I always wanted to do that, too, Lew. When I was stationed in Japan, "old" Japanese vehicles were bought and sold between transferring U.S. military personnel. I picked up a 1993 Mitsubishi Delica van (2.4L turbo-diesel, 4WD, fluorescent [!] cabin lighting) for cheap. Towards the end of my tour, I decided to make my dream a reality, so I drove it into the paint hangar, masked it off, sanded it down, and painted it a nice glossy "P-3C Orion" gray (thank you, taxpayers ). Unfortunately, I was too close to transferring to complete the yellow 'RESCUE' arrows pointing at the door handles, the blue 'NAVY' on the lower rear quarter panels, the dark gray 'NO STEP's around the top, the red 'DANGER INTAKE' on the front sides, and the red 'BEWARE EXHAUST' above the muffler. To this day, I still get reports of my van driving around Misawa Air Base.I had fantasized, prior to having the truck repainted, about doing a "weathered" treatment to my truck, complete with panel lines, rivets, and grime.
I LOVED that van. If I could've economically brought it back to the U.S., I would have. It was so quirky and fun!
I'll have to see if I can dig up a post-painting pic.