.

I moved back in '06 and found a local place that would rent/store ocean containers. Got a 20', loaded it up with more stuff then I should have kept. That was so nice. Load everything into a box, only a 6" step to go up. Box goes away. Box comes back in the driveway of new house. No moving van, no storage unit, only handle half as much. Almost as good as a moving company, in some aspects better. Real ocean containers, not a wimpy plastic POD.
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Old 12-25-2012, 04:05 PM   #5785
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:50 AM   #5786
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Anyone ever stored a bike in a van? We're staging our house for sale and my wife demanded I get most of the toys out of the garage (the Ural can stay because it's kitschy and not running). I got a 10x10 enclosed for the home stuff and a 10x20 outdoor for the van with the plan of putting the Strom and the DR inside. They'll be there for ~ 3 months, what should I do to them beforehand prior to loading them up?

I use my van as a mobile alarmed garage for a pair of XR650R's. Really the only time they come out is for riding or service. I drain the tanks and float bowls and keep the tie downs slack unless the rig is being driven somewhere. No issues whatsoever.
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:37 PM   #5787
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:50 PM   #5788
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Just got this last week.

Looks clean;no rust! No salted roads where you are?
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:48 AM   #5789
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Just got this last week.

I had one of those. I bought it for the sole purpose of replacing the 4.3 with an LS1.

It was fun...then a friend gave me a Paxton Novi 1000 for the LS1.

We called it a "fastro"
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:22 AM   #5790
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I had one of those. I bought it for the sole purpose of replacing the 4.3 with an LS1.

It was fun...then a friend gave me a Paxton Novi 1000 for the LS1.

We called it a "fastro"
I'd love to see pictures of that build, what a cool project!
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