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Danielle

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What's an imperial van? And
« on: May 02, 2011, 09:21:38 PM »
Would it be a good van to convert? Im on craigslist and I found a 95 'imperial van' that's black and rusty but has under 80k miles on it and 'runs great' according to the owner.

Im not sure if rust is curable  but its at an *amazing* price so I'd be willing to try.

seilerbird

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Re: What's an imperial van? And
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2011, 09:24:46 PM »
Rust is not curable. Run fast away.

Danielle

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Re: What's an imperial van? And
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2011, 09:38:11 PM »
aw:(

Darnit. I guess that explains the amazing price tag eh? What if its only some rust? I cant really tell from the pictures they gave but they listed it as rusty ...I mailed them and asked for pictures of the rust but if you cant fix it then I guess Im better off saving my money for something better.

seilerbird

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Re: What's an imperial van? And
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2011, 10:02:08 PM »
If it has rust then it is usually an east coast vehicle. Yes that is why it is so cheap.

Danielle

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Re: What's an imperial van? And
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2011, 10:08:54 PM »
alright, thanks for the advice :)

I already have a piece of junk vehicle, I'm not trying to start a collection...I think I'll wait for a better one to come around.. Maybe a newer one that's a little kinder on gas.

Btw do you (or anyone?) happen to know the approximate mpg for a 1995  full size van? Highway and otherwise?

seilerbird

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Re: What's an imperial van? And
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2011, 11:18:40 PM »
The last one I had was a 92 GMC full sized and it got between 15 and 20 mpg. I have owned a few other vans and they were in the same range. The trick is not to get one with a big engine. A 302 has more than enough guts to power a van. Anything over that is a waste unless you are towing.

Len and Jo

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Re: What's an imperial van? And
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2011, 07:23:51 AM »
Our 2000 Chev Express Extended van with 5.7l Vortex (Chev 350) has averaged 16.0 mpg over 50k miles.  Have seen individual tanks varying from 12 mpg to 19 mpg.

Personally when I convert a van I prefer a brand new van.  I am committing to much blood and sweat for the van to have a short life.  Plus there are reliability issues.  We have had our present van for 10 years and 110k miles and I expect to keep it for another 5 years before I am tired of it.

For sale adds:

"great condition, no rust" =  maybe but what the seller sees is not always what the buyer sees
"OK condition, light rust" = work required, chk for structural rust damage
"work needed, some rust" = much work required and not always repairable
"good weekend project" =  RUN
Len & Jo
The Green Tardis
We 'B' RVing   Berkley, Michigan
Van Development:   https://youtu.be/5Xqk_G6k95M
12 Years of Travels:  https://youtu.be/UMIf17CzdZo

Danielle

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Re: What's an imperial van? And
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2011, 07:31:38 PM »
Alright, thanks guys:)

Truth is if I got a van I probably would never convert it, I'd still want an RV ....for some reason i just LOVE big vans and want one for my day to days  ....... then if i ever *did* want to convert, I could attempt it.

seilerbird

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Re: What's an imperial van? And
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2011, 08:45:52 PM »
Alright, thanks guys:)

Truth is if I got a van I probably would never convert it, I'd still want an RV ....for some reason i just LOVE big vans and want one for my day to days  ....... then if i ever *did* want to convert, I could attempt it.
If you love big vans you should really love an RV. Think of an RV as a van on steroids.

 

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