Craigslist Crapshoot

The World’s Worst Car Is For Sale On Craigslist
Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer. 
Stick Shift Wagon would make a great tattoo, either across the shoulder blades for the gents, or right above the coin slot for the ladies. We sought just such a rare beast last week (the car, not the tat) and you know what, they ain’t all that rare. Some good stuff was found, and we’ll see which one sticks the landing the most in just a sec. First however, this week’s challenge.
Summer is upon us, in fact as of last week the days are actually getting shorter here in the Northern Hemisphere. What they are doing in the South is anybody’s guess. I hear the toilet water swirls the other way down there and that’s freaky enough to keep me away. No matter where you live I’ll bet that you’ll agree that when you were a kid there was nothing better on a hot summer day than to hear clown music that signaled the arrival of the Ice Cream Man in his Ice Cream truck. As adults, that music probably skeeves you out, but that’s still what we’re looking for this week – that’s right, I want you to find us some Ice Cream trucks for sale.
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Got that? Good, now let’s stick it to some long roofs.


What do you suppose it is about station wagons that makes many of us fell all warm and fuzzy inside? Do you suppose it’s the iconic role they play as the traditional mother’s car? There’s no one we love more than our moms, but hopefully Oedipus never wrecked your wagon when you were growing up.
If anyone wanted to get into the whole wagon thing, there’s a lot of opportunity to do so and still give your left leg something to do other than just keeping you from tipping out the door. Manual-equipped wagons are not all that commonplace, and seeing as we set a price limit of $3K for ours, it’s surprising how many cool rides showed up. Some of the most notable among those were a Rambler found by 1977ChevyTruck and a cool Amazon longroof that was located by mdharrell. Perhaps the most audacious, if not the roomiest and maybe the rustiest was this rare manual-equipped 1984 Suburban found by P161911. For the price – and the natural A/C – that’s hard to beat. Congrats to P161911, and thank you all for participating. Now, I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream… trucks.
1984 Chevrolet K20 Suburban

40 Comments

  1. Nothing available on my local, so I’ll be sitting this one out.
    But I won’t miss an excuse to post this song.

  2. 1954 Chevrolet Ice Cream Truck-Very Cool!! – $27900 (Wixom)
    1954 Chevrolet Pickup
    condition: excellent
    cylinders: 6 cylinders
    drive: rwd
    fuel: gas
    odometer: 31032
    paint color: red
    size: full-size
    title status: clean
    transmission: manual
    type: truck
    safety tips
    prohibited items
    product recalls
    avoiding scams
    Great condition 1954 1/2 Chevrolet 3600 Ice Cream truck in
    two-tone red & white colors with believed to be original 31,032
    miles. Great running six cylinder with 3-speed column shift, new tires,
    wheels, radiator, starter, distributor, exhaust and a new wiring
    harness in box. The freezer unit runs on 120 volts so can be used
    almost anywhere. Just detailed throughout, many fun possibilities exist
    for this unique and fun classic truck. Please contact me for more
    information and thanks for looking!
    do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers

    1. That is way too nice for the Crapshoot, but I just can’t not vote for this beauty. That is gorgeous.

      1. There are purists who would beat the crap out of this guy for building this,if that counts.

        1. Screw those guys. Purists aren’t generally much fun, except when you’re baiting them.

  3. Oddly it seems that about half the ice cream vans around here are the same Chevy/GMC vans that were prowling the streets in the 1970s and 1980s when I was growing up. The exact same ones are still in service. This is in a town that is hot enough for ice cream 9 months out of the year.
    My own money making idea that I haven’t tried yet is an ice cream boat. Get a pontoon boat and a couple of freezers and go around to the “party coves” on Lake Lanier selling ice cream, “mixers” and premade frozen drinks (just add your own booze).

  4. It looks to have been shot at. The front is all cattywampus. It’s missing some parts. “Inside of truck needs to be updated” is probably code for “there ain’t no way in hell you’re getting a food sales permit with this thing in its present condition.” But you can have it for the very reasonable price of $20000!
    http://detroit.craigslist.org/wyn/cto/5088947939.html

      1. That’s where the mood lighting goes.

        “Hey, babe you want to ride in my ‘cool’ ride?”

        1. Not sure that babe is going to be all that interested if you’re going by the name of Mister Softee…

  5. Cool, I got an honourable mention!

    Now I just need a win, and my life will be complete…

    1. The extension cord is probably running the refrigeration to bring the cold-plates to temp. Most ice cream trucks aren’t actually running refrigeration systems throughout the day. They just chill the plates in the freezers. Those hold a relatively consistent temperature as they change phase over the course of several hours.

      1. Sweet, I knew the smart folks would know ! this is a sinister looking ” happy ice cream ” van, only in Alabama …..

  6. OK – once again the correct answer is Jeepster !!
    found this one over at ewillys, but bought 2 years ago –

    1. Hard to believe now that at one time Jeep had a somewhat successful commercial market side. I guess the closest thing they still have are a few RHD Wranglers for rural mail carriers.

      1. I am in a rural area of TN, & our carrier drives one. HE said it is nothing but trouble since new, the electrical system shuts off on occasion, gages go up and down, stereo turn off, fuel gage never has worked right. I told him not to fret – my 1990 Wrangler Sahara ( bought new ) fuel gage never worked right, lost 3rd gear under warranty, the soft top bows failed under warranty, the carb never worked right, etc.. his RHD jeep is 5 months old.

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