1972 Step Van

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2011/09/12 21:22:37 (permalink)

1972 Step Van

This is sitting on a parking lot here. It's in well used shape. The owner says it runs fine. The badge on the front grill indicates a 6.2 Diesel but there's clearly a gas engine under the hood. It was used only for storage and transporting food and supplies so it has no equipment in the back, just shelving. Interior height seems to be 6'.
 
Are these older vans good candidates for food trucks? I've not shopped for one and don't know values, but would be curious as to what one of these might be worth. I don't have a use for it right now, but ya never know...
 

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    stubby77
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    Re:1972 Step Van 2011/09/12 22:39:49 (permalink)
    From the picture, the exterior looks surprisingly good for something that age. How much is he asking? If the price is right, and the roof is tall enough to stand in comfortably... Might be worth it. Myself, I would hesitate because I know nothing of mechanics and something like that could bleed me dry on repairs. But if you have the basic knowledge to be able to do a significant portion of fixes yourself... could be a good deal.
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    Re:1972 Step Van 2011/09/12 22:49:40 (permalink)
    in my neck of the woods that would be around 1500-3500 depending if a private seller or not...
    thats a kurbmaster BTW, SRW, probably in the 9-11k gvwr area
    i dont think these ever came with diesels until you got up to the dual RW 12-14k range
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    Re:1972 Step Van 2011/09/12 22:52:42 (permalink)
    squint a little, they could be twins, lol.....

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    Re:1972 Step Van 2011/09/12 23:00:20 (permalink)
    stubby, these things are as simple as it gets, no electronics, nothing fancy, super easy to work on, and cheap parts from the frame down....i mean dirt cheap
    a starter for example is 27 dollars from oriellys....
     
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    Re:1972 Step Van 2011/09/12 23:26:02 (permalink)
    She's asking $2,500. They're going to replace the battery because it sat for a while and won't start. Vehicles here simply don't rust. Not enough moisture. That doesn't mean this one hasn't been elsewhere, but the body looks ok from the once-over I was able to give it. My concern would be how much weight it would handle given it's length and that it doesn't have dual wheels. Really I would just be interested in flipping it to someone who was looking for one of these.
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    Re:1972 Step Van 2011/09/12 23:29:13 (permalink)
    That's almost spooky. Yours is shorter and doesn't have the drivers side door, but the trim is exactly the same.
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    Re:1972 Step Van 2011/09/12 23:41:05 (permalink)
    oohhh that body is aluminum, it will never rust.....
    that sounds about right on the price with the "fresh" paint job
    dont worry about weight, that thing is probably rated for around 4k in cargo, mine is rated for 2600lbs of cargo
    yep, outside of the door and the length, they are the same exact van..... if that thing was a little closer i would be seriously thinking about snagging it up....
     
    trivia for ya..... the aluminum weight will just about cover what you pay for it, so worst case scenario its a no loose investment
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