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The Van: The A-Team generally travelled about in their custom built GMC van. This is one item of the A-Team that is fondly remembered. There were loads of different versions that you could buy when the A-Team was at it's most popular. There was die cast, 1/10 scale and even larger versions too, that could hold the A-Team figures that were released too!

The van belonged to B.A. who was a master mechanic. The van was sunk in rivers, jumped through billboards, shot up, taken apart, basically destroyed in loads of different ways, but B.A. was always able to put it back together like new!!

The below extract was taken from 'GMC Vans A-Team Extragavanza':

The van is a 1983 G-series customized by Universal Studios Prop Dept. The engine is a 350 cid with minor modifications done mainly the carburator and exhaust system. The wheels are turbine style 15" painted black with red accents with P235/65 15-front and P 275/65 15-rear. The main color is semi-gloss black-bottom, semi gloss dark gun metal grey metal flake-top with red striping. Other mod's include- quad headlight conversion, full front brushbar, fog/driving lights, exterior sun visor, quad square exhaust tips (each side in front of rear wheels), and custom made rear wing. Interior was custom-white naugahide bucket seats, shag carpet, and custom gun case in the back (Guns were Ruger Mini 14 stainless steel ranch model with side eject and paratrooper folding stocks-two were modified for full automatic). If you look carefully you'll see 3M grip tape all over the roof for scene's where stuntmen jumped onto it. It also had beefy shocks-air shocks in the rear-to improve handling. Scene's where it burns out were done by spraying bleach in front of and onto the rear tires which creates billowing grey smoke and helps it to spin the tires (it was'nt that powerfull, acheiving burnouts on pavement were difficult without help). The van (one of the six used for the show during its run), still sits-rotting on the Universal Back Lot-tires flat, paint faded, for tram tourists to photo-too bad.

A little tid bit-rumors have it that the show lost its GMC sponsorship when they removed the GMC name from the van completely during the last season. The rest of the time it was on the left rear door but was barely visible as they sprayed a light coat of the black paint over it so it wouldn't stand out so much.

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Registration: 2E14859 [Episode : Double Heat]

The Vette: This sports car, a Corvette, was bought by Face. It is not seen in the episodes as often as the van because only two people can fit in it at a time and the A-Team consisted of four big suckers plus Amy or Tawnia as well at times the people they are helping. As a result everybody can't fit in a Corvette so that is why you see the van most often.

You usually see the Vette when the team are just grouping together at the beginning of an episode or if the team need to go somewhere in more style than the van, for example, a posh golf club.

Technical Specifications:

Dimensions
Wheelbase (in.) 96.2
Track Frt/Rear (in) 59.6 / 60.4
Length (in.) 176.5
Width (in.) 71.0
Height (in.) 46.7
Frontal Area (in.) NA
Ground Clearance (in.) (minimum) 5.0
Curb Weight (lbs) 3542
Weight-to-power ratio (lbs:hp) 16.8:1
Coefficient Of Drag NA
Weight Dist. F/R (%) 50/50
Coolant Capacity (qt.) NA
Fuel Capacity (gal.) 20.0
Oil Capacity (qt.) (w/filter) NA


Engine Specifications
L83
Type Overhead valve, pushrod V8, 2 valves/cylinder, cast iron block/heads.
Bore 4.00 in
Stroke 3.48 in
Displacement 350 ci
Compression Ration 9.0:1
Horsepower 205 hp @ 4300 rpm
Torque 290 lb-ft @ 2800 rpm
Redline (RPM) NA
Induction System Electronic Dual Throttle Body Fuel Inj.


Miscellaneous
Brakes
Front Rotors (diam) 11.5 in vacuum assist. vented disk
Rear Rotors (diam) 11.5 in vacuum assist. vented disk
Wheels And Tires
Wheel Size (Front) 16 x 8.5 in.
Wheel Size (Rear) 16 x 9.5 in.
Wheel Type 5-bolt, cast alloy
Tire Make/Size Goodyear Eagles VR50, P255/50VR-16


Transmission
Automatic Manual
Type 4-speed Automatic 4-speed Man. Doug Nash
Gear Ratios
1st 3.06 2.88 (1.93 OD)
2nd 1.63 1.91 (1.28 OD)
3rd 1.00 1.33 (0.89 OD)
4th 0.70 1.00 (0.67 OD)
Reverse NA NA
Axle Ratio 3.31 NA
Final Drive Ratio 2.32 NA


Performance Review
Magazine GM Spec. R&T Motor Trend
Pub. Date Mar. 1983 Mar. 1983
Transmission 4-Speed Auto. 4-Speed Auto.
0-30 mph (sec) NA 2.4 2.32
0-40 mph (sec) NA NA 3.41
0-50 mph (sec) NA NA 5.12
0-60 mph (sec) NA 7.1 6.96
0-70 mph (sec) NA NA 9.41
0-80 mph (sec) NA 12.6 12.68
0-90 mph (sec) NA NA 16.51
0-100 mph (sec) NA 22.3 23.12
0-110 mph (sec) NA NA NA
0-120 mph (sec) NA NA NA
0-130 mph (sec) NA NA NA
1/4 Mile (sec/mph) NA 15.5 / 88.0 15.42 / 87.5
Top Speed NA NA NA
Braking (ft.) NA 133 ft. (60 - 0 mph)
250 ft. (80 - 0 mph) 120 ft. (60 - 0 mph)
Lateral Accel. NA 0.896 G 0.92G


Model Year Highlights:
- 1984 was the second highest production year in the history of Corvette.

- The rear window hatch was the largest piece of glass installed on an American production automobile at that time.

- Radiator design was new incororating aluminum fins and a plastic reservoir. Brake components supplied by Girlock of Australia were new and included aluminum calipers. In order to achieve more ground clearance and lower overal height, the engine was moved more rearward necessitating the incorporation of the exhaust up into the transmission tunnel. This resulted in a large transmission tunnel design and less interior footwell room.


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