1. My club put on a run out by Aberdeen WA, we had guys drive up from Sacramento and down from Vancouver. Did a convoy one day out to the Pacific.


  2. This is Brad and Libby’s Dodge, it’s got a 225 that’s been rebuilt and hopped up a little. The crazy thing is that this van, though a survivor, has a new interior that Brad and Libby put together using old van mags as inspiration. The door card vinyl pattern is old, but that’s it. That sweet headliner came out of an Econoline in the junkyard - and Brad painted every button! That mushroom window is new and look at what they did with that interior!!! Holy crap that’s awesome.


  3. This is Silverado, a ‘73 Econoline 200. It’s got a 302, and a metric ton of work in the paint. It’d be easy to spend all your time looking at the mural… but check out that pinstriping! Tom, who also owns Deathstar, has redone the interior a number of times - even placed each button in that wall panel over the head of the bed. 

    Side note: My images were getting stolen / reposted without attribution… thus the watermark is front and center. I don’t like it there, either.


  4. a bit of info, from the owner / builder:

    My family has always been a Ford family and some time in high school I decided I wanted a first gen. Econoline. I ended up buying this one a few years later after someone broke into my daily driver, took a chunk out of the paint and put a dent in it. The insurance company cut me a check to fix the window and have the body work done, but I was taking the paint and body program at Renton Technical College. So I decided to buy a new window, fix the paint and cash the check.

    I found this ‘61 Econo on Craigslist for $800, and I now had the means to buy it. I went down to Olympia with my dad to look at it, he had some vans in the past so he had a better idea of what to look for in terms of mechanical problems. I test drove it and knew I had to have it. It wasn’t much more than a month before I started tearing into it. I knew exactly what I wanted to do to it. I told the guy I bought it from: Gold flake, yellow windows, Astro Supremes. My final year at RTC I was allowed to bring in a project, so I decided to build the van. I had dry secure storage, a nice paint both, and 6 or 7 hours a day every day for 5 months to work.

    Here is a short list of mods, forgive me if I forget some ( its been a while since I did them): Molded door hinges, shaved windsheild squirters, ‘59 Buick grill and custom surround, shaved handles, shaved body seams, lake pipes, stainless nerf bars, the louvers on the rear pan came from fire locker doors, ‘60 Pontiac tail lights with cabinet knobs, relocated lock cover for rear handle, and license plate mounting chains.

    The van started out life as a school bus. It’s still running a 170 c.i. 6 with a 3 speed on the column.When all of the paint was being stripped I found the old lettering for the Olympia School District, and I found a hole in the side where a fold out stop sign would have been mounted. There are still a few places on the inside where if you look real close you can see some of the original school bus yellow. When I painted the van it got 3 coats of custom mixed pearl yellow base, 13 coats of DBC 500 and gold House of Kolor mini ball flake, and 3 coats of clear. Then it was all wet sanded flat and I masked out the panels. Then I sprayed a mixture of House of Kolor brandy wine, tangerine, and rootbeer candy… followed 3 more coats of clear. I went with the plastic window because when I was looking at window tint colors their yellow wasn’t vibrant enough but the plastic was, and I thought Hell if its good enough for a drag car it’s good enough for a van.

    I have a small welding and fab company called Kehrer Co. - I specialize in custom metal working for any application. I make custom alloy and exotic wood shift knobs, knife handles, and tool handles. I have an affinity for very expensive things, but since I can’t afford them I make them. If folks in the Northwest are interested in me doing some work for them, my business email is  Oh and the TV does work. It has a digital converter box on it you can actually get a picture.


  5. Murals are never done this well. Usually, you get up close to check them out and… brush strokes and a lack of detail slaps you in the face. On Deathstar, you can get close enough to see your breath in the clear coat, and there’s still more detail. It never ends. The mural is so good the only thought is, ‘How the hell did they do that?!’ Answer: Coop, not the one in Los Angeles, but the one in Columbus Ohio.

    The interior doesn’t slack off either - it’s good enough to be a movie set.


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  7. I’d bet this guy wins ‘best paint’ all the time. Flames + dragons + van = I’m happy.


  8. I stumbled on this Ural while on the ferry ride home. I had a couple of minutes, so I pulled out the flashes and tried to capture a little of what makes these bikes so awesome. Just look at that fairing! It looks as if it was conceived and bent by a teenager in shop class. Looking at this bike is like looking at the past - but this isn’t ‘retro’ styling that masks modern tech - this is actually old shitty technology. Some might call it “simple” and thus easy to work on. I call it intentionally outdated and fragile; don’t go faster than 55 - you’ll kill it! 

  9. Towards the end of our shoot, a firetruck passed by, sirens blaring. A little while later, it came back - the guys just wanted to check out the van.


    Fred has owned this van since new. A while ago, he had given up on it and had his employees using it in his business as a contractor - then the damage they were doing it started to hurt, so he decided to bring it back. Fred is the type of guy who spent a year working on the underside - stripping, repairing, cleaning, painting. He made the door lock knobs by hand, shaping and filing each on until it was perfect.


  10. it’s for sale:


    You just wish it was for sale still, don’t you?


  11. Rodney has owned this Econo since he was 14, and 30 or so years later he’s pulled it out of the garage, tuned it up and is rolling with it again. He’s got plans to fix a few flaws in the body work, replace the windshield and repaint the whole rig.

    He built it himself, with the help of his old friend Jay. He’s thinking of taking off the rear fender flares and going back to the original design: the original fender lip is still there, under the flared out one. Why didn’t they cut the fender lip way back when? For just a moment like this. The van is called “Knights in White Satin,” and is running a 302 and a C4.

    The Vista Cruiser roof is just about perfect, and the interior upholstery on the gullwing door mirrors the roof upholstery perfectly. It’s a comfortable, fast, clean van that got thumbs up wherever we drove while we were looking for a place to shoot. As a mile-long train passed us by, from he locomotive we heard the engineer scream, “Nice VAN!”


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  13. It’s Sunday: email and cell phones are irrelevant.

  14. Jim decided he wanted a metal flake paint job with a lace detail around the belt line, so he painted it himself. He also tooled the leather panel that’s on the glove box door.