Vans?

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  1. Claydus

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    Anyone every own a conversion van like Chevy G20, Dodge Ram Van, or Econoline van on here? I am thinking about picking one up for tailgating at football. Is there something I should look for concerning maintenance on these types of vans?

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    Not really. My folks bought one new when I was little and hauled us around in it.

    Just the usual truck stuff like fluid leaks, transmission shifts and stuff like that. The rear heat didn't work on ours when it got older too.
     
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    I see a couple around my area with transmission "issues" that are vaguely described. Any idea how much a transmission rebuild would go on one of these things?
     
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    $1,200?

    All of them use really common, old-design transmissions shared with trucks.
     
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    Truck chassis, truck motor, truck tranny, truck differential, truck suspension. The only difference is it's harder to get to the parts you need to work on.
     
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    yup, working on a van is a PITA. It would be a cool tailgating van though :)
     
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    Don't know about the Fords, but the older Chevy ones had 350s in them. They'd haul a boat/camper/whatever no problem. The engine bay was really cramped, and it was a pain in the ass to work in. The only van we had was an old 70-something Ford window van with a straight 6. It was a gigantic hunk of shit.
     
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    I hate that commercial.

    Mini Van /= Real Van
     
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    Mini Vans are for lamewads.

    G20's are the best van ever made. Doghouse design can be sort of a PITA to work on, but just open it up inside, its not that bad. Rad comes out pretty easy, once its out everything just opens up.

    Very mechanically simple vehicles, easy to maintain, lots of power and fun to drive.

    Look for a '92 thats the last year they made them without much plastic.
     
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    Just buy a new tranny from the wreckers, cost you a hell of a lot less than that.
     

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