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Draplin Design Co., North America
May 11, 2009
Built Ford Tough
Posted at 09:22 PM


VAN SEARCH UPDATE: Oh man, I’m so close, I can taste the rubber on the tires! I checked out a couple vans over the weekend, and a couple more this afternoon. I’ve for my search narrowed down to this: Ford 2008 12 Passenger E-350 Club Wagon XLT.

Made in the US of A, motherfuckers!

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to reel this beast in. Of course, I am going to try. Basically, a big pile of rigs came in all over the Portland metro area‚€”from Seattle rental fleets‚€”and are selling at incredible prices. Just a year old, for half the sticker price from a year ago. Half the sticker price. Yeah.

And man, Dale found a beauty down in Albany.

It’s a good thing they wouldn’t swipe my credit card Friday, as I would’ve popped for this one right on the spot. I got ‘em down to $16,700, and that’s where it stopped. Hard bargains down there in Albany. 11k miles. Not a spot on the thing. Powertrain warranty up to 5y/60k. Bumper-to-goddamned-bumper up to 36k. Hell, even a free tank of gas.

Sure, I’m wrastling with all the “E150 vs E350” debate, and existential ramblings of, “How much will I really use the thing…” and complete buzzkillers like, “Wait, how many miles per gallon on the road versus around the city?” This shit could kill the whole thing, if I’m not careful.

You know what? Fuck it. I could die tomorrow. I’m gonna buy this van and enjoy the hell out of it.

I’ve worked my ass off for the right to write that sentence.

The Midwesterner in me and the countless stream of “what if” scenarios haunts. So you know what I did? I went and got a mountain of cold, hard fuckin’ cash out of the bank. Cuz you know, nothing talks like cash does. Financing? My ass. Payment plan? Get out of town. How’s a stack of hundreds sound, sucka!?

I fall asleep with that grill above on the thinker. And the idea of tearing this country a new one, criss-crossing these great states all summer long, working on projects, junkin’, visiting family, outrunning the fuzz and being free as possible.

Let’s make a deal! Stay tuned.

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ON MY MIND: Where all this Econoline stuff started.

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AND THEN THERE WAS THIS GUY: Big day at the marina.

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BIGGER THE BETTER: A ton of cool “Race Numbers.” No time to comment on them. Just really great. (And hell, whoever the hell sent these in, I can’t remember who right now, but, I love you forever.)

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KING OF THE BREEDS: “Rudy the Mexican Dachshund.” And of course, “Rudy the Bedjumper.”

Gary loves to jump from bed to bed when we post up at a hotel. That and bark like crazy when the housekeeper knocks on the door in the monring, completely giving away the fact that we smuggled him in the night before. Goddammit, Gary.

I love these dogs.

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There Are 11 Comments

That is one mean piece of hardware that is born to criss-cross the good ol’ US of fucking A.

The bumper sticker possibilities are endless.

Posted by: Digital Dave on 05/11/09 at 9:45 PM

You would get carpet

Posted by: Cory on 05/11/09 at 9:52 PM

I think it is great that you are buying a used vehicle. That is definitely the most responsible thing to do given the manufacturing process and it’s energy use and waste.

I was 2 blocks from your shop today… I am sad I missed you while you were out van shopping. I hope you give us a sneak peak of the vehicle graphics you have in mind.

Posted by: Kurt Halsey on 05/12/09 at 12:19 AM

Nice van choices there.

Myself, I’m partial to the Sprinter vans in all their bulldog-ugly, boxy, utility. Saw this Lopes 55 rig some time ago and it really grabbed my attention. These vans don’t fuck around that’s for sure.

Good luck in the epic vanquest my friend.

Posted by: Nate on 05/12/09 at 8:34 AM

He, he, heh. You silly man.

Posted by: Cranky 'ol bastard on 05/12/09 at 9:17 AM

wish we could get the vans the rest of the world gets. My dream van, VW Caddy, 4 motion, diesel. http://blogs.edmunds.com/straightline/VW-Caddy-4MOTION—555.jpg

I would definately go with the E350 though, I think of replacing my F350 powerstroke with a F150 every so often, then I haul a TON of stuff and remember why I love it, and really the milage is not much better with the F150. Have you looked at the diesel option?

Posted by: Chuck Pearce on 05/12/09 at 10:46 AM

“Life is just a Vantasy, can you live this Vantasy life?” Guitars!

Posted by: Andy on 05/12/09 at 2:08 PM

Dude, are you serious? A van … and an ugly one at that. Seriously. The grill is about the only good looking thing on that thing. I will only understand your purchase if you get some crazy, graphical paint job on that van. Why do you want a van?

Posted by: Jules on 05/12/09 at 5:50 PM

The Midwesterner in me and the countless stream of “what if” scenarios haunts. So you know what I did? I went and got a mountain of cold, hard fuckin’ cash out of the bank. Cuz you know, nothing talks like cash does. Financing? My ass. Payment plan? Get out of town. How’s a stack of hundreds sound, sucka!?

Man, i laughed my ass off when i read that. Fucking awesome. I take my hat off to you, on your direct and proper midwest manner. Fucking great spirit.
Way to wrap it up with “sucka” so good.

Ride safe brother.

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