I didn't recognize it when I saw it on my lunch break from West Coast 2 years later. I went back to the shop and took pics of it leaving a polite note asking the seller who wasn't there if he would sell it. I left it with the dude at the counter who didn't speak english so I thought I would never see it again. The guy called me back after about a day and said he wasn't selling it but saw my site and after reading my note and was willing to part for $6000. He held onto that fucker for me for 9 months while I talked Janel into letting me buy it. I had to be sure it was the right one so I kept looking while her and I negotiated. That's when I almost bought this...
It was gorgeous on the outside and a mess on the inside. The engine ran horribly and it needed a lot of work that I wasn't sure I'd be able to do on my budget. I didn't trust the seller and the Blue one I really wanted was still waiting for me in better condition and a trustworthy seller. The seats in my Blue van are the ones I bought to put in this van.
Tom Chronister from Wheels of Confusion ended up buying it and it turned out to only be a minor engine problem. Tom turned this thing into an award winning van and its now one of the nicest in Southern Ca.
I bought the Blue Econo a month later and have had no problems yet
(except for lack of funds).
This is a pic from my lunch break that fateful day. Funny how life works part 3.