Vans!

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

  1. ErikY.

    ErikY. Here, Now.

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    It WAs and IS cool! Great van amigo! I would totally drive that around today, as is. Well maybe I'd change the mural to Slutty Viking Chick.
  2. Ruffus

    Ruffus Dirty Old Mudder

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    That black van looks pretty cool, I'd ditch the mural, but I'm liking the lines & the stance of the van. I'd happily own one, with an LS1 for motivation of course :evil
  3. Super Suz

    Super Suz N00b with B00b

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    I know I will miss my '94 when the time comes. :cry
  4. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    The Opel.

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    I have one still, just not that one.

    Jim :brow
  5. Monroe

    Monroe Been here awhile

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    .....a little late to this thread, very enjoyable. THESE ARE A COUPLE OF GREAT PICTURES!!

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  6. Monroe

    Monroe Been here awhile

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    ......and yet another great shot.........some memories there.
  7. Bbasso

    Bbasso my name is Rob

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    Got me some wheels put on today...
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    anyone have two rear center caps?

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  8. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    :tb Nice. :thumb I really want to put some wheels and BFG all-terrains on... but I'll wait until my tires need to be replaced.

    Used the Stalker Van to haul the trials bike today:

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  9. NDEBT

    NDEBT Long timer

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    Thanks, He did a good jobHe had it at the Starbird show in Tulsa and got first in the van class. Check out the wood floor. I like it.


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  10. Bbasso

    Bbasso my name is Rob

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    thanks, my bfg's have about 35,000 on them now... not even half way worn.
    tough tire+easy use= lots of miles.

    Oh and my XR650L is aways inside unless I'm riding :)
  11. foster

    foster Huh?

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    89 chevy
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    Unfortunately, the front end was destroyed by a suicidal deer a couple of months ago. Gotta find some salvage parts and get her back on the road.

    Would love to paint the thing but am guessing that the paint job would cost more than the van is worth :lol3
  12. BigT

    BigT Been here awhile

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    Yep. Some of the early Falcon/Econoline vans came with the Dagenham (England) 4-speed. 1st gear was very, very low. Almost a "Granny".

    It was fun to drive, but along with your list of characteristics, mine routinely overheated and blew exhaust gaskets.
    I had the steering box completely rebuilt at one point, but it still wandered all over the road.

    It was a very useful little van, but I always wished it was one of those Econoline pickups. Now those are cool! :D

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  13. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Interesting. I have never seen a 4-speed on the tree before. Were they good shifters? I bet they were finicky when the shift linkage was worn, I know my van and my 67 El Camino were horrible when the bushings wore down, which was often!:cry

    Nice truck there!:deal

    Jim :brow
  14. BigT

    BigT Been here awhile

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    Yeah, the linkage sucked big time! In fact at one point it was so loose I was able to put it in two gears at once, and that was the end of the Daganham right there. I had to, reluctantly, replace it with a 3-speed. :cry

    I used to have '67 El Camino too, only mine was a 4-on-the-floor.

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  15. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Very nice! Mine had 600K miles on two rebuilds. I finally replaced the 283 motor with a 250, and moved the shifter to the floor with a Hurst.

    My dad drove the crap out of it for years as a delivery truck before I got it.

    IMHO It was the nicest looking year for the El Camino, though the early ones were pretty cool too!

    Jim :brow
  16. dwayne

    dwayne Silly Adventurer

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    So what makes a van then:ear

    The only thing that this doesn't have that a standard NA van would is an engine hump. This thing would be awesome for hauling bikes, but I bet it's pretty thirsty. It would be pretty easy to bolt Titan 4wd components in as well.
  17. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Very nice! We had a 74/75 Westy that I built out of two. What a great way for kids to go camping. We used to fit two boxes of Pop Tarts in that little cubby under the little fold out table in the lower right. They fit perfectly.
  18. TroySmith

    TroySmith Adventurer

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    At least some degree of cab-forward design. Large interior space relative to exterior footprint. I would say the old 60s American vans, VW buses and vanagons, Mitsubishi Delica, Toyota HiAce and similar cab-forward vans are more true vans than are current ford and chevy offerings, and especially more so than the nissan.

    It's TRULY a van when the pedals are in front of the front wheel.

    ....or at least, that's like, my opinion, man.


    PS - Sold my westy the other day. Now officially shopping for a 4x4 Ford van!
  19. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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  20. dwayne

    dwayne Silly Adventurer

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    I'm pretty sure the term "van" refers to the type of cargo space offered. For example when describing tractor/trailer, trailer units you have flat decks, tankers, vans etc.

    Another example would be the "cube van", which could easily, and often is mounted on a pickup cab & chassis.