Vans!

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

  1. STANIMAL

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  2. Ko

    Ko Observant as never

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    +1...

    There's something fishy with that van... never heard of a transmission to be replaced that early... Tempting might be, but I'd walk away unless having plans to rebuilt a lot of it.


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  3. Ko

    Ko Observant as never

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    Never knew about that concept, cool van... For some reason it reminds of the Gaz vans, or derivates, of similar era, or maybe newer? They look awful, but it's amazing how those vans crawl and crawl and crawl their way out of anything and everything. Shifting gears in those was a fight in itself, steering as well- good times :lol3

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  4. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    That thing is hideous. I love it! :lol3
  5. STANIMAL

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    Check out the UAZ 452 , even more hideous , but you'll love it .
  6. Otis the Sasquatch

    Otis the Sasquatch Long timer

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    Go big or go home. FC 170 vans.
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    "Forward Control Jeeps were popular as fire and rescue vehicles in countries including Australia, Switzerland and the U.S., but for some reason FC ambulance conversions were less common. The only ones civilian examples we have run across are this "ambulanse" and another FC-170 van conversion as seen in The Jeep in Sweden by Stig Edqvist."
    (from here, http://www.film.queensu.ca/cj3b/fire/FireAmbulances.html)

    Or a little smaller.
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    They're out there somewhere....

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    http://thefcconnection.com/sweden_fc-170_van.htm

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  7. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    OtS - I dig the rake of that green rig. :pimp

    And a van pix from the Thanksgiving car show here at the beach.
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    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Wow, I've never seen one of those before.
  9. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Today, never heard of this company.

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  10. manx_20

    manx_20 Been here awhile

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    Otis the Sasquatch Long timer

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    Very rare. I read about them in Vintage Truck magazine.
  12. STANIMAL

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    ''Close to running condition'':rofl
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    header Chris

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    The van bug bit me :uhoh

    I found an E350 extended (1999) with a new engine put in about 70xxx miles ago. Runs well but has a little rust. Looks great from the few photos he had but he will send me some better ones tomorrow.

    Asking 2600 for it, I think I can get it for 2200. What should I look for when I check it out? I'm pretty sure i'll buy it, it ticks all my boxes but would still like to know what to look for in this particular year.

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    Thanks guys
  14. MasterMarine

    MasterMarine Long timer

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    I have one for my work vehicle. I think it is a 2011. It works well driving on logging roads. It is unfortunately a half ton so is a bit close to overloaded with all the cabinets and tools and parts in it. I like how it handles on the gravel roads. It seems to work well in the snow too.

    I do not like the lack of ground clearance. Mine is about 2 inches closer to the ground than my coworkers 3/4 ton 2 wheel drive Chevy vans. I already had the front suspension come apart on a Forest Service road while headed to a radio site because the rubber mounted cross member contacted the extra tall crown in the road and pulled the end off of one of the torsion bars. :huh That kinda sucked. There are lots of important parts that kind of hang out the bottom of the thing. I used to drive much faster on the same logging roads in my old 92 Chevy work van than I dare do in the new one...

    I have a 2002 VW Eurovan Weekender as my personal vehicle and it handles and brakes better than the Chevy on the road. Nicer to drive overall. No way I am putting a bike in it though. I have a hitch carrier for my trail bike and a 3 rail trailer for my dual sport or for when I want to take 2 bikes.
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    boardrider247 Weekend Anarchist

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    Awesome!! Thanks for the reply.

    I'm currently running a 3/4 ton diesel 4x4 dodge pickup. It is a great vehicle but I don't really need the load capacity. Most of the driving I do with it is going on road trips snowboarding with the wife and two dogs. So something with a large cargo space awd and decent road manners is what I'm looking for.
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    EuroVan is the answer. It's just the right size and a bike will fit inside.
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    MasterMarine Long timer

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    The Eurovan is the answer for me but I would rather have my dirty stinky oily bike outside on the three rail trailer or the hitch carrier. It is bad enough having my riding gear in the van after a day of riding! The bikes may start out the day being clean but they never are at the end.

    I love having a place to change in and out of my riding gear that is warm (or cool depending on the season) and dry.

    It is a great vehicle (at least as long as the transmission keeps working and the timing chain doesn't fall off). They do have some known issues and are expensive but I work on my own stuff so am not afraid. I have made some improvements like air bags, Scanguage to monitor transmission temperature and a transmission cooler with thermostat to hopefully avoid problems. I have hauled 3 bikes and a ton of gear to Nevada from WA twice now and it works great. Last year the ride was a bit warm because the AC was low on freon but that was easy to fix when I returned home.

    I am planning a family trip to Lake Powell this summer and it will be perfect for the job. Nothing like having a place to prepare and have lunch right in your car! :D

    About the AWD Chevy Express, it seems to be a good vehicle but we would be better off to get some 3/4 ton real 4x4 conversions here at work. We have to access radio sites during bad weather and the ground clearance of the AWD is just not enough. As I mentioned, I am pushing it on the weight limit too. It lists to its port side since all the cabinets are on that side. It did that even before I loaded them up. We have a fairly heavy trailer that we use for doing fiber optic repairs and I am not allowed to tow it with my van due to its low GVWR rating and internal work rules and procedures.
  18. STANIMAL

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    I miss mine . Trannys and chains are really the only downside on the VR6's . Seems like you have plenty of inside knowledge of the EV .
  19. MasterMarine

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    What really sucks is that the timing chain is on the flywheel side of the engine so you have to remove the transmission to change it. That means engine and transmission removal from what I have found. WTF VW? :huh I guess you can take care of the timing chain when the transmission eats it.

    There is a Yahoo Group called EV Update. I joined it well before I bought mine and have learned a lot from it about the Eurovan. I lucked out and bought mine from the original owner for an amazingly good price. He had all the records since new including the original invoice and window sticker even and actually understood that the transmission needed to have the transmission oil changed at least every 40,000 miles so it had been done regularly.

    I am not sure I would recommend an EV to someone who is not a do it yourselfer tho. They are getting old and will have many little things start going wrong with them. The Weekender and Camper versions are crazy expensive to purchase too. Some of the parts are quite costly too like brake parts. I am sure something like a starter would cost considerably more for the EV than for a similar year GM van.
  20. STANIMAL

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    All true , but after owning a few , I still get an itch to buy another . I prefer the 5 cyl manuals , slow but reliable . The VR6 MV I had was a great road trip vehicle .The kids miss that one the most .