Quigley Conversion: 1983 GMC 3500 Vandura 4×4 – SOLD!
February 1, 2021 Update – we confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
October 5th Update – While updating our Truckin’ Tuesday database, we noticed a fresh listing for this rare Quigley-converted, four-wheel-drive GMC 3500. The seller continues asking $12,000 but appears to be open to reasonable offers.
If you’ve been following GuysWithRides for a while, you already know any time we discover a full-size van featuring a four-wheel-drive conversion, it automatically gets featured on Truckin’ Tuesday. Our latest example is this 1983 GMC Vandura 3500 originally listed on Craigslist during the Fall of 2020 in Allentown, Pennsylvania with a claimed 8,000 miles, a snowplow front, and an asking price of $12,000 or best offer. Comparing this price against the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool confirms this private seller has his GMC optimistically priced $1,600 above the #1 “Excellent” condition value of $10,400. While we agree a premium is in order for the working four-wheel drive and the low mileage, the snowplow front confirms the few miles this van was used were very hard ones one the chassis.
For 1983, the G-series van underwent a set of minor exterior and interior revisions. Alongside the C/K pickup trucks, the grille was redesigned, with Chevrolet receiving a horizontally-split grille and GMC receiving a 6-segment grille; rectangular headlamps were standard on all vehicles. The vans received updated fender badging, with each division receiving its own design (distinct from the C/K series). Offered in 1500, 2500, and 3500 series, the GMC Vandura cargo van and GMC Rally passenger van were the GMC counterparts of the Chevrolet Chevy Van and Sport Van. This van features a Quigley four-wheel-drive conversion. Quigley is located in Manchester, PA, and their website claims the company to be “the oldest, largest and most successful manufacturer of high-quality four-wheel-drive conversions for full-sized vans and “cut-aways” in the world. Their process typically consists of using contemporary 4×4 parts from the Chevrolet C/K truck family to make the conversion.
If you have a half-hour to kill, then you’ll enjoy this recent factory tour of Quigley’s facilities and what it takes for their employees to complete a typical conversion:
Equipped with a snowplow and a cargo body, the world is your oyster as far as the possibilities of what you can do with this van. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1983 GMC 4×4 van. Very rare, Very low original miles on this V8…. 8000 miles!!!, a rust spot on slider doors, also have original back doors. Quigley Ford four-wheel-drive. Can’t find one this clean at this age. Also has a custom plow frame that was made for it. 12000. Best offer“
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