The Funk Mobile
Sometimes I have bad ideas and sometimes I have good ideas. Then there is the very rare occasion when I have a GREAT idea, and this was/is one, I’m confident of it!
I kept driving by this rickety corner of town with an old beat up purple (or was it brown), rusty van for sale. It was, as my neighbors eventually called it, a “murderers van”…among several other adjective + noun combinations…you can figure it out with your own pre-judgements by its appearance, below:
It was, for all intents and purposes, a piece of junk (notice the hole in the roof, covered by duct tape)…or was it?! I texted the number, more as a joke or curiosity at best. The gentleman ensured me the van was on the up and up, working A/C, etc. Riiiiiight, ok. A week or two passed and there it sat, ugly and, well, just plain ugly. But I had an idea. To me, this was a giant, 15-passenger van of a blank canvas, that could be, at the very least, a giant rolling billboard. I had, after all, considered leasing a billboard on IH-35, so this was a GREAT idea, in my opinion. I started conjuring up ideas, tinkering, scribbling, etc:
After some back and forth with the seller, an inspection by my mechanic, The Auto Dr (fantastic, btw), I bit the bullet and bought the dern thing! Now I just needed to make it shine! I couldn’t do it (aside from the sanding, scrubbing, buffing, etc), so I got several quotes to wrap the beast, and finally got ‘er done! Austin Sign Co did a fantastic job! My vision is/was to have a mobile office where we could host remote closings, do property tours, and, in general, host clients in our cool vehicle! It has to be pretty! So we had it wrapped…see:
It’s great! Already getting tons of attention, which is what we need. Next step, the interior! One interim tweak, I painted the wheels/rims to be solid white, so they “popped”!
So, now we will soup up the inside, add some flash, bang, boom, or at least a headliner! Maybe some nifty lights, speaker upgrade, then a cooler, for sure. Then we will be off to the races, shaking up this industry, one ride at a time! Or at least embarrassing the kids, one trip at a time!
Here’s a before & after of The Funk Mobile with a picture one of the neighbors took whilst expressing their concern on social media about the “murderer’s van” and then a new picture we took as close to the same spot after the wrap job was completed. We thought it was funny, and will be fun!