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4x4 IFS Chevy Van Factory

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by kgblazerfive, May 4, 2005.

  1. kgblazerfive

    kgblazerfive keymaster Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    That is weird... I'd baby it... I can't imagine it would be too easy to find spare parts on the trail or nearby junkyards...
     
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    Bizzare!!

    I thought I'd seen 'em all till I saw that one! :screwy: --wonder why such an elaborate transfer case and "V" drive setup?--and MILITARY??--I'd think a soldier could break that drivetrain in a big hurry no problem!--beats me why they would use that setup,instead of just using the NP205 and a K10 front axle like Pathfinder Industries conversions did...doesn't make much sense to me..but then,the military has done some strange things before--

    Like the 66 A-100 Dodge van 4x4 military version I saw that had military axles in it factory for sale a few years ago--it had a rockwell T221 T-case and what looked like a closed knuckle front axle and a dana 60 rear in it!...and it had windows all around,and 3 bench seats in it--must have been an officers transport vehicle or something....WEIRD! :crazy:
     
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    That sounds like total BS. At best that is a Quigley 4x4 Van. There conversions are in the factory to dealer supply chain but not "Super Special Military only".
     
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    I don't think its military either but its a cool conversion Quigley stuff is more RV and less suspention this one is definatly a special model
     
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    Interesting. Anyone seen this suspension setup on another thing? I haven't just wondering.

    Looks like it was from some company called Vemco(refer to one of the manuals pictured). Interesting front drive concept. No application for us but I find it interesting nonetheless.
     
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    I'm fairly sure that the military never bought any of those. However, around that time frame, Dana did build a few 4WD vans with their V-drive system. The idea was to provide 4WD with very little increase in ride height. There are TWO front driveshafts! Each one goes to a gearbox right out at each wheel, which in turn drives only that wheel. Looked pretty strange from underneath. But the V-shape of the 2 front driveshafts is where the name came from. :cool1:
     
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    Yes, where do you think the idea for the Jeep Huricane's suspension/drive system came from.

    I have also seen this on other vans, but thats pretty much it.
     
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    Just scrolled down to the bottom of the page... There's a picture of the system here:

    V-Drive

    I'd like to just have a copy of that manual! :xmas:
     
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    im sure thats why they did it like that. To make it 4x4 but not have too much increase in the center of gravity...makes sence but is still pretty funky
     
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    The May Off-Road Adventures mag has an anouncement. It was the stump Jim Allen contest and the winner was one of the Dana "V-Drive" fitted to Chevy Vans and at least one police car. Odd that this would turn up all within 2 days of my first hearing of it. :rolleyes:
     
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    I saw the same thing in the off road adventure and never gave it a second thought till I saw the ad in E-bay
     
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    OMG!! Well, his description is a bit off. They used to sell these to the public, they just didn't sell that well. It was a dealer option (delaer would send out to qualified shop) Anybody could have bought one. I have an old magizine ad for it, if I find it I'll scan it and post it. A neighbor where I used to live when I was a kid had one. I never rode in it, but I remember him talking to my dad telling him how it rode like a frikin tank, the unsprung weight is huge, the front end wandered everywhere. Not a family long haul vacationer.
    If it stays below 2g's, I might buy it for historical reasons, that v-drive is just hilarious. He's definatly right about the rare part, and he has the manual to-boot, a bonus.
     

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