Vans!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Hayduke, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. HillbillyNinja

    HillbillyNinja Long timer

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    Colin is an aircooled Genius. I haven't been following his blog/site for a while because my bus is on hiatus while I accumulate funds for it.

    Good luck with the tune!
  2. Otis the Sasquatch

    Otis the Sasquatch Long timer

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    1 yr of wanting, followed by 6 Months of looking ended with THIS...
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    2001. 5.7, 3.42 "locking" diff, Tow Package, and 9-yards worth of other options. Damn near EXACTLY want I wanted.
    Didn't care about Brand. I've owned all of the Big 3, and they all have their +/-'s. Actually would have liked a MO Emissions Exempt example (Over 8500lb GVW or pre-'96) but the 3/4 tons all had lower gearing, and every '95-and-older one I looked at was not in as good a shape as I would have liked. Not to mention the fact that these type of vans are HARD to find! Seems like "Conversion Vans" have taken all the customers away from the Passenger market. And I didn't want an Extended van, so that excluded most of the Passenger Vans out there.

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  3. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    nice!
  4. Otis the Sasquatch

    Otis the Sasquatch Long timer

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    140,000mi. $4700. Needs almost nothing.
    Needs a windshield to pass inspection (crack "in the field of vision"), getting that tomorrow. $230.
    A few little things. Handles for most of the reclining seats need replaced (known problem w/ these). Some cosmetic issues that I don't really care about, but should be attended to to keep it looking presentable. Runs sweet, but I'll give it a tune-up & new plug wires anyway. PO was a Gearhead (2-1/2 & 5-ton Army trucks, rock-crawler jeep, 4-wheelers, etc, etc.) and seemed to take good care of his stuff, but wasn't much for Record-Keeping ("If I can't remember when I did it last, I just do it anyway!":D).
    3-4000 miles on the BFG's. Underside showroom clean. Exhaust good. Oil/Trans fluid liked good. Front end tighter than teenage..... whatever. I just got Good Vibes all around on this one.

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    Has the twin drop-down screens in the roof w/ jacks in the rear sidewall to plug in gaming devices or a portable DVD player, w/ headphones out, so the PO put a small home DVD player in the console. He left it casual, because he wanted to be able to switch it from vehicle-to vehicle easily. But I'll probably Neat Up the wiring.
    The PO's wife came out after the Deal was done, to give it one last go-through for personal items. She was annoyed that he had thrown in the DVD player to close the deal. But she was nice enough to go in and dig out the Owners Manuals for both the Van and the DVD. Seems she was the organized one in the family.:D
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  5. Otis the Sasquatch

    Otis the Sasquatch Long timer

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    I Love how the Chevy seats work. Quick-release mounts.

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    I'll probably change the seating by moving up the bench to the 2nd row, stash the buckets in the basement, leaving the rear third for Stuff.

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    Looks like built-in Factory tie-downs to me. :wink:
    "But Honey, I had to buy that dirt-bike to test the strap mounting points!"





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  6. Otis the Sasquatch

    Otis the Sasquatch Long timer

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    Thanks!
    Had to be Practical w/ this purchase, so I passed up the 60's Chevys, the 70's Dodges, the 80's 4WD Ford.... :cry

    I'm proud of my Self Control!:lol3
  7. crawdad

    crawdad Been here awhile

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    Nice find. Took me a long time to find my 05 Chevy too, they do seem to be hard to come by in nice shape. Wish mine was set up for second row buckets and had the locker but I wasn't gonna wait any longer.
  8. marty_uiuc

    marty_uiuc moran

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    well the express van made it from IL to NV without much to complain about. The temperature gauge did tend to creep up a bit during some of the mountain driving, but opening the windows and turning the heater on for a little bit kept it from becoming an issue. The temperature would always drop while running downhill so I don't think anything is really amiss. I think we were towing close to 7000lb and had about 1000lb of payload in the van, so I'm willing to forgive a bit of crankyness from the vehicle when it was under some stress. Fuel mileage ranged from a high of about 11 to a low of just over 8. Our net gain in altitude was about 4000ft and the whole time we had head and/or side winds, sometimes approaching 50mph through some of the mountain passes. :huh

    This picture is from the last leg of the 3 day journey, at bonneville. I probably should have used a weight distribution hitch, but as infrequently as i'll be towing that much weight i felt that it maybe wasn't absolutely required.

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  9. dirtypumpkin

    dirtypumpkin "Monster Truck Bike"

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  10. MeterPig

    MeterPig Meh

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    A properly setup weight distribution hitch is well worth it.
  11. Otis the Sasquatch

    Otis the Sasquatch Long timer

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    Especially hard to find a Nice One with my $5000 budget. :lol3

    You might be able to add the 2nd row seats if you can find the receivers & seats in the junkyard. I would imagine that the receiver mount points are built into every configuration, even the cargo vans, due to part standardization. Those receivers are probably bolted in to their mount points not welded (has to pass a high-g Crash Test w/ that seat configuration, to meet safety standards). I'll crawl under & look at mine in the next couple of days & report back

    And as I said earlier, they make Great tie-down points. It would be cool if Chevy cargo-van people could add them w/o a lot of work.


    Otis
  12. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Saw this parked at church one day. I wanted to talk to the owner about it, but when we came back outside it was gone.:cry I have passed this van while on my bicycle and the sound its makes justifies the Cummins emblem.:deal
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  13. crawdad

    crawdad Been here awhile

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    I paid $10,700 for my 05 with 62k, anything cheaper seemed to be a clapped out work van and on the other end seemed to be $20-25k newer stuff that was way out of my range. I have 2nd and 3rd row bench seats but only keep the second row in. I've looked under the van and it looks like theres a giant heat shield or something that stretches almost the entire length so no easy access there. Haven't pulled back the carpet to see what it looks like from the top. I want to get rid of the carpet and get a bed rug or similar, easier to clean , water proof etc. And yes the seat mounts are great for tie down points, I've used them many times in the year I've owned it. Good luck with yours, really a nice score.
  14. whitham_wannabe

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    Available on CL locally ... What? It is a van!

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  15. seriousracer

    seriousracer be a man dodge tree bark

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    Morris minor van ..... go buy it you will love driving it...
  16. dirtypumpkin

    dirtypumpkin "Monster Truck Bike"

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  17. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    that's kind of refreshing.
  18. Ko

    Ko Observant as never

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    This Multipla is one of the few (mini)vans that force me to think- do they come or do they go...

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    just another angle, liked the weathered leather case on the roof.

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    PS. sorry for the small size, have to figure out why the pics are uploaded so small... damn Photobucket...
  19. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    Very cool work and website!! As an artist myself, I really enjoy this guy's work!!
    Thanx for the linky!!


    oh...you wanna see a BITCHIN' Morris Minor Woodie??

    ...my friend Dave Smith (a gold leaf artist from the UK) drives this for a shop truck!!!! :eek1

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    Wish I had more pics to show you...his work is off the charts!
  20. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    Wow! Excellent!