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#136322 - May 18th 2007 1:02 pm van trailor
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I found a 87 chevy van today. The front end is trashed but the back half is good. I am thinking about cutting off the back and making a trailor for travel gear or perhaps a small guest room. The hitch should not be a real issue but I am thinking on the best way to close in the front opening....bracing, sheetmetal etc. Any ideas from the forum...thanks...BigJim
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#136327 - May 18th 2007 2:11 pm Re: van trailor [Re: Big_Jim]
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If it has tan/beige coloured shoulder and lap belts in the front, I would be interested in getting them Jim..

As far as the hitch and sheet metal goes, the best way is get yet another donor van and put the rear of that to close in the front end. Lots of welding to make it look good. The old standby is cut it off square and fill in with metal over plywood.

Keep it in mind about tongue wait. If you cut it off behind the front seats that is an issue. If you cut it off behind the side door it will tow better, but not have a lot of room.......
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#136329 - May 18th 2007 2:33 pm Re: van trailor [Re: Doc 2% of Canada, EH!!!!]
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Doc as a matter of fact it does have tan shoulder straps and seat belts...pm me if you like...Jim


Edited by yellow72mavrick (May 18th 2007 2:35 pm)
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#136331 - May 18th 2007 3:14 pm Re: van trailor [Re: Big_Jim]
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Edited by Bryce (May 18th 2007 3:16 pm)
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#136332 - May 18th 2007 3:22 pm Re: van trailor [Re: Bryce]
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Hey Bryce, that diagram should make it easy for Jim to build his lol
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#136337 - May 18th 2007 5:16 pm Re: van trailor [Re: Doc 2% of Canada, EH!!!!]
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yep that makes it crystal clear...lol
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#136340 - May 18th 2007 6:34 pm Re: van trailor [Re: Big_Jim]
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here is a picture of a nice one 13 vanners made out of a back half of a chavy


Here is a picture of a Ford I built back in the 80's



No plywood used on any of these trailers.....

IMO using another back half sheet metal on the front makes a cleaner looking job

The ford was a little easier to graft a C Channel tounge on to because it has a C channel type frame.
The chevy has a unibody box tube style frame you will have to work with.
Nothing a good mig welder and some thought can't take care of..........

Its only metal......

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#136342 - May 18th 2007 6:51 pm Re: van trailor [Re: wookee]
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that black one looks like you used the whole van except for the front end...very cool...

great pics, the orange one is more what I'm looking for, thanks...Jim
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#136344 - May 18th 2007 7:03 pm Re: van trailor [Re: Big_Jim]
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I was going to suggest using another back end for the front end (huh?) but this has been shared. This will probably work best, as body lines will match up. Also, you could add extra doors and make it a pass thru!
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#136346 - May 18th 2007 7:19 pm Re: van trailor [Re: chevygod]
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thats a cool idea too...flow thru ventalation and easy to clean....thanks
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