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Old 08-13-2013, 02:32 PM   #1
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Introducing the CNDYVAN

Hey all,

Thought I would finally post up some pics of my van and properly introduce myself. I purchased a 2000 Ford 7.3 last year from this forum, finished the build in March, and shortly thereafter quit my job to go on an epic 2 month roadtrip around the West.

When I purchased the van it had a "lite" Sportsmobile conversion with top, benchseat, and storage built into the walls:

Although this was everything I needed, I shortly found myself in the middle of a complete interior build. Much thanks to Gary from http://www.personalizedvans.com/ in San Jose, CA. Gary has been building vans since the 1970s and his attention to detail was amazing. I chose a layout very similar to the RB50, major items for the build included:

> 1800W inverter with extra battery for 110V
> 6 gallon freshwater tank and sink
> Refrigerator
> New front seats w/ custom upholstery
> 2000W stereo system w/ 13 speakers
> Vintage bubble windows
> Custom lighting
> Rear underfloor storage
> Cherry cabinets w/ marble countertop
> New carpet, floor, and wall coverings
> Door galley

For more details on the build and additional pictures, you can check out my full write-up here:


On to the pics!

I love the van life . . .


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Old 08-13-2013, 03:01 PM   #2
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Re: Introducing the CNDYVAN

The red van with the dark wood and red interior loos very SHARP. I think that's the first time I've seen that combo. Well Done!


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Old 08-13-2013, 03:16 PM   #3
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That is a cool rig!
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Old 08-13-2013, 04:40 PM   #4
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Nice build, very sharp. Any plans on converting to 4X4?
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:00 PM   #5
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Re: Introducing the CNDYVAN

Originally Posted by Tapatio
Nice build, very sharp. Any plans on converting to 4X4?
Thanks for all the comments guys! Yeah, 4x4 would be the next step, but ideally I find a job before sinking yet more savings into the van.
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:54 PM   #6
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Re: Introducing the CNDYVAN

Very nice!

I remember your van when it was for sale, I contacted the seller but I was too slow... Good on you for beating me to it!

And I agree, very nice custom interior and that vintage glass fits perfectly! What's on the floor under the rear removable lid at the back? Looks like a base for a table or trap for storage?

Good luck with job hunting!

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Old 08-13-2013, 07:45 PM   #7
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Re: Introducing the CNDYVAN

How could you not Love that color!
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:54 PM   #8
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:05 PM   #9
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Man I really dig it! I like the red and black. I also really like the pic with the side door open and the legs inside. Good pic. Makes me want to take my lady camping, like now.

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Old 08-13-2013, 08:14 PM   #10
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Nice looking build. But this is all I can think of when I see the name CNDYVAN

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