Vans!

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

  1. Joz

    Joz What could go wrong?

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    :rofl

    I pretty much gave that thing away. "Blew" the engine weeks before I left. Sold (gave) it to a buddy who later told me that all I did was strip the head bolt threads out of the block. He had it back on the road for about £250! Oh well. Might have had something to do with the way I drove it!

    I should have been able to sell it for about £4000!
  2. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    Sweet Van, Joz. Wish we had those here!
  3. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Y'all seen the new Nissan NV series of 'vans?'

    [​IMG]

    :puke1 EXCEPT for the part where there's no doghouse in the cabin. Oh, and the high roof version. :thumb They say that someone 6'3" can stand upright in the tall version. Lessee... that'll give me 7" of headroom! :clap

    M
  4. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    not a van :nah
  5. Hotspice

    Hotspice Satellites not acquired

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    :eek1 Damn, you stole that thing..

    I poke around here regularly looking for the next toy.. http://www.floridachurchbus.com/ Mostly just window shopping though.

    You could probably fab a plate that flips off the end of the ramp so you don't have to worry about the board slipping.
  6. TroySmith

    TroySmith Adventurer

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    Yeah, i have to agree with Hayduke, that thing is not a van. It's a high-top Armada.

    Which isn't to say it is not a cool rig. Definitely would be nice not to have the doghouse in the cabin, and it's probably quieter. But something is lost too.



    LOVE LOVE LOVE the mazda. I saw your location was Colorado and as i was reading the post i was thinking how the hell did he have a rig like that in the US and is started getting my hopes up. Then they were dashed at the end of the post! 4,000 lbs isn't bad for an AWD diesel pop-top van! It'd top my list over a ford for what i need/want to do. (except i'd want a high-top rather than pop-top, but i'm sure that could be arranged)
  7. z@ch

    z@ch Turn it up to eleven

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    Well it's ugly enough to be a van!






























    :hide
  8. natedog39

    natedog39 Borderline Beefcake

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    That was $300 more than NY Bus Sales gave our district in trade for it too,,,,,which is they're policy if an employee wants to purchace a trade bus.

    I do plan to make something permenant to ease loading the bike,,,I'll be sure to post pics when I do.
  9. Bucho

    Bucho Long timer

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  10. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    Be gone, heretic! :bluduh

    Van's are beautiful. That abomination is ugly and is not a van. :nah :lol3
  11. TroySmith

    TroySmith Adventurer

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    the doghouse is that big engine cover that intrudes into the passenger space between the driver and front passenger. Because there is a very short engine bay, the engine is partially in the passenger compartment, and that cover is called the doghouse. Also, you get more heat and noise in the cabin, generally speaking, versus a pickup or car that has the engine out in front of you, on the other side of the firewall.
  12. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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    You have to realize though, a diesel will get better fuel mileage than a gas unit.
    Average gas mpg with 2wd=15.
    Average diesel mpg with 2wd=20+.
    Drop those number down about 5mpg for a 4x4 unit.
    My old gas 4x4 Chevy van a few pages back got between 10 and 12mpg.
  13. Carlo Muro

    Carlo Muro Supercàzzola

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    oh I AM interested. Where do I get one? And better yet, where do I find an Africa Twin? Nice setup.





    now I see...this obviously wasn't in Colorado
  14. Joz

    Joz What could go wrong?

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    Sorry Van freaks! I spent 18 months in England where I bought the Bongo as a 'grey' import from Japan. They were never supposed to leave Japan. Mine came out of a Japanese junk yard. There's quite a cult following in the UK as they are right-hand-drive vehicles. Certainly not found in Colorado! I had to pay extra to do all the import and certification paperwork to make it legal in the UK.

    The Africa Twin was a legal UK (from Japan) import but the CRM was another grey market import......both of which found their way to my garage in Colorado.

    I've started to see my problem.....none of my bikes can be legally imported into the US.... most of my other stuff is one-off or home-built too. Maybe I have a problem.....
  15. Bucho

    Bucho Long timer

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    Thanks.

  16. BigT

    BigT Been here awhile

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    1963 Ford Falcon Van. 170cc inline 6cyl. w/4-speed column shift.

    This was my first car (van). I inherited it from my father when he passed away (waaay too young).

    I went through a phase where I put mags on it and a bunch of other crap, but then I got to feeling guilty about turning his van into a rolling joke, so I returned it to stock.

    It was an interesting design, but the reality was it was a piece of junk.

    [​IMG]
  17. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    4-speed? I had a similar van with a 3-speed.

    I liked mine. It was slow, bad brakes and handled poorly, but fun to drive anyhow!

    [​IMG]

    Of course mine was a rollong joke, but at 24, I thought it was cool. I bought it for $200 from a fellow AF guy going overseas!

    Jim :brow
  18. jitterymonkey

    jitterymonkey Been here awhile

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    I miss my '67 Econoline. (sorry,no pictures)
    Had the 200 inline six with a Clifford header & 2 barrel.
    Scary steering though.:eek1
    I tried & tried to fix how she'd wander all over the road at Hi-way speeds.
  19. Silver King

    Silver King Maita'i roa ae!

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    Is that a knight battling a unicorn on the side? Or white knight vs black knight? More pics!!! :freaky
  20. Lee C

    Lee C Been here awhile

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    Cool Opel the van not so much:1drink