Grungy, beat-up old Dodge van parked at a “park”. What stereotype does that conjure up?
C o n f e c t i o n e r s
Love it! 😉
Lord have mercy.
I didn’t see a sign on the side that says “free candy”, but I guess the bug guard takes care of that……
With all the vent windows cracked, it conjures up stereotypes of smoking dope.
It needs to be white, though 😀
(Random pic from the InterwebZ)
Hmmm, I’m gussing that it is someone’s home.
At least it doesn’t have ” Kinko The Clown ” in spray paint on the sides…..
Agreed, prolly someone’s home now
I should be counting the large number of Dodge powered Class 1 Motor Homes from the 1970’s that folks are living in permanently in Los Angeles , often parked in nose to tail rows…
Looks pretty rapey to me…..
“Living in a van, down by the river”???
It needs a personalized license plate: “UN – SUB”. Cue the “Criminal Minds” theme…..
That conjures up the feeling of “back slowly away, then RUN!”
I can`t afford a motel?
reminds me of this one circulating on FB a while back
Never accept candy from a stranger…unless he offers you a ride too….
We’re all laughing here but I was lucky to escape alive once otwice when I was very young .
DO keep on with the jokes though ~ I’m enjoying them .
On another note, I never knew the old B-Series/Ram Vans had pop-out rear windows. Wouldn’t that be counterintuitive to hotboxing, though?
If it were Israel, a plumber or similar, probably just starting a business and most likely not interested in providing any receipts. If it were Austria, someone who wants to get into the “American way of drive” but whose budget does not extend to anything more than the above.
The descriptions “Passion-Pit” or “Sin-Bin” come to mind!
Happy Motoring, Mark
Nah, those would need an airbrushed mural on the side, mag wheels, and a “bubble window” at the rear side flanks. This just looks like a commercial van in not very good shape.
I would love to see an in-depth pictorial of ’70s customized vans. I remember how popular these once were, then around 1980 they all suddenly disappeared. What happened?
I once had a ’74 Econoline exactly as you described. What happened is that the next generation of young men moved on to the mini truck. Lowered and customized Datsun, Chevy LUV, Toyota, and other Japanese pickups appeared as the vans rusted away.
maybe a crystal meth dealer? you know the type.
The windows being opened, and not covered provide a contrast to what initially comes to mind when seeing the bug guard on the front. The MN plates that are a far way from home makes you wonder why, exactly, it is so far from home?
Kinda spooky any way you look at it.
“If’n this van be a rockin, don’t come a knockin.”
Don’t forget the other “classics”, “Don’t laugh,Your sister might be inside” Along with “If you value your life as much as I value this (car/van/truck/bike.) Don’t F*#@ with it!” and “F*#@ the dog, Beware of Owner!” sticker’s were everywhere in the day! (1970s) ?
They are just chasing good weather on their way to the next Rubber Tramp Rendevous.
Think about it – where else in America but Oregon and its curbside classics would parking an old heap in a good part of town not precipitate several calls to local law enforcement by worried mothers and nosey old people?
The tramp/hobo/bum subculture, in days past and today, is a facinating rabbit hole to go down.
that is the funniest thing Ive seen all day. I just showed those pictures to my kids and told them if they ever see a van like that near their school, call the cops.
Only to find out it’s just Jose the Plumber.
No outside door lock?
NAMBLA staff car.
Makes me think of some bearded guy who hasn’t taken a shower in weeks who’s somewhere in the national park with his tent set up building a log cabin to improperly exercise his squatter’s rights.
I’m just LOLing at the whole idea of putting a bug guard on an old beater van. What exactly is there to protect?
C’mon, nothing wrong here. Sammy Davis Jr’s old camper van somebody bought years ago.
Sammy’s “Candy Man” and Clint Holmes “Playground in my Mind” both were “big” records when I was a kid (about 10 Y.O.) Today, Either of these records would put you on a “list”! (or at least make for a Law &, Order SVU episode,)
There are people who listen to a group of actual clowns (face paint and all) that talk about all sorts of things that’d get you sent to a psychiatric facility immediately. I’m pretty sure you’re safe. That being said, you might want to introduce people to that music. ’70s rock and roll is starting to become an astonishing unknown among young people. They can vaguely remember the tune to extremely popular songs, but it’s difficult for them to put a name to the music. God forbid if you play Return To Forever’s Sorceress and ask them what it is.
Yes, I guess I’m relatively safe as a 54 Y.0. who has enough firepower (British .303 and US .357 to stop any army of invading clowns. (Believe it or not, “Clown” masked A-holez have been doing crimes in Ohio and Pennsylvania.. And I have a Metric f#@*tonne of “bad news if they try it here…) As to music, I do Ragtime to Hard rock, (Scott Joplin,Glenn Miller, Elvis, Beatles,Led Zeppelin….) All of which my 15 Y.O. niece “totally digs…) So there’s that.
And…this is probably what the van’s driver is listening to:
I am enjoying this one! Thanks for the tip, Vee
No problem. I have a thing for fusion music and constantly search it out if I can. And introducing it to people’s always fun.
The classic of the genre.
Neat catch indeed and interesting to see old and/or atypical vehicles far from home. The collision damage on the passenger side is mystifying and this Ram Van is reasonably rust free for being from the salt belt.
When my folks and I first entered Western Oregon on U.S 199 we encountered a White Ram Van Cargo from Oregon with a wolf mural at the first rest stop. There were five adults and one baby all of whom looked like Bohemians that piled out of the vehicle. After getting the baby’s diaper changed they hopped back in and the last I saw of them was near the Grant’s Pass Shari’s
Wonder if it was made of fiberweed….
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