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  • Your first van?

     Hugh Potter updated 11 years, 9 months ago 13 Members · 22 Posts
  • John Thomson

    Member
    September 4, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Having read Paul Humbles post re his super clean mini pick up……..it got me wondering……what was your first van?

    Mine was a mini van, 1980, white, standard wheels painted white, thick rimed steering wheel ( from the scrapyard!), fitted with a stereo cassete player 😀 ………..hand lettered signwriting, with mirrored vinyl back windows.

    so small inside that my German Shepherd could not stand up straight in the back :lol1:

    Wish I still had it!

    John

  • Chris Wool

    Member
    September 4, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Hector the mini van was my first 4 wheels, when i was 17, it cost £30 and that was because it had 4 new tyres and new battery. so guess the rest

    my garage owner boss taught me to weld new inner and outer sills etc.
    as i think back what a load of fun we had with it.

    must admit i could fancy a mini as a fun car today.

    later minis ive owned are a 1125 engined lowered etc, and a mini marcos 1275 S

    chris

  • Phill Fenton

    Member
    September 5, 2008 at 6:49 am

    Mine was also a mini van. Reg. no. NSY285. I paid £20 for it and ran it for a year before scrapping it. I should have kept the reg. no. but never realised it had value at the time. This was about 1976.

  • Warren Beard

    Member
    September 5, 2008 at 8:03 am

    This was mine 😳 I didn’t even know mini made a van 😮 and you also got to remember I am not as old as you lot so you probably owned those before I could even drive :lol1: :lol1: :lol1: ( I was going to say before I was born but didn’t want to start a riot 😉 )

    cheers

    Warren


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  • Gareth.Lewis

    Member
    September 5, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Still waiting for my first van….

  • John Thomson

    Member
    January 21, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Finally came across a photo of my first van…….it is a photo of a photo in a magazine advert……hence the poor quality……but it might give everyone a laugh…

    My 1980 mini 1000 😀 ……..and I can out do you on the registration number front Phil

    john

  • Nigel Hindley

    Member
    January 21, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    love the number plate

  • Paul Humble

    Member
    January 21, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    How did I ever miss this one!!

  • Robert Lambie

    Member
    January 21, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Great picture john…

    who did the sign writing? 😉

  • John Thomson

    Member
    January 21, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Signs were done by a retired brush man in red and black………long before computers graphics…….took almost a day to first coat freehand…….then was second coated the following day……….£25 all in 😀

    john

  • Robert Lambie

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 12:09 am

    mobile car valeting?
    back then that would be a bit ahead of its time… or was it based some place?

  • David Rowland

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 12:55 am

    omg look at JT

  • Cheryl Smith

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 6:07 am

    Blimy I cant remember my first van, but I remember my first job which was a pin line and hand cutting a porche word which sat in the rear quarter. nerve rackin that was. but not as nerve rackin as doing my first tattoo!!!! 😮

  • Shane Drew

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 6:50 am

    My first Van was a kombi dual cab 2ltr….. My first car was a 1978 VW Golf. Dad bought me it new as payment for working in the family business and not getting a real wage.

    I’d give anything to have my Kombi back. It was a sweet vehicle, that I learned to drive in. We used it in our Cleaning business. My first date was with a girl I had a huge crush on…. a cockroach walked across her knee on the way to the dinner..

    The screams and abuse were something to behold. She didn’t say much and held up rather well though. Never went out with me after that though. … 🙄

  • John Thomson

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 9:11 am
    quote Robert Lambie:

    mobile car valeting?
    back then that would be a bit ahead of its time… or was it based some place?

    at first I worked mobile….then got a unit…….back then I was the only one doing it so targeted the high end of the market and charged plenty…..

    John

  • Peter Normington

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 9:22 am

    I Never needed a van tll about 8 years ago, but my first two cars were these (not the actual pics though) they cost £5 each, I think I had the bond first, and got fined for pushing it home after I bought it, even though it ran perfectly, it wasnt taxed so I thought it was OK to push it.

    My mate also had a Bond, and decide to pimp it by changing the the 200cc engine for I think, a six fifty Nnorton, it was quite hilarious when he tried to burn off another car at the lights, the engine and front wheel to which it was mounted, broke loose and set off up the road on its own!sorry foe being a bit off topic

    peter


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  • John Thomson

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    January 22, 2009 at 9:49 am
    quote Peter Normington:

    and got fined for pushing it home after I bought it, even though it ran perfectly, it wasnt taxed so I thought it was OK to push it.
    peter

    same as pushing a motorbike Pete…….you are in control of its speed and direction so are technically riding ( or driving )

    Cool photos…….

    John

  • Hugh Potter

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 10:02 am

    my first van was was about 1995/96, up til then i used to rent transits to get to the drag strip loaded with new and used American chrysler/Dodge/Plumouth drag race and car parts, the transits were too gutless though, especially if i was towing too, so i bought one of these…

    a 1977 LHD dodge B300 tradesman panel van with a 5.9L V8. this one in the pic isn’t mine, mine was primer red and has standard wheels on still. when loaded up with engine blocks, transmissions, cylinder heads and 20-30+ boxes of parts, it was probably a bit lower than this van!

    cracking van which i think i broke for parts and made more than i paid for it in the end!


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  • Shane Drew

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    My dad started his car/bike sales career selling Messerschmitt’s. He has some very fond memories of those days

  • Chris Wool

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    1st mini van when i was 17 it used to carry a drum kit about and a load more. 40 years ago don’t time fly.

    used to drive my mates Messerschmitt and to think that cars now are just coming out with sequential gear boxes as if its new.

    chris

  • Paul Humble

    Member
    January 23, 2009 at 12:07 am
    quote Hugh Potter:

    my first van was was about 1995/96, up til then i used to rent transits to get to the drag strip loaded with new and used American chrysler/Dodge/Plumouth drag race and car parts, the transits were too gutless though, especially if i was towing too, so i bought one of these…

    a 1977 LHD dodge B300 tradesman panel van with a 5.9L V8. this one in the pic isn’t mine, mine was primer red and has standard wheels on still. when loaded up with engine blocks, transmissions, cylinder heads and 20-30+ boxes of parts, it was probably a bit lower than this van!

    cracking van which i think i broke for parts and made more than i paid for it in the end!

    I aint gettin on no plane!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hugh Potter

    Member
    January 23, 2009 at 9:35 am
    quote Paul Humble:

    quote Hugh Potter:

    my first van was was about 1995/96, up til then i used to rent transits to get to the drag strip loaded with new and used American chrysler/Dodge/Plumouth drag race and car parts, the transits were too gutless though, especially if i was towing too, so i bought one of these…

    a 1977 LHD dodge B300 tradesman panel van with a 5.9L V8. this one in the pic isn’t mine, mine was primer red and has standard wheels on still. when loaded up with engine blocks, transmissions, cylinder heads and 20-30+ boxes of parts, it was probably a bit lower than this van!

    cracking van which i think i broke for parts and made more than i paid for it in the end!

    I aint gettin on no plane!!!!!!!!!!

    he he! there were a couple around like that, crazy fools!!!

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