If you are a regular Motor1.com reader, you know we love obscure campers and campers built from improbable source vehicles. The first generation Chevrolet S-10 is neither large nor powerful, but this merger of a truck with a fiberglass pickup in the back is just too good to pass up. And if you have $ 4,800, you can put it in your garage.
We found this gem of the early 1980s on the Facebook Marketplace, located in Union Grove, Wisconsin. It is a 1984 S-10, finished in a correct vintage gold hue with brown stripes. Under the hood is a 2.8-liter V6, which was rated at 115 horsepower (86 kilowatts) and 150 pound-feet (203 Newton meters) of torque when new. The mileage of the vehicle is not mentioned in the post, but a close-up photo of the dashboard sent to us by the seller shows 98,996 miles on the five-digit odometer.
Little is known about conversion. According to the message, it is apparently one of five S-10 campers built by a company called New World Editions, Inc. The wheelbase of the S-10 is stretched to accommodate the bulky rear end and it rolls on a set of double rear wheels. The Facebook post calls it a fiberglass topper, but the design shouldn’t be confused with that of a full-size conversion van. It’s unclear if a real pickup truck was grafted onto the Chevy or if a pickup-like shell was created from scratch. The platform was acquired during a real estate sale in 1987, so this project was completed a long long ago.
In any case, this custom S-10 van would be in good condition, but there are some problems. A brake line recently blew, and the transmission would have a noticeable noise when downshifting below 10 mph. There is also rust in the typical problem areas of the S-10, especially on the fenders, the interior has some tears and shows “some signs of rodents”, and it needs new tires. However, the air conditioning has been recently repaired, so the driver and passengers will stay cool.
It’s definitely a unique machine, if it needs a little help. The interior is configured like a typical conversion van, but that could be a great starting point for someone who wants to build a legitimate camper van with a lot of nostalgia from the 1980s.
The full post for sale is available at the source link below.