Upon arriving in Berkeley, California, December of 2000, I moved into a small house that my brother, Randy, had been living in on the cheap. Our landlord, Gene, was a junk man. He lived in the back among a dozen or so used cabs, sandwich bread, and mannequin limbs. I needed transportation, so Randy struck up a deal with Gene and procured me a 1978 Chevrolet G30 full size van. It was period custom, ran awful, but oozed 70’s sex appeal. Deep carpeting, wood walls and first generation cassette technology, combined with yellow, orange and brown fat stripe exterior made for a hot California welcome wagon. Randy was even genius enough to fill it with clear, inflatable PVC furniture. Only one year later, but after countless hours of carburetor and vacuum line tinkering, my G30 fell victim to the heavy hand of CA smog laws. Fortunately, I was able to barter a deal, right at the shop, for an even trade to a 1977 Toyota Corona.
In honor of that sweet California custom meat box, today we’re scanning the U.S. for custom vans. In garages, under tarps, in the woods or still cruising the avenues, I know they are out there. Give us what you’ve got America, let’s boogie!
- Ghost flames, Frazetta murals, and a breakfront worth of cabinetry.
- Lowrider may come with a shortened top, but you’ve got mirrors, and a wet bar to get you through.
- Shorty drag van longs to repave the streets in rubber.
- Too Blue comes stacked with square headlights, spokes, scoop, endless carpeting and a painted brake booster.
- The old west just pulled up, and it is loaded with a CB, two owls and mucho amounts of Pueblo print.
- Fat meats, shag walls, wood floors and a cot for long hauls.
- Oak barrel furniture. Enough said.
- Nothing’s deeper than cruising to the beach in a dungeon.
- Shag walls, linoleum floors, chandelier, and diamond windows. Flower Power – get some !
- Renault Estafette “Hi-Boy” blows all minds across the galaxy.