Boogie Vans series of 1970s custom vans. I picked up some good stuff for dirt cheap. I fell in love with a couple of the Boogie Vans, namely a metallic blue 1977 Dodge B-150 with American flag graphics, and a white 1977 Ford Econoline 150 decorated as a dealership parts chaser. My small assortment of diecast vans helped foster an appreciation of vintage custom vans as more than an old steel box full of dirty carpet left over from the disco era.
I even found a replica once parked on the street!
This generation of E-Series was of unibody construction like its Falcon-based forward control predecessor, but used chassis components borrowed from the F-Series pickups and was much larger overall. It was also the first E-Series to offer a V8 engine. All of these things made it a more capable vehicle, but a totally different size class that may have alienated some buyers looking for an economical van. You pretty much had to go to Volkswagen if you still wanted the compact, frugal forward control van formula, or buy a panel delivery station wagon.
I briefly had the chance to chat with the owner of this van. He was a younger guy who told me some details about it. The truck was originally painted a solid red color, and was modified some years ago by a San Francisco 49ers fan. I can only guess what the interior looked like based on that information but I was told it had retrofitted later model swiveling black vinyl captain's chairs and a reclining rear bench seat. I assume the oval window and pop-up roof vent were added as part of the original custom build. Under the hood was a 302 V8 automatic combo with dual exhaust. It rides on Unique Series 177 Super Supreme wheels with thin whitewall tires. I actually quite like the stance, though the rims could stand a really good polishing.
These photos were taken in 2016 and the owner had big plans for the vehicle. He told me he wanted to repair the rust, fill in the roof vent hole and repaint the body the original factory red color. I don't know if that meant Rangoon Red or Candy Apple but I assume the former since he said "solid" red. On the inside he planned a full custom interior build, and possibly add solar panels of some kind to the roof. I have no way of knowing if the owner's plans ever came to fruition. I haven't seen it since. It's definitely a cool truck that was worth saving.
Photographed September 2016