Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Big Brother Is Watching You: 2000 GMC Safari Van


The GMC Safari was a badge engineered version of the popular Chevrolet Astro, but it could be optioned without the tall greenhouse and glass windows -- instead it has the panel sides of a creeper work van.  The Safari/Astro/Express wasn't a large van, but it offered a frugal driving experience compared to a full sized van, and can still haul a bunch of junk...or be equipped with hidden surveillance equipment.  Find this 2000 GMC Safari Van offered for $7850 in Santa Clara, CA via craigslist. Tip from Matthew.


This Safari started life as a simple panel van equipped with a 4.3 liter V6 mated to the front rear wheels via a 4-speed automatic transmission. However, it was customized for a private investigations company, who added a desk, extra batteries (for those long stake-outs) and a periscope. 



 It looks well done on the inside -- and likely cost a pretty penny when new, but would be the perfect car to setup as a bug-out zombie apocalypse vehicle.  You could keep an eye out for the undead while maintaining a low profile -- which if Hollywood has taught me anything, it's that you need to keep out of spotlight. 


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11 comments:

  1. These vans are RWD.

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  2. I have a Provan motorhome built on this chassis, pretty great van all around. Get the AWD version though if you're really building a 'bug out' vehicle. Hot swap on an AWD version is to use the transfer case from a blazer and you'll get a low range true 4wd setup.

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  3. Cool, but seems like a lot of money for a gutted van with 155K miles.

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  4. These vans have some of the worst crash testing scores of the past few decades.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kuSghb7P7U

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    1. Wow. Gotta love how the driver's seat seems to liberate itself from the floor just in time to whack the driver in the back of the head for maximum impact...

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  7. 1) Full ladder frame 2) the engine is a 350 cu in (minus 2 cylinders), so reliable plus good power 3) UPS runs the motors until they hit 400,000 miles then rebuilds them 4) never mind, that crash video is horrific.....

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    1. for the largest engine, the safari/astro came with a 4.3L which is a 262 CI.

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  8. This van is in my neighborhood, less than one mile from my house. Now I feel like I'm being watched. Excuse me while I go close my blinds and turn off my lights.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YvAYIJSSZY

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