1978 GMC Chevy 1-Ton Pathfinder 4x4 4wd Vandura Van NO RESERVE!

1978 GMC Vandura

GMC Vandura 1978 technical specifications

Condition: Used
Item location: San Francisco, California, United States
Make: GMC
Model: Vandura
Type: Van Camper
Year: 1978
Mileage: 154,400
VIN: TGR358U511032
Color: Burgundy
Engine size: 5.7 V8
Number of cylinders: 8
Power options: Power Windows
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: 4WD
Interior color: Tan
Options: 4-Wheel Drive
Vehicle Title: Clear
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New options, O RESERVE!!
As Han Solo once said, She may not look like much, ut she’s got it where it counts kid”.
Dreaming of the ultimate surf-hunting battle-wagon? Want a cheap ride that can handle the Baja 1000 course and get fixed by any small-town mechanic in Mexico with basic tools? Want to impress your buddies at the Burn? Want to shred a gnarly jeep-trail and then relax on your memory foam queen mattress with lights and power from your solar array (optional) when you get to your campsite? Want to be the only RV that can make it out of the festival grounds after it poured rain the last night? Want to test if the girl / guy you just met is actually cool enough to be seen in a REAL VAN? Meet "THE VANIMAL"!!!!! Not just a Van but a State of Mind.

This beast is perfect for someone with basic mechanical know-how who wants to do everything a high-end Sportsmobile / Quigley / Quad / U-Joint 4wd van can do for a tiiiiiiny little fraction of the price and twice the style. I love this thing, t breaks my heart to sell it, nd it would kill me for somebody to buy without knowing what they are getting into and consequently not treat her with the respect she deserves. There are a number of minor things to fix, ut keep in mind in that in the 10 months I’ve owned her I’ve driven ~6000 miles with ZERO serious issues including deserts, ountains, unes, eep trails, nd even the steepest streets in San Francisco running deliveries!I’ve spent about six weeks of that time living, ooking, itesurfing, nd partying out of her and I’ve only just finished tweaking some of her best comfort and convenience features. Now, las, ’m moving back East soon and the Vanimal needs new adventure buddies!

*This ad is the same as before but with changes regarding the solar and propane systems, ee "Vanimal Options" below

Vanimal Features:

Power comes from a punchy 5.7L Chevy 350 with MSD electronic ignition coupled to a turbo-350 auto with crisp, ight shifting. Oct2015 rebuilt front and rear 1-ton driveshafts, tight shifting t-case, nd the original pathfinder manual hubs.The 1979 pathfinder 4x4 4wd conversion seriously works GREAT and everything from the bed frame to solar array to storage spaces are engineered for aggressive off-road.There are dual external electronic fans on tranny oil cooler w/ manual switch. Will include new aluminum radiator, emp sensor and relay, nd electric fan I was going to upgrade / replace the original engine fan and radiator with too but haven’t installed yet. The cooling system is fine, ut the stock fan is loud and shroud-less and I wanted a more efficient system. The brakes were reworked early 2015, ork VERY well, nd are probably still under warranty. Like-new 1-ton leaf springs front and rear, ct-2015 Pro Comp shocks and steering stabilizer. The steering tracks straight (even over bumps) VERY little roll in turns, ctually handles exceptionally well for what she is. 2015 245/75R16 E-range BFG all-terrains with 90% tread (the new style!) on aluminum rims. Tires under warranty from costco. Exhaust system is relatively new with a nice tone. Optima yellow-top starting battery.

Very comfy Queen-size 8” memory-foam mattress on top of custom ¾” plywood bedframe and 21” high storage. ¾ of the storage beneath the bed is designed to be secure even if the windows are smashed since most of it is only accessible through the rear doors which lock and open only from outside. Add a contractor pad lock to the outside and it would take a determined thief with an axe an hour to get under the bed. (Picture leaving the van in storage in Baja with your gear in it) The remaining ¼ of the area beneath the bed is accessible from the interior of the van for storing cooking gear and food. A nearly-finished slide-out tray has been included to hold a folding grill and/or stove and a full-size propane bottle mount has been integrated. The shotgun captain’s chair is on rotating mount and can swivel to face the rest of the van.The driver’s seat also swivels, ut it’s blocked by the 4wd shifter (this could be easily modded in 2mins with a good torch). The heater works pretty well but mainly from the defog vents. The roof is tall enough that a 5’10” person can stand upright in the center, nd a taller person can sit upright on the bed. 2x4s can quickly slide into the fiberglass roof to make a surfboard rack inside for long or short boards. One 7-gallon water tank included with a secure mount location. The central part of the van had more chairs but I removed them, ould be easy to add more seating in front of bed. Full size spare, ull size receiver hitch. RV style windows have vents as does sliding door. Interior floor has been bed-lined.

Vanimal Options:

1) A 125-watt Kyocera solar panel, igh-end 20-amp low-voltage cut-off charge regulator, nd new deep-cycle battery are currently mounted. A 90-amp circuit isolator is mounted but not wired, o currently the starting and solar electrical systems are completely separate but easy to integrate. I want to keep this system for another use, owever I will include it for a $300 flat-price on top of whatever the vehicle sells for, hat is roughly the replacement cost for everything without mounting. If you win the auction and don'twant it, will remove it and seal the holes, o worries!

2) A second option includes the following: A full full-size propane tank, oses, anifold, nd fittings for 2 accessories. A folding grill, nd a folding 2-burner stove. Also, n electronic explosive gas detector that does gasoline and propane. I will include thisequipmentfor a$225 flat-price on top of vehicle cost, lso cheaper than buying it all new. The sliding tray pictured holding the grill and stove still needs some heavy-duty drawer slides added to be finished!

3) A third option is the battery or cable powered 2-speed fan with a misting function currently mounted. I will throw this is for $50.

*If the timing can be arranged, can deliver the van anywhere in the San Francisco bay area for a reasonable fee, r further for a less reasonable one

*Cooler, adder, nd female notincluded!

*The mileage indicated is based on the last titled mileage being 94000 7 years ago (no hundred-thousands digit)

Vanimal Fix-It List: The electric choke probably works but isn’t wired, nd there is a slow air leak in the fuel line.In spite of this, ’ve still never had an issue starting her even after sitting for a month, ut it does take a moment and a lot of pedal pumps to prime the line if she’s cold (instant if she’s warm). The engine has a slow oil leak from one of the left side gaskets, omething on the order of 1 liter every 3000 miles. The transmission, -case, nd diffs also have very slow leaks, top them up before long road trips and have never had to add more than a couple ounces, pare fluids come with the van. The PS pump belt is a bit loose and squeals when wheel turned hard to the stops, asy fix. Currently, he electrical system slowly drains the starter batt if she’s left for more than 4 days so I disconnect batt for storage. Most of the wiring is original and is the main project as I see it. The wipers, igh/low headlights, og lights, nd signals all work, ut the power locks are dead and the passenger window stopped working. The van has original AC hardware and the compressor does seem like it works when you turn it manually, ut I’ve never put a belt on it. Very little rust on frame and most of the body is ok, ut there are some more significant rust spots around the edge of the roof where the body meets the fiberglass turtle-top. Some of these spots in the back had leaks but I have fixed them, owever there is still rust and some leaks around the windshield frame.
If you're new to the van world, eep in mind that you can get something this age with comparable comfort and reliability for a song, ut it WON'T have 4wd!!!

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