Finally found a van
Posted 25 February 2012 - 09:29 AM
A small car lot up the road from me has it and I know the person and he said he would let me have it for $5400.00
I was wondering if any of you knew about this particular model van and if it is dependable. I drove the van yesterday and everything seems to work good and it drives real well. The van is in great shape and has no signs of abuse on the inside and the outside has a small ding in the rear corner that is hardly noticeable.
I think it is a good deal but was wanting you alls opinion as well
I was wanting too make a bike hauler out of it by putting in a wall out of plywood like most of you do and plywood on the sides and ceiling and putting in the inside/outside carpet on too.
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Posted 25 February 2012 - 09:01 PM
I will only use the van for driving just on days I race or go to the track to ride which will basicly be on Saturdays and Sundays only.
Posted 26 February 2012 - 05:41 AM
Inspect the rear axle. Count your cover bolts. GM put 8.625" 10-bolts into almost every 1/2 ton creature they built. Beware of these. Your fleet package may actually have the 9.5" 14-bolt, but I doubt it with the small engine. In the trucks with 5.3's and the earlier 5.7's they have quite a few failures up here in plow-truck country. The achilles heel of these units is the Gov-Lock limited slip differential. They tend to explode to bits when floored on uneven traction surfaces. If you don't drive it like a cowboy, you'll be okay. If it grenades, trust me, the world won't miss it. There's your chance to wedge in a steeper screw (a 4.10:1 would be cool with the overdrive trans) and a Detroit TrueTrac diff.
Sounds like a cool combo, keep us up on the project!
Posted 26 February 2012 - 08:09 AM
If you look closely you can see a crack in the windsheild just above the steering wheel and another that migrates from the corner heading upwards and across towards the passenger's side.
This is the drivers side door and all that is wrong with it are these three holes that are in it and the bottom two are not holes but some kind of square headed metal rivit or something.
If you notice on the back doors where the windows are there are these same holes like in the drivers door. Also I wonder what that bracket is that is at the top of the side of the van? There is one on each side and aslo down below these brackets on each side of the van are these posts of some kind that move in and out or up and down which ever way you want to say it. These posts are something like you would put a flag in.
Here is a closer view of the window area of the left back door. The other window area of the right back door has two small holes.
Here is the passengers side door that has some sort of crease in it. It is not really a dent that is pushed in but more like a crease of some sort. May have been a dent at some point and then later poped backed out.
Other than the things I showed yall that is about it on all the dings or what not in it. Nothing really major .......just minor 8 year dings I guess.
All the tires are still good and have tread on them. The right front tire is a new one and the left front is looks to have about 8k on it. The back rear tires are half worn.
The tire sizes are a 225 75 R16 but the front drivers side tire is a 220 75 R16
Another thing I haven't seen or rather noticed on a cargo van before is that this van has side doors on both sides. I have just seen them with a side door on the passenger's side.
All though this van is not an extended one and has double doors on each side ......I still wonder if a wall could be built in the back and still have room for a bench seat behind the bucket seats?
Posted 26 February 2012 - 11:56 AM
Ok! I'll do that...... also found out that the salesman is having a windsheild put in it in the morning so thats a +
Posted 28 February 2012 - 02:59 PM
My friend made sure that he went over it real good. I got new brake pads put on all the way around and new rotors,new wipers,brake light bulb and signal light. My friend said that it was a real good van and the ball joints were all good.
I drove the van most of the day and it drives like a Cadillac (straight as an arrow) and smooth.
I'm not going to put a wall in it because it has double doors on both sides of the van. However I will put plywood on the sides to put shelfs and hangers and on the doors also for cans,sprays,oil ect....
To tie my bike down I'm going to go with the Risk Racing Lock-N-Load
Posted 28 February 2012 - 03:54 PM
U can do a LOT with a van........and i dont mean the perverted stuff.
Posted 28 February 2012 - 04:49 PM
Posted 28 February 2012 - 07:10 PM
Thats good to hear! what model is yurs and?
Posted 29 February 2012 - 05:06 PM
As you will see in these pics what I'm talking about..........
Does any one know of a way that would be possible to get maybe a 50 inch long by 30 inch wide piece of plywood up where the window should be too at least be able to mount and hang a few things? I was using 1/4 inch plywood but there wasn't any ribs on the sides to brace the plywood up against too where it would be straight up and down. When putting the cut piece of plywood against what ribs were there the plywood would have a curve to it,so if you hung a basket or such on the plywood after you got it hung the basket wouldn't be level. It would be tilted toward the floor.
Here are is a picture of the inside of my trailer with some of the wire shelfs and basket's that I have in it that I would like to put on the sides of the van if there is a way.
I was thinking just leaving the inside as is and only buying one of those pressure washer holding water storage tanks that are flat on the bottom and can be straped down to a track and putting it behind the two front seats of the van in the middle (in other words,between the two double side doors in the floor) so that way I could use the water tank as a wheel chock and then by a good strapless tiedown system of some kind like the Risk Racing Lock-N-Load.
any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated. First race is this Sunday so i guess i will just have to back the bike in and use the back doors as a chock and load all other stuff in and around the bike.
I believe I got myself in to more than what I thought.
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