With today being a rare treat of *not* being hotter-than-balls in Southern NM, I went for an evening nature walk in Soledad Canyon, but was stopped by this on the way up. Normally I wouldn’t give much notice to an old van for sale, but a front differential caught my eye as I drove past. There was no choice but to stop and check it out.

It was left unlocked, so I poked around the inside a bit. Anticipating the smell of hippie sex, I was surprised to find it looked like a blank slate for an overland build.

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I’ve heard of these before, but this is the first one I’ve ever seen in person. Some google fu suggests they sell for a lot more than 3k in good shape. I don’t know what I would do with this besides go camping, but I’m intrigued buy the idea of it. It could be cool, although a project like this is probably the last thing I need.

I see two big problems. The first is that 460, which means this thing probably gets 6mpg. Since I already have a tow vehicle, it seems like a 351 would be a better engine in this application. That might have some possibility of double digit mileage on the highway.

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The second big problems is reddish flaky stuff, which means this thing hasn’t lived its life in the desert. We don’t do rust here. It’s just not a thing.

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This is probably the rustiest vehicle I’ve ever seen for sale in Las Cruces. They may have really hard time finding someone who will deal with it here. According to some friends that live up here, it’s been for sale for a couple of weeks.

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I dig the old California plate. This seems like it has some potential, but probably not for me. Were it not for the rust, I might have made a questionable decision tonight.

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My nature walk was nice, though.