The year was 1975 and after graduating high school, Don and Becky Noone from Kansas City, Kansas, converted their '71 Chevy van into a show van called "Knights In White Satin." From then on their lives were dedicated to the vanning lifestyle. Over the years, "Knights In White Satin" took them on adventures throughout the United States and Canada.
Flash-forward to 2007, Don and Becky got the vanning itch again and bought a '76 Ford Econoline van from a buddy, Mel Slaybaugh from Des Moines, Iowa. Mel called his van "The Jolly Roger," and he had spent 3,800 hours turning its interior into a wooden nautical pirate theme.
The van enjoyed a hibernation inside a garage for 18 years until Don loaded and trailered it to its new home. After it received four new tires, it was taken over to a local mechanic where it underwent some minor repairs. Once in roadworthy condition, it was driven home where the body moldings, emblems, and wood were removed.
Delivered to Phalen Motors in Kansas, Scott Willis and his crew stripped and soda-blasted the crusty paint and frame down to bare metal. After the framerails received several coats of paint, a set of Hankook 255/70R16 tires were mounted on 16x10-inch AGI chrome wheels. The van's Ford 460ci engine had only 35,000 original miles and only needed a pair of white ceramic-coated Hooker headers and a K&N air filter to run like new. A dual battery system was installed and were painted to look like wooden boxes.
Wanting to keep the van's pirate-themed roots but add their own touch to the van, Don and Becky agreed that the new Pirates of the Caribbean movies would serve as their inspiration. To pull off such a transformation, the 'ol Ford needed to have a perfectly straight body so the van was driven to Atchison Motors, in Atchison, Kansas, where all of the dings and rough spots were filled and fixed. The entire body was primered and block-sanded straight and smooth, and then rolled into the paint booth where it was given a blue basecoat. KC Customs, a motorcycle shop that specializes in custom airbrushing and mural was the next stop for Don. Discussing the theme with the crew, Scott Thomas handled much of the airbrush work, but Jason Chennault, John Nichols and Kimo Russell also painted individual airbrushed Pirates of the Caribbean murals on the van.
A massive image of Captain Jack Sparrow was airbrushed on the rear doors. Notice the dagge
The main characters of the Disney movie Pirates of the Caribbean “Dead Man's Chest” Captai