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Hello from Uruguay #750932
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Hello everyone, my name is Gabriel, I'm from Uruguay and I just bought a '76 GMC Vandura which I'm going to pick up tomorrow.

It's not in very good shape but it's the only one I could find (they're pretty rare around here). I took my bodywork guy to see her and he thinks it's recoverable so I just made the (possibly terrible) decision.

It's supposed to be a '76 but it has the 6.2L diesel engine, so for what I've been reading it either sounds like it's not a '76, the engine was swapped, or it's not a 6.2. I'll be able to tell more once I get my hands on it.

Going to need a lot of data from experts in the future so I figured I'd join this forum smile

This is my first van, by the way, so it's a whole new world for me. I'm a bit scared I won't be able to get this thing to a state where I can drive it for many miles (my end objective - using it for travel) so any words of encouragement are very welcome!

Attached some pics from the dealership where I got it from. It cannot be seen clearly there but it has a decent amount of rust. The frame looks pretty good when seen from below though.

Cheers,
Gabriel

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Re: Hello from Uruguay [Re: vanduy] #750936
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Re: Hello from Uruguay [Re: vanduy] #750941
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Re: Hello from Uruguay [Re: newkirkinc1] #751376
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Re: Hello from Uruguay [Re: vanduy] #751378
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Welcome to the site!

Best of luck with the new van. Any future plans right away?

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Best of luck with the new van. Any future plans right away?


Hey man, thanks for asking!
Right now it's at the bodyshop – they're going to tear everything out, repair all the metal and repaint it white (it's cheaper and I like it). After that I need to get a good mechanic that knows this sort of American engines (definitely not the norm around here to have a V8 diesel) and probably rebuild it as well. I'm pretty sure the trans never switched to 3rd gear when I drove it, so I'll need to get that checked. Ideally I'd like to swap for a 5-speed but that's likely impossible to get here.
The interior wasn't great either as the dashboard was pretty trashed, with custom s**t in it like a BMW button for electric windows, relocated horn and steering lights "buttons" under the cluster, or a cheap temp gauge in Spanish worms. Steering column looked pretty bad too – the shift lever got locked in park once and I had to unlock it by pushing some metal spring thingy on a hole in the left side of the steering (not to mention it feels extremely loose). The door panels were also missing as far as I recall. So getting the interior to look good and original will take a lot of time and money for sure.
After I get all of that sorted out I want to add a mattress, little fridge, someplace to cook, some interior lighting and go on a road trip to Brazil. So maybe in a couple of years rofl

Cheers!

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