1966 GMC Handi-Van
1966 GMC Handi-Van
For consignment, a seldom seen example of a 1966 GMC Cab Over Handi-Van. This is a somewhat compact design and has been fully restored to total rust-free panels, and a finely tuned mid-engine residing in the “dog house” next to the front seats. Two tone color gives it some zip, and its simplistic design is very effective along with this 2-stage paint scheme of silver and green. Scooby Doo!
During the restoration/upgrade process any rusted panels were removed and replaced with 18 and 20 gauge steel respectively. Then it was bathed in 2 stage green and silver two tone paint with a clear coat topping. This simplistic look with a single round headlight floating above an oval grille below framed by an even lower bumper, and the GMC badge in the center. A panoramic piece of glass rises from this metal front and is flat as well. On the sides for the upper panels which a delineation is made at the windowsills, a wraparound silver color has been sprayed, and this works its way around the body of this van. Rockers are nice and solid, rust free and untrimmed also bathed in green. The passenger's side offers up a dual door setup for easy side access. On back dual swinging doors give full access to the cargo area, and these doors sport tinted glass for extra security. A shiny chrome bumper frames the bottom, and a single oval vertical taillight is on either side in the mid back section of the rear quarters. Nice shiny near perfect deep dish trim rings and dish styled wheel covers are wrapped in thin whites that are like new, and on all 4 corners.
A swing of the front doors just above the wheel well in front yields a green painted metal surround with black vinyl tuck and roll insert which houses the shiny actuation handles and window crank. Below is a white panel with a mounted stereo speaker. Climbing inside we sit on reupholstered high back bucket seats which have a black broadcloth inserts and smooth black vinyl bolsters. Between the seats is a black carpeting covered “doghouse” for the engine. The instrument cluster is original design and is fairly clean and presents as an oval aluminum ribbed panel with black faced gauges and white numbers and lettering. A trio of aftermarket gauges has been added to the center of the dash just below as well as an aftermarket Kenwood digital AM/FM/CD/Bluetooth phone capable hookup. The metal dash shows just a bit rough with some dripping of paint and chipping on the dash top. A rally style wood steering wheel sits proudly on top of the straight column which starts from the floor. A 3-speed shifter is on the column. Black carpeting floods the floors throughout. In back the cargo area has been completely finished with insulated wood 1/8-inch paneling in a horizontal laid out wood pattern. This appears as weathered wood, and contrasts nicely with a white foam/vinyl headliner. In back stretching across the wheel well bump ups is a gray broadcloth 6 cushion bed. Shall we shag now, or shall we shag later??!
In the mid-section of the van and popping the top of the 'doghouse” we see a nicely restored yet retaining its patina 250ci inline 6-cylinder which has been completely gone through for any issues and fixed, such as a rebuilt carburetor. On top is a 1-barrel carburetor. 3 speeds for the tree shifting manual transmission. The engine is outfitted with a new distributor and wiring throughout. On the back is a 3.36 rear axle.
Underneath some minor surface rust is noted on some of the usual suspects, but frame, toe kicks, new belly pan, rockers and frame are all solid and rust free with a few previous invasive rust repairs on the rockers but now totally remediated. A newer fuel tank is installed, new Delco kingpins, and rebuilt brakes in the form of drum brakes on all 4 corners. Leaf springs provide the ride and a clean exhaust is noted.
With new tires just last year, this van rides like a dream, and you can have one while doing so by using the rear bed setup! Nice smooth acceleration, good braking, and smooth shifting. A pleasurable experience.
Seldom seen a Handi-Van cab over mid-engine, fixed up interior complete with sleeping accommodations and wonderful high back buckets. Good paint, and a two-tone mixture all add up to a nice surprise in this GMC Cab Over van.
P-Pontiac, MI Assy Plant
D-1966 Inline 6cyl
6543-Sequential Unit Number
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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