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22 December 2015 Update
# 2416

I cleaned up the van to a certain extent and then the previous owner of Scoop took it over, as these pictures reflect. The young lady who purchased the van turned it into an ice cream food cart in Portland.


01 September 2008
# 2416

From Scott :

        Hello. I am a Stovebolter and I wanted to share a couple pics of my Mothership. I purchased this 1963 Chevy P-10 Step Van from a couple in Portland, Oregon (where I live).  They advertised it on Craigslist.  I believe their intention was to utilize the van as a food cart and ended up settling for a larger trailer to fit their whole operation.

        I have owned the van for just over a month. Initial engine tune up and diagnostics is being done at this moment by a reputable shop. In the future I may do things such as tune up and what not.  Paint will be done by a pro though conversion and refurbishing of interior will be handled by a friend and myself. 

        We are currently looking for various parts -- door handle, stainless clutch head screws, etc. 

        I have a little history on the van. It was originally purchased from a dealership in Roswell, New Mexico. The names of the owner and salesman are on the Owners Manual sleeve.  The van lived a bit of its life in California. It had a State Fire Marshall tag clipped to a fire extinguisher brace under one of the desk. It states "Beck & Wilson 1477 San Pablo Ave., Berkley 2, Calif". Mostly recently, the ride was one of a fleet for a business called CunoCars, a mobile accounting / bookkeeping firm. I have spotted two others around Portland. With the hi-roof and green paint, they stick out.  The interior was set up as an office -- quite interesting -- and no back door.

        My Stovebolt moniker (Inknbeans) refers to reading / writing and espresso. Two things I enjoy together. 

        I have been referring to the stepvan as Mothership. The latest release of studio recordings by Zeppelin was called Mothership. Along with listening to Zepp while working on the van in the afternoon, I have (by pure coincidence) been enjoying a brew or two of New Belgiums Mothership Wit. This is the first classic for me. 

        Would be happy forwarding any additional info as the project goes forth. Currently motor is having a massage.


Many thanks.



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