September 28, 2023
  • Typically you stroll previous a basic van on the road and instantly purchase it. Effectively, you generally do this if you happen to based Legacy Classic Trucks, anyway.
  • That is what occurred with this 1977 Dodge B100 Tradesman, which has been restored and up to date so it’s now “completely made for partying.”
  • A rebuilt 5.2-liter Chrysler 318 V-8 engine helps make the van road-trip worthy, whereas a big lithium battery can energy the TV/VHS participant and AC models for days.

Right this moment’s in style music festivals do not shrink back from a Seventies vibe in relation to tunes and garments. If you need your wheels to really feel proper at house in that kind of surroundings, Legacy Traditional Vans may need you coated.

Legacy, a longtime automobile restorer, usually modifies outdated Dodge Energy Wagons and Jeep Scramblers and works on nationwide park buses. For this a lot hipper restomod endeavor, Legacy began with two issues: a 1977 Dodge B100 Tradesman donor van and the concept Coachella is usually a verb.

The van got here to Legacy Traditional Vans’ founder Winslow Bent when he occurred upon it on his marriage ceremony day. The van was parked on a road in Chicago. Given the gathering of outdated VHS tapes and an outlaw nation music cassette within the tape deck, Bent bought the van “on the spot,” Legacy mentioned, with goals of restoring it in time for him to drive it the 930 miles from Jackson Gap, Wyoming, the place his store is positioned, to California for the music pageant.

A Van Made for Partying

“There are few issues cooler than a brilliant clear, well-restored van,” Bent mentioned in an announcement. “Our new Legacy Tradesman van restoration is completely made for partying.”
That perspective explains the combination of latest and outdated know-how contained in the van. The outside has the identical basic paint scheme however added a pair of moonlight home windows within the again. Inside basic touches embody a classic TV/VHS participant, disco ball, lava lamp, and orange shag carpet. From the trendy period, there is a lithium battery with sufficient power capability to energy the TV, a beer cooler, an 18-speaker sound system, and a pair of air-con models for as much as two days on a single cost, the corporate claims.

Motive energy for the B100 comes from a rebuilt 5.2-liter Chrysler 318 V-8 engine that produces as much as 450 pound-feet of torque. Bent and his group additionally changed the brakes and suspension.

With this 12 months’s Coachella pageant and Legacy’s Tradesman restoration each full, Legacy has now added Tradesman vans to its checklist of outdated issues that may be made contemporary once more. Legacy’s Tradesman commissions begin at $45,000.

For extra dope vans from the Seventies, take a look at this checklist or head on over to Bring a Trailer, which, like Automotive and Driver, is a part of Hearst Autos, to seek for your individual donor mannequin. Or perhaps you’ll discover a ready-to-go possibility, just like the custom 1973 Dodge Tradesman B100 that offered this previous week for $24,000.

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Sebastian Blanco has been writing about electrical automobiles, hybrids, and hydrogen vehicles since 2006. His articles and automotive opinions have appeared within the New York Occasions, Automotive Information, Reuters, SAE, Autoblog, InsideEVs,, Automotive Discuss, and different retailers. His first green-car media occasion was the launch of the Tesla Roadster, and since then he has been monitoring the shift away from gasoline-powered automobiles and discovering the brand new know-how’s significance not only for the auto business, however for the world as an entire. Throw within the latest shift to autonomous automobiles, and there are extra fascinating modifications taking place now than most individuals can wrap their heads round. You’ll find him on Twitter or, on good days, behind the wheel of a brand new EV.