Vans!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Hayduke, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. manx_20

    manx_20 Been here awhile

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    What ? where? how much?

    :evil

  2. cheesebot

    cheesebot I cheesebot

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    I just picked up this over the weekend:

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    I've lusted after one of these for the last 20 years or so for some reason. Sure, I'd prefer if it were a 4wd (and less rusty) but it'll allow me to learn more about these spaceships while I spend some time looking for the ideal specimen. And when I find it I can either sell this one off to my surfer/stoner little brother or use it for parts.

    This is the newest car I've ever owned...
  3. Shaggie

    Shaggie Unseen University

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    :thumb
  4. JamesG

    JamesG Rabid Poster

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    Please don't be 'round har. Please. Please. Please.

    I wouldn't be able to resist it, and :hair wife will have me living in it. :doh
  5. Shaggie

    Shaggie Unseen University

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    gorgeous
  6. leakypetcock

    leakypetcock Adventurer

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    Check the Bellingham Washington craigslist. Search for "rare class c"
  7. Ahar

    Ahar Retired in place

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  8. ErikY.

    ErikY. Here, Now.

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    I had an '87 4x4 5 speed; one of the best vehicles I ever owned, until I bought the Delica.
    The only thing to watch for on those is overheating and the head warping or head gasket going. Probably due to the lack of air flow with the engine placement. Make sure the thermostat's good and keep the rad free of sand and dirt :1drink
  9. leakypetcock

    leakypetcock Adventurer

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  10. manx_20

    manx_20 Been here awhile

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  11. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Fly and ride.:deal
  12. manx_20

    manx_20 Been here awhile

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    lol you are more optimistic of its road worthiness then I
  13. ErikY.

    ErikY. Here, Now.

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    Fixed!
  14. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Not like you wouldn't have a roof over your head. Besides, what could go wrong?

    :lol3
  15. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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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.
  16. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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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!:wink:

    I sure had my doubts about their vehicle,:wink:, I have worked on it for them....:eek1

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

    http://sharing.theflip.com/session/1179fe39605764ef4b8f37d481052574/video/156925361
  17. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    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 :rofl

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  18. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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    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.
  19. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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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.com/shownat/class-b/1993/coachmen-coachmen/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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  20. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    :D
    so says mr M.B. aka money bags