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Re: What started your interest in vans? [Re: wolfpaw518] #508974
November 02nd 2011 12:16 am
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Sum it up .....pus


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Re: What started your interest in vans? [Re: wolfpaw518] #508979
November 02nd 2011 1:34 am
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I liked the fact that the van was much like a jeep, the custom-ability is only as limited as your imagination will carry you.

When I was about 6 years old my dad had a brand new E350 with the 460 that he used for Snap-On tools delivery van and I remember helping him paint the sides with the Snap-On logo and some added side stripes the interior wasn't anything truly special but the fact my big bro, lil sis and I would be in the back of the van horse playing on our way to Vegas from Tonopah, (when it was frowned upon, not necessarily illegal) not to mention the smell of "skunk" of which I will never forget.

But lastly, I think it was the purchase of my 88 G20 that got me hooked. When I found this website I never truly understood the meaning of "vanner" but soon realized that everyone here was more than helpful in my troubles. Thus I consider these mysterious "vannin" people my new family that I have yet to meet.


Gone vannin' I'll call you later.
Re: What started your interest in vans? [Re: wolfpaw518] #745594
February 23rd 2019 10:55 pm
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Van Diego California
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Whats your story ....


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Re: What started your interest in vans? [Re: wolfpaw518] #745595
February 23rd 2019 11:32 pm
February 23rd 2019 11:32 pm
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San Diego
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I've started surfing at age 11. Age 26 I flew to South Africa, Bought a 73 VW westfalia.

After two weeks of living from the van traveling from it, I was hooked.

Bought my Dodge van when I returned to US years later.

Been avoiding being a 'responsible' consumer citizen, ever since, as White picket fences and children and 40 hour work weeks living hand to mouth were never my dream,

Keeping a woman happy, I always saw as a futile and pointless endeavor.

Re: What started your interest in vans? [Re: wolfpaw518] #745615
February 24th 2019 2:01 pm
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vanland Des Moines
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I never thought about it that way.I just tried to be a decent person and found a woman who made me happy. Nuts and bolts and amps and volts are way more fun than women. To each their own I guess.


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Re: What started your interest in vans? [Re: wolfpaw518] #745739
February 28th 2019 6:52 am
February 28th 2019 6:52 am
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Brisbane AUSTRALIA
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Stop me if you`ve heard this. lol.
I had an Anerican car workshop / sales in the Uk, just north of London. A friend called me and told me he knew of a 1976 Chevy Shorty - only 4 years old then - but it had some accident damage - actually hit by a train I found out later., he assured me it would be well worth repairing.. I wasn`t up on vans then but decided to take a shot at it. Hooked up the trailer to my 1976 Olds Cutlass Supreme made the trip to Hastings and brought it home..
Remember this is all pre internet...Did a bit of research and found a Chevy dealer in Cleveland Usa had the parts I needed, bumper, grille, chassis member, mudguard etc. I faxed him my list and next day I called him and confirmed the order, I asked if he could recomend a reliable shipping company. He said there`s one right across the street we use them all the time.
I got a name and number and called them, spoke to the manager and asked if he would be interested in picking up the order from the dealer and shipping it to me in Dunstable, Bedfordshire.
WHAT!! he shouted down the phone.. that`s where my wife comes from...
Heres a pic of the finished project - I called it Shazam..
And thats how I got into vans..

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Re: What started your interest in vans? [Re: wolfpaw518] #745742
February 28th 2019 8:30 am
February 28th 2019 8:30 am
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TN
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Dude that is a helluva van..and a great start.


When in doubt..get the sawzall out..
Re: What started your interest in vans? [Re: wolfpaw518] #745743
February 28th 2019 8:45 am
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TN
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Been around vans forever,dad and uncle. My big brothers friend had a 75 shorty Dodge cargo silver with mural of an hombre and donkey taking a siesta.I have owned astros for a while starting in 1990. I bought a full on rusty custom in North Carolina it was tan with a brown hash stripe,gull wing door, Nor Cal wing mudder flares ,6 lug slots.looked like a pirate ship inside and smelled like scurvy..lol.it had round port windows on the back doors with louvers built in . I should have kept it but I sold it to purchase two more vans..I am in deep now with councils and clubs,trying to reignite the true spirit of Vannin.


When in doubt..get the sawzall out..
Re: What started your interest in vans? [Re: wolfpaw518] #745817
March 01st 2019 6:35 pm
March 01st 2019 6:35 pm
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Pittsburgh,Pa USA
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Bought a Vans and trucks Mag in may 76 and never left. On my 29th van lol


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Re: What started your interest in vans? [Re: newkirkinc1] #745819
March 01st 2019 6:37 pm
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TN
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That's what I am talking about..


When in doubt..get the sawzall out..
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