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Tuner4life's 1985 Chevy G20 4 Speed Build Thread
#666385 July 17th 2014 7:00 am
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I am so excited right now. I have been lurking on here for a while. I needed something to pull my drift car to events among other things. I was initially looking at a pickup, but came to realize that a van might be a better option. So after a lot of "keeping an eye open for what I want" I stumbled on this van on craigslist.

It's a 1985 G20, 305, 4 speed manual (PO tells me they only made around 500 of these?), only 64k miles, correct amount of windows. There is no rust, and besides a few dents, is in very good shape. Has mid 80s Pickup wheel setup. The only things that it really needs is a paint job, and the A/C converted to R134. I am picking it up tonight and can't wait to start on it!

The idea is to make from the rear axle forward lounge area, and behind that will be tool/parts/etc area for race events.. Hopefully the start of a long and fun build.

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Re: Tuner4life's Big Ballin, Racecar Haulin, 4 Speed Manual G20
tuner4life #666398 July 17th 2014 12:10 pm
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Nice!!
Thats gonna make a sweet car hauler man.
Nice stance
Nice Van!!
When you get a sec post a pic or 2 of what the van will
be hauling.....
I kind of like the patina.
Score!!

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Looks like a nice van you got there.Congrats .


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Re: Tuner4life's Big Ballin, Racecar Haulin, 4 Speed Manual G20
tuner4life #666402 July 17th 2014 12:36 pm
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Thanks! I do kind of want to lower it some.. And it definitely will be getting painted. I want to keep it rust free.


Here's the car it will be pulling, It's a 1991 Toyota Cressida with a Lexus 4.0 V8 that is set up for drifting.

Here's the build thread for those interested: http://jzxproject.com/bbs/index.php?showtopic=9332

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Stuntrider alert!
nice pic man.
Post up some pics when you get the Van
and welcome to vanning

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tuner4life #666426 July 17th 2014 8:09 pm
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Congrats on the van. Sounds like you have some cool ideas for it. Good luck

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Have some real fun, turbo charged 350 in the van and drift it ! Lol

You got a great looking van there, enjoy !


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tuner4life #666438 July 18th 2014 8:32 am
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Haha! Corners are scary enough in this thing, I couldn't imagine trying to drift something this tippy.


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Got it home late last night! It is definitely different than the smaller cars that I normally drive. It will take some getting used to, especially the clutch and shifting.

I also drove it to work this morning (about 35 minutes) and it did fine.


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Maintenance will come first, then paint. I haven't had a chance to really go through it and inspect everything yet, but I started a list of things I know for sure that I will need to do:

-Rebuild carb (I'm new to carburetors, but how hard can it really be? It has some hesitation and I think something is wrong with the accelerator pump. When you floor it it is about the same as half throttle. Whatever, it's cheap to do and I want to learn carbs)

-Hitch.. Again, never owned a large vehicle. Where's the best place to get a hitch, brake controller to work with the van, and the necessary wiring for 7 pin?

-Vacuum A/C, convert to R134, replace any leaky parts in the process

-Basic tune up, replace all vacuum lines

-Adjust switch on clutch pedal (cruise control quits when you hit a bump, pull up on the clutch pedal, hit resume, and it takes off again).

-Paint.. I really can't decide on color, I like the original color, wife doesn't.. Maybe original color with some sort of graphics.. Idk.. What do you guys think?


I love this thing so far!

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tuner4life #666442 July 18th 2014 9:54 am
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Congrats on the new van. 4 on the floor is definitely rare for a van. You may not have anything wrong with the acceleration. It may just be the 305. I always found them to be extremely sluggish. Check out Kurk's van at customvan.com. He works and camps out of his and if I remember correctly has his tools/drawers etc. at the back of his van. Might give you some ideas. Good luck with that pretty Chevy.


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Thanks, That is a cool website!


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