My father passed away two years ago and, among other things (frayed wire, shards of plywood, etc.), left me his 1972 Dodge van. The Yellow Van is a fond part of my childhood – I spent many hours with my dad fixing up the vehicle and going on roadtrips with it. He had converted this vehicle into a RV: constructing his own camper shell roof; making back seats that fold out into a bed; kitchen area equipped with a sink and space for a gas stove and mini-fridge; stall for a chemical toilet; auxiliary gas tank; and other little handmade conveniences. It ain’t pretty, but this van has been imbued with my dad’s independent, travel-loving, tinkering spirit.
Unfortunately, this vehicle is currently in California while I am in school in Connecticut and bringing this van into my possession is not feasible. Though the state of California has a vehicle buyback program, I just would love to see my dad’s van go to a good home. I’ve kept the vehicle’s registration current. As for the running condition. . . . honestly, I don’t know, but I can’t imagine it is great. This van has over 100,000 miles on it and fell into some disrepair during my dad’s final illness.
So, dear Car Talk community, is it possible there is someone crazy enough to want a vehicle like this and give it a new life? Where might I find folks like that? Or should I give up and let go?
Thanks so very much.