1978 Chevrolet Van 2500 Long Wheelbase 5.7 from North America
A Hawaii blue work van
Carburetor needed replacement.
Drive shaft was bent when shop was installing a new u-joint.
Parking brake ratchet broke.
Heater stopped heating.
Latch on side sliding door needed replacement.
I gave a girl a ride in my wagon...
It wasn't that kind of van!
She crawled in and took control...
No it didn't have murals on the side, nor a water bed in back.
This was a three-quarter ton, long wheelbase, work van. It didn't even have air conditioning. It only had an AM radio too! Not exactly a cruising machine, huh?
It served its purpose very well.
The workmanship was horrific however.
The factory paint job was terrible.
The sides had a lot of over-spray on them. In fact it looked as though it was painted with a spray can. The rear suspension squeaked when it was delivered too. The painted (silver) bumpers were also prone to rust.
Typical GM mediocre workmanship.
This van was built in Canada.
This van only had two bucket seats and was built for hauling cargo.
For much of the year, I loaded a big Kelvinator freezer into it, and used it as an ice cream truck. In the off season, out came the freezer and I could use it to take my dogs to dogs shows. (I didn't do both at the same time, as the Board of Health would have frowned upon that)
It did that very well and never let me down.
I took this van on one very long trip, and it was comfortable enough.
My dogs liked it too, as they had room to lie down right next to the driver's seat.
With the 350 cu. inch engine and
4 barrel carburetor, it had plenty of power. The gas mileage wasn't great, but hey, it was a work van.
It never let me down and always did what it was supposed to do.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 23rd December, 2004