While strolling in the golden evening light through the lively streets of North End, Halifax, we spotted this 1977 Dodge van, stopped in our tracks and looked at each other knowingly. East Coaster Today? You bet.
As if on cue, Joe approaches from down the street. As well-used today as it must have been when new 44 years ago, Joe’s grin says it all. He loves the 1977 Dodge Tradesman 200 still after many years of ownership.
He bought it in Alberta drove it home to the east coast. Then drove it out to Alberta and back again!
According to his friends, when you ‘get him going’, he’ll talk about the van forever and that’s fine by us!
Dodge B-series vans were built by the Chrysler Corporation from 1970 until 2003. During that time, they underwent two redesigns but the exterior remained virtually unchanged over 32 years of production, making it one of the longest-used platforms in American automotive history.
Joe’s Tradesman 200 is the camper version of the original B-series. The campers were produced from 1971 until 1978.
These vans were hugely popular during the custom van craze of the late ’70s, early ’80s. If the van was a-rockin’, you didn’t bother knockin’.
Under the hood is a 318 CID V8 engine, two-barrel carburetor that cranks out a jaw-dropping 145 horsepower.
You’ll probably see the well-loved camper gliding through the streets of the North End. Give Joe a wave.