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60s Vans making come back?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by low budget, Sep 9, 2007.

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  1. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 5,564

    low budget
    from Central Ky

    I have always liked the old vans as my dad and uncles had them,but for years you just didnt see any interest in them, but now I am starting to see one or two pop up at shows etc..............and to be honest they have sparked my interest.
    Where is the van band wagon? got pictures?
  2. oldchevyseller
    Joined: May 30, 2004
    Posts: 1,851

    from mankato mn

    i guess i would never wait around to jump on any bandwagon

    if you have interest in them, that is all you need ,where "the bandwagon" is don't matter
  3. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
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    low budget
    from Central Ky

    Note: sarcasm was was intended to be any van pics?
  4. jonzcustomshop
    Joined: Jun 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,927


    one of the editors for 'truckin has been pushing for them...but not much success. there a few cool van websites out there, the van guys are still around, they are just way underground.
    My favorite was a ford called "trans am van" sectoined, not chopped , and set up like a trans am racer. The other was a ford that a guy did chopped, and sectoined , whole thing was under 5 feet tall! just looked super cool.
    I've been eyeing a 79 ford van just down the street from me, no rust, no windows in the back or sides, I've got a sawazall, and a camaro subframe.... maybe a mid mounted big block? ...... just dreaming...

  5. jonzcustomshop
    Joined: Jun 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,927


    yet again sombody needs to show me how to post pics, I have a copy of van show world from the 70's
    By the way are we going to get in trouble for talking about vans on a traditional hot rod website?
  6. wyoming
    Joined: Feb 15, 2007
    Posts: 394

    from My house

    my first ride 67 chevy [​IMG]
  7. wvenfield
    Joined: Nov 23, 2006
    Posts: 5,351


    They were everywhere. Much like old show trikes they all just dissapeared. I love them.
  8. hodaddyo
    Joined: Aug 8, 2006
    Posts: 279


    here's mine... 1966 chevrolet sportsvan, she was sold off to some bloke in england of all places.


  9. scrape
    Joined: Sep 22, 2003
    Posts: 1,131


    this van is owned by david guymon...

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  10. SaltCityCustoms
    Joined: Jun 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,210


    I've always wanted one, a friend of mine down in Florida had an old customized dodge van that he junked last year because he couldn't sell it, it was his daily driver and there was nothing wrong with it.
  11. streetfreakmustang
    Joined: Nov 30, 2006
    Posts: 307

    from Ohio

    A famous van back in the '70's was aptly called "Vangina"..was featured in 2-3 mags.

    My neighbor had a 65 Ford van back in 74-75-was pretty neat.
  12. KernCountyKid
    Joined: Jul 11, 2006
    Posts: 376

    from Arkansas

    Mid-engine '62 VW Bus. Probably the coolest ever, IMO.

    thintin likes this.
  13. guiseart
    Joined: Apr 7, 2005
    Posts: 3,872



    Seriously, I like 'em... always wanted a windowless GMC version of an early 60's van... someday. Buy them up if you see them, they are starting to rise in popularity and cost.
  14. dirtybirdpunk
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  15. Notorious
    Joined: Jul 18, 2007
    Posts: 393


    I had a '63 Econoline in the mid '70s, in my most serious "hippie" days. I'm almost sure I had some good times in it..... :rolleyes: ;)
    That SOB had a 3 speed and a six that I'm guessing must have been the smallest available. That mofo got such good mileage that I suspect it was actually manufacturing gasoline as it went down the road.
  16. Brad B
    Joined: Apr 7, 2006
    Posts: 321

    Brad B
    from Nor Cal

    Old Vans are "Vantastic"
  17. Why not 70's vans!!!!:p

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  18. i was looking for a dodge a-100 without windows (panel van) before i found my panel truck.....the van pick-ups are cool too.

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  19. Big Somoan
    Joined: Aug 3, 2007
    Posts: 122

    Big Somoan

    Check out Vannin website.... I had a custom astro awhile back, I have found a couple of early vans that I am trying to buy now
  20. Silent_Orchestra
    Joined: Jun 17, 2007
    Posts: 1,313

    from Omaha, NE

    I've always wanted to build a 60's Econoline Pick up, chopped, lowered, sectioned, mid engined, 2 driving rear axles, and a bunch of other shit. My uncle in missouri has an A100 Pick up he turned into a 4x4 mud bog truck, pretty bitchin'. I wish there were more vans around here.
  21. I want an A-100 with the windows!!!
  22. lotus
    Joined: Sep 7, 2002
    Posts: 1,119

    from Taft, CA

    I so plan to build a 70s van at some point. In the 70s as a kid there was a van down the street with some pimp looking guy on the side twirling a pocket watch with the text...keep on trucking or something like that.
  23. MercMan1951
    Joined: Feb 24, 2003
    Posts: 2,654


    It's a funny concept...I do like those weird old a weird way- I think "CHiP's introduced me to their hidiousness, since they wrecked one in almost every episode... but I like them now, even though they look at me and say "my former owner was a child molester, a TV repairman, or a bank robber!" Creepy to me even now...but in a good way. :eek:
  24. A lot of you young guys are here because of a van in the 70's:p
    I had a 63 Ford Econoline with carpet and a 64 Dodge with a bed in it back in high school. Both had those vents on top to let the smoke out. I still have a place in my heart for them.:D
  25. ozbumpkin
    Joined: Aug 15, 2007
    Posts: 25


    G'Day all here's a pic of my 1960 Commer Cob Van its not typical of the van's in the U.S. but hey we didn't get van's like the U.S. ones here in Australia.

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  26. Hackerbilt
    Joined: Aug 13, 2001
    Posts: 6,250


    I had a 73 Econoline.
    Used a solid sliding side door to fill in the back for a smooth look and swapped the front and rear big pattern axle assemblies for small pattern sets off a parts van I bought.
    Made a moulded steel hood scoop from steel rod and sheet metal...small and clean, not big and ugly. Got a lot of favorable comments!
    Put on 70's and 60's mounted to 14" chrome slots to bring it down a bit...but NO flares.
    Did it as a custom/camper inside.

    Had a plan to use an early 60's Dodge pickup grille, mounted upside down and moulded to give the front an evil look. Unfortunately the old truck disappeared from the scrapyard and I couldn't find another.

    I liked that thing.
    They're sorta like the lost connection to 50's customization.
    If you leave the flare/visor kits, bubble portholes and bubble sunroofs off them, you can use every Custom trick you can thimk of and it doesn't look out of place at all.
  27. old beet
    Joined: Sep 25, 2002
    Posts: 5,750

    old beet

    60s vans making come back? Should'nt be that hard, as much as we put into them! Didn't know there was a market............OLDBEET
  28. Stoner
    Joined: Nov 3, 2001
    Posts: 495


    Frisco representin'!


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  29. rebstew187
    Joined: Jan 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,477


    member of the car club I'm in, Steve Vickers 66 Ford. 4" chop with a roller 302. this thing will fly. looks like a big brick flying by at 100+ mph on the highway. fellow HAMB'er getting his pic taken next to it at the Cinematics
  30. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
    Posts: 9,038

    1. 60s Show Rods

    Best Van Ever!!!

    It was on ebay...Man if I had the cash that bitch would be in my driveway..

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