Midas Touch 4×4! 1977 GMC Vandura

For a single giant weathertight cabin, the full-sized van is hard to beat. Objects like 4×8 foot construction materials and even longer boards go right inside, and you can close and lock the doors to secure your cargo from rain, snow, and your neighbors’ thieving kids. This 1977 GMC Vandura Midas conversion adds four-wheel drive and an electric winch to the mix, and check out the shine on that original paint! Sadly the nifty plaid “Midas Touch” interior is gone. The listing here on eBay makes no mention of the van’s ability to run or drive, but that hasn’t stopped at least 11 bidders from raising the Vandura’s market value above $11,500.

Only the swiveling captains’ chairs remain from the “Midas Touch” interior, but fake wood certainly recalls the ’70s. Nothing swallows up furniture, appliances, and yard sale finds like a big old van. Such utility fails to impress protective fathers, however. When I came to pick up my future wife years ago, my future Father-in-law took one look at my friend Casey’s ’76 Ford Econoline and said “Don’t ever come here to pickup my daughter again in that van.” Yes Sir! Though not set up for full-on camping, the Midas conversion came equipped for adventure with an icebox, dining table that folded into a bed, and drapes for when it was time to sleep or enjoy other private activities.

Blue carpeting and seat covers harmonize with the original brown interiors pieces like the Hatfields and McCoys, but that could be easily rectified. Undercarriage pictures show a tidy and almost show-ready appearance with generous undercoating.

If the cavernous interior doesn’t contain enough of your earthly possessions, ascend the ladder and secure more precious goods to the roof rack. Oversized tires add ground clearance and leaf springs and live axles front and rear mean this one-ton van can take a beating (and deliver one too) on the way to your hunting camp. How would you fill the back of this commodious conversion van?


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  1. chrlsful

    had a ’68 chevy when justa yr or 2 old (the ‘newest’ vehicle I owned even to this day) that was live-in/work as a cartage service. For the ‘dates’ (I was not a man, they not women) I just skipped the home site/parents and did my p/u elsewhere or had friends as unencumbered as myself. Later when going to college I ran into the wealthy who hada few of these 4WD but by then we were onto the nxt gen (2 and even 3rd gen). My fav (altho a ford guy) is the 1st gen (’64/6) 2 yrs B4 mine. Compact ! Now a 4WD conversion to that would make sense to me (able to get n the narrow passages we have here back east, not as tippy on the gradients.

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  2. t-bone BOB

    Item location:
    Caldwell, Idaho,

  3. David Harold

    “Fall Guy” paint job. Superb.

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