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1996 GMC Vandura
1996 GMC Vandura

The GMC Vandura, also sold as the Chevy Van, was a full-size van produced by GMC from 1970 (introduced in April 1970 as 1971 models), up until 1996. In 1996, in its last model year, it co-existed with a new generation full-size van, the Savana, which did not fully replace the Vandura until, of course, 1997. Image File history File links 1996 GMC Vandura work van. ... Image File history File links 1996 GMC Vandura work van. ... Van can mean: Van, a road vehicle. ... The initialism GMC can mean either: GMC, a division of General Motors formerly named GMC Truck Game Maker Community, a game making utility forum. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The GM G-Series (Rear wheel drive) and H-Series (All Wheel Drive) vans, the Chevrolet Express and its twin the GMC Savana are full-size vans from General Motors. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

1968 Chevrolet Sportvan 108
1968 Chevrolet Sportvan 108

Along with its Chevrolet twin - the second-generation G-series vans replaced the "breadloaf" (a.k.a. Scooby-Doo) 1964-70 generation. The previous generation was a modified passenger car platform (using components sourced from the Chevy II - primarily the powerplants and brakes), and the second generation Vandura used suspension parts from the Chevrolet/GMC C-series pickups. Ironically, 3/4 ton Chevrolet/GMC vans used ball joints from a 2500 series pickups while the brakes are HD versions used on their 1/2 tons. Powerplants and transmission choices were the same with their truck counterparts. Image File history File linksMetadata IMG_1794. ... Image File history File linksMetadata IMG_1794. ... Scooby-doo is also British naval divers slang for civilian sport scuba diver. Scooby-Doo is an important character in animation up to this day Scooby-Doo is a long-running animated series produced for television by Hanna-Barbera Productions from 1969 to 1986, 1988 to 1991, and from 2002... Modified 1965 Chevrolet Nova The Chevrolet Nova or Chevy II was an American compact car introduced by the Chevrolet Motor Division of General Motors in 1962. ...



The Vandura (and sister Chevrolet Chevyvan) replaced the earlier GMC Handi-Van (and sister Chevrolet Sportvan). The GMCs were introduced in April 1970; interior components such as the steering column and steering wheel were sourced from their Chevrolet/GMC C/K pickups.

The short wheelbase vans measured 110 inches, while the long wheelbase was 125 inches (the previous generation had either a 90 or 108 inch wheelbase).


The front sheetmetal was updated with square or round headlights and a front plastic grille sourced from both Chevrolet and GMC light duty pickup trucks.


All 1980 vans were complemented new rear view mirrors on the drivers and passenger doors.


Locking steering column introduced..The last model year for a three speed manual on the column.


Stacked headlights introduced, alongside with a flatter front grille similar to the one used on Chevrolet C/K trucks replacing the previous year's 1980 vintage eggcrate design (last used on the 1980 Chevrolet C/K truck).The shifter for all manual transmissions are now on the floor and the steering column is now of the same tilt as the C?K series pickups.A tilt steering column is now availiable with a manual transmission.All vans now have square headlamps.


New taillight lenses were redesigned, along with the introduction of traditional swing-out side doors alongside the standard sliding door. The swing-out doors were a 60/40 split.all grilles on GMC vans have a blackened treatment to them


Unlike the Dodge Ram and Ford Econoline vans which had a welded-on body extension, a 133 inch wheelbase was introduced (about the same length as a Chevrolet/GMC crewcab truck). The Dodge Ram Wagon was a full-size van marketed under the Dodge brand by DaimlerChrysler. ... The Ford E-Series, also known as the Econoline, is a line of full-size vans and truck chassis from Ford Motor Company. ...


Facelift using the front grille from the former Chevrolet/GMC R/V series pickups and SUVs, previously phased out of production in 1992.


A driver's side airbag is now Standard.



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