A Tour of my 1995 Chevy Van Conversion (The “Gladiator”)
Published April 22, 2020

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Here is a gallery of my 1995 Chevy Van Conversion! I’ll be updating this post with more photos and information about my conversion, so stay tuned.

Gallery

1995 Chevy Van Conversion
1995 Chevy Van Conversion
1995 Chevy Van Conversion
1995 Chevy Van Conversion
1995 Chevy Van Conversion
1995 Chevy Van Conversion
1995 Chevy Van Conversion
1995 Chevy Van Conversion
1995 Chevy Van Conversion
1995 Chevy Van Conversion
1995 Chevy Van Conversion

Thanks for checking it out!
Riley

16 Comments

  1. Keri Bennett

    This is awesome, my parents have a gladiator van that is the same color. It was inherited from my grandparents, I think it’s a 1994. My dad said I could have it to convert it into a camper. About how much did this all cost you if if you don’t mind sharing? Thanks!

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    • Riley Slayden

      Thank you so much! I love those Gladiators. 🙂 Total conversion cost was around $1500 – $2000, using a lot of used building materials. Best of luck!

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  2. April

    Hi! This makes me so happy to see! My husband and I just bought a ‘89 GMC Vantura and plan on doing something similar to this.

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    • Riley Slayden

      Thank you so much! Best of luck on your build!

      Reply
  3. Zack

    This is perfect. I have a 97 low roof and it’s hard to come up with ideas for this specific model. I was wondering though if you by chance have a picture of behind the bed so I can get an idea of what to do.

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      • Zack Tran

        Hey Riley, don’t know why I didn’t get a notification about the response but we should link up i could really pick your brain on some framing points for the rear windows.

        Ztran789@gmail.com

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        • Riley Slayden

          I haven’t been getting notifications too…weird. So sorry about the late reply! I’d love to help you out with some framing ideas. Send me an email at slaydenriley@gmail.com and I’ll see if I can help you out!

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  4. Ross

    Hi there! Awesome van, I was just wondering what size tires you’re running and if you have lifted or levelled it as it looks like it sits a littler higher than stock. Thanks!

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    • Riley Slayden

      Hey Ross, thanks! I ran 235/75/R15 tires. Not sure if it ever was lifted or leveled, but I doubt it. If it was, it was from a previous owner.

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  5. Michelle

    Wow, your van is awesome! My husband and I bought a 95 G20 in January and are working on the build now. What kind of base did you use for the passenger swivel seat? Nice job!

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    • Riley Slayden

      That’s awesome Michelle, congrats! When I got my van, the back two seats came with a swivel base already. So I transferred one of those to the passenger seat in the front. I’d check out swivel bases online if I were you, I think they are pretty cheap and easy to install. Thanks for the comment and best of luck!

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  6. Helen Healey

    Love your ideas . This is the size of ours. We have a 2002 Dodge Ram. We travel with our family cat. Need all ides for more storage.

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    • Riley Slayden

      Hi Helen, thanks for the comment! That sounds awesome, I wish I could travel with my kitty, but he is too hyper 🙂 For me, the best spot for extra storage was on the roof with my rocket box.

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  7. Jo

    Love it! If u ever come to the day where u want/need to sell it – let me know! ☺️

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    • Riley Slayden

      Thank you! I am super sad, but I sold the van last year 😭. Now I’m really regretting it, but will hopefully have a new project soon!

      Reply

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