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Urbanredneck 01-11-2019 05:57 PM

1970's Custom Vans!!!
 
Werent they the greatest?

Link 1

Link 2

gaffa 01-11-2019 08:51 PM

So, which will it be? Grass, gas or ass? Nobody rides for free.

The one with orange shag carpeting covering every interior surface makes me think of having been eaten by a Muppet.

kunilou 01-11-2019 09:03 PM

If you like them so much, let's sing about them!

Ike Witt 01-11-2019 09:23 PM

Man, the 1970s were weird.

feppytweed 01-11-2019 09:49 PM

Thought this was gonna be about the shoes.

BobBitchin' 01-11-2019 10:14 PM

I'll take a big lifted 4 wheel drive Dodge tradesman, with the "Barbarian chick in a brass bra riding a death lizzard" mural on the side.

Don't forget the side pipes.:D

lingyi 01-11-2019 11:27 PM

So great they made a movie about them! Anyone else remember The Van made in 1977? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4HHsICvu7k I first saw it in the late 70's on HBO.

Ahhh...good times! :cool:

burpo the wonder mutt 01-11-2019 11:29 PM

She woke up and took me by the hand
We made love in my Chevy van
And thatís all right with me

MrKnowItAll 01-11-2019 11:40 PM

I remember when I was a kid that Mom would make us look away, because of frequency of scantily clad women on those vans.

Actually, she made us look away for a lot of things.

Darren Garrison 01-11-2019 11:50 PM

Japan does it better.

lingyi 01-12-2019 01:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MrKnowItAll (Post 21426222)
I remember when I was a kid that Mom would make us look away, because of frequency of scantily clad women on those vans.

Actually, she made us look away for a lot of things.

LOL. My parents wouldn't make me look away, but there were sure a lot of lady "pokies" on the old pinball machines (50's - 70's) at the bowling alleys and nobody bothered to look twice at us pre and young teen kids playing them.

Spoons 01-12-2019 07:15 AM

Shaggin' wagons! Yes, I recall them ... and we'll just leave it at that, shall we?

Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor 01-12-2019 08:10 AM

Where are the Airbrushed Wizards?

Channing Idaho Banks 01-12-2019 10:24 AM

I always liked the special I always liked the special porthole windows that were placed in the side panels rear.

Darren Garrison 01-12-2019 11:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Channing Idaho Banks (Post 21426604)
I always liked the special I always liked the special porthole windows that were placed in the side panels rear.


Do you also keep your feathers numbered in case of an emergency?

silenus 01-12-2019 11:46 AM

I had a 1972 Dodge Tradesman 300 myself. Wasn't too tricked out, but it got the job done.

racer72 01-12-2019 12:06 PM

I took the van customizing course shown in the second link. Not a good use of my VA benefits after I got out of the Navy. The only time I ever used what I learned, I installed a sunroof in a 75 Mercedes. It actually turned out okay, I saw the owner of that car about 10 years later and he said it never leaked.

wguy123 01-12-2019 01:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Channing Idaho Banks (Post 21426604)
I always liked the special I always liked the special porthole windows that were placed in the side panels rear.

Remember when this craze moved to things beyond vans. Pinto wagons started getting converted as well:

https://images.hgmsites.net/med/1978...00374469_m.jpg

Gatopescado 01-12-2019 01:54 PM

Very Groovy! Second link is the best. ;)

SmartAleq 01-12-2019 02:01 PM

My mom had one--Dodge Tradesman 200, bright orange with a yellow stripe around the middle, tasteful (!) landscape mural on the side, porthole windows in the back and roof scoops for ventilation. Carpeted, pull out bed, minimal kitchen built in with cabinets all in that awesome wood veneer. Had a CB radio (Mother Trucker, come back!) that also had a loudspeaker mounted in the front grill so she could let other drivers know what she thought of their driving skills. They'd take that thing down to Baja every year in January and spend a month on the beach, come back all tanned and us kids would be SO envious. We'd go on racing weekends (dad raced SCCA C Sports Racing) and I'd sleep in the van while the 'rents stayed in a hotel and didn't I just roll a shitload of joints back there and host some parties? Say what you will about the garishness of it all, it was a fun time and a fun hobby.

Johnny L.A. 01-12-2019 02:11 PM

Watching Mad Max (1979).

More a station wagon than a van, but it's called a 'panel van'. Check out the prices of Holden Sandman 'panel vans'.

romansperson 01-12-2019 02:39 PM

The first this this thread made me think of what Cheech and Chong's lowrider van.

SmartAleq 01-12-2019 02:48 PM

"Ayyy, pendeckos!" *snerk*

kenobi 65 01-12-2019 03:29 PM

If C.W. ("Convoy") McCall and a groovy hippie chick had sex in a room full of Frank Frazetta posters, their love child would have been the 1970s custom van culture. :D

romansperson 01-12-2019 03:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by romansperson (Post 21426877)
The first this this thread made me think of what Cheech and Chong's lowrider van.

Ahem.

The first thing this thread made me think of was Cheech and Chong's lowrider van.

I am never posting from my phone again. ::sigh::

Gatopescado 01-12-2019 05:57 PM

Cheech and Chong's other van: https://www.bing.com/images/search?v...vt=0&eim=1,2,6

Jack Batty 01-12-2019 06:17 PM

I didn't have a Shaggin' Wagon, but my first car (really it was my dad's car, but I'm the only one who ever drove it) was a 1977 Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon, silver with racing stripes, a fishbowl window in the back, red shag carpeting and a fake rubber spoiler under the front bumper. She was the Sara Lee (as opposed to the General Lee).

This is the closest I could find online, except, you know, silver.

romansperson 01-12-2019 06:23 PM

This thread is making me want to take our 2005 Dodge Caravan dogmobile and trick it out. :p
Too bad it's such a POS mechanically.

Encinitas 01-13-2019 02:20 AM

If this van’s a rockin, don’t bother knockin.

burpo the wonder mutt 01-13-2019 12:39 PM

Kelso: If this van’s a-rockin’… we’re in there doing it.

zoid 01-13-2019 12:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ike Witt (Post 21426055)
Man, the 1970s were weird.

You misspelled AWESOME

burpo the wonder mutt 01-13-2019 12:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by zoid (Post 21428032)
You misspelled AWESOME

You misspelled FAR OUT!

Dropo 01-13-2019 01:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lingyi (Post 21426208)
So great they made a movie about them! Anyone else remember The Van made in 1977? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4HHsICvu7k I first saw it in the late 70's on HBO.

Why settle for The Van when you could go for Super Van (formerly, The Love Machine)?

http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/love_machine

scr4 01-13-2019 01:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Darren Garrison (Post 21426235)

Those are decorated trucks. Japanese custom vans look like this. Totally separate sub-culture and completely different aesthetics.

TruCelt 01-13-2019 03:03 PM

The only thing that ever made my Mother forbid me to date someone, was a guy whose Dad had given him his old custom van with a dragon mural on the side. She was having NONE of either the van or the morals she assumed he had also inherited. ROFL

She was probably right about that one, too.

Enola Straight 01-14-2019 09:06 AM

Even AMC and International Harvester attempted to make vans.
http://autocart.biz/wp-content/uploa...van-3-1509.jpg
https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2013/0...people-movers/

Skywatcher 01-14-2019 11:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jack Batty (Post 21427162)
I didn't have a Shaggin' Wagon, but my first car (really it was my dad's car, but I'm the only one who ever drove it) was a 1977 Ford Pinto Cruising Wagon, silver with racing stripes, a fishbowl window in the back, red shag carpeting and a fake rubber spoiler under the front bumper. She was the Sara Lee (as opposed to the General Lee).

This is the closest I could find online, except, you know, silver.

This is in the first link in the the OP.

zoid 01-14-2019 11:56 AM

I would totally drive one

echoreply 01-14-2019 12:05 PM

My parents really wanted one of those. Finally in 1980 they got a Ford Econoline cargo van, and had it customized with captains chairs, table, CB radio, bench/bed, the whole setup. No crazy mural, just silver with blue and silver stripes. I drove it off and on through high school and college. My Dad finally sold it around 2000 to a band, because he was living in Austin.

Jack Batty 01-14-2019 12:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Skywatcher (Post 21429405)
This is in the first link in the the OP.

Which looks nothing like the car I drove - hence the pic i posted. But thanks for the heads-up.

Skywatcher 01-14-2019 01:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jack Batty (Post 21429611)
Which looks nothing like the car I drove

It's silver. ;)

burpo the wonder mutt 01-14-2019 01:41 PM

You guys are harshing my mellow, man.

minor7flat5 01-14-2019 01:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by wguy123 (Post 21426800)
Remember when this craze moved to things beyond vans. Pinto wagons started getting converted as well:

https://images.hgmsites.net/med/1978...00374469_m.jpg

That car and van came from Ford already fully tricked out like that.

I recently watched a YouTube video where a guy found and refurbished one of each of those vehicles specifically in order to recreate that photo (Some folks have too much time and money on their hands).
One thing he discovered was that those were pre-production models, and Ford had to simplify their paint scheme for the production models, probably to keep cost down. He had his paint guy redo his van to look just like the photo, for the cool factor.

I remember as a child when my family went to a Ford dealer and my brother and I got all excited about that same cruiser van. We were tweens and didn't know what vans were for, just that they looked cool. We played around inside. That particular cruiser van is my only memory of ever having been in a 70's-style conversion van.

(by the way, that image is the same as Link #1 from the OP).

D.E.S.K.Top668 01-14-2019 03:27 PM

Just fyi, the YouTube of the guy who restored the van and recreated the van & Pinto ad was most likely the one by ventriloquist Jeff Dunham. While he has a nice size car collection, his is a touch...eclectic.
While I dig on the shaggin wagons of the 70's, I was always more of a VW van/camper fan. Definitely a different, but related, scene.

asterion 01-14-2019 04:30 PM

A coworker has a former prison van. I told her she should get it airbrushed. My idea has been ignored.

burpo the wonder mutt 01-14-2019 05:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by D.E.S.K.Top668 (Post 21429954)
Just fyi, the YouTube of the guy who restored the van and recreated the van & Pinto ad was most likely the one by ventriloquist Jeff Dunham. While he has a nice size car collection, his is a touch...eclectic.
While I dig on the shaggin wagons of the 70's, I was always more of a VW van/camper fan. Definitely a different, but related, scene.

Eleven long-haired friends of Jesus in a chartreuse Microbus?

Inigo Montoya 01-14-2019 05:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Darren Garrison (Post 21426668)
Do you also keep your feathers numbered in case of an emergency?

I wonder how many people got that reference, and how many read the post in question with the voice in question, before your post. I don't want to be alone with you here. :)

I got my nuts from a hippie in a camper van Saturday night

I was a little kid in the 70s and thought those things were the best. I'd be lying if I said I don't think they're cool anymore. I think I'd love to have one for about a week. Then I'd realize I no longer had the libido and sensibilities of a 13 year old anymore, and I'd get all depressed.

burpo the wonder mutt 01-14-2019 05:22 PM

^ ::burpo raises hand, enthusiastically::

Urbanredneck 01-14-2019 05:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by echoreply (Post 21429511)
My parents really wanted one of those. Finally in 1980 they got a Ford Econoline cargo van, and had it customized with captains chairs, table, CB radio, bench/bed, the whole setup. No crazy mural, just silver with blue and silver stripes. I drove it off and on through high school and college. My Dad finally sold it around 2000 to a band, because he was living in Austin.

I so want one of those to take on long trips. They were really comfortable. But nowadays they are "mini van" style with set rows and no personality.

Urbanredneck 01-14-2019 05:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kunilou (Post 21426033)
If you like them so much, let's sing about them!

That was from the movie "Supervan" which was filmed here in the Kansas City area. I remember when it came out they had all these local promotions and things.


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