About Vanagonlife

Vanagonlife started with Dave's five-year old son Chase, who had never been interested in the hot rods and bikes he was always working on. When Dave bought his white tin-top, the back end was totaled. He intended on using it as a parts van, but Chase wanted to fix it. Chase ran over to the toolbox, and grabbed tools to start taking off the wrecked rear bumper. 

That’s when Dave realized this was his opportunity to get Chase interested in automotive work. They completely rebuilt that van together, and now it’s his daily driver. A year later, Chase asked if they could make an Instagram page for the van. Again Dave started to object, but Chase kept pushing, so they checked to see if @vanagonlife was available. The rest, as they say, is history.

Custom Vanagon overland parts came out of a need for those who use their vans to go off the proverbial beaten path, adding to what has been dubbed “The Swiss Army Knife of Vans.”
Photo by Catherine Abegg

About Dave

For the past 18 years, Dave Harrison has owned and operated Dimension-Manufacturing-Design, a custom machine & fab shop in Salem, Oregon that specializes in prototyping.

He has always run his shop with the thought that you're only limited by your imagination. This has allowed him to build everything from award-winning hot rods, motorcycles, military components, architectural stairs, railings and high-end security gates. If it's metal, he’s touched it.

Working on vehicles has always been a part of Dave's life since he was young, and he has always been trying to reinvent the wheel.

Custom Vanagon overland parts came out of a need for those who use their vans to go off the proverbial beaten path, adding to what has been dubbed "The Swiss Army Knife of Vans."

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