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Old 02-16-2014, 11:06 AM   #1
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Conversion Van as TV?

How cool would it be to have a retro Chevy or Ford conversion van as a tow vehicle?

I'm not seriously thinking about it but curious if the engines, tranny, wheel base and height would be conducive as a realistic TV?

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Old 02-16-2014, 11:23 AM   #2
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Great to see another vintage van guy here. I have a 73 with only 48k on it. My van is a rare shorty with a factory 350 4 barrel and a 3 speed auto tranny. I have not used it as a TV yet. But I'm planning on using it to tow my 66 Caravel to local car cruises and campouts. I think my van can handle the task.

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Old 02-16-2014, 11:26 AM   #3
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I tow with my 2000 express conversion..... hardly vintage , but getting there. My 86 wouldn't have pulled much. carbureted 305.

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Old 02-16-2014, 09:27 PM   #4
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We tow with a Ford e350 van with a 7.3 Diesel engine. Works great for us ! It's a 1998 model.
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:36 PM   #5
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My '95 Club Wagon with a 351 v8 is feeling kind of vintage these days, but I can assure you it has been an awesome tow vehicle. If I could have changed anything it would have been to put a limited slip in the rear end.

When shopping for a van I had two issues with conversion vans - they are often heavier because of the extras, which reduces their overall load capacity, as well as gives them more weight to haul up the hills, and I do not like the fiberglass top models, because if there was a roll-over I prefer to have a solid top overhead (and I have been in a rollover, so I am not just paranoid )

But heck, if you had that awesome red van with the velour interior, why would you ever stay in your trailer?!

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