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Old December 2nd, 2007, 01:02 AM   #1
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I am thinking about converting a 93 GMC van to 4WD and I am getting opinions on how hard it would be. I would think the best bet would be to make it a solid axle as in the late 70's chevy blazer or truck versus the IFS of the 88-98 gen trucks. Would it be worth it at all? Any thoughts?

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Old December 2nd, 2007, 01:53 AM   #2
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It would be cool thats for sure. I beleave theres a company out there that builds conversions for this....
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 02:10 AM   #3
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http://www.quigley4x4.com/
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 06:58 AM   #4
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I think it would be cool, I know nothing about them or how to do it but I really like the way they look!
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 08:08 AM   #5
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quagley didnt make a conversion for that van when i checked about 10 years ago.
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 08:22 AM   #6
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I have a 97 Dodge E 2500 we could do too.. I will wait and see how your project works out first..

I was thinking the same thing (for mine), get a Dodge pickup donor vehicle for the front end and drivetrain parts. I wonder how close the van frames are to the pickups, dimension wise?
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There were some done by GM. IFS, two front driveshafts, a V- drive looking T-case, and a little gear drive that looked like a dana 30 diff at each front wheel. Didn't believe it myself, intil I saw two of them.
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that van might also be a unibody. not %100 sure.
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There were some done by GM. IFS, two front driveshafts, a V- drive looking T-case, and a little gear drive that looked like a dana 30 diff at each front wheel. Didn't believe it myself, intil I saw two of them.
I don't believe this....lol......sounds like potential junkyard gold maybe.
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 11:40 AM   #10
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I have a 97 Dodge E 2500 we could do too.. I will wait and see how your project works out first..

I was thinking the same thing (for mine), get a Dodge pickup donor vehicle for the front end and drivetrain parts. I wonder how close the van frames are to the pickups, dimension wise?
there a company that does the dodges dont know who but they take the front ends out of the rams. some of the newer ram vans are uni body too my dad has a 99 1500 van that is uni body. ive seen a couple dodge vans 4x4ed there sweet looken one was at silver lake.
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I had a 95 G20 Chevy van that was very similar to that one. It has a Frame. It is one of my dreams to turn a van like that into a 4X4. It would be relatively easy. You probably have the same engine that alot of the pickups had and you would be able to find one of those pickups in just about any junkyard. IF you got the Tranny/Tcase from one you would be set on that part of the drive train. (I think). You'd have to have custom driveshafts. Getting the shifter for the TC up near the drivers seat might make things interesting too.

I would think a Spring leaf suspension would be the easiest. Someone else can chime in otherwise. Then just SOA the rear. I'm not sure what rear end it would have. I wasn't as into cars back then as I am now. It's doable. You would have to have a good chunk of change to do it.

BTW, Can't tell I've thought this through in my head before can you.
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 12:59 PM   #12
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I am thinking about converting a 93 GMC van to 4WD and I am getting opinions on how hard it would be. I would think the best bet would be to make it a solid axle as in the late 70's chevy blazer or truck versus the IFS of the 88-98 gen trucks. Would it be worth it at all? Any thoughts?
my 93 is unibody .

Look at a Astro Van All wheel drive ,you could use alot of the same parts ,tranny, tcase front axle assembly . Not the same width but may be a easy mod.
It would be real close to the same unibody and the front sub frame drops out.
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 01:23 PM   #13
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I saw one of their custom vans in pentwater last summer. ford van, with a 7.3l powerstroke, dana 60 front that used coil springs, i think it had about 33" tires, and a all leather interior that had tv's and all the bling. I spoke to the owner and he said it ran him around 55 grand.
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they made full size vans unibody's? I never knew that, I assumed they had a frame like the astro's. guess ya learn something new every day!
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I had a 77 Chevy 1 ton van that was converted by Pathfinder. Don't think they're in business anymore. Bought it off the Chevy car lot brand new. We had a blast in that thing. I was the entertainment for a whole day at Silver Lake once when we got it buried in one of the water holes!! Back in those days you could do what ever you wanted to do on the dunes, including drinking. We finally got a big group of people to come into the water hole and literally picked the back of the van up so we could pull it out. What a day it was. For years after I'd have people come up to me at the dunes and say they saw me in the water hole.
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they made full size vans unibody's? I never knew that, I assumed they had a frame like the astro's. guess ya learn something new every day!
Astros don't have a frame .

They have a front sub frame
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I think its something like 1/2 have unibody and 3/4 & 1tons have a frame (box trucks ect...)
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Astros don't have a frame .

They have a front sub frame
really, I could have swore the one my mom and dad had was a full frame. that was in the 80's though, maybe then they did? I don't know I don't drive mini van's.
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I don't believe this....lol......sounds like potential junkyard gold maybe.
Oh, they were built. Dana v-drive ifs 4x4 van. I shall google til i get a good picture. There was one on ebay a while back.
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i had a 89 chevy 20 van with a extended roof and all the goodies, it had a 350 v8 and a frame.
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