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-Nate

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Wow ~ I just checked the Boise craigslist and you're right ! .

Same here for nice ones , the 4 bangers easily go 400,000 miles and then some , plenty of under $2,000 daily drivers out here in Los Angeles .
 

Old Guy Too Many Bikes

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If I needed a truck, I'd definitely consider one, but my 54 year old Chevy van is still hanging in there. Goes like stink, stinks like gasoline.
 

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-Nate

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The original G Van ! .

I had a 1968 102 for a while, the previous owner bought it new and dented every square inch of it but it ran great, 250CID i6 engine and three on the tree .

A mechanic buddy of mine is Hot Rodding one of these, I don't know what V8 but like yours it hauls @$$ .
 

Old Guy Too Many Bikes

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mine's a 90 window van, originally GTE phone van. bought it in '82. it's got a 350 with a cam, intake, long tube headers, performance heads, 4 on the tree, electric exhaust cutouts, and 10 mpg. on the vintage chevy van club forum, it's known as the flying brick. unfortunately, with 4 wheel drum brakes, it doesn't stop anywhere as good as it can go. it's been my honda hauler forever and towed my first Met down from central california.
 

Old Guy Too Many Bikes

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My van had a General System decal on the glove box door stressing the importance of safety on the job. It also had a steel workbench on one side and a 30 drawer steel toolbox that was 4 feet long on the other side (I still use the toolbox in my garage). I think my van had all the windows so that there'd be enough light to work inside.
 

-Nate

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Sounds good to me .

I was wondering if the dash decals were still on it .

I also thought maybe different states allowed different windows but maybe it was because your van was a workshop and not the installation vans I'm thinking about .

I used to have a 1946 Chevy 3100 pickup that started life as a Bell Telephone truck, it still had the green paint and passenger side Unity spotlight and also a dash plaque that read some terrible warning abut only for use by Bell Employees....

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Just left Sarasota Fl BP diesel was 5.19,here in Northern Illinois Mobile is 4.84 33.2 mpg at average 70 mph. Only 2 stops for fuel.


Nate-seem to recall the GTE vans had side windows only on the passenger side for safety....

I worked for the Bell System for 35 years,all the companies operated pretty much the same- they got what ever was the cheapest for the most part,but sometimes they paid extra for air conditioning or radio delete. I was installation/repair, drove Dodge vans with just windows in the back,Ford vans with windows all around,Chevy pickups with caps, Vegas,Pintos,Citations,Neons,Ford open beds and Chevy bucket trucks. Some of them you could literally fall out of without opening a door. Only had one brand new truck, found out fast that every scratch or dent was on you,but if you had a hand me down you could always say it was like that when I got it ;)
 

Old Guy Too Many Bikes

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I'll be watching an old movie from the late 60's and once in a while, I'll see an old GTE van like mine. Ours had a rough life. Bought it barely running, with no gas tank in '82 and since it was less than 20 years old, had to get it smog legal, chasing down the air pump and other junk. It was painted yellow with the old mustard color coming through. In '88, my son just got his license and t-boned a lady who pulled out in front without looking. Insurance totalled it, but I kept it, now with a salvage title. Front end was smashed, so I bought a 108 for $200 and grafted the front end on using my trusty Lincoln wire feed. Swapped out the 6 a year later with a small block we built in the garage. My son thrashed it, blew out the clutch, two rear ends, and the trans. Since he moved out 10 years ago, it's been living a peaceful life.
 

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No. The IROC wheels look out of place. That van is cool tho, otherwise. That takes some skill and some stick-to-itivness to do that work. But, It's like when someone takes stock wheels off of a modern day truck, like a '10 silverado, and puts them on a 73 stepside chevy truck. They don't look right. The people that design that stuff do a pretty damn good job and it becomes apparent when someone does the aformentioned. Even some of the classic cars, say a 68 Camaro, with modern day, cnc machined 18" wheels, just looks wrong. IMHO
 

Old Guy Too Many Bikes

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Between working, making a house payment, raising a kid, didn't have a lot of $. Back then I bought the 5 rims for like $40 and it was all I could afford at the time. Even the 350 we built I pulled out a Monte Carlo at pic a part on half price day. My favorite rims are 15" American Torque Thrust D's in gray, which I have on my other Chevy. The van ain't no classic, it's just an old van we use to pick up plywood and embarrass $75,000 Silverados and F 150's.
 

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I'll be watching an old movie from the late 60's and once in a while, I'll see an old GTE van like mine. Ours had a rough life.
The junks were the ones left for auction- company insiders knew the good ones by serial number and picked them up for a song. There was a scam where those in the know knew which ones were going to be replaced so they would have major work done to them before they were retired. We had our own mechanics in every garage and there was a central hub that did engine and trans replacements. The end result was the central hub was eliminated and the actual garage mechanics would have a say on which ones would be retired.
Rough life indeed and mileage was no indicator,in winter many ran all day. When I retired 10 years ago they had decided to do one oil change a year,our mechanic by himself was responsible for 100 different vehicles. Here's my 1st truck,it was 4 years old in this picture1st truck 79-85.jpg
 
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-Nate

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I'm loving the replies .

Thanx too for the videos, I never really enjoyed $pending moeny shredding the tires but it sounds great and clearly goes like stink =:cool: .

Just today I was driving my Sweet to lunch in Hawthorne, Ca. and saw another one of these in a driveway .
 

The 208

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I had an uncle that worked for I think, back then, it was the Bell System in N Ca. Early 70's. IIRC he had a van that looked like that. He died young and unexpectedly of a heart attack around 73/74.

The junks were the ones left for auction- company insiders knew the good ones by serial number and picked them up for a song. There was a scam where those in the know knew which ones were going to be replaced so they would have major work done to them before they were retired. We had our own mechanics in every garage and there was a central hub that did engine and trans replacements. The end result was the central hub was eliminated and the actual garage mechanics would have a say on which ones would be retired.
Rough life indeed and mileage was no indicator,in winter many ran all day. When I retired 10 years ago they had decided to do one oil change a year,our mechanic by himself was responsible for 100 different vehicles. Here's my 1st truck,it was 4 years old in this pictureView attachment 74723
 
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