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G10 Shorty Custom "Carpeted Surfer" Conversion Panel Street Van OG paint 128k mi

For sale: 1978 Chevrolet G20 Van G10 Short Wheel Base Half-Ton Panel Van OG Paint

Technical specifications

Item location:
Vancouver, Washington, United States
G20 Van
"Carpeted Surfer" shorty original conversion van
G10 Short Wheel Base Half-Ton Panel Van OG Paint
Cordova Brown Metallic (Root Beer Brown)
Engine size:
350 4v V8
Power options:
Power Steering, Power Brakes
Drive type:
Rear wheel drive
Interior color:
Buckskin Tan and Custom
Custom Panel Van Conversion
Vehicle Title:
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1978 Chevy G10 Shorty Panel Van

“Carpeted Surfer” 1978 Conversion

Original Cordova Brown Paint

128k Runner & Driver!

Please bid only if you can afford to pay within 3 days of auction's end. Please contact me directly at 360-936-9257 with any questions you may have; thank you. ~Tim

This is a genuine original 1978 Chevy G10 half-ton short wheel base custom conversion panel van. This is a true SWB full panel van with windowless rear doors and the license plate in the factory rear bumper; rare van. This was “the” van to buy and customize back in the 70’s. Very hard to find...you won’t find another like it anytime soon. Here’s your chance to build your own custom Chevy Street Van and not break the bank. Call Tim at 360-936-9257 with any questions.

Factory 1978 Chevrolet G10 half-ton short wheel base windowless panel van. Original Cordova Brown Metallic paint in and out, original 350 4v V8 engine with fresh tune in good running condition. Factory options include Power Steering, Power Brakes, Tinted Glass, AM/FM 8-track stereo, Tilt Wheel, Gauge Package, Heavy-Duty Radiator, Chrome Grill, Chrome F & R Bumpers, and more.

This is a super rare factory-authorized “Carpeted Surfer” custom conversion including custom interior, teardrop side windows, roof vent, sunroof, wagon wheels, chrome tube grill, and trailer tow package performed by Trail Wagons in Spokane, WA in April of 1978 when the van was new. The door pillar has their manufacturer’s tag dated 4/12/1978 as well as the Chevy tag.

Very nice newer custom “hand-scraped hardwood” flooring treatment, very nice sidewall and ceiling treatment. Clean, looks almost new, and includes a clean vinyl-backed hinged stuffed foam sleeping/rear seat mat as well. Tired original conversion swivel Captain’s chairs are cool, and allow the seats to spin around to face rear to entertain with your friends.

Dash and doghouse are good, can be restored with vinyl dye. Gauge cluster looks good and all gauges seem to work. Crack in front windshield, good side glass. Only known mechanical issue is heater core bypassed, probably leaks. There may be other small issues, but this is the only issue I am aware of. The van is a runner and driver with current registration, fresh tune-up, and oil change. Newer Edelbrock 4v carburetor, otherwise seems stock. Turbo 400 auto trans shifts fine.

Original Cordova Brown metallic paint (Root Beer Brown), no touch-ups, nothing hidden. Actually very straight with only minor dings. Minor rust on p/s rear wheel edge (leading, lower), side door lower edge, and a couple minor pinholes in the d/s rocker under the door. Sunroof will need to be properly resealed. Floors are great, rockers solid, nothing hidden. Super easy and minor fixes before your new custom paint job. Add flares, visor, front spoiler, rear spoiler, custom paint, wheels/tires, and go to town!

I’ve taken close-up pictures of every “problem” area I can find so you can see exactly what you’re getting. All issues are minor in my opinion. The main vehicle pictures are taken from approximately 10’ away, so you get a good idea of what the van looks like in general appearance.

Clear title in hand, matches VIN exactly for inspection and export. Current tags and registration.

While every effort has been made to describe the vehicle as accurately as possible, it is in fact a 39-year-old classic, and therefore being sold as-is, without warranty or guarantee expressed, written, or implied.

Please be ready to make payment in full within 3 days of auction’s end via deposit into my Bank of America account, or bank wire transfer

Shipping is the full responsibility of the buyer; I own a classic car restoration shop and can recommend a reliable and affordable broker who I have used many times... ultimately the choice must be yours alone.

Feel free to call me directly at 360-936-9257 with any questions you may have.

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