View Full Version : van weight?...etc...etc...

01-12-2001, 08:03 PM
Wondering how much one of these vans actually
weighs. Mine is a 90" panel with a V8...well,
it's GONNA have a V8...really!! Anybody ever
had their van on a scale? I'm also curious
about the front/rear weight percentages. I
know some of you guys have moved your engines
back, how short can you make the driveshaft
without having problems? I'm going to be running a ladder bar suspension that will
probably have less travel than stock. Every
time I look at this thing it just blows me
away how short it is!
Thanks, John

01-12-2001, 10:03 PM
Stocked out a '65 panel 2,610 pounds.64 was
2,735, and 66 was 2,755.

01-13-2001, 07:07 PM
HHHHHMMMMMmmmmmmm..........the title for my 68 108" says 4000, and it was a six cylinder G-20

01-13-2001, 10:43 PM
vanner68, A stocked out 68 g20 108 (of course) weighed in at 3109 in its hay day.
anybody need prod. #'s original $'s, weight,
just let me know what you got and I look it up.

01-14-2001, 11:19 AM
I'm thinking (hoping!)that the weight shown
on the title is the gross weight of the van
with the full weight of cargo it's rated to
carry. Does anybody know about the driveshaft?
Thanks, John

01-14-2001, 02:42 PM
I found some front/rear capacitys, Im guessing your '65 is 4500 gvw, front axle capacity is 2200, front spring,2000. rear axle 2400, rear spring 2400.

01-14-2001, 03:07 PM
The title weight doesn't add up, a G-20 is a 3/4 ton, and 4000-3109=891 lbs, not even a 1/2 ton! To top it off, my 86 Dodge van also states 4000lbs on the title, and it's a 128" WB, V8 auto with a/c and full power!
I guess my point is, the title weight must be in 1000lb increments to determine licensce catagories.

[This message has been edited by Vanner68 (edited January 14, 2001).]

solid side 65
01-14-2001, 09:56 PM
3700 lb. per the scales at the local NHRA track......what a pig! 65 no door, 327, TH400, 12 bolt posi, full interior minus carpet, 1/2" plywood subfloor, full exhaust system, two seats, about 12 gallons of gas, two spare tire-wheels, tool box, jack, fire extinguisher and stocked ice chest.

01-14-2001, 10:45 PM
The wieght on the van is the stated GVW not the actual weight of the van.

My 66 is rated at 5000 GVW......last time I had it on the scales with no cargo BUT all my tools winches jacks torches etc it wieghd 5987 pounds......I have often had it loaded up to 8000 pounds too........but beware it has a 1 ton rear axle from a newer pickup and lots of extra leaves in the springs.

01-15-2001, 04:17 PM
Thanks for all the responses! I'll try to
get mine to a scale before I start cutting on it, so I'll have before and after weights.
Later, John

solid side 65
01-15-2001, 05:46 PM
prostreet: I've been curious as to the front to back weight bias for some time now. I'll try to weigh it again, weather and time permitting, may be a while.

FYI: most of the 64-66's have what appears to me to be a cast iron weight ballast. It is mounted above the rear of the gas tank inside the rearmost crossmember near the bumper bracket bolts. It is mounted with carriage bolts through the floor. Mine stopped and handled better with the ballast. It is pretty heavy to try and mount up alone, I would guess about 100 lbs. The point being,if you need to loose some pounds in the rear this might be a quick fix.

01-16-2001, 11:01 AM
Hey, I thought only Ford vans had that weight above the gas tank. My buddy in Vegas unbolted one from his Econoline pickup and it fell on his head! (no permanent injuries) --- TV

01-16-2001, 09:29 PM
My old 64 Ford had the die shoe above the gas tank it looked big compared the little angle iron one behind the Chevys. I think the early Dodges are the winners for the biggest hunk of iron hanging in the rear. I just took one out of my A-100. I didn't weigh it but it's 4"X4" about 3 foot long.Held up by 7 carriage bolts. It let the back raise up 2". Also increased squawkage of tires. Its a fallen over 6 so it needed the help. Dan