Here’s an interesting question that I’m curious to hear the answer to. Vans are an interesting thing in our world: you either see them as a canvas or you see them as a mobile shed, nothing more. I don’t see any in-betweens. You either have dreams that are filled with small-block Astros and wicked Dodge Tradesmans or you don’t. I tend to fall into the second category myself…I can’t knock a good custom van when I see one and the idea a rolling apartment for traveling across the country does have a big appeal, but in reality I do not fit happily into most vans. I just don’t. Chevrolet Savana, Dodge B-series, Ford Aerostar…none of them are comfortable for any longer than maybe an hour at the most to me. The wheelwell that my left foot rests on is the killer. But every now and then I’ll come across something like a four-speed Dodge van and I just sit there picturing ’70s slot mags and white letter tires, a barking exhaust, and a kitted out area behind the seats that would make for a nice retreat. Bark gears during the day, then park and go crash out in the back.
But do you need a full-size van? Check out this Carfection video and the Ford Transits that Alex is showing off…especially the two later-model units that have had some nice upgrades courtesy of the hotter Ford Focus models. I’d be all about a small Transit Connect with a Focus ST swap…small and spacious, and fun enough that you wouldn’t be bored behind the wheel. What kind of van would you genuinely consider doing up?