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At what point does your van become a "custom" van?

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At what point does your van become a "custom" van?

Post by Guest on 6/9/2009, 12:01 pm

I asked this question on Facebook but i thought i'd post it here in more detail.

What determines the difference between an ordinary van, a "custom" van and what is the crossover point to becoming a "supervan"?

The reason i ask this is after reading a letter sent to CV&T in regards to Sheer Heart Attack (S.H.A.), the owner of Fire Truck commented that S.H.A didn't deserve to be in the "Supervan" catagory as it wasn't modified like it was claimed.
As well as i have noticed that some of the "Custom" vans looked like that they had only a nosecone change.

So could someone please clarify these issues?

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Re: At what point does your van become a "custom" van?

Post by highwaymenace on 6/9/2009, 1:50 pm

this can re-open the can of worms Agro....

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Re: At what point does your van become a "custom" van?

Post by Vannin on 6/9/2009, 2:29 pm

I take custom to be any modification to standard or normal....

Outside my van is standard with custom rear interior.....

So I consider it a"custom" of sorts.

Supervan I consider everything has been modified in some way.
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Post by mazdragon on 7/9/2009, 5:34 am

highwaymenace wrote:this can re-open the can of worms Agro....

Agro likes "worms" Laughing Laughing

in answer however, a custom van is a van that has been modified, i.e. customised to distinguish it from the "norm". Having said that the customisation would not just be little bits'n'pieces, but a removal from standard. Supervan? i guess that fits into the category of hypermarkets, super-models etc etc.... to me, a hyped up name to name a custom van that has been customised to the extreme... still a custom van though.... probably a derivative given by someone who's put a lot of work in and wants to be distinguished from others that have put a lot of work in too... supermodels put a lot of work into binging and barfing too. LOL
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Post by highwaymenace on 7/9/2009, 5:45 am

my opion only: restored or in orignal condition to me is what the class would be. custom: non standard paint, non standard interior, some body changes even later or earlyier model than the van year of birth, modified exhasust/ suspention ( spelling) non standard detailed and or modified engine ( min of 2 of these would be enough to class it as custom... as for SUPERVAN well done to the MAX or done to perfection

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Post by M&M on 7/9/2009, 12:16 pm

Good question Agro. Based on the original discussion there were claims SHA was widened and lengthened. In reality the LTD front made it longer (as is James' Van Bad Company) and widened, hey a set of flares makes the van wider. If in fact it had been split in 2 and a section added it would have been a major mod. Adding length is easy as anyone who has seen the Japanese Van web sites would agree.
The original question is multiple questions in one. When does a Van bacome custom, talk to any insurance company. When it is personalised, e.g a set of wheels is custom.
When does it become a Supervan, this is a whole other issue. The "SuperVans" of the past were show vans that had won big events and were usually custom to the point of having lots of bolt on stuff. Back in the days when you got points for having stuff, flares 1 point, archway 1 point, wheels 1 point, fish tank 1 point, roof racks 1 point, roof spoiler 1 point. hence the amount of mods indicated the number of points.
The Vans of today, while not as obviously modified are generally of a much better quality than those of the past, however not sure when it becomes a Supervan. Smooth 74 & the Rowley's XC Vans should class as Supervans having won multiple Nats in a row?? What about Proc's J which has been in the top few for many many years? however all 3 have subtle or no body mods?? I have seen a lot of heavily modified Vans where the work is crap but they turn heads driving down the road more than thoses that have won at the Nationals. Take the 502 Sandman from SA, Awsome Van, but fairly mild body. In my opinion still right up there in the Supervan category as it is an extremely well built vehicle???
Vans of the past like West Point had great detail work, but only on the bits on show, e.g detailed brakes on one side left the other stock cause only showed the good side. Modern vans have to be the complete package and are generally much higher quality than Supervans of the past.
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Post by SWAY on 8/9/2009, 4:10 am

well this is a big big can of worms!!

i go a long with M & M some standed machines can be in super class or the ultament class.
1 ute comes to mined is Lippys corral hq ute all standed bar the seats, but straight extremely clean, well painted, not much chrome but lots of detail this was 1 of the best cars around for 4 to 5 years, summernat grand champ & top show car at many, many shows. this is a ute that i would love to make a van not hard but lots of work. that is a super show car & street driven every were, BUT IT IS STANDED so what else makes the cut???
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Post by Monk on 8/9/2009, 9:24 am

Now Agro l will explain this to you oh so very simple

your van becomes Custom Very Happy when you put your 1st chic in the back lol!
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Post by vanner065 on 8/9/2009, 10:24 am

Trust you Monk, man yours would of been so custom in that case back in its day but now it has returned back to its original virginal self as it has not seen action for 20 odd years. lol cheers
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Re: At what point does your van become a "custom" van?

Post by Guest on 8/9/2009, 12:40 pm

Thanks for the comments. Very Happy and i'm not trying to open a can of worms. silent

O.K. mine has front and rear spoilers, bonnet scoop and minor stuff done to the inside, but i would have thought it would take heaps more to do to reach "Custom" van status.(eg murals etc)

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Post by highwaymenace on 8/9/2009, 1:22 pm

its not standard now so its custom,,,, full stop.

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Re: At what point does your van become a "custom" van?

Post by Guest on 8/9/2009, 1:37 pm

Thanks Daz Very Happy .

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Post by Vannin on 8/9/2009, 2:25 pm

That's the way I see's it too........
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Re: At what point does your van become a "custom" van?

Post by Monk on 24/9/2009, 4:00 am

vanner065 wrote:Trust you Monk, man yours would of been so custom in that case back in its day but now it has returned back to its original virginal self as it has not seen action for 20 odd years. lol cheers

hahaah James can tell you mate it has been used over them years beleive me Very Happy it dont have to move to be used rendeer
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Re: At what point does your van become a "custom" van?

Post by SWAY on 24/9/2009, 5:36 am

Monk wrote:
vanner065 wrote:Trust you Monk, man yours would of been so custom in that case back in its day but now it has returned back to its original virginal self as it has not seen action for 20 odd years. lol

hahaah James can tell you mate it has been used over them years beleive me it dont have to move to be used




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