We have enjoyed these vans for decades and own several. Over the years we have collected parts for them and learned much about how to repair them. We invite you to explore. If you already have a VCV, perhaps you'll find something of interest. This could either be in the technical articles, the pictures of other VCVans, or perhaps a part you'd like to purchase. If you do not own a VCVan, then first, my condolences because you are most likely not one of the 2%.
We have many parts which are either New Old Stock (NOS) or have been remade. Some parts were never available when new but serve a helpful function.
Many parts we have were obtained from wrecked or junked VCVans that we parted out or we have traded from others.
Some VCVans were cut up on-site for body repairs so that other VCVans may live. Rust and collision damage repair pieces can be found here.
Rare or hard to find parts.
We are happy to offer personalized advice and selected services.
It's better to have a functional VCVan instead of only a flashy paint job.
We are into nuts and bolts, not so much body and paint.
You can't do a righteous mechanical job if you don't have the parts.
1st generation VCVans have high headlights and a completely flat windshield.
2nd generation vans have lower headlights and a windshield with curved edges.
3rd generation vans have a longer front end with a hood access to the engine. We do not cover these "Classic" Chevy vans on this website.
In 1960, General Motors (GM) introduced the Corvair van. This van was produced from 1960 through 1969. This was a direct competitor to the highly successful Volkswagen vans. We will include some limited information and links to Corvair websites only for the purpose of supporting VCVs. Both the Corvair and VW models featured an air-cooled engine. This allowed for a highly reduced cost due to a lower complexity of the powerplant. While GM's Corvair failed to overtake the VW in sales, it prompted GM to continue the "Van" production line. 1964 saw the introduction of the first "Vintage Chevy Van" (VCV). For us, this is a term of endearment and is not an official General Motors designation. The first 1964 VCV featured a water-cooled engine and completely different appearance when compared with the Corvair vans. This 1964 Chevy Van (Non-Corvair) was equipped with a 4 cylinder, 153 cubic inch displacement (CID) (2.5L), water-cooled engine with an option for a 6 cylinder, 194 CID (~3.2l). The appearance of the 1964 Chevy van was dramatically different than that of the Corvair. Many VCV enthusiasts agree that GM " Got It Right" with the design (and we love those guys for it). The mid production 1965 models had widened grille openings to help reduce overheating which was more common on the west coast. The 1966 models continued this widened grille opening feature. In 1967, GM introduced what we describe as the 2nd generation VCV. The front end appearance was dramatically different than that of the 1st generation VCV. The headlights were moved lower, the grille was changed and the windshield had curved edges. From the front end back, many components remained the same or at least interchangeable. The 2nd generation VCVs were sold from 1967 until 1970. Starting in 1970, the first "3rd Generation" van was sold. In 1970 you could buy either a 2nd or 3rd generation Chevy Van. The 3rd generation GM vans had a radically different design and appearance. Very few parts from 3rd generation Chevy vans will interchange with 1st or 2nd generation Chevy Vans. As a result, 3rd generation ("Classic Chevy Vans") are not covered here. There are other websites that cater to the 3rd generation Chevy vans and Corvair vans. This is not one of them. If you own or desire a 1st or 2nd generation Vintage Chevy Van, we are pleased to be able to provide you with as much assistance as we can.