• Jun 8, 2007

The Force is with you. Click image for more.

"This is not the Ford you're looking for."

Then again, if your level of Star Wars geekdom has reached its apex, maybe it is. Weather-beaten from exposure to too many Tatooine sandstorms, perhaps, this Econoline's custom finish is still plainly visible to all. You might not think it looks like much, but they said that about the Millenium Falcon, too.

This boxy freighter's port side is decorated with likenesses (well, they're more like approximations, really) of the aged Obi-Wan, Luke Skywalker, Threepio, and Artoo. Back towards the rear bumper, we see two members of the Mos Eisley Cantina's house band, Figrin Dan and the Modal Nodes. Unfortunately, they look more like Roswell aliens than anything else. Over to starboard, Vader looms ominously (sort of) over a battle scene showing a pair of X-Wings and a TIE Fighter with (incorrect) square solar panels. The rear hatch is decorated with Han and Chewie off to the right, the rest of the cantina band to the left, and really bad renderings of one of the other cantina creatures and what appears to be Luke with darker hair. The "Force" windows are a nice touch, as is the Rebel Alliance symbol displayed in back.

It's parked outside a Home Depot (Tosche Station must have been closed), where the owner was undoubtedly shopping for a new set of hydrospanners with which to repair the perpetually-broken hyperdrive. Maybe if he'd stop taking the thing to Lando's Garage for repairs, he'd have better luck.

Thanks to Scott for the tip and photos!

UPDATE: A commenter states that the owner of the van is -- drumroll -- a girl! And that the ride's a '78. The mural dates back to '79.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I've seen this van at least two or three times in Redmond, Kirkland, and Seattle WA.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can someone tell me more info on where she got the van? My dad used to to airbrushing when he was younger and told me once about a big Star Wars mural on a van. I would love to get more info on this van. in 79 my dad was 19.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      I just met the person who droves this tonite...
      And.... It's a girl. Cute too. She has a rebel emblem tattoed on her back!!! The Van is a 78, the mural is from 79. It has a couch in the back, someone knocked the disco ball. You would normally see it parked in front of a local snowboard store, that's where she works.

      This is freaky cause I was talking about the van to someone else at the bar and they were like, " yo, that's my coworker" and now this on digg. I showed her my rebel emblem tattoo too (pre episode 1)
      • 7 Years Ago
      http://sc.tri-bit.com/Chances

      This was his old van..
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wasn't there a "Harrison Ford" dealer in N.Y.In Harrison N.Y.?
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's the Dorkmobile.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is that Steve Perry with Chewbacca?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Here is a real Ford Force:
      http://www.fpv.com.au/cars/force-6--8/overview.aspx

      The Force 6 has a turbo 4.0 litre in-line 24-valve 6 cylinder with 360 hp...
      The Force 8 has a Ford Boss motor, 5.4 litre 32-valve V8 with nearly 390 hp...

      The Force 6 is the better pick, the V8 makes the car too nose heavy and uses more fuel (13L/100km vs 15L/100km).

      Spec sheet here:
      http://www.fpv.com.au/media/32719/fpv%20force%20specifications.pdf
        • 7 Years Ago
        I would gladly stab a nun in the face for a Force 6.

        - R
      • 7 Years Ago
      "You might not think it looks like much, but they said that about the Millenium Falcon, too."

      Somehow I doubt this one can make .5 past lightspeed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Or make the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I second the comment by the guy who wants to know the history of this van. I have a recollection of seeing this damn thing when I was young. I just wonder if it originated or spent any of it's life in Pennsylvania...
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