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Good Times custom vans

Contributed by Stephen Coles on Oct 6th, 2016. Artwork published in
circa 1973
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    1983 Chevy “Good Times Estate” Van.
    Source: www.oldparkedcars.com Photo by Ben Piff of Old Parked Cars. License: All Rights Reserved.

    1983 Chevy “Good Times Estate” Van.

    Good Times, Inc. was a custom van (or “conversion”) company established in Texas sometime in the early 1970s and active until at least 1989. Their logo – also used in a variety of chrome badging – was based on Orbit. This face by Lettergraphics is very similar to Village, one of the Photo-Lettering designs from the 1968 Psychedelitypes series.

    Getting there is half the fun, but getting there in a flurry of funky fun is even better. One way to get it on is in a Good Times, Inc., customized van. The work is done in a factory in Arlington and the 70-man assembly line turns them out at a 10-a-day clip.

    “We sell every one we turn out and there’s a waiting list,” according to Billy Walker, president of the two-year-old company. At something like $7,250 a unit, that grosses close to $1 million.

    The vans (Fords, Chevys or Dodge) are dolled up to suit the owner’s taste – anything from plush GT unit featuring carpeting, waterbeds, stereo, etc., to a sedate Stadium Van ideal for family outings. Or, you can do it yourself at a Walker subsidiary, Van World, where you can get any accessory. — D Magazine, Feb. 1975

    1983 Chevy “Good Times Estate” Van.
    Source: www.oldparkedcars.com Photo by Ben Piff of Old Parked Cars. License: All Rights Reserved.

    1983 Chevy “Good Times Estate” Van.

    1983 Chevy “Good Times Estate” Van.
    Source: www.oldparkedcars.com Photo by Ben Piff of Old Parked Cars. License: All Rights Reserved.

    1983 Chevy “Good Times Estate” Van.

    Runnin Board on 1983 Chevy “Good Times Estate” Van in .
    Source: www.oldparkedcars.com Photo by Ben Piff of Old Parked Cars. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Runnin Board on 1983 Chevy “Good Times Estate” Van in ITC Pioneer.

    1977 Dodge “Good Times” Van.
    Source: vanning.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    1977 Dodge “Good Times” Van.

    Good Times, Inc. brochure.
    Source: vanning.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    Good Times, Inc. brochure.

    Good Times, Inc. brochure.
    Source: vanning.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    Good Times, Inc. brochure.

    1982 Good Times “Personalized Coaches” brochure.
    Source: www.1990suburban.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    1982 Good Times “Personalized Coaches” brochure.

    Good Times “President” badges.
    Source: thestabbincabinvan.blogspot.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    Good Times “President” badges.

    Good Times badges (closeup).
    Source: thestabbincabinvan.blogspot.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    Good Times badges (closeup).

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    2 Comments on “Good Times custom vans”

    1. Might you know if any of these GOODTIMES badges are for sale. I’m looking to replace my old and worn ones.

      Thank you,

      Jorge

    2. Scottmcgillis says:
      Mar 28th, 2022 4:33 pm
      I have a good time for sale all parts and pieces badges fendors doors no rust 417–545–0611

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