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Old 01-15-2014, 11:46 PM   #1
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1973 factory RV step van p20 rebuilding

Hello!

Anyone out here have similar mine one the step van RV came out of factory? I am currently doing rebuilding its very heavy project.

It got stock 292 straight 6 cylinder and th350 automatic. I have original paper works back in 1973 it seem the record paper the Union City Body Company, inc did builder for special custom requested by original owner buyer such insulating the alum inside panels, making cabinet, dinner seats, walls, etc out of alum sheets material. Also notice the all 3 doors are sort of reefer type (non sliding and it don't make ratting noise at all)

I am planning to convert 4x4 by adding the front dana 60 to this van and replace transmission with performance 700r4 and t-case. Would be neat going out wild RVing
















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Neat and unusual! Keep posting updates
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Old 01-16-2014, 12:57 PM   #3
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Nice!
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Old 01-17-2014, 01:11 AM   #4
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stripping down interior

Here picture just started doing stripping down all interior things.

As you can see some floor wood are rot and probably were infested bedbugs or cockroaches... plus mice were there too. Going have do replace new floor and the insulation uhh.

The propane gravity floor heater, cooking stove, spacemaster (compact toilet/sink wall), hood vent, exhaust vents, lights, electrical and the ammonia fridge haven't working since around 20 years ago. Pretty much almost everything are broke! Only few reusable parts such the water pressure belt drive and the water pump from drain shower pan to shower head or to flush toilet.


























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Old 01-17-2014, 07:36 AM   #5
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What a neat project. Sure brings back memories. Back in the '70s, bought surplus Chevy step-van from US Post Office, it also had 292 motor. We built first camper out of it. It had slide doors passenger and driver, and roll up back door. It was steel, not aluminum.

Looking forward to seeing progress on your project. And welcome to the forum.

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I remember a high-end motorhome, Mobilux, that was built on a long wheelbase step van. Maybe back in the 1970's ?

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Anyone out here have similar mine one the step van RV came out of factory? I am currently doing rebuilding its very heavy project....

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Have a great time with that build! Keep us posted
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Old 03-01-2014, 12:35 AM   #8
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In case you do not know about this place: Stepvan Replacment Parts

They carry Body parts and hard to find P20/30 Chassis parts.

P20/30 Chassis Manuals
ST-330-73 Chevy Light Duty Truck Manual
ST-331-73 Chevy Passenger car and Light Truck Unit Overhaul Manual
1973 GM Truck Wiring Diagrams

Should be able to locate all 3 books on EBAY or at Faxon Literature
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With what you are planning to do with it that engine will not have anywhere near enough power. I remember working on those things and towing them. They would get stuck just pulling into a steep driveway! They did not have the power to back out.
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With what you are planning to do with it that engine will not have anywhere near enough power. I remember working on those things and towing them. They would get stuck just pulling into a steep driveway! They did not have the power to back out.
The 292 chevy engine works alright, not powerful, but I already have planned to swap 6 cylinder air-cooler Deutz turbo diesel that beast engine can pull about 530 ft lbs torque and about 200 hp stock. Already have the adapters will bolt up the GM
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Interesting engine to say the lest, what is the weight difference?
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I had a 1976 full size GMC van that had a 250 straight 6 in it. It ha a one piece head/intake combo in it. I bought it new and put headers on it about 6 years later. It was amazing how much those headers did for opening up that engine. If I had something like that now I wouldn't hesitate to do it again.
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Looks like a stationary engine.
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