At first glance, the “wrap” on this Golden Gate Park shuttle van allowed it to blend in with all the nearby Victorians. Imagine my surprise when I noticed it moving!
I was like, “AHAHAHAHA … remarkable!“
Boy, you got me good, RPD.
Here’s an old Chrysler van. Can you see the rear extension they simply tacked on to the end of the thing? See how they left the wheels in the same place as on the shorter 12-passenger version?
Bad form – a half-assed design on the cheap:
The Ford design was to lengthen the body over the same frame as smaller vehicles. GM increased the wheelbase. Safety experts feel the GM approach is the safer design.
Passenger vans (Econoline Wagons/Club Wagons) could seat between two and 12 passengers, depending on the number of seats installed; standard-length wagons typically held two bench seats behind the driver. In 1978, a 15-passenger “Super Wagon” was introduced on the same wheelbase as the standard-length van, using a body extension added to the rear of the vehicle.
At the very least, you should load up people from the front on these rigs.
At the very least…
As seen in Civic Center, 2013:
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That’s not really a boxy Ford Fairmont, it’s a boxy Mustang* LX. I had me one, with the same dog-dish hubcaps, bought at police auction, 90,000 miles. Sold it back in the ’90’s. I dressed up more back then, I was thinner too.
Anyway, this guy is rolling 1980’s-style – he really stands out from the crowd when you see him. Look for him on Larkin.
*But both were Fox platform rides and basically the same thing. Engineers from GM called this Mustang “the best damn Ford Fairmont ever built,” you know, as an insult.
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Oh Nativists, will you ever win?
[UPDATE: Who says nameless, faceless, S&P500 corporations never listen to the little guy? ‘Cause now the unpaid(?) interns(?) at Gannett, Co. Inc are putting “sponsored” on their sponsored Tweets. Just like I asked them to, below. Excelsior! ]
Except it’s an ad for Ford.
(And how about, instead, calling it a _pointless_ trip to Mount Tam?)
SFist handles things differently – it would use the term “sponsored post” or something.
Why not do that instead, TBI?
Of course, if you gained a lot more readers you could pay for your expensive clubhouse with advertising but how can you do that if you trick the few readers you have with ads for Ford?
Or maybe TBI’s role is just to lose millions of dollars for the home office in VA to offset profits made from the profitable part of Gannett?