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SMOOTH
12-04-2009, 03:23 PM
So, I have discovered a third manufacturer of the Centurion-type van conversion, they were called Van-Truk, Inc. I saw the truck back at the 4th of July, took some pics of it on my Iphone and just never got around to posting them. Anyways, someone on another forum was looking for a van-truck conversion on the east coast and I sent him the phone number. I ended up going out to look at the truck for him. He's now on this forum, his name is HAB.
Anywho, I talked to the owner a little and he made some copies for me of the paperwork he had on the truck. I'll see if I can get them scanned and on here in the next week or two, but I thought I would share. The truck in question is this one:
http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/6691/dadstruck.jpg

Here's what I know:
It was purchased by a James Cash from Texas from Van-truk, Inc. out of Ft. Myers, Florida on 8/16/85. The only thing listed, aside from color selections was a "Front bumper guard" and the purchase price was $23,845. It was shipped to Texas to Mr. Cash and according to the present owner, Mr. Cash owned it until he passed away, his wife sold it to the present owner's brother-in-law and when he passed away, the present owner got it. The vin is 1FTJE3411FHB55807 and it's an 85 "Van-Truk III" with a 6.9 in it. Truck currently only has 130K miles on it.
I get the impression Van-Truk, Inc was a small operation as the president, Mr. Wayne Newton (yes I'm serious) was also the "salesman" listed on one of the invoices and his signature is on a couple of the pages.
Anyways, that's about all there is to go by, I was hoping for a sales brochure but he didn't have any. Like I said, I'll try to post up what I have but I thought I'd share it with everyone since it seems these are even harder to find then the Cabriolets and Centurion conversions.

MoMo

Traveler
12-04-2009, 05:51 PM
That is pretty cool and it looks like they used a regular eveyday pickup box on it.

Dman
12-04-2009, 06:56 PM
That is pretty cool. Sliding rear window, 1-1/2 running boards on the side, and somekind of tailgate pad, unique cargo lights also. Really makes you wonder what the interior would like new.

SMOOTH
12-04-2009, 07:26 PM
Really makes you wonder what the interior would like new.

These are the best I got. Sorry, when I went to see it, it was after dark.

http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/770977/fullsize/100_3379.jpg
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/770978/fullsize/100_3380.jpg
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/770979/fullsize/100_3381.jpg
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/770981/fullsize/100_3382.jpg
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/770983/fullsize/100_3383.jpg
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/770987/fullsize/100_3394.jpg

As for the tailgate, the owner had taken it off of some other truck he had. He said it originally had one of those tailgates that had the lower section in the middle for goosenecks.

MoMo

Dman
12-05-2009, 11:46 PM
Wow, that's pretty cool and well taken care of it looks like. Thanks for the extra pics. Brings back memories of my van days. The only thing I never liked about vans, was working on the motor. 1/3 under the hood, 1/3 in the interior, 1/3 unreachable. But there was always room for just about anything you wanted to haul or do.
:coo1l:
Hope your friend gets many happy miles with it.

sheepman
12-10-2009, 11:42 PM
Looks to be very well made. Put together better than a Centurion Cruiser.


I can think of 5 Cruiser builders now.

HAB
02-02-2010, 07:31 PM
Well, Smooth, we got a break in the weather today. Got 25 pics taken and up'ed to ImageShack. Here's a link=

http://profile.imageshack.us/user/hab27601/

She runs like new, 131000 miles, starts great when cold and doesn't smoke on the road. Plan to put the wheelchair lift and handcontrols in next week then hope to re-paint her next month.

SMOOTH
02-03-2010, 10:01 AM
Ya, I was following your other thread. I'm glad you got it! I was impressed with the way it ran as well!

MoMo