Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Our New Van - Name Suggestions Requested

In October 2010 the Lord provided an amazing vehicle for us to drive. 
There does come a point in the life of a vehicle when it must be retired, however. The "Tuecke Tank" as it became known served us well for four great years but alas Drew began thinking about replacing him. He started looking on craigslist after narrowing down what he wanted, a 12 passenger van with the rear wheels set far back on the chassis, as low mileage, as good condition as possible & about $5,000 (tall order)! Today he took the plunge and drove to see one that he thought might fit that description.  He traded in our vehicle for this 2000 Chevrolet Express Van with 114,000 miles. I am truly thankful! Our other van was getting a bit scary to drive. It stalled regularly enough to set me into a cold sweat just about every time I drove it. I would be turning at an intersection, usually a busy one, when it would conk out, causing me to lose power steering.  I would throw it into neutral, frantically pulling on the wheel to keep us all safe, then crank it over yelling back for the kids to PLEASE stop fighting and start praying! When we took it to the mechanic he could not make the problem reoccur. Ugh! The 2000 Chevrolet Express fit the description and Drew and Jacob drove it home! Now I am thankful for a new problem: Backing up this beauty! Isn't she LONG!!  

Interior with 4 buckles in back row, 3 in middle and 3 in front row.

The Man!!Thanks for working hard on behalf of the entire family!!

What should we name her?  Leave a comment if something comes to mind. I expect a name will kind of grow on her but the ideas have to come from somewhere!  Here are the names the kids have come up with so far:
Red Rackham (from Tin Tin)
Bob the Tomatoe


Mary Burrall said...

We usually find a name for ours when we are ready to drop kick it. :).
That is a sweet van! We have the same one, in gold....12 years.....big tip...use your mirrors alone, park one space from other cars...you will get locked into skinny lots.
Enjoy...it's a beast!!

Mrs. D's busy life said...

With Jacob starting to drive you better stay away from the red rocket, I do like Bob! The apple taxi? The shuttle?The big Moo-ver?
So excited for you guys! But now I will not know when I see you on the road. The tank was so easy to spot!

Teresa Ott said...


Ask Joey why this is a good name.

Teresa Ott said...

We called the other one the Tuecke Bus...I think you can reuse that name.

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Beth said...

We have often named ours after the previous owner. We have had some good ones! Hmmmm, Teresa, you have perked my curiosity, I will be talking to Joey :). Nice variety there Mrs. D!I actually like the red rocket! This morning the kids all think the name should have the word cherry in it. And so the search continues. Meanwhile I have driven it without getting in an accident. Man it is a lot of metal to be in control of!!

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