. In the previous year 1982 , manual transmissions were relocated from the steering column to the floor. Radiator core died, engine temp reached overheat situation on two occasions, but didn't otherwise affect the engine one bit; it'll probably outlast me. It does not use or leak oil. Faults: Got this van after it sitting unmoving for 3 years, so a tune up was needed and fluids changed, but would be about the same for any vehicle. They are in the same vehicle class as the discontinued Ford Econoline van and Dodge Ram Van. This van refuses to die.
It's in the same condition as my 1985, but has a 350 ci motor to tow my car trailer. Don't know if you'll have to remove the dashboard. General Comments: The van can haul, and how. Radiator hose line blew out recently, fixed with a bit of cutting and linkage replacement for 89 cents. I even drove it down the coast of Mexico.
I drove it for 10 years. Power windows don't work yet. Front pitman arm became 50% worn. I changed it myself in 15 minutes. I thought it was a very good van. General Comments: My previous van was a 1980 Ford Econoline van. You find where it goes into the transmission, where it is driven by a gear.
Engine has buckets of torque and refuses to break down. Comfortable interior, quite plush and holds a lot of people. There is no engine or drive train noise. Just changed the water pump. It's an easy fix, but I have no time.
This became more popular with conversion companies, primarily for school buses. I was able to take everything I owned without needing a trailer when moving. It is rust free with original paint. A small puff of oil smoke when starting cold, because the valve seals are worn. You unbolt the cable housing from the transmission case and pull the cable out from under the car, and the entire cable will like as not slide out, or you may have to pivot forward the instrument cluster to remove a clip in the back of the speedometer housing. Freon would leak out over winter, so I converted it to r134a refrigerant.
The major restyle followed the engine-forward design of the competing 1968 Ford Econoline. Radiator had small leak, just soldered it. Model year 1986 Year of manufacture 1986 First year of ownership 2008 Most recent year of ownership 2008 Engine and transmission 5. Listed below is a general features list along with vehicle specifications for the Third Generation 1971-1996 General Motors G-Series Vans. For more information check out the page. You'll have to crimp the churchkey onto one end and feed it up through the cable housing and make sure it engages and fully seats in the back of the speedometer.
It starts on the first turn, and has never broken down once. It rusted and worn out. Some cars you do, and some it isn't necessary. Blue paint is peeling, but silver stripes are unaffected. It has been been driven through almost every province and state in North America. Exterior has rust on some areas, but only minor surface rust. Changed myself, but was difficult.
Changed brake pads twice and exhaust once. I think I can drive this van another 5+ years. The van is constructed of a unibody style frame and employed stronger truck style hubs and brakes with dual A-Arm independent front suspension. Suspension slightly rougher than it could be, but justified in that it was built to hold large amounts of weight. Does have some trouble climbing steep hills, but has no trouble at highway speeds normally. Fan blower motor wore out. These models between 78 and 96 were popular with Van conversions such as Curtis and Starcraft.
Checked the timing chain while changing the water pump, and it was only slightly worn. We live in the Great Lakes rust belt, so had it sprayed with oil in fall of 97, 98, 99, and 2000. . . . . .