I don’t know if a thread like this exists, I couldn’t find one. There’s been several posts I’ve seen of people’s old van along with their new ride, but not in a dedicated thread.
Anyway, going through piles of photos recently at my dads place after he passed away this last summer, I came across the only known photo of me and my first van, a 1973 orange and white “creamsicle” VW bus I acquired from someone that owed me money. Mind you, I am not THAT old, this was ~91/92 while living in Providence, RI.
Well, long story short(er), upon acquisition of said bus from a house that this guy was couch surfing at, the thing suddenly died on my buddy I was following on the highway, seized engine! Great! I got bilked from this guy not once but twice! Well I couldn’t let that be the end of it, another friend had a VW 1800CC engine block out of a Porsche 914, I dropped everything off at a little VW specialist in town where it spent the next 3-4 months getting rebuilt while I ran for parts at the local pick places, luckily there’s a ton of old VW’s sitting in salvage yards out east-need a wiring harness, ok, be back in a few hrs....I also managed to pick an intact camper interior(unfortunately no photos to be found of my very first interior rebuild!)
That thing was a hoot to drive with all my buddies, and it really boogied! To Boston for the Dead shows, Great Woods for concerts, Newport, fall drives up the coast....ahh the good old days!
Anyway, post up photos of your old, no, really old vans, if you’ve got em, stories are great too!
Eric, you could fill this up real fast, got any old ones we haven’t seen yet? Fords, Chevy’s, Dodges, VW’s, all are welcome! Let’s see ‘em, here’s mine