Imron Paint? 1976 Dodge B200 Tradesman 3/4 Ton Van – SOLD!
May 1st Update – the seller removed his listing from Craigslist without a replacement, so consider this one sold.
We found this 1976 Dodge Tradesman van in East Greenville, Pennsylvania in February where the private seller asked $4,500. A quick check of the NADA Guides Collector Car Online Valuation Tool validates the private seller’s asking price falls within the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $1,900, $4,600, and $8,750, respectively.
Chrysler produced its B Series full-size vans with minimal changes between 1970 and 2003. Due to a one-welded-piece “Uniframe” design, while the Dodge platform was lighter and stronger and featured a lower cargo floor than the competition, it was often at the expense of noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH). The resulting lower center of gravity improved handling versus the competing products. For the first eight model years, the different configurations of B vans were given names. Sportsman passenger vans had side windows and passenger seating not present in the otherwise identical Tradesman models. The full range of gasoline-powered slant-6 and V8 engines Chrysler offered in trucks were also available in the Tradesman vans. Dodge vans, particularly Tradesmans such as this example featured here from the 1971–1977 model years, were very popular as the basis for many custom vans during the custom van craze that occurred during the mid- to late 1970s and early 1980s.
The pictures a seller provides clues to features not addressed in the description. In this example, note the can of what appears to be a solvent to work with Imron paint. If you’re not familiar with it, Imron is a very heavy duty paint that gives great depth of color along with being very tough as nails. While it’s high cost and the skills set needed to shoot it never really caught on in the automotive world, its still popular in boating and aviation applications. Given all of the other period custom details (fender flares, square headlights housed in a custom grill, and cast aluminum wheels) on this van, we wonder whether the great blue hue is Imron. With what appears to be a very solid body and decent paint, this Van appears to be a great candidate to do continue the vintage custom build already started. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Dodge van for sale with 318 ci engine. 4 barrel carburetor and Edelbrock intake, Blackjack headers. No rust, garage kept, paint has a few scratches. Runs, drives and stops fine. Cash only and no trades. Thanks for looking.“
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