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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.

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Man, the 1970s were weird.
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Old 01-11-2019, 08:49 PM
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:14 PM
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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.

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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!
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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.
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Japan does it better.
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Old 01-12-2019, 12:09 AM
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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.

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Shaggin' wagons! Yes, I recall them ... and we'll just leave it at that, shall we?
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I always liked the special I always liked the special porthole windows that were placed in the side panels rear.
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I always liked the special I always liked the special porthole windows that were placed in the side panels rear.

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I had a 1972 Dodge Tradesman 300 myself. Wasn't too tricked out, but it got the job done.
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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.
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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
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Very Groovy! Second link is the best.
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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.
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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'.
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The first this this thread made me think of what Cheech and Chong's lowrider van.
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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.
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Old 01-12-2019, 02:44 PM
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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.

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Cheech and Chong's other van: https://www.bing.com/images/search?v...vt=0&eim=1,2,6
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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.
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Old 01-12-2019, 05:23 PM
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This thread is making me want to take our 2005 Dodge Caravan dogmobile and trick it out.
Too bad it's such a POS mechanically.
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You misspelled AWESOME
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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
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Those are decorated trucks. Japanese custom vans look like this. Totally separate sub-culture and completely different aesthetics.

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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.
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Even AMC and International Harvester attempted to make vans.
http://autocart.biz/wp-content/uploa...van-3-1509.jpg
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Which looks nothing like the car I drove
It's silver.
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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).
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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.
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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?
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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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