Vans!

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

  1. mike54

    mike54 You don't get me

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    I like that story.
    A bunch of us guys got 65 ford econolines when I was going to school becuase that's what the phone company was getting rid of. 'Cept I got one of the 1/4 ton pickups. We were getting 'em to carry our surfboards to the beach and I thought the pick up would be better and different. Then I found out that the vans could do double duty as a place to neck with your sweetie. Man I was such a dork-o-potomus. So I traded the pick up for a VW bug with a rack on top. That didn't work any better but it was cheaper to keep running.
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  2. St_rydr

    St_rydr Strider

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  3. d mc gee

    d mc gee Been here awhile

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    When I was a kid we had a early 70's VW (oranage and white), dad tried to rig up an auxilary heater. I remember it was always cold, and it broke down alot. I think the slider popped off a few times too.

    We were more staition wagon people, at one point my parents had matching Caprice wagons.
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  4. d mc gee

    d mc gee Been here awhile

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    [​IMG]Build one of these.....:rofl

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  5. Carlo Muro

    Carlo Muro SupercĂ zzola

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    Screw your hippie van...I'll take those Ansen wheels off your hands though. Damn I love those. They might be ETs but they look lke Ansens
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  6. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    I don't have any pics here in Tucson, but we traveled all over western EUR in the latter part of the 70s in a blue and white Dodge van with a Mercedes camper top on it. How the dood that owned the truck before us got the MB top on it is beyond me. Had 6' + of headroom. Cabinets all round the perimeter of the camper for 'stuff' (up to and including Deviled Ham and Chicken).

    It was the vehicle I learned to drive in. Thought I was fer sure fucked my first drive on my own. Raining, didn't see the cage that was barreling down the road as I was turnin left. :eek1 I was cringing, waiting for the BANG! when it didn't happen, I was WAY relieved!

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  7. Roughidle

    Roughidle Super Star Destroyer....

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    Wanted this van, spent the money on travel instead,
    It went for about 5K on ebay a few years back.

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  8. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    I've never had a van that I would consider aesthetically pleasing or anything like that. It's the utility, or the live-out-of-it-ability that attracts me.


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  9. Dano 407

    Dano 407 One Man Wolfpack

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    I grew up in the 70's as well. So Rich McCasland's folks had a Dodge with a 'glass topper that was forgotten until Napoleon Dynamite. It was the same freaking Santana conversion that Rich had. And the Coronas brothers all had Chevy vans, and they were in the "Hula Vanners" van club and all the 6th graders thought that was cool as shit.


    But the prom where the girl's dad let her take the van was the best......5am in a church parking lot? Good times.

    And the #1 reason why my kid will never own a van.
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  10. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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  11. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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  12. choirboy

    choirboy Yankee Racers - Founder

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    My parents had a 1973 Microbus Sportmobile conversion that we used to vacation through Mexico for part of one year.

    jdiaz needs to post his. :deal
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  13. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Vans..Ahhhh! We love 'em. If you can only have one vehicle, a van it has to be. It's a van, it's a passenger car, it's a truck, you can sleep in it, make a business out of it. I'm thinking about selling our Astro and getting an 'Uncle Rico' ala Napolean Dynamite. If I had the bread right now I'd be in one of those Mercedes, a shorty with a low roof. Some of the class B motorhomes are really sweet too. Our Louis just bought a 1999 VW Rialta, it's 22' long, so more than a van, but it drives like one. We've spent MANY a comfortable night in our Astro down on the beach in San Felipe.

    the famous james
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  14. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    A buddy in High School had a full size Ford..or was it a Chevy?...anyway it was chopped short like that. But it had cartoons of motorcycles painted on the sides using the van's wheels for the bikes wheels.
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  15. Just_Sean

    Just_Sean herewegoagain

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    Sorry - as close to a van as I wanna get



    or maybe

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  16. wagonpilot

    wagonpilot Freeeeze

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    Mine, again...

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    Why I have it...

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  17. RedFlash

    RedFlash Go Cubs!

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  18. Tman66

    Tman66 Shawn's bro

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    I had a flat nose Dodge van. Poly 318, gear shift on the dash. It was a camper van as well. I can't say I loved it, but it got me back and forth to work in the summer of '92.:D
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  19. MojaveGS

    MojaveGS Loving it!

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  20. Knighthawk

    Knighthawk Sofa King Bueno

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    Not really a van, but my dream vehicle.

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