View Full Version : Interesting dilemma

01-21-2007, 10:43 PM
A friend wants to GIVE me an old coughFORDcough van. Problem is, its about an hour away from me out in the boonies. I dont have any place to keep another vehicle. I dont have an easy way to bring it closer to me, although I could find away to get it here, if all other issues were solved. It has no title, and has been sitting for many years. Has quite a bit of rust, but ive seen worse on the road. Last of all, I cant just drive out there and raid it for parts to sell on Ebay, because he said its all or nothing. He wants it off his property. Anyway, I suppose I will ponder on it for a few more days. Here is a link of a pic of it. http://www.members.aol.com/kesundance/ford.jpg

01-21-2007, 11:05 PM
I would try to bring it home, get it running so you can move it around till you have time to fix her. And if you still think it's in the way sell it for parts or get a title and sell it whole.

01-22-2007, 12:34 AM
Perhaps I shouldn't say this, but...

I bought my first Chevy (the '66) in 1997.
I bought my first Ford (the '67) in 1998.
I bought my second Chevy (the '68) in 2000.
I just got my first Dodge (a '69) yesterday.

I'm a Chevy guy first and foremost. I have absolutely no room and no business bringing home another van. in fact, I don't know where the Dodge is going to go just yet. But, and early van is and early van. Especially a FREE one. I love my Chevys. I think they are built better than the Fords. I'll let you know on the Dodge.

In short, bring it home and figure it out later. It looks pretty good and complete from the picture you posted.

[This message has been edited by smiley (edited January 22, 2007).]

Joe Russin
01-22-2007, 09:03 AM
I would have already had a roll back out there picking that one up.......


Unfortunatly I am a sucker for a challange.
I see more what things can be.Instead of that it will really take to get it that way.
I know I am not alone here.....

a van like that almost get me more excited that a really cherry one that some body is asking 10k for......

The good thing about these older vans they are still very simple and inexpensive to work on.
As simple as a fresh cup of gas and a hot battery and that van might fire over......

I am glad I dont live on a farm because I would have a barn and a field full of projects.........


01-22-2007, 09:34 AM
Nice project. I'm with smiley I love all earlies. They all can look awesome if done right. Good luck with it. Tom

01-22-2007, 09:46 AM
I would "Go For It" too. I drove all the way to NY(600++ miles one way)&up by Chicago(Thanks Taz) to get free vans. Does it have panel doors on the back too?? Tom

01-22-2007, 09:47 AM
I guess I should have described the van a little better. First off there is no motor in it, so I doubt I can get it started (laughing). Second that pic makes it look waaay better than it really is. The field it is parked in, is in inland Florida and is a mucky swamp for atleast 6 months out of the year. So the whole lower portion of the van is very rusty, bottoms of the doors etc. The rear doors are rusted clear through. There is a ton of crap inside, so I cant see the floors, but I dont think there is much left of them from sitting on the swampy ground for over 10 years. I am still working on the owner letting me go raid it for parts. I would really like to get the mirrors off it, headlight bezels, and some dash items, and whatever else looks like its worth selling on Ebay. I really cant have it hauled to my house, as I absolutly have no room here for it, and my community does not allow vehicles in the yard or driveway that are not registered and insured. My garage is already full, so that is not an option either. I am really unsure of what to do about it, unless he tells me I can come take parts off of it. Rock

01-22-2007, 12:16 PM
You might be able to sell it as a whole on ebay as Parts Van?? or maybe check on one of the Econo sites to see if somebody in FL would want it?? Good Luck.(don't look that bad in pic??) Tom

01-22-2007, 12:40 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Joe Russin:
I am glad I dont live on a farm because I would have a barn and a field full of projects.........



"Gotavan Wookie" has a nice ring to it though....

1967 Camper Van (http://groups.msn.com/vintagechevyvanclub2/2003northwestrally.msnw?action=ShowPhoto&PhotoID=2895)

01-22-2007, 02:41 PM
must be the season lol
i got a call from the local junkyard today
there is a 60's econo up the road from me
he was called to go get.. said if i wanna go check it out first he'll give me directions tomarrow
kinda scared...
but hey, cheap is good with me.. and if it's not good enough to re-sell
i got a new storage shed! http://www.vcvc.org/ubb/wink.gif

01-23-2007, 03:13 PM
well my find wasn't an early
but maybe a good score of some cargo doors
and a grille for someone http://s133.photobucket.com/albums/q69/leadfoot1965/

01-23-2007, 03:20 PM
Grab the tail light & reverse lamp trim.

Those are probably like the sportvan - RARE

Mike - Passion Pit II

WEBSITE (http://home.comcast.net/~cargovan1966/)

01-23-2007, 05:07 PM
the whole thing is going to my shop so i can grab what i want to part out
and call him when it's ready for the crusher

Joe Russin
01-23-2007, 08:03 PM
That grill the solid side and rear doors and the hood might fetch some dollars on Ebay.
The side and rear doors on these interchange like the ones on our vans.......