sachilles

1996 Chevy Hi-top conversion van $1200 neow price

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$1200 neow price, will put on craigslist for $2000 I think.

Glaval Gladiator Conversion van.

1996 Chevy Express van based with the hi top.

1/2 ton chassis 130,000 miles

5.7l w/4l60e. That was rebuilt about 12-15k ago, and tranny cooler installed.

Leather seats, rear folds to a small bed. Middle captains chairs that can be put in forward or reverse in 2 positions, or removed. Passenger front seat rotates in place.

Installed a back up camera and tekonsha primus brake controller, got lazy and ran the wire in the interior to the back of the van. Those stay with the van.

Air shocks installed in rear

Small awning

blinds for rear windows.

Screens in the sliding windows

Also a screen for one of the front door windows, allows lots of air in, without the bugs.

Good tires.

Known issues

It's had a long start for the six years that I've owned it. I assume it's a fuel pump issue. Usually I try to start it, if it doesn't start instantly, I stop, wait a second and it starts instantly. I assume maybe a check valve or pre-pump doesn't quite do it's job.

Power steering line on the low pressure side, where it loops around the bottom of the rad support developed a leak, where it rubs on the retaining clip. I sleeved it with a fuel line. Doesn't leak, but that isn't really a permanent fix.

Brakes are showing signs of pad build up or warpage.

Windshield is cracked, but is being replaced this morning.

Flywheel inspection cover is missing, I have one on order.

Rust on the rockers near the pinch welds, mounts are good etc. Hasn't been run in winter while I've had it.

Rear A/C removed.

Front A/C doesn't hold a charge for more than a week or so.

Ready to drive home anywhere around new england.

 

This has been our primary hillclimb weekend camping rig. Tows an open trailer just fine. Two adults can fit on the rear bed. My son slept on a air mattress I crammed into the front seats.

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Fred, thanks for editing that image.....I'm going to send some deet for you to sit in.

 

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How wide is the rear bench/bed?

 

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I'm 5'8" and it's just a touch short for me to sleep sideways( I just barely touch the blinds). If solo, I can sleep diagonal without issue. I built a wooden extension bench, so when you fold the bed down, I put memory foam or an air mattress over the whole thing and usually sleep heads to the rear of the van, and that is how I do it when my wife is on the trip.

Bench comes with it if it's wanted, but it is a function over form type of construction......not the prettiest piece of carpentry I've ever made.  It allows two levels of storage in the rear of the van. Built it to fit storage totes under the shelf, and other stuff above it.

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29 minutes ago, calvynandhobbs said:

All that blue leather looks really comfy. Like a whole bunch of little pillows.

It is, especially the middle seats. I can never sleep in a car, the middle seats of that van are the exception. We drove to Indiana in the thing.....passed out cold while my wife was driving past the drag strip in Rochester NY, just as a monster takes off from the line.....scared the hell out of me. In general it's a pretty comfy cruiser.

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23 minutes ago, 84cj said:

Gotta run this by wifey....

No huge rush. I have plenty of things that it's useful for in the near future. It'll end up craigslist at the end of the month.

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My inlaws had one similar.  My daughter called it the Barbie van. I used it a couple years at Fryeburg Fair overnight. At 6' I slept diagonally. 

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Sold

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I think someday soon I'm going to regret not buying this from you.

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44 minutes ago, Juiceman said:

I think someday soon I'm going to regret not buying this from you.

I will too.

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The buyer, bought it for his son. The plan is to for the son to live in it part time for his last semester of college in North Carolina. Depending how things go, his plan is to harvest the engine and transmission to re-power an old truck he has. He knows the warts and is ok with it. Said it was the most comfortable thing he's ever driven. I was genuinely sad to see it go.

He "talked me down" to $1750. I'm sure I could have got more for it, had I actually advertised it on craigslist or something. Looking at what is out there, people are asking stupid money for them. Covered my registration and tax to VT for registering the new motor home, so I'm content. The thing covered me for 6 years, which might be the longest I ever owned a fully running and registered vehicle. I did put a transmission in it, but bought the van from a friend who gave me a good deal on it.

He said he had seen it sitting in my driveway for a while, and almost knocked on my door to see if it could be for sale, long before I put the for sale sign on it.

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