U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Automotive
Please register to participate in our discussions with 1.5 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Old 03-17-2010, 06:13 AM
1,891 posts, read 1,715,249 times
Reputation: 903


Anyone remember that era?

Fat tires, chrome side pipes, porthole windows, beautiful murals, crazy external mods...

Hate vans all you want, but back in the '70s they were big, big, and big. Hot Rod kept fanning the flames as it became a nationwide craze overnight. By the '80s it died out along with horsepower.

Why are the vans hated today, and what killed the custom van craze?
Quick reply to this message

Old 03-17-2010, 07:55 AM
Location: Incognito
6,997 posts, read 15,724,892 times
Reputation: 5362
Quick reply to this message
Old 03-17-2010, 09:20 AM
Location: Pomona
1,955 posts, read 7,422,960 times
Reputation: 1476
Well, disco didn't survive either, so chalk it up to changing tastes. Vannin' was a fad then, just as hopping up mini-trucks was in the 80's, and oversized SUV's with spinning rims of the 00's.
Quick reply to this message
Old 03-17-2010, 10:01 AM
Location: Planet Eaarth
8,957 posts, read 13,053,691 times
Reputation: 7193
Many of the tricked out vans were works of folk art that was just as beautiful then as it would be today.
Quick reply to this message
Old 03-17-2010, 05:38 PM
Location: Earth
4,219 posts, read 16,452,966 times
Reputation: 2116
Where's the CB radio?

"Breaker breaker over here for the Vanman"

The "van craze" was about the time I came into this world, so I dunno what killed it. I would think it would still be a fairly popular thing. Me personally I'd like to one day find a short box Chevy cargo van with a 400 sbc. Saw a pic of one launching a wheel stand at the track where it did a 10 second 1/4 mile time IIRC.

10 years ago my uncle had a short box GMC cargo van that he decked out into a small little camper type vehicle...had paneled walls, the pop up skylight with screen, a bed for 2 to sleep in, a small closet. Very nicely done if I may say so. He had a ton of money and sweat in it. Then he hit hard times and had to sell it. I know he's still hurting from it. Poor sod never has had much of a life, or a home so that was his home.
Quick reply to this message
Old 03-23-2010, 02:09 PM
2,517 posts, read 3,328,424 times
Reputation: 3763
Thank you for posting this thread with the pics. Reminds me of some very happy times in my youth.
Those vans were beautiful. They were great to fool around in
Quick reply to this message
Old 03-23-2010, 06:27 PM
Location: San Bruno, CA
5,991 posts, read 10,404,397 times
Reputation: 3933
I think those older vans also carry the stigma of being the stereotypical rape/kidnap vehicle. They just appear to be sleezy in general.
Quick reply to this message
Old 03-23-2010, 06:45 PM
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
10,452 posts, read 18,052,992 times
Reputation: 4915
there is only one van I would drive and it would be a GMC like the A-team had

YouTube - Oricalc Crisis Division - A-Team GMC G Series 83
Quick reply to this message
Old 03-23-2010, 07:01 PM
19,127 posts, read 16,605,921 times
Reputation: 7221
I had one, a 67 chevy with the engine between the seats. The seats were hi back out of a Ford tornino. The mural was mountains with deer.

Right now I have a rust free 86 Dodge 3/4 ton factory conversion van, with a great bed. The paint is factory still which ain't great, but it blends I guess. Can't have everything in real custom paint, which I do elselwhere, which marks me. It's nice to have a sleeper in basic paint once in awhile.
Quick reply to this message
Old 03-23-2010, 07:15 PM
Location: Bon Temps
1,743 posts, read 3,277,063 times
Reputation: 1784
I want a Mystery Machine!
Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.

Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Over $99,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Automotive
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2016, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 - Top