Most things didn't need to be replaced but the parts for these are cheap and I planned on taking this all over the U. It was big, brawny and boxy, but not completely without ornamentation. Wind noise was noticeable, as was the distinct-but not at all bothersome — sound of the transmission gears shifting. For added convenience, we chose an option package that included front and rear air conditioning, reclining front seats, power windows and locks, a tilt steering wheel, speed control,tinted glass, auxiliary lighting and stainless-steel exterior mirrors. Standard ale ratio for the lighter model is 3.
The mirrors were vital, too, because the double back doors and windows met to form a post that obscured vision through the interior rearview mirror. The Sportvan Beauville owes its G20 designation to its eight-passenger capacity and 125-inch wheelbase, while the extended-body G30 model seats 12 and has a whopping 146-inch wheelbase. Interior Features Inside, our Beauville was equipped with the basic seating arrangement of two buckets and two benches. Driving Impressions Our first impression was that visibility was good. Some holdovers from its ancient roots include the protruding—not hidden — door hinges, utilitarian mirror design and boxy overall shape. At 65 to 70 mph and with a stiff crosswind, we found it difficult to keep our test vehicle on track. The seats were Scotchgard-protected, a great defense against spilled coffee and squashed jelly doghnuts.
Both are passenger-oriented vans with factory-installed windows. The Beauville handled bumps acceptably, though-better than a straight-up truck. I will also include the original fiberglass fender flares and running boards as well as the original snap in floor mats not pictured I was rear ended a month ago and had to replace the back door since the tire carrier buckled in the original, thats why its blue. It is, fundamentally, a van designed for carrying people and cargo as effectively, comfortably and efficiently as possible. Unfortunately, some of the interior was lacking, either in functional convenience or in a contemporary feel. As a result, heavy snow brought the risk of getting stuck, since size and weight alone would not be enough to keep a van such as the Beauville out of trouble.
This was a basic utility vehicle and looked like it. Our Beauville was a real basic vehicle, which is hardly a bad thing. The series correspond roughly and respectively to the outmoded half-ton, three-quarter-ton, and one-ton identifications. The van is in great shape for being 27+ years old. Wit this configuration we could carry as many as eight people and still have plenty of room for cargo. Our vehicle was comfortable for as many as eight occupants, and with the seats out we had plenty of room for storage. Many of the G20 models that Chevrolet builds are earmarked for conversion companies, while the rest, such as the one we tested, are sold through dealerships to be used as basic passenger vans.
Design-wise, the Beauville has changed very little over the years. Converters prefer the untouched sheet metal so that they can place windows according to their own design. Walkaround The styling of our Sportvan Beauville was not a radical departure from years past. I also show the engine and the details of it, start it up and see how it sounds under acceleration. But remember that this van has a different mission in life. The passenger-side armrest was fine to lean on but the driver-side armrest was angled up and seemed almost useless.
The seats were comfortable, if not exactly easy chairs. Combined with the tinted windows and power assists, it added a sense of luxury to the vehicle. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior of this van while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting unique styling cues to the vehicle itself. On wavy pavement wenoticed some rock and roll. There were some pleasantries inside our Beauville. We took an extended trip with four passengers and found that, on smooth pavement, the Beauville rode reasonably well.
The major differences between the G20 and G10 series are the larger rear brakes on the G20 and the larger standard tires. It has a lot of new parts within the last year. Another consideration when driving the Beauville was that it had a two-wheel drive layout and a relatively high center of gravity. There are two different wheelbases available in the G10van series: 110 inches and 125 inches. We also have it for sale locally and on a few van forums. Horn buttons were hard to find, and the wheel was not set for a good grip.
. Only a 125-inch wheelbase is offered in the G30 series, and heavier duty front and rear springs. As with the G10, both 110-inch and 125-inch wheelbase models are available in the G20 series. The instrument configuration looked 10 to 15 years old and was arranged in three round gauges: one for the speedometer, one for the fuel and another combining oil, battery and water readings. Springs and tires carry heavier ratings for the 8,600-pound version. The engine was rated as putting out 200 hp at 4,000 rpm, as well as 310 pound-feet of torque at 2,400 rpm. Several tests we performed delivered firm braking with no lockups.
Thank you for looking and we hope whoever has the winning bid will love and take care of this van like we have. And within that broad context, this vehicle is solid and consistent. Also, the van has a solid power plant, firm suspension and acceptable handling for a vehicle of its size. Everything works just as it should and the engine and transmission are strong. It required some adjustments in driving style. Our added reclining feature was nice, but there was little lumbar support.
Each offers different levels of standard drivetrain and chassis equipment, and different load-carrying capacities. The last thing on the list I planned to do was to get the paint fixed see pics and put a bedliner material on the top but we are moving to hawaii and we just can't take it with us. Certainly, there was plenty of glass on this vehicle. For example, when traveling through a village with winding streets and tight turns, we had to drive deeper into turns to avoid having a rear wheel hop over curbs. In this video I give a full in depth tour of a 1994 Chevrolet G20 Conversion Van. The large side-view mirrors stuck out rather obtrusively, but this was a cosmetic complaint against mirrors that delivered excellent rear vision.