We just bought a gypsy van.
It’s a ’71 Chevy with a loud exhaust and a full kitchen. And we can’t wait to live in it.
Without going into a long, boring spiegl… we believe positive energy is the answer to a lot of the world’s problems. For starters, our own country could use a heavy dose of it. The media has become so obsessed with fear-inducing people that it’s sickening. The news is filled to the brim with murderers and thieves and heathens. We’re constantly reminded of how far in debt our country is, even though most of us are powerless to change that on our own. We read about how poor and crummy our economy is, then catch the latest car accident, cop chase or murder scene on the 10 ‘o clock broadcast. What the hell is wrong with us?
Energy flows where attention goes. And maybe we can’t change the world, but we can try to change something. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do. In a ’71 Chevy-Apocolypse-Ready-Sportvan.
We’re going to road-trip around the country, seeking out positivity, in a vehicle that’s ready for some Dawn of the Dead shit. The guy who had it before us might’ve done a little too much partying in his day, because he set this thing up for a full-on battle. There are custom steel plates for all of the windows, interior slide locks, a barrel key entry, and steel rivets galore. But for two chicks, it makes us feel more confident we won’t end up in The Hills Have Eyes Four.
And now, without further adieu…
There’s more than meets the eye with this beast. From the outside, he just looks like a simple, old, beat-up ice cream truck… but this Uncle Rico classic checked off a lot of things on our vehicle wish list. We know it’s going to take a lot of LOVE to make it cross country worthy, but we’re ready to roll up our sleeves & make it happen!
For starters, it’s got this awesome center console thingy that fits a coffee/tea mug PURRFECTLY. And since we foresee a LOT of coffee and tea drinking… bonus!
As I said before, the guy we bought this from prepped it for the Zombie Apocalypse… those are steel bars on the boarded-up back window. (insert Twilight Zone theme here)
The curtains have seen better days after 41 years, which is understandable. Most likely we’ll be tossing them & making new ones
Why yes, that IS orange shag peeking through!
Looks cozy enough…
Our adorable and original mini-fridge… that works!
There’s even space for fresh eggs! Score!
We found a box of these awesome retro lights behind the driver’s seat. Reading lights? Check.
Check out the awesome storage we’ve got above our bed area. My neighbor Gary came by to check things out and to offer up some tools!
A super-rad sliding storage thingy.
A picture I found while cleaning out the drawers. It’s signed, Steph.
Wood veneer + olive green + retro yellow = definitely made in the ’70′s.
The “Holiday” stove by Coleman. Also original and awesome.
A peek into the “head”.
No shower, but the “sink” does drain conveniently into the toilet!
Keeping it classy with the gold accents!
He could use a good wash and a wax… any takers?
The couch in the back slides out to make a full bed when we’re ready to hunker down.
Now maybe just some new upholstery to get rid of that funny smell…