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Old 04-05-2010, 10:39 AM   #1
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Chevy Express Conversions

Hey All,

I've been lurking around here for a bit reading as much as I can. Im <hopefully> buying my
friends 2006 Chevy 1500 AWD Van. Since its AWD I'm not planning on a true 4x4 conversion but I am looking into the Sportsmobile pop tops.

Anyone have some photos of AWD or 4x4 Sportsmobiles on a chevy platform? All I can seem to find is Ford.

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Old 04-05-2010, 11:31 AM   #2
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LenS has one. There is one on the Sportsmobile Previous Owner site under SMB West.

That's all I can think of off the top of my head (except Saabman but he doesn't have a PH).
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Old 04-05-2010, 12:50 PM   #3
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I have a 2008 Chevy 1 ton EB50 layout. My couple of photos in my gallery are basic, none of the inside yet, but you can see that the pop top works for us. I have a solid front axle conversion by Quigley. It has coil springs so a bit softer ride than front leafs but maybe not as capable offroad as a Ford. I think 91tiger bought a 1 ton with the IFS conversion. I like the Chevy, especially the Duramax, but I don't know how much weight you could put in the 1/2 ton. GM is fairly conservative with capacities.

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Old 04-05-2010, 12:58 PM   #4
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Re: Chevy Express Conversions

Thanks for the tips.

I have no plans to build out a full blown SMB. I'm basing my build around a VW Westfalia weekender, ie no sink, fridge etc. So I think / hope that the RB 1/2 ton should be plenty of room and load capacity.

Initially we were going to purchase a weekender but after looking at a 18000 price tag for a reliable, decently powered, 2WD vehicle I decided that a slightly used AWD Express with a Pop top will come in much less, be more reliable and have plenty of power.

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Old 04-05-2010, 06:22 PM   #5
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My Chev Express Extended van is 2wd.

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Old 04-12-2010, 02:07 AM   #6
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Hi my Van is 2WD as well...

You can check out our galleries... best way to get ideas...
At least that is how I got all my ideas...

Roubo has a a voyager top I think on an EB Chevy

There are some others lurking with older Chevy's not sure they have "Tops"
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Old 04-12-2010, 06:06 PM   #7
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All kidding aside, (and the spoiler really does look ridiculous) this van might fit the bill for you, too. Little bit more rugged 4x4 setup. I don't know what the chassis or engine is, but I'm pretty sure they wouldn't have converted a 1/2 ton EB van to 4x4. Something like this might give you a bit more flexibility if you ever decide to do a more robust buildout.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/sox/cto/1684758394.html
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Old 04-12-2010, 06:08 PM   #8
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Actually, hard to tell if it is an EB on those GMs. I might be wrong.
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Old 04-19-2010, 07:38 PM   #9
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My money is on RB, the rear wheel well is right next to the rear side door...
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I second you on that jage, RB it is...
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