considering buying a 1977 chevy conversion van

Asked by Jun 02, 2014 at 03:18 PM about the 1977 Chevrolet Chevy Van

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

looking at a hi-top 1977 1 ton chevy van.  it has a rebuilt engine with 30 (just 30) miles on
it. and rebuilt transmission and new break hoses.  he is asking $3000 going to look at it
this friday.  wondering if the price is fair and what i should look for when looking at it.  any
advice appreciated.  Thanks!

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15,935

You are looking for opinions so my two cents worth: there are so many things to look at besides engine,tranny & brake hoses....here's a list off the top of my head....exhaust,tires,brakes (that's a lot more than hoses).body.suspension,belts,rad,how well does it start,;conversion items could include propane lines,appliances,toilet,etc.. How does it feel when you take it for a test drive (shimmy?shake? etc.) ; will it pass what ever government safety certification requirements,is the title clear,I'm getting tired of typing.

223,175

Or have a mechanic go over it. $3K is reasonable, see if you can get it for $2500.

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15,935

just trying to give him his own light bulb. A mechanic for the vehicle absolutely; but, you can also get into expensive fixes in the camper equipment that an auto mechanic might not be into. You can call in an electician to check the wiring in your house ;but,what about the tell tale signs of termites or plumbing problems. You are buying a cottage on wheels.

15,935

And depending where you are from- you can get carpenter ants or termites in the wood parts.

223,175

All good things to consider. Might turn into a money pit real fast.

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15,935

that's what I hope Adam realizes.

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