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Old 06-18-2011, 06:15 AM   #15
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Could be set on a GMC motor home chassis, they used the Olds Toronado engine and front wheel drive.
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Old 06-18-2011, 06:19 AM   #16
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Could be set on a GMC motor home chassis, they used the Olds Toronado engine and front wheel drive.
I thought of that too, but I figured the GMC MH body would be more valuable, but you may be right. It would seem to be the easiest way to go and the rig does have those tandem rear wheels.
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Old 06-18-2011, 12:46 PM   #18
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Could be set on a GMC motor home chassis, they used the Olds Toronado engine and front wheel drive.
The only problem with that is the early model Olds steering wheel and wheel covers/wheels don't match the GMC chassis. I tried to identify the wheel covers, but drew a blank. Also if the horsepower name plate on the front is correct it should be a '66 - '67 Toro drive train with 385 hp. '68 saw the intro of the 455 and power dropped to 375 hp. The steering wheel was unique to the '66 model only.
In the late sixties and early seventies it was common to see the Toronado drive train grafted into many different vehicles. I knew of a Corvair and a VW van in my neighborhood that was customized with this set up. Custom builders liked it because it could be used as intended for FWD or modified to use as rear engine/rear wheel drive.
For a custom car builder a chassis similar to the GMV motorhome chassis looks like it might have been somewhat easy to make in a shop.

ps just found this picture on a GMC fans website at http://www.bdub.net/oddsnends.html
listed as early GMC wanabee motorhome. It looks like an older photo
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I have seen several of these old Spartans built into motorhomes back in the day. Yes the Olds Tornado front drive unit was the power source of choice.
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i like Spartan trailers ... so i always keep a eye open for them
i spotted two home made Spartan Motorhomes right in my area (NorthernAZ);

this one is based on a ~`54 Mansion :





..and this ugly duck conversion looks to be based on a ~`48 Manor;



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i like Spartan trailers ... so i always keep a eye open for them
i spotted two home made Spartan Motorhomes right in my area (NorthernAZ);


This one has the front clip of a '66 Olds Toro built onto it.
Definitely Frankenstein stuff!
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I just think it is amazing, or is it fate, that you would find an old Spartan in a barn and attempt to restore it (I mean, how many Spartan's are there in the world? I've never seen one.) then you run into this motorhome at a gas station. What are the odds that you would be in the same place at exactly the same time as the old motorhome that is a look alike to your trailer. I just find this fascinating. I ran into an old friend at Sante Fe, New Mexico in much the same way. 5 minutes either way and we would have missed each other and would never see each other again. I just love fate!
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I just caught up with this post. The one thing that would point to front wheeled drive and Olds power is the ride height. Front wheel drive motor homes all sat at automobile heights. Years ago when I was a kid I sold Clark Cotez's. Now there was a coach. REVCON sat low as well. The GMC was low but not ultra low.
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