The legendary guitarist - who had bought the van and practised his scooping technique - was worried about his new family's finances until the band's first hit PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN charted at number seven.
Rossi says, "I was in a bit of a corner, to be honest.
"Up until then I was ready to jack it all in and go out and go out and sell ice cream.
"I'd bought the van, just got married and I thought, 'I'm going to have to go out and do all this.'
"But luckily it was a hit and I thought, 'That'll do me, I'm off.'"