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Post by DB001 on 9/5/2009, 9:11 am

Hi all.
Just found the forum and rgistered straight away.
I was wondering if any one has any recollection of a couple of vans from the eighties?
They were called 'Shady Lady" and Mellow Yellow"
I am considering starting a van project and these vans have stuck in my head for years.
As a young guy i bought all the Van Wheels Mags and i know these two were pictured in a couple of issues.
I went on to buy a tidy HQ van which was my pride and joy and by the time i sold it (to get married!) it was looking pretty good.
I have owned and built some nice cars over the ensuing 30 years and have just about finished my latest (67 mustang coupe).
I have plenty of room in the shed however and have been feeling a bit nostalgic about these old vans of late!
Any pics or comments would be appreciated.
Cheers
Doug

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Post by pano on 9/5/2009, 9:26 am

so you ended up geting the link i left for u on oldholden Very Happy
i do remember seening a few photos of shady lady and mellow yellow on the old southern cross vanners forum which is no longer up and running but someone on this forum would have photos of them

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Re: Van History

Post by DB001 on 9/5/2009, 9:59 am

Hey thanks pano.I was about to jump on to yhe old holden forum and post a Cheers mate reply to you!
Saved me the trouble Very Happy
Fingers crossed some one has some info that will get me started out.
Then i have to find a decent starting point project!

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Re: Van History

Post by vanner065 on 9/5/2009, 10:18 am

Welcome aboard Doug, hope u enjoy the forum. Off memory was Shady Lady the holden van with the chrome nose cone?

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Re: Van History

Post by DB001 on 9/5/2009, 11:36 am

Thanks 065
From memory, both vans were HJ/X/Z? with statesman fronts and both were chrome yellow with really cool (or at least i thought so at the time!) murals.
I have a feeling that they were SA vans as I was living in Adelaide at the time and had seen them both on the street.
Once i get the muzzy finished (coupla months) i will be looking for something to tinker with and it is either a big block 66 fairlane hardtop or a Holden Pano!
My daugter is pestering me to build her a car and there is no way she is getting behind the wheel of a big block muscle car so the van is looking good.
I found the mustang forum an invaliable source of info and assistance during the rebuild of the 67 so if I end up going down the van route, you will no doubt be sick of answering dumb questions from me!!
Cheer
Doug

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More the merryier

Post by Ramble on 9/5/2009, 2:06 pm

Hey doug. welcome aboard
I, like you, have just come back into the vanning scene after too many years out and these guys have made me feel more than welcome, there a nice bunch of blokes, & a few blokets too and iam sure theyll do the same for you. The vanners the better I say so welcome back.
Geoff

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Re: Van History

Post by Guest on 10/5/2009, 2:23 am

There is this one:
http://panelvansofoz1.multiply.com/photos/album/236/Shady_Lady

This one
http://panelvansofoz1.multiply.com/photos/album/18/Shady_Lady_2

Or to just view some great pics you can always just visit Flash Harry's sites
http://panelvansofoz1.multiply.com/photos
http://panelvansofoz2.multiply.com/
http://panelvansofoz3.multiply.com/

Thanks must go to Flash Hary for providing a fantastic picture archive. Very Happy

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Re: Van History

Post by DB001 on 10/5/2009, 1:21 pm

Thanks for that Agro (and Flash Harry)!
Well ther she was!!
The yellow Shady Lady with the SA plates and statesman grill.
It funny but my first reaction was dissapointment!
The picture that i had in my memory was of a gound breaking van with radical paint.
When you compare that van to some of the great builds that you see around it looked fairly plain.
Then i started thinking back to those days (i was about 15 at the time she was driving around).
That van made a huge impression on me because, at the time it was the top of the tree.
You just didnt see airbrushed murals on street driven vans at that time.
It was one of the really early builds and it WAS ground breaking.
The van seen exploded after that and the quality of builds and new ideas just kept getting better and better.
One down, one to go!!
Mellow Yellow is out there somewhere, i am sure.
The bug is biting and i am now on the look out for a HJ-WB windowless van shell or runner with no rust to purchase.
(yeah, i know. Me and plenty of others!)
If any one knows of any thing around, drop me a post.
Cheers
Doug

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Re: Van History

Post by mazdragon on 11/5/2009, 5:01 am

thanks heaps for that Agro.... now i just need to spend each lunchtime browsing the sites you've posted, oh bugger lunchtime, i'll just spend work time too.... I luv the first shady lady, that to me is a van from '70s, really like the look of that.... hmm wonder if beigy can change to a girl instead of being a boy.... need to get out the scalpel... errr angle grinder Very Happy Very Happy

...and DB... there were quite a few vans on carsales.com.au and there were a few on drive.com.au. Only a couple on ebay and in the trading post. Where are you located? and don't just look under other or vans... if there's a custom selection use that as well to filter your searches on the sites. Hope this helps.
thanks
M

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Re: Van History

Post by Guest on 11/5/2009, 2:18 pm

No problems. Glad i could help.
At least it'll keep you occupied for a while Maz. Very Happy Very Happy

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