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Hi all - about to buy a G20 #744965
February 04th 2019 4:00 pm
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Hi all, about to buy my first van, been camping and sleeping in the back of my Jeep so its time to upgrade!
I've looked at several vans in the 84-92 range and right now my heart is set on this one, a 87 high top with windows in the roof, my favorite kind.
Just a little worried about the age, but if the mileage is low I dont see why it shouldnt be ok, im not afraid to get my hands dirty and fix things (hey I own a Jeep I better be!)
Any advice? Things to look for when viewing a potential van to buy in that year range?
Thanks

Pics of the 92 Dodge and the 87 Chevy im looking at attached - thoughts?

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Re: Hi all - about to buy a G20 [Re: Lister] #744967
February 04th 2019 4:57 pm
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Welcome to the site .... I love the G series vans


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Re: Hi all - about to buy a G20 [Re: frscke1] #744970
February 04th 2019 7:38 pm
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Thanks!
Love the merch on here, will be buying as soon as I can call myself a van owner!


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Re: Hi all - about to buy a G20 [Re: Lister] #744972
February 04th 2019 9:05 pm
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Welcome aboard!

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Re: Hi all - about to buy a G20 [Re: Lister] #744973
February 04th 2019 9:11 pm
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Welcome, glad you've joined us. Yep, you should be a lot more comfortable going from a jeep to a van.


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Re: Hi all - about to buy a G20 [Re: Lister] #744980
February 05th 2019 3:18 pm
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Hi Lister, Welcome to the site!

They both look like worthy candidates. I like Conversions, especially the price. Nice to have 2, 2 compare 2, too! Cheap vintage Big 3 V8 inside. Pop that Doghouse!

As with any Vehicle, Operational inspection. Does everything work properly, and what doesn't? A thorough visual inspection as to condition, rust, leaks, trans mounts and motor mounts, driveline integrity, brakes, tires, fluids. Etc.

I'd rather change a water pump on a Chevy, that's for sure, check for a loose shaft.

Both engines will be fuel injection, a plus, IMO, but In tank fuel pump. Grr.

I'd say Dodge if by the slim chance it's a 360, even though mine needs a WP. Grr.

if it's a TB 318, compared to a Chevy 350, I'd go Chevy to get the 350 smallblock, instead. If it's a 305, I'd say Dodge. Nothing wrong with either make, they're just different. That would be my leanings toward powertrains, anyway. Unless, 454...

Just have fun and enjoy the Ride!


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Re: Hi all - about to buy a G20 [Re: Wedgy] #744982
February 05th 2019 4:00 pm
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The 87 would be fuel injection really? wow hope so smile
I just got a carb rebuilt for a 74 Honda and it cost $180!
Thanks for the advice.
I'm pretty heavily leaning towards the Chevy, I love that window roof and I've been told bad things about early 200s Dodge transmission

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Re: Hi all - about to buy a G20 [Re: Lister] #744987
February 05th 2019 7:22 pm
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New van enters my field of view, like this one.
Boring outside but awesome inside with roof windows front and back.
a 95 GMC too which is a lot younger than an 87!

What do you think? Explorer edition is very nice

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Re: Hi all - about to buy a G20 [Re: Lister] #744988
February 05th 2019 7:28 pm
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My Dad had an Explorer...very nice conversions. 1995 is the last of that body style. So if you want a 3rd gen, you'll find none newer.

Re: Hi all - about to buy a G20 [Re: Lister] #744995
February 05th 2019 10:03 pm
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Yeah that ones really nice.
Love the inside, love the windows in the roof, love the features, love the age
The outside is very very boring though, but I guess theres way to fix that smile


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