1966 Super Van
Restoration Project by The Guild of Automotive Restorers
George Barris Custom
Super Van was based on a 1966 Dodge Tradesman that was re-designed by Barris.
Filming began in May 2003 with the transportation of the Super Van from storage to our facility in Bradford.
An exciting part of the series content was on-camera appearances from the creator of Super Van, George Barris: The King of Kustomizers. Mr. Barris sporadically provided commentary on the Super Van design, evolution and significance in automotive history throughout the series.
Evolved from the hit series Classic Car Restorations, CCR TV is a was twenty-six episode series for television, featuring the history and restoration of Super Van to its former glory within every episode.
Hosted by actor / producer Dan Woods (best known as Mr. Raditch in the awards winning Degrassi series), CCR TV provided document within each episode, the restoration of four unique project vehicles. Chosen to be included in the series was the Guild's project "Super Van".
David Grainger oversaw and coordinated the rebirth of the Super Van on behalf of the Guild.
Super Van was lengthened, the body removed for a completely custom replacement and after extensive alterations from front to back, Super Van emerged from Barris Kustom industries in its first incarnation as the Love Machine.
Initially it was painted yellow with orange shag and interior appointments that included a revolving bed and an entertainment console. Later it was re painted to Day-Glo pink but retained the orange interior.
The Van toured Hot Rod Shows and special events all over North America for several years and a model kit was produced of the Love Machine by MPC.
During the height of the Disco craze when CB radios ruled the Highway, the Love Machine disappeared back into the Barris shop to re emerge as Super Van. A new Model Kit of Super Van in its new form was issued as well as small toy reproductions.
Super Van was the title character in Super Van, the Movie in which the Van was a Futuristic Solar Powered vehicle, coveted by bad guys and protected by the Good Guys.
While the movie may not have been a great hit, it did assure Super Van a fairly prestigious place in the Vanning World of the Seventies.
Eventually George Barris sold Super Van to Bob Butt's Fantasy Car in El Cajon California. Bob Butts used it for rental to the Film and Television Industry and Super Van appeared in numerous productions including an appearance as the Hill Valley Transporter in Back to the Future Part II.
Super Van was acquired by the Guild along with several other vehicles from Bob Butts' collection and then waited for several years until its number came up for restoration.
CCR TV chronicled this restoration over twenty-six episodes.
During the restoration Dupont Canada pitched in with support and additional funding in order to realize the rebirth of great 70's pop icon.
The Guild, in association with Dupont, was pleased to present the restoration of Super Van on Cut, Chop, Rebuild TV which aired on Fox SPEED
Dan Woods, host of C.C.R. and David Grainger, President of The Guild of Automotive Restorers conducted you through the restoration of the George Barris Kustom Super Van.
List of Sponsors:
The Guild appreciates all of the effort expended by representatives and staff of the following sponsors as well as the companies themselves who were so selfless in providing assistance with this project.
Dupont Canada for paint, materials and assistance
3M Canada for providing abrasives and other materials along with a dynamite new paint gun system.
Dunlop for providing us with 4 brand new Dunlop GT Qualifiers.