Friday, May 25, 2012

Mystery of the GOOD TIMES VAN

I've been a prisoner for the last five weeks.  Confined to my couch watching the complete series of "The Sopranos" and drinking so much coffee I've made the "favorite customer wall" at my local cafe.  A separated shoulder is the pits!  In week six I got the ok to remove the sling and start rehab.  As soon as I felt better I persuaded my buddy with a promise that he have a short stack after our trip through the wrecking yards.  In our last go around through what seemed like 100 degree weather and never ending astro vans  I spotted a emblem I've never seen before.  "Good Times Van, president".  I've  been racking my head, speed reading through my old Hot Rod mags, Van World and Vannin'.  Searching for any information, a little clue on where the "Good Times Van" emblems might have come from.  Were they a custom van shop in the 70's?  An accessory given directly to customers when purchasing a custom van from a dealership?  So I've decided "why not summons the power of GRAY SKULL?", in this case that would be the internet.  So I leave you with the mystery of the "GOOD TIMES VAN" emblem and what little research I've come across...








13 comments:

  1. I owned a 1984 Good times van, it was a dodge conversion van converted by Good Times conversions. had emblems like what you have pics of and also round stickers on the centercaps and steering wheel. Haven't seen one around here since. Never seen the Good Times Machine before though. Definitely cool.

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  2. They were an early conversion company back when conversion vans looked a lot more like custom vans and less like Starcraft vans. Gerring were another and LMC I think, there was a bunch of them.

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  3. That's awesome!!! Thanks for the insight! It most have been really far out to be able to go into a conversion shop and drive out with a custom van!

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  4. I owned a Good times van it was a E150..,,,had a 351 windsor under the hood....shag carpeting....black light.....it was candy apple red...had a guy and girl holding hands down a mountain to a lake.....it was purchased in 1980 in Glastonbury Ct..,,,,,

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  5. I owned a Good times van it was a E150..,,,had a 351 windsor under the hood....shag carpeting....black light.....it was candy apple red...had a guy and girl holding hands down a mountain to a lake.....it was purchased in 1980 in Glastonbury Ct..,,,,,

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  6. I am looking to buy the GOOD TIMES emblem for my van.
    If you find one for sale, e-mail me at david@orlandos.com

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  7. The company was in Mansfield Tx. My step father was Jim Bishop.He and his brother Ben had it and Classic Vans company. These vans ROCKED.

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    1. Wow I haven't heard the names Jim and Ben Bishop in over 20 years. MY daddy Ed Russell founded Good Times Vans and they worked with him. I was just a little girl but I do remember them. They were great men.

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  8. The company was in Mansfield Tx. My step father was Jim Bishop.He and his brother Ben had it and Classic Vans company. These vans ROCKED.

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  9. I owned the brown/gold GMC Good Times van in the lower photograph. That photo was taken by my brother. It was a 1976 GMC Vandura that I purchased in the fall of 1975 from Evans Toyota in Forest Park, GA, who sold these conversion vans. I drove it until 1982 when I sold it in the Atlanta area. I don't think that I've seen the van since it drove away. I loved that thing!

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  10. I believe they were built in Arlington Texas, but moved to Grandview. My dad worked for the Bentley Corporation, and on the conversion vans under Good Times vans. For about 10 years. Always spoke highly of Ben Bishop

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  11. Good times vans were a conversion van built off of S. Cooper St. On Peyco Dr. MY father Ed Russell was the founder of the company. It was on the boundary of Arlington/Mansfield. Rick, I remember your step-father Jim Bishop. He was a very nice man who worked with my dad and was at our house many many times. I remember him being a wonderful person to my mom, brother, sister and me when my daddy passed away.
    Good Times Vans was an incredible company and changed the van industry. I remember all different kinds of styles, from the mainstream family conversion van to the craziest of 70's hippy van. I was very young in the 70's but I now know what those Scooby Doo style vans were all about. LOL
    I miss Good Times Vans and my daddy

    KEEP ON TRUCKIN......
    Jodi-Lynn Russell

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  12. Thanks for sharing this info, everyone! The first time I ever heard of a Good Times van, it was in this song (and I've often wondered about them):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-pgBmz6Yig

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