Vans!

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

  1. Olas

    Olas the darkness

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    Here's my 1984 Vanagon with my XR250 in it:

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    and here she is with a XR400, a XR250 and two mountain bikes:

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  2. Queen

    Queen Long timer

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    This thread is making me miss my old van something fierce!

    I had one like this (1977 Dodge van):

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    Bought it in 1984 when I was a firefighter, with the '24 on 48 off' schedule it got used constantly, camping, concerts, road trips, "other". :lol3

    It was ugly as hell (baby shit brown paint), had green shag carpet and lawn chairs for passengers...I had a great time in it!!
  3. NDEBT

    NDEBT Long timer

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    Anyone got any more pics of their camping conversions. I'm thinking of buying this thing. I can get it CHEAP and I think I could take out all but mabe the first row of bench seats. It's a 91 E350 5.8L with 158,000 miles. Seems to run strong. It was an old chuch van and they usually maintain them well.

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  4. Turbocelica

    Turbocelica Been here awhile

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  5. asphaltmueller

    asphaltmueller nomad acc. § 2(3)AVV

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    Better put it of your list; a friend of mine, who's working in the automotive cluster in Graz told me, that the Viscos on the Syncros have a shelf live; they are filled with some vegetable stuff which gives up over time. :eek1
    Calculated use-period is long over now.
    And you can't order new ones/spares.
    At Magna, a few have been rebuilt, but those where "inside"-jobs for friends, normally far to expensive to offer it to "clients".

    Those were ment to be workhorses and not many have survived; they are expensive over here, to, but it seems that they will be gone in a few years.

    The IVECO 4x4 have a good reputation, too
  6. dirtypumpkin

    dirtypumpkin "Monster Truck Bike"

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    Cool Ford, and only 10k original miles!

    Been a couple years since Ive gone to the Towe Auto Museum, but they
    always have some cool vehicles to look at, and they sell stuff on consignment too.


  7. Queen

    Queen Long timer

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    :nod I'd love to have that!!
  8. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    Thanks. I sent thiat post to this mostly '68-'74 Econoline site.
    http://econolines.ipbhost.com/index.php?act=idx

    There is a thread for on line for sale finds in the 'For Sale/Wanted' section. Those pop-tops are kind of scarce. Could never find one here. I'd have removed all the camper stuff & changed it to haul bikes & camp in it too.
    Those are my favorite vans, had them for almost 40 years. Big inside but smaller outside than most any van.
  9. Tifighter

    Tifighter thread killer

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    You guys see this has officially debuted this week?

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    More about it here.
  10. Doc.Snyder

    Doc.Snyder Long timer

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    another epic fail. Waste of precious space with that long hood. And who needs a 4 liter V6 or 5.6 liter V8 for sth. like that? give us a 4, 5 or 6 cyl diesel w. 2.5 - 3.5l displacement.

    they should bring this:

    Nissan interstar
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    or

    the nv200

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    Not this mix of Titan, Navara, Ford econoline .
  11. UnderNewOwnership

    UnderNewOwnership Thread Slayer

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    Eugh. That van looks really whacked. Kinda like the love (hate?) child of a Navara and an early series SWB Ford Transit. They really should stop trying to put those crappy long engines in vans. It really ruins the whole look (and makes the vehicle unnecessarily large).
  12. GP640

    GP640 Long timer

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    That new Nissan looks more like an old school panel truck made from a Titan.
  13. fuzzygalore

    fuzzygalore Wonder Woman

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    I am the child of a 70's van man. We traveled all over in my dad's Tradesman 100 with the baby blue shag carpet, paneled walls and a couch in the back. My dad who is no longer able to drive gave us his 98' E250 last year. That thing is great for hauling bikes and stuff around. My daughter loves it because it has crank down windows. That's an exotic concept to kids these days, I guess. :lol3

    Does the Toyota Wonderwagon qualify as a van? I always loved those. I'd like to have one now.


    I spotted this baby in NYC last winter. Finally some other folks who will appreciate it's greatness! That is some quality artwork right there...

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  14. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    OMG, I'm in love with that van. :raabia :tb :lol3 :thumb
  15. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    Anyone see the article in Rider about the Ford Transit Connect? A guy used it to bring a vintage bike to a show, then camped out in it.
  16. Beemer Bob

    Beemer Bob Long timer

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    This is the van I used to get to the MX races in '73-'74. 1 ton short wheel base. Then oil embargo and a broken leg at Lake Sugartree put an end to that......



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  17. WIBO

    WIBO Will it buff out?

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  18. spagthorpe

    spagthorpe Long timer

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    Never seen an extended van done up like that. Not sure I like it. Obviously, a much larger canvas to express yourself, but doesn't look right to me. Kind of like doing a big Frazetta mural and mushroom windows on a Sprinter.
  19. Tifighter

    Tifighter thread killer

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    Its also in the April issue of car and driver, too.

    Garandman - check out this forum thread from the UK; half way down is a guy that has made a small camper put of his TC. He must not be very tall, but I like the enthusiasm...
  20. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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