Vanning Is Back

Vanning. It swept the USA during the 1970s in an explosion of side pipes, murals, and velvet interiors before it disappeared just as fast as it began. For a long time after, custom vans were looked at as embarrassing pieces of the past rather than nostalgic classics. That is changing though. During the last several years, more and more 1970s style custom vans have been popping up at events and at this year’s Mooneyes X-Mas Party there was a separate area dedicated specifically to vintage vans.

The result was not a small smattering of vans, but sizable display with around 30 examples present. For those that were around during the peak of vanning in the ’70s it was nostalgic trip, and for the younger crowd it was a fine look at a movement that was long buried in automotive history.

While I can’t speak for the entire country, it appears that Southern California is becoming a hotspot of the vanning revival. There are even a few clubs dedicated just to vintage vans.

It was a difficult to tell which of the vans were actually customized during the ’70s and which ones were modern recreations, but either way all of the period elements could be seen. This Dodge has covered all the basics, graphics, sidepipes, porthole windows, custom wheels, and a few spoilers for good measure.

This Chevy meanwhile is sporting an aggressive set of fender flares and a big front air dam to match. Looks like it’s ready for the IMSA circuit, doesn’t it?

As an example of  just how big the vanning craze got during the ’70s, Dodge actually released a factory custom version of its popular Tradesman Van known as the “Street Van”.

While they didn’t sell in huge numbers, the Street Van could be had with just about anything a van freak could want, including a plush interior, wide mag wheels, and wild graphics.

They were also identified by these awesome badges.

Having the right rear window design was crucial for your custom van. Some went with the classic porthole, while others went the diamond as seen on the Street Van.

The teardrop design was yet another popular choice along with the good old heart shape. These were the sort of tough decisions that vanners had to make back then.

Ask any vanner, any real vanner. They will all tell you the same thing. You can never have too many louvers…

The selection of vans also brought with them an array of vintage wheels to match. Some, like these finned jobs with Cooper Cobra tires looked like they’ve been mounted for quite some time.

The classic slotted mag wheel is another popular choice, not just on vans but for just about any car from the 1970s.

The same goes for the Cragar SS, which are usually fitted to vans in some very wide sizes both front and rear. This one also gets extra points for its Mickey Thompson Indy Profile tires.

The Keystone is another one of those cool old wheels that doesn’t pop up nearly as much it should.

For those looking to give their van a bit more of a Lowrider vibe, the Astro Supreme is another good choice.

This Chevy takes the Lowrider thing a bit further with wire wheels and a healthy amount of pinstriping.

Pinstriping is of course just the beginning when it comes to vans and paintjobs. At their wildest, they were less vehicles and more rolling canvases for elaborate murals. Are you the mysterious wizard type?

Or perhaps you are more into the flame-spitting dragon?

A proper custom van should also have its own name.

Only the best of the best could claim the elite” Vantasy” name. The same goes for the equally exclusive name, “Vantastic”.

You can sense the the increasing popularity of old vans when you see what they sell for these days. They are no Muscle Cars for sure, but sometimes it’s surprising to see how much early models like the Dodge A100 and Ford Econoline go for on Ebay or Craigslist.

I quite liked the look of this short wheelbase A100 with big and skinny Cragars. It’s simple by custom van standards, but very effective.

In most cases you can usually pick up on a few small differences between a modern build and survivor, but many of the vans like this Dodge look like they were came straight from the ’70s or early ’80s.

The National Street Van Association still exists, and based on their website they seem to be active as ever with a particularly strong presence in the UK.

Sometimes I’m highly disappointed that I didn’t get to experience the 1970s first hand…

Some of these custom vans grew to be quite large…

…in which case a double rear axle conversion is always a good choice. I’m not quite sure about the functional benefits, but it definitley makes for an unique look, and that’s what vanning was (is?) all about.

From the giant twin axle dodge to a tiny little Subaru mircovan. Vanning does not discriminate by size or place of birth!

In terms of both cars and fashion, it seems that everything eventually comes back into style. I can only see the vanning revival get bigger and bigger from here, so if you want an old van you better scoop it now before they hit Ferrari GTO price levels!

-Mike

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1

So many ancient hippies...

2

So many of the folks with these vans are probably aging hippies. Still, I never thought I'd say this... But this post *nearly* makes me want a van.

3

Mike I love this post! Earlier this year I found an old picture album with photos from when my parents were teenagers, it had so many old photos of crazy rad vans from around New Zealand in the 70s. My Dad's Ford even had all brown velour interior - urgghh! haha 
http://i856.photobucket.com/albums/ab121/bBoxy319/bBOX/photo2-1.jpg
http://i856.photobucket.com/albums/ab121/bBoxy319/bBOX/photo3.jpg

4

Looks like a Megan's Law members convention...

5

@gliebau I taught the hippies were driving Westfalia and VW Bus.

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@Serge914 I reckon they use anything large enough to have a pow-wow in.

7
StefanHartbrakeAce

vanning left?

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StefanHartbrakeAce

vanning left?

9

Future Shock Chevy. Nuff Said.

10

Future Shock Chevy. Nuff Said.

11

I have the sudden urge to go roll a doobie now...

12

I have the sudden urge to go roll a doobie now...

13

one old trend that doesn't need to make a comeback

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one old trend that doesn't need to make a comeback

15

Wondering why there no A-Team van?

16

Wondering why there no A-Team van?

17

wow. coolness level  with these is over 9000!!

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wow. coolness level  with these is over 9000!!

19

Any pictures of interiors?

20

Any pictures of interiors?

21

Suddenly, we want a van.

22

Suddenly, we want a van.

23

time to mod the old van!

24

oh my god that subaru! that's amazing, i wish i could have turned up at a 1970's vannin' meet with a goddamn sambar or something

Author25

@Taryn Croucher So awesome! I have more than my fair share of memories with old vans my dad has owned as well.

Author26

@gliebau There was actually a surprising number of younger folks and their vans out there as well.

27

Dont forget the all time best name for a Van.....
 
VANGINA!!

28

Not my thing, but entertaining post for sure. Would've been cool to see them in person.

30

If you want a laugh check out this segment about vanning in Australia back in the 70's
http://www.abc.net.au/local/videos/2011/05/09/3211117.htm

31

Wicked post, just needs more wizards, warriors and naked girls on these vans lol...oh and crushed velvet interiors

32

I think some are cool but I can't get PEDOVAN out of my head.  At least non of them say free candy on them....

33

I can practically hear the Fu Manchu blasting from the hi-fi stereos as I read this.

34

@ChristopherDow  The Video of King of the Road comes to mind

35

Funny vans led the SUV craze, then the crossovers, now back to the vans. Honestly i think you can make these old school version look good with some modern touches

36

LOVE the two tone ford with Cragars and skinny whites. Goddamn.

37

I love those lines of the early chevys. (ex, blue velvet, above). despite essentially being a giant rectangle driving down the road, they manage to actually design some good visual flow. done right, a van can look good for sure. @Mike Garrett  has SH covered those crazy japanese vans (the ones with the wild body kits)?

Author38

@ClaytonPayton I think Dino featured one a while back if I recall. I'd love to get out to one of those Japanese van events if I ever have the chance!

Author39

@GeoffreyCaruana Don't forget the murals that show the van itself parked in some majestic location haha.

40

Be sure to visit the
vandolerosvanclub.blogspot.com
"Can You Dig It"

41

That's my Blue Econo at the top. If your interested in the movement there is no better place to go than...
vandolerosvanclub.blogspot.com
"Can You Dig It"

42
ScottBrennenstuhl

@rhisadong_ah because the a team van is a insult to a vanner just like calling it the mystery machine lol its like looking at every dodge charger and saying general lee .. it is a way for the general public to relate.. i have been doing this since around 76 with my parents it has never died it is just coming back around again

43
Speedhunters Bryn

Maybe we should go and hang out with the Vandaleros, most of those vans pictures are members of that club I think. Mike did you see a phantom 46/47 for pick up there? Gold with an alloy roof? Owned by an ex-pat friend of mine. Oh and for the record, I would happily roll any of those.

Author44

@Speedhunters Bryn I probably did, but I can't be sure as the show is just immense. Haha.

45

@Autolegend I own that van now...working on restoration...We rescued it from the crusher about 10 years ago.

46

Awesome coverage and great pics!  Vanning is growing again, and we will be hosting the 41st National truck-In in Old Washington, Ohio this coming July.

47

@ja77 Congratulations you're a product of our mindless society.

48

That Street Van is amazing! Whomever is restoring that van must be a man of great class and style!!

49

@BlackJacket Nor did the second coming of rice aka hellaflush. I wish vanning picks up tho, time for people to get passionate about cars again...fanboys aside.

50

Great write up and pictorial. Vanning has not gone away. We have always been here. Been vanning since 1980. Still have my original '78 Dodge. We are also on the East Coast as well as in the central part of the country as well. Like Vannerhoward said, come join us at the 41st National Truck-In in Old Washington, OH in July 2012. Maybe you would like to check us out as well Mike Garrett.

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Great coverage of the resurgence in custom old school vans. I have been a custom auto airbrush artists for 33 years now and remember well those awesome murals on the vans in the late 1970's and 1980's. I have one of my own that I just did a total build on called "DragonLord" you can view the photos on my facebook album step by step with over 900 hrs of airbrush and hand brush work telling the tale of Dragons and their creation. I've been taking the van on tour just went to Daytona Turkey Run and was one of only 2 vans out of 4800 cars on display. I can tell you that the DragonLord got the most comments and recently won best exterior for the mural work at a major vannin show. vannin customizing is back full swing and with the new technology better than ever.

52

@apex_DNA
Lighten up chump. It was meant to be tongue in cheek. You need to acquire what 99% of society already has. It's called a sense of humor. Go take yer BS elsewhere.

53

vanning is alive and well and coming back to a location near you! hop in and enjoy the ride.

55

Hot rod vans are the balls!! So cool to see that many of them in one place!

56

Great pics & a good article.  We've been vanning for 20yrs now & have found a great group of people who love travelling & camping in their vans. Many great friendships made with people from all walks of life all across North America & even abroad.  Another "family" if you will.  The vanning lifestyle never left, it's just been cruising along with those that love it !!  We put on Vanfest in Canada every June.  It has become Canada's largest custom van & pick up truck show, just 2 hrs inside Ontario from either Detroit or Buffalo.  This years 17th eVANt runs from June 6-9 near Alymer, Ont.  Check out some pics from previous events & talk to anyone who has been there & you'll know why we do this !!  If you can't make it to Vanfest 17 then check out the 41st National Truck In in Ohio July 10-14.  Hundreds of custom vans only from all across North America. You won't meet a better bunch of fun people !!  2% Rules !!

57

Love it !!! Vannin Forever!! Here is a direct link to my 70's Custom Chevy G20 Van by "Van-tastic" from my HotRodHarrys.com website 
http://www.hotrodharrys.com/cars/showarticle.php?articleID=79

58

Makes me want to go home and play Vigilante 8 on Playstation, there's a '70 Dodge Tradesman in there :)

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why was my comment taken down? Im not a business...just a car nut sharing my passion for vans. This is one great article! I just had posted a link to show my 70's van Im absolutely in love with!! Keepin Vannin Alive!!

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Nice write-up and pics. However, this article and its comments are somewhat offensive to me. I am in my late twenties, a female and have been vanning my entire life. the lifestyle is alive and well. In fact, we have created a 'family' doing it. The vans are as beautiful as ever. And the people? Not 'aging hippies' as one person says. We are a group of people that do not care where you come from. we don't care what you look like or how much money you make. we are a family that gets together, enjoying our vans... All while having the best time you could imagine. Come join us at the van nationals. Or a smaller run near you. See what we're about. See for yourselves that vanning never died. Just don't bring a car when you come ;)

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NancyCinnamonBontreger

@ArtofEdBeardJr We would love to see some photos of your van!

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NancyCinnamonBontreger

@Mike Garrett  @gliebau Since vanning has never died, there are second and third generation vanners out here with their own vans.

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@ja77 Oh it's funny alright...

65

Great coverage, I've been vannin non stop since 1975, I started when I was 20y/o, I'm 57 now. What a great time. I host http://www.newenglandvancouncil.com  and http://www.myneverendingstoryvan.com

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@ja77 Oh it's funny alright, but then again most people are also idiots.

Author67

@nautic1 Sounds very cool!

68

Wow!  That silver 6 wheeler is the coolest van I have ever seen.  Best of show too.

69

For me a fat van is all about slots & rake. Gotta dig that rake man...
 
Great piece Mr G. "These were the sort of tough decisions that vanners had to make back then" ha ha do you have any Yorkshire blood in you? You're dry enough.

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@NancyCinnamonBontreger  @ArtofEdBeardJr Hi Nancy, I would love to have you check out the van. I'm not sure how to post pics here I will have to read on that. but you can join my face book and see the complete 145 pics from start to finish build there. Its under ( Artof Ed Beard Jr. )  and there is no space between Art and of.In the mean time you can check out my main website and view a few pics of the process and a couple of video tours around the van. Let me know what you think.http://www.edbeardjr.com/automurals.htmlThanks" rel="dofollow" target="_blank">http://http://www.edbeardjr.com/automurals.htmlThanks
 
http://www.edbeardjr.com

72

Not in the mood yet?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ng0yavQjfAA <---listen to this while you look at the pics :)

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@joetcollins76 DOPE THANKS!

74
NicoAndresFariasRojas

Subaru mircovan. Vanning does not discriminate by size or place of birth!

75

These are awful but miles better than all the drift crap normally posted.

76

I had a '64 econoline in high school back in the early 70's when I joined a local club and I have a '64 econoline today. I am 57 and still in the same club along with 60-70 others. We just had a X-mas party last weekend (i was not there) but had a great turn out, 40  years after the beginning. Vanners never go away.

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NancyCinnamonBontreger

@ArtofEdBeardJr  @NancyCinnamonBontreger   Thanks, I'll check it out.

78
VanimalsVanners

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

79

This was a great read,Thanks for checking out t he van scene.We are strong but folks just forgot to cover the van scene.

80

For anybody interested.  Check out this documentary coming out in 2013:  https://vimeo.com/53944958
http://www.vanninmovie.com

81

My name is VankyPanky and have been vanning since 1974 and am fifty-eight years old. Have been to events in Ohio to Florida and California over the decades. Appreciate your excellent coverage though am concerned with the attrition rate due to the advanced age of most vanners. Have tried to encourage recruitment of younger vanners over the years and your article will help. Another concern is the exclusivity of a few van clubs that have become quite political and resort to bullying tactics unfortunately. Hopefully your excellent coverage will help address the concerns and make vanning again what it once was in the day. Thanks! Ron E. Duncan - Middlefield Ohio

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VankyPanky But you have not been to a van run in years because you have been banned from the Vannin world. You have also been banned from the VCVC and practically every vannin forum on the internet.....vannin is happening just not with you.

83

VanimalsVanners You sum bitch :)

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VanimalsVanners You sum bitch :)

85

VanimalsVanners You sum bitch :)

86

Vannin is alive and partying on the East Coast.....

87

Vannin is alive and partying on the East Coast.....

88

@Mr Honey VankyPanky Because he is in self-deposed exile/banishment. Nobody ever banned him from going to events as he states. He claims everyone is against him but not true. Only in his mind and his little world that he is the leader. Leader of sadness. Way Cool!

89

@Mr Honey VankyPanky Because he is in self-deposed exile/banishment. Nobody ever banned him from going to events as he states. He claims everyone is against him but not true. Only in his mind and his little world that he is the leader. Leader of sadness. Way Cool!

90

nautic VankyPanky Phil I am glad you caught the mistake in my post, Yes It is a self imposed banishment by Lameky Painky except for being kicked off of practically every van site on the "Interweb".......

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nautic VankyPanky Phil I am glad you caught the mistake in my post, Yes It is a self imposed banishment by Lameky Painky except for being kicked off of practically every van site on the "Interweb".......

92

vannerchik Well said Vanner baby.....:p

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vannerchik Well said Vanner baby.....:p

94

Any links for events or clubs on the east coast?

95

Still big here in the Uk the NSVA has had events every year for the last 40 years and we are busy arranging out 41st Van Nationals.... Vannin keeps you young, busy, and always ready for a good party.....  Freedom on wheels.....

96

Does anyone know of a classic can magazine or book that's good? Looking for a Xmas present for my guy who loves classic vans. Thanks!

97

Or is there any vintage van shows coming up in California or nearby states ?

98

hello, i am in the midwest, st louis to be exact, i love the vans, i enjoyed many, of my own, in the past, i courntly, own a 89 f 350 4x4, i would like to find a street van ,ford chevy dodge, for sale,if anyone knows of one please let me know, my email, is claytonroland2@gmail.com

99

I am in the Atlanta, GA metro area and I am looking for a good used sport van as well.

100
MY 1976 CHEVY VAN

HI AM IN NEW MEXICO ALBUQUERQUE STILL HAVE MINE SHE 38 YEARS OLD
SHE A 76 CHEVY SHORTY BORN ,REBORN, AND TODAY GETTING READY TO RESTORE MAY NEED SOME CHROME PARTS

101

I am a member of the Bluegrass Vanners out of Louisville.Ky.. We just had our 38 annual van jam in April and you are right the vannin movement is coming back strong. My wife and I both have shorties(full size, short wheel base chevy vans).

102

Those tandem rear axles did have a purpose...Support the weight of a waterbed...

103

Dave Wallace


Darn!  I missed it!  do you know of any website or email I can add my name to to receive notifications of events like the van jam?!  i love vans!!!  was it a great event?  do you know when/where the next event is?  I'm in northern California.....

104

I'm looking for a aftermarket grill for my van conversion I just bought I will be repainting it soon  I like the first van grill and front shade part

105

I love these old vans and I would love to find parts to build one.

106

It was a vantastic era when youth learned mechanics bodywork / painting and upholstery among other design skills. Then we got high gas prices, vandalized paint jobs and under Reagan working with your hands wasn't sexy.

Kids today are interested in the next level and High Score. <sigh>

107

Hi,
My 1972 Chevy van G20 camper is for sale (in Los Angeles). Really good shape, please visit my craiglist announce to get details and pictures!
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb/rvs/4765613492.html

Dont hesitate to contact me, you will fall in love with it!

108

darrylj I have an 84 Dodge full size van, and I am having problems trying to find accessories for, do anyone out there know where I can find these accessories.

109

MrMace You should contact Kurk at CustomVan.com. Here is the website. https://s60.website-secured.com/~customva/catalog/  If that does not work for you, hit me up and I can put you in touch with him.

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@mrmace I have access to a lot what are you looking for?

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nautic1 MrMace Thanks nautic1 for hitting me back! I am going to check this out today and I will get back with you...

112

Rü$╫ What's up! I am looking for spoilers, side pipes, roof vents and rear wing spoiler the old school style can you help me?

113

This is all original 1979 van, looks like it did in79... Cavalcade custom winner, national winner. Looking to sell it now. Runs, all original, one of a kind!!

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nautic1 MrMace No that didn't work for me! Can you get me in touch with some one or do you have another website for me? Need your help

115

Rü$╫ I'm looking for a rear wing and a Ventura roof air vent! Can you help me out?

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Sorry for my delayed response time...I have my notifications from speed hunters go to a specific folder and I never look at them. Anyways check out http://mrvanparts.bigcartel.com I don't have the parts your sealing but this guy might!

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MrMace nautic1 Try calling 1-800-495-VANS. This will get you there. Also just type CustomVan.com into a web search and you will also find it. If you call, ask for Kurk. Tell him Phil sent you.

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If u still have the van please call gus
727-580-1717
Ty

119

Whats a fully restored 1976 Dodge StreetVan worth? Something similar to the pic below... I can't seem to find any numbers on fully restored examples.

120
Big Al of so cal

Does anyone remember van-go at Orange co. Raceway? Put on by freedom vans.

121
Big Al of so cal

Does anyone have pics of the dark side of the moon 73 dodge or osabisa 73 economize?

122
Randalls Relics

Desperately looking for a street an in descent running condition. Either original or custom. Will pay top dollar. Call Keith at 914.776.4890 thanks

123

Love it. Past owner Chevy Short Wheel base 6 cyl3 on the tree. Orange and yellow shag throught. Black outside with racks and scoope. Bed wall and bar with wine racks. " Mad Dog" is back! Or looking Hit me up. Im looking to buy 843-364-7028. Peace Jim m.

124

Hope I'm not to late for the party.. But.. We're working of a different kind of "van". We're starting with a 2015 Ford Transit Connect XL SWB 2.5L I4 (The Smallest miniCargo van Ford Offers) What are our plans?.. For one,, we're going to install 17x8 775 RockStar wheels (which are typically seen on off road vehicles) But we're not going off road. The Wheels will be powder coated "Midnight Blue" with Maxxis 225/50R17 tires.
We had hoped to create an overland.. but parts aren't available to us. So we're going to semi-Slamit. I was also going to wrap the van (in areas) with carbon Fiber, but this too because a nightmare.. so We're going to use Dupli-Color's Carbon Fiber Spray Kit and incorp a few of our own ideas and colors. The Attached Image is its projected appearance over the next few months if not sooner. The exterior will have a splash of color here and there just to break up the stark white and black areas.. while the interior.. We'll have to save that for a future blog post. But first those wheels and tires. For More Info: Toaster-Van Dot tumblr Dot Com or StanceWorks Dot Com (2 Lost In Transit's "Toaster Build")

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How do I join? Any Chapters in Tn? Thank You.

126

I'm back baby, had one in the 80's just bought this and

127

I got my G10 ready for resto

128

I love this. I just got my 73 dodge and I am taking it back retro to the 70,s. We had lotsa fun in my buddy's van in high school back then and I can't wait to go back. Will get some pics posted later.

129

Had a 65' back in the mid 70's it caught on fire, and lost it. Found one on e-bay 2010, restored it, and cruising again.

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Had a 65' back in the mid 70's it caught on fire, and lost it. Found one on e-bay 2010, restored it, and cruising again.

131

We just had the 43rd National Truckin in Atlamont, Il in July with about 600 vans.  Next years Nationals in in Lakeland Florida.  Starting on July 6th.  Vanning is very much alive.  Check out Vanning.com or the Florida Van Council web page for information about events all over the country.

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Hey Joe. Check out southeat van council (they are on the net).They can direct you to one in your area.I am in the Florida Van council and we all van a lot together.

133

Hey Joe. Check out southeat van council (they are on the net).They can direct you to one in your area.I am in the Florida Van council and we all van a lot together.

134

Hey Joe. Check out southeat van council (they are on the net).They can direct you to one in your area.I am in the Florida Van council and we all van a lot together.

135

I've been a vanner since 1971 vanning never died you just had to know where to look. After all we are on our 44th annual van nationals.. come to Lakeland Florida July 4 5 6 7 8 2016.. you will see vanning at its best

136

I got my club colors right out of High School (86) and was told back then that the Vanning "movement" was dying. It has seen It's numbers fall off over the years. But the reality of it all is that Vanning became a bit of a cult following or that of hidden secret. Prior to the Internet allowing people to see what was available for your Vans, we were limited to rags like Truck-in and Hot Rod. They want only to sell you anything that their advertising pages had to offer. If there wasn't a shop that they could promote or a parts list of products that were endorsed by the particular rag, the van was not going to be in the rag, no matter how spectacular it was. Vanning is more about the individual view of what is cool. All the Vans at the Van Nationals this year in Altomont Illinois were different from the next. The ability for a Major league sponsor is non existent due to the odds of selling enough product to justify traveling across the country to show up to what they see as a gigantic party.
This thinking is why the rags like Truck-in only show trucks with more "Sponsor stickers" than paint. Whereas an internet site that allows an individual to post a photo album to how they hand crafted their Van will have a huge following of people who truly appreciate what they did despite the limited amount of sellable products.
In turn the big name magazines stopped showing Vans in their rag. People assume that what's in their rags is all that's out there. No Vans in the rag=Vans aren't around anymore or no one important is building one.
Sooner or later The big Rags will come around and say that they were involved with Vanning from the beginning. But Vanners that watched them disappear will never want to support them again. Sorry Truck-in, you have nothing in your rag that interests me. I'll see what's in the real world where real Americans build what they like not what you sell.
Yours truly
Chooie
Ace of Spades van club
Chicago

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I got my club colors right out of High School (86) and was told back then that the Vanning "movement" was dying. It has seen It's numbers fall off over the years. But the reality of it all is that Vanning became a bit of a cult following or that of hidden secret. Prior to the Internet allowing people to see what was available for your Vans, we were limited to rags like Truck-in and Hot Rod. They want only to sell you anything that their advertising pages had to offer. If there wasn't a shop that they could promote or a parts list of products that were endorsed by the particular rag, the van was not going to be in the rag, no matter how spectacular it was. Vanning is more about the individual view of what is cool. All the Vans at the Van Nationals this year in Altomont Illinois were different from the next. The ability for a Major league sponsor is non existent due to the odds of selling enough product to justify traveling across the country to show up to what they see as a gigantic party.
This thinking is why the rags like Truck-in only show trucks with more "Sponsor stickers" than paint. Whereas an internet site that allows an individual to post a photo album to how they hand crafted their Van will have a huge following of people who truly appreciate what they did despite the limited amount of sellable products.
In turn the big name magazines stopped showing Vans in their rag. People assume that what's in their rags is all that's out there. No Vans in the rag=Vans aren't around anymore or no one important is building one.
Sooner or later The big Rags will come around and say that they were involved with Vanning from the beginning. But Vanners that watched them disappear will never want to support them again. Sorry Truck-in, you have nothing in your rag that interests me. I'll see what's in the real world where real Americans build what they like not what you sell.
Yours truly
Chooie
Ace of Spades van club
Chicago

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Many of us never left the vanning lifestyle. Twin City Vans in Minnesota held our 40th annual truckin in June 2015.

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I just picked up this '87 GMC. I know it's built a decade too late and it's roof is higher than the normal "Street Van" but I'm planning on customizing it more than it already is. Cragar mags being first on the list. Would it be allowed into most van events and appreciated or would I be frowned upon by the short coming I listed earlier?

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I just picked up this '87 GMC. I know it's built a decade too late and it's roof is higher than the normal "Street Van" but I'm planning on customizing it more than it already is. Cragar mags being first on the list. Would it be allowed into most van events and appreciated or would I be frowned upon by the short coming I listed earlier?

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Do you have a picture of the back of this van? I'm trying to hunt one Down I remember as a kid
If you do please E mail it to vwman367@gmail.com

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Do you have a picture of the back of this van? I'm trying to hunt one Down I remember as a kid
If you do please E mail it to vwman367@gmail.com

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Labor day 2015, Orange city Florida.. bought my first van in March 1971

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Absolutely not jump in there are many hitop conversions. Most van show even have a class for them

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There is a van event near you. Located in Cherokee NC October 2 3 4 at the camp grounds. There will be many Tennesee vanners there. Its called "GSVR" THE Great Southern Van Run.. I'll be there

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There is a van event near you. Located in Cherokee NC October 2 3 4 at the camp grounds. There will be many Tennesee vanners there. Its called "GSVR" THE Great Southern Van Run.. I'll be there

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Post it on Van List on Face Book

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Many van part groups on FB

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On FB search 44th van nationals

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Join the group. van list. On FB

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Join van list on facebook

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Yes there is look up vanning goups on FB

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Look up new england van council NEVC on FB

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Join. vanners 2% on line flea market on FB

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@Big D Detroit Do you know where that grille came from ?

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reeder777reeder

Hello,

We have a 1974 Dodge Van B100 sportsmen, and we would like to change the rear wheels. We would like to get tires that are the fattest, biggest tires that will fit inside the wells and not rub. And we'd like to use 15" or 14" if possible or we can go larger. Does anyone know what size tire will work?  Thank you, Ed

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reeder777reeder

DennisConko OK Dennis tell me where do you look?  Thanks Ed
reeder777reeder@gmail.com

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You can find all vanning events and groups on FB search. Just by entering vanning. Many web sites also ours here in Florida is floridavancouncil.com you can find all vanning events world wide on our events page. Next years Van Nationals is 44thvannationals on FB or .com it will be located at the Sun n Fun park in Lakeland Florida. Here you will see some of the most beautiful custom vans in the Nation.

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275 60s x15 rear 245 60s x 15 front

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BF goodrich TAs or Firestone Fire Hawks are the only companys that make that size

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You can go to vannationals.com or thenationaltruckinboard.com to find the history of all 43 previous national truckins. I was the Chairman for the 7th van Nationals in Cortland Ohio. We had 2480 vans thru the gate.

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medicinehat Pinto

Hey there,
            I am new to the world of custom vanning - Back in 1980 I had a Ford Econline, Plain Jane - Today I have a 1962 Ford Econoline that I have painted the exterior graphics free-hand and am also doing the custom interior... I've made a table, seats, bed, dash, drapes, throw pillows and even plan to do custom paint on the interior walls and ceiling. I am having a blast working on it and would love to post photos as I move forward with my Medicine Van (Hippy) and even join a club if there is one in my area, New Mexico.
I've enjoyed browsing the internet and the pages of speedhunters which I found today. Thank - you!
Blessings,

Medicinehat Pinto

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Jump in you'll have a blast. Good luck with your project

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medicinehat Pinto

DennisConko Hello Dennis,
Yes, I am having a BLAST! as I stated and the question was - Are there any vanning groups or clubs, here in New Mexico?
Thank you!
Linni

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None that I know of . The closest group i know of to you is the Texas van Federation. You can find them on FB. You also may find other van enthusiasts near you on FB. It would be great if you could put together a club in NM The 44th van nationals is in Lakeland Florida in July of 2016. Check out the site 44thvannationals.com

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I'm thinking of selling my 77 Dodge B200 Street van (YH3) code. 61k miles, 318 auto.,ps.pb.AC, swivel, pwr. bench/bed,127"wb, sliding door, very solid barn find.$15.5 419 705 8172 Dennis

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Go on FB and join the Van List group. Post it there. It would have to be turn key perfect if you expect 15k

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BoneDizzalForRizzal

Chooie

Many Chooie, I was 4-4-2, and I have NO CLUE was "rags" are.

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BoneDizzalForRizzal

Chooie

Hey Chooie, I was 4-4-2, and I have NO IDEA what "rags" are. 

Please enlighten a brother.

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Chooie Chooie it did die in some parts of the World. I ran a van shop for 13 years (started in 1975 )and finally had to change to Classic Cars to make ends meet. . ( South Western  Kentucky )When We bought a van to go to the 43rd nationals this year we had to dive 150 miles down into Tennessee to fine a conversion van. I am 70 years old now and I for one am glade the movement is still out there. Here is a picture of our van ( Afternoon Delight). We had her up until 4 years ago when my health got really bad and could not take care of her and had to pass her on(being redone ) Also a picture of me in the 70's. Don't laugh to hard. Oh!!! my first Truck-in was the 2nd nationals in Bonners Springs Kansas. What a hoot!!!!!  Keep-On-Truck-in !!!!

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hello all.   I am a 40 yr veteran of the van industry and am finally finding time to build my own. Having found a like new 1994 full size G-20 with 16,000 mi. , I am ready to start with all the plans stored in this old head.  I am searching for a new or used pop top to begin my build.  All the companies I contact will not sell top only , so ill probably end up with used.  If anyone knows where I might find one , whether it is designed for this van or not , please let me know..I can modify one if neccasary.  Thank you for any assistance......there may be a reward.   I  WILL  TRAVEL !  maybe.

                                            Jim  Merz   765 729 5103      ( I may not be able to find this site again , so use contact of I have left...thx

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I have 73 ford econoline 300 I need to get rid of. If you know of anyone that might be interested please contact me at sandyzundell@gmail.com

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ja77  That's because us vanners aren't pedophiles. As far as we are concerned, statements like that are unnecessary  untrue stereotype casting. Get that shit outta your head. Current vanner's are trying to dissuade this ugly persona towards vans and their owners. It's reasons like this that vanning was shunned in the first place. A few bad apples spoils the whole bunch, y'know? Please think and comment with positive van thoughts. Go buy your own candy.

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I agree. I've been vanning since 1972 and never knew a vanner that was a pedophile. yes we were young guys just like any other that loved young girls but they rode and joined voluntarily and many young ladies took advantage of ME LOL so please stop the BS I think some people are just jealous of our life style and fantastic vans. also by the way we were in style with long hair but working for a living to support a vanning life style which included many miles of traveling that most of your HIPPYS could never accomplish or have any interest in building such a machine with their own hands. yes we are still here with grand children of kids that were conceived in the back of a van. :-)

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DennisConko Thanks for the info Dennis

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The vanning Council of Councils meeting is the weekend of February 12 13 14 2016 in Austin Texas its a major event we sometmes call our winter nationals. Look it up on FB or google CofC2016 its closer to New Mexico then anyone else that is driving there. You will get all the info of vanning and vanners around you there

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We're here, we never left & we ain't going nowhere!!! 2%!

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DennisConko Memories! We used to party with Miami High Life and many other clubs I can't remember. We belonged to Southern Vans LTD out of Winter Haven. Some of the Florida truck-ins with 800-1000 vans and more were truly epic. We were at a couple of the Fiesta Key parties. I'm just glad I have lots of pictures to remember the weekends that my brain wasn't able to see through the adult beverage fog.

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shadowpcat DennisConko we probably know each other. I was at those events myself. my first fiesta key was 83.. you should come to Lakeland Sun n Fun July 6 7 8 9 many Florida vanners are still involved we also have a great event at Beverly Beach camp town right on the Atlantic Flagler Beach just south of St. Augustine May 5 6 7 8

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DennisConko shadowpcat We did our Florida vanning between 75 and 79 then moved to Wisconsin. Still did a few truckins then but it finally petered out in the early 80's. Spent more time on motorcycles. Still miss the great custom vans from the old days. I'll have to find the photo albums. Thought about coming down from Northern Michigan for your party in July for my birthday (7/4) but the last time I was in Florida in July it never got below a hundred degrees and most of the state was on fire. Yesterday the wife totaled our SUV so it might be time to get back into vans. Maybe I could recreate a Ford Denim Machine. I must have sent in a hundred entries when they were giving away a batch of those in 78. Maybe we can keep in touch. Pete

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@shadowpcat Friend me on FB Dennis Conko or email me at rvbvanassoc@aol.com

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I am looking for someone to help me out with trying to find fender flares, Spoiler, road effects, port holes, etc as i am wanting to customize a 1977 Ford Van i just bought. I had a real nice 1975 Ford custom Van 25 years ago when i lived in Riverside Calif, but sold it before moving here to So, Oregon. I love vans, and i'm wanting to trick out the one i have now. I was also wondering if any of you know of a Van Club here in So, Oregon. Any information you can give me would be highly appreciated, Thank You, Ken Lee.  Contact me at ,, ksl@charter.net

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Timberwolf_777 I would honestly contact customvan.com. Kurk has a lot of the parts you are looking for and ships. If you need help with contacting him, let me know.

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nautic1 Timberwolf_777 OK, Thank you so much, i'm really excited about getting it customized, but have had a hard time finding accessories.

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Long time no post.. and things didn't work as expected.. the van still looks "ordinary" at the moment, though we did install Grey 16"x7" Sparco wheels with 215/55/16 Maxxis tires.. I'm still in a holding pattern to do that semi-stealth paint job down the side. But this may be placed on hold because we have an even bigger Idea in the works for the Interior of the little van. I've yet to find a home to continue a blog even though I posted a few links above. If you've even heard of trying to find yourself.. try doing the same thing witht his van.. it just doesn't fit anywhere.. but again this could change and very soon.

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Hi Ken,
You have to do three separate and different Google
Searches:
1977 Ford van fender flares
1977 Ford van Spoiler
1977 Ford van portholes
harder to find the portholes, try these
searches in Ebay and Amazon also. And try the wreckers. Good luck,
Ed

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Just contact vancrazycustom.com or FB search Mark Hann or kurk Collis at customvancom if the parts you want exist they can get them for you. Or fabricate it. Port holes are another story all together.

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Built by Mark Hann VanCrazy customs

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reeder777reeder you want to use bf goodrich silvertown 285-15-70 available from summit on a ten inch wide rim. proper backspacing is critical. i can't remember what mine is but if you contact me i can give you more info. i always get comments on the van due to the rear tires and also cutting one coil off the front springs to give a very distinctive rake to the van.
larry

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I have a 1971 Chevy G30 van I need to sell.  In 1987, it got a new 350 engine which currently has 42 K on it. It runs well and has been an attention-getter.  Willing to send pictures of it to any interested party and detail its history, condition and service record.
I can be reached at johnmoncher@sbcglobal.net or 510-407-0794. I'm located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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My husband and I were also a part of the vanning community back in the 70's, We bought our 69 Chevy van as a family car.We live in Butler county and when we heard about Van Fair East at the Butler Fair Grounds in the mid 70's we just had to go. We never joined a club, went to a few other Nationals through the years but mainly used the van to camp and travel with our two girls. He passed away 13 years ago and I am just now going to sell, it. Don't want to, but I need the garage space. It is a stick and I nor my daughters will drive it. It is for sale on ebay this week, goes off Saturday, June 18th at 9:15. There is also a video of it running on YOUTube. thanks for the opportunity to post this. an old 2%er

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Allot has changed since my original post back in 2015. We still have the van and the sparco wheels are gong great. Though we're not pleased with our tire size selection. This will change in about 45K miles (waiting) unless I can sell my stock steel wheels. Anyway, here today to update our new forum site: 
FordTransitConnectDOTBoardhostDOTcom

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@babzd Did you sell your van?

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Good article , alot of cool photos of Vans and I recognize some of our parts. Jonathan http://www.trucknvans.com

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Is there a van club in the bay area? If so i would loke to join

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What bay area? Tampa Bay? If so contact me at rvbvanassoc@aol.com

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San Francisco bay area

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I live in Florida and have been vanning for 18yrs my husband over 20 yrs it never died just got smaller there are tons of hardcore vanners, you just gotta look we will be at van o rama in November put on by the Carlyle people we had over 30 vans last year, Lakeland Fl.

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hi. im in prov.r.i im finaly finishing a 70's van.out here they kind of disapeard. if someone can get me some info. on a van club down here. please send me a shout.  erenias7@yahoo.com

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this is a survivor has 52,000 miles a true,shaggen.wagon interested call 870 243 5088.I have replaced all mechanical stuff ,can read it on my classic cars or email me Sidlerlarry@yahoo.com

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This is,a,true survivor I bought this from a family there dad used it to go gulfing abd PGA Tours I bought it with 41,000 miles I have 52,000 miles 98 & rust free no bondo never wrecked ,more info contact me 870 243 5088 ,

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Just picked a 1974 ford e200 super van pretty cheap cause it reminded me of my old one . Now I'm finding that banning is back so I'm not the only one that thinks they are cool and fun can't wait to get started on doing her up and cruise her !

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Check out this barn find. 1975 ford used to promote a van shop from the late 70s.

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Would love to see a come back using today's technology as well

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I have a 69 Dodge A108 that I am having to sell. I hate to sell it, but if I do, I want it to go to a good home. Do you guys have a form for this?

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Cool site for alot of the van parts on these custom vans is http://www.trucknvans.com

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