1966 Chevrolet Stepside Pickup – $3200

“I have an old 1966 Chevrolet stepside truck for sale. It is a straight 6, 4-speed manual truck. It runs and drives great. It has a good body on it. No issues, just cosmetic. Doesn’t leak… Its a great runner. Drove all the way to Hope and back last week no problem. Good on gas too! Everything works on the truck including the horn, signals, headlights, wipers, tail lights, brake lights, gauges, original am radio, interior dome light. It has nice oak fencing on the box which is fairly new. Professionally done to haul firewood and whatever. it has a plywood sheet for the bed and the original wood for the bed is bad so the plywood sheet does the trick. It gets looks where ever I go. Has a bit of rust on rocker and cab corners, but patch work or replacing doesn’t cost much. Dont want to bother painting it because it is a great work truck that gets a lot of attention. I have extra parts. If you buy this truck, you drive it away. AGAIN NO LEAKS AND SUPER EASY TO WORK ON. It truly is a great driver. $3200 bucks …. call 604-725-8449.”

Well, as anyone that’s up into the wee hours can tell you, Vancouver’s evenings have recently taken on that cold bite of moist air that’s been the harbinger of Fall in this region for eons. Rolling in on the building evening fog each night, Autumn signifies shorter days and colder weather ahead and is sure to be accompanied by an ever present threat of precipitation, be it either of the liquid or solid variety. And so too shall it come to pass that car enthusiasts and collectors all over the lower mainland will nestle their prized possessions away for another year. But that doesn’t mean you need to consign yourself to the crappy taupe Corolla in the driveway, at least not so long as there are vehicles like this available. Representing the first year of the Chevrolet C/K pickup truck, this 1966 Chevrolet stepside is the perfect companion for the terrible weather we’ll soon be facing down, and hails from an era in which Chevrolet pickup trucks saw success on a scale that they’d never known before. Recognizing that custom tailoring was a surefire way to win sales, Chevrolet significantly upped their options list for the ’62 model year, offering a whopping 203 different varieties and combinations of pickup truck. Subsequently, sales rose… a lot. In fact, for the three years of ’64, ’65, and ’66, the Chevrolet pickup truck set all-time sales records for Chevrolet, due in large part to that simple fact that buyers could have it any way they wanted it.

This of course means that now, many decades removed from their heyday, you’re pretty much guaranteed never to see another one just like this. The combination of a straight six, manual gearbox, and stepside box means it was probably ordered as a basic work truck, which in turn makes its good condition all the more appreciable. Of course, there are some issues: there are some dents to be found along the hood and what looks to be some wrinkling along the leading edge of the driver’s door, but if the ad is to be believed, it’s at least mechanically sound.  And should any of those dinged or dented parts prove simply too irksome to withstand, there are all manner of online and mail order companies prepared to sell both reproduction and NOS parts for these particular trucks, and the aftermarket support seems to grow by the day for these early C/K pickups. Rapidly gaining merit as a legitimate collector’s truck (as opposed to the frequently hot-rodded ’67 through ’72 models), more and more of these are being bought up by collectors and restorers. This in turn is making them harder and harder to find in workable condition such as this, which is precisely what landed this particular truck a feature here on CYSB: you wouldn’t feel bad tossing a set of skis, a mountain bike, or a beer keg in the back and heading out for some fun. However, any potential buyer would be well served to address the rust the seller has mentioned before winter truly hits, and would be even better served to spend a few days underneath the truck with a paintbrush and some POR-15 to prevent further rot from taking hold. But, overall, a great old truck that’d really be easy for a first time classic car buyer to hop into and enjoy, without the headaches something rarer or more complex might bring.

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1969 ChevyVan – $3900

“Strong running 350, automatic with shift kit, 12-bolt Posi, Dual Flowmaster’s, Alpine stereo. 604-351-5234. Ask for Tony.”

In the sixties, there was a very strange movement out of station wagons and sedans, and into vans. At one point, they even earned themselves the cover of Hot Rod Magazine. Although that particular point in time has become the low water mark for that magazine, vans are on the cusp of becoming just that cool again. With styling that looks equal parts Pan Am and Mad Men, a pretty good helping of practicality, and somehow lacking the environmentally unfriendly attitude of their contemporaries, they’re going to catch on like a cold as soon as the hipster crowd realizes they exist. And when it comes to classic, hip vans, it doesn’t get much better than this: a 1969 ChevyVan. Yes, that’s right, it’s actually called a ChevyVan. The last year of the second generation ChevyVan (it never gets old, does it?), it marks the last time a ChevyVan (no, it doesn’t!) would look more at home on a beach than in Chester Molester’s driveway. Available in a myriad of configurations that really haven’t changed between 1969 and the current Chevy Express van, you could order your van in one of two different wheelbases; either the surprisingly short 90″ or then-new 108″ wheelbase. Furthermore, buyers could choose from either the basic cargo-oriented ChevyVan, or the passenger-prepared Sportvan Custom, or even the luxurious Sportvan Deluxe. While ChevyVans made do with the basic slab-sided panelling and spartan interiors, the Sportvans got an additional pair of barn doors on the passenger side, chrome bumpers, a tons of windows, more seats, and two tone paint.

That, of course, makes the Sportvans a wee bit more desirable than this basic ChevyVan. But one shouldn’t discount the ridiculous practicality of a proper van-sized van, and in that regard, this ChevyVan could prove incredibly useful to anyone looking to haul things around occasionally. Equipped with the range-topping 350 small block V8 and TH350 three-speed automatic, it’s certainly capable of fulfilling the role of workhorse without breaking a sweat, and would have had a respectable 255 horsepower when new. Paired with a 12 bolt Posi-Traction rear end, one would expect the drivetrain to be totally reliable, but as with most vans, the drivetrain isn’t exactly the biggest concern. No, with all that sheetmetal, rust has always been the van’s arch-nemesis. With ChevyVans specifically, you typically want to ensure that the floors, corners, and rocker panels are sound before buying, so it might be a good idea to either bring a magnet or someone that knows how to tap on steel. But, if sound, there’s really nothing stopping this unique little vehicle from surviving another 43 years. With a strong enthusiasts community (they even have their own magazines now, so they don’t need to steal Hot Rod!), classic vans are even getting some aftermarket restoration parts support from the larger suppliers, so ownership shouldn’t be a chore. And wouldn’t it look so cool with your single speed commuter bike and second hand guitar in the back? Click on the blue text to follow through to the Craigslist ad.