1956 Chevrolet Grumman Kurbside Camper

Middletown, CT 06457
United States

1956 Chevrolet Other Model (not listed)
Good / Fair
Transmission Type
Exterior Color
Interior Color
Category  RVs

1956 Chevrolet/Grumman-Olson Kurbside Camper Conversion Traveling through the northern reaches of New England, the current owner of this wonderful, classic camper, a restaurant and bar owner as well, saw this truck sitting out next to a home with a For Sale sign on it. He absolutely loved the classic lines and style of this all aluminum step van. He stopped in and ended buying the truck then and there. It was in rough shape. It had so much paint on it, you could hardly see the rivets. He .....
saw the beauty though and started in on a restoration/freshening of this step van by stripping off all the old paint by hand, inside and out. Once the body was stripped, he wanted to make sure that the truck would run and drive so a low mileage 327 Chevy V8 along with a Muncie 4 speed, were swapped in. (Reportedly with less than 40K miles) All new brakes and shocks were installed, bushings greased, rear end serviced and new 16" 8 lug wheels wrapped with Firestone 265/75 R16 Transforce ATs were installed. At this point he had the entire truck painted in a metallic silver and black combo. The roof was also hit with flexible RV roof paint before being sprayed in black. He then started rewiring the entire truck and replaced all the old lights with HD LED units. All the blinkers, headlights, running lights. With the van now running, driving and well lit, he went after the interior. It was painted in a spray on bed liner and then he cleaned up the wood paneling and applied new varnish. The old propane fridge was replaced by a new electric Frigidaire unit, running 110. The truck came already equipped with a fresh water tank, full 110 hook ups and 110 plugs both inside and out. He built the rear rack and installed an Arksen diamond plate tool box to hold the brand new Honda generator, connectors and new propane hook ups. A brand new porta pottie was set in place too. The old seats were replaced with 2002 VW Bug buckets and provide a much nicer seat than the stock seats. Although this camper will sleep 4, there are only two seats, so this will appeal mostly to those couples looking to get away together in classic style. With the pandemic still affecting many people, this vintage camper is a very cool escape. While this is ready to be used and enjoyed, there are some finishing touches that could be taken care of, as the owner needed to focus his energy on other life issues when Covid hit and he had to close his bar and restaurant. The replacement corner glass comes with the truck. Campers, trailers and even tents have increased exponentially in recent times due to Covid and the asking price on this Chevrolet/Grumman-Olson Kurbside Camper conversion is $42,000. Any questions, for many more photos and videos, to schedule a time to see it in person or to make an offer, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you for the interest.
AutoArcheologist David Brill
Auto Archeology

Finding Lost Automotive Souls

It must have started when I was a kid, at 4 years old, lying in a hospital bed, watching my roommate build model cars. I HAD to have a model car too, so my Dad went out and bought me a plastic model of a 1964 MB 230 SL that we built together before I was released; so began my love affair of all things automotive, fast cars, bright colors, loud engines.

My attentions have since "matured" to the subtle lines of a classic Jaguar, the growl of a Ferrari V12, the distinct aroma emanating from the original leather interior of a recently unearthed Cunningham, or cool fall air rushing through our hair as we drive Amelia, our 76 MGB roadster. Not that I don't appreciate the fast cars and loud engines anymore; my palette has simply expanded. To me, an automobile is not merely a mode of transport to bring one from point A to B, but an experience of all the senses.

We have all seen them; some may even have them right now in their own yard: what appears to be the carcass of an old car, wasting away in the side yard, under a tarp, in a barn... These automotive lost souls are what I have set out to save if at all possible. The souls of these relics are the stories that are attached to them through years of ownership, maybe by one person/family or possibly a dozen or more. In some cases, our friend may be too far gone to bring back to road-worthiness, however, many times that is not the case. Once matched up with the next conservator, the motorcar gains a new lease on life as additional memories are instilled upon it.

That is why we do it... What is it that we do?

Archeology is the study of man's past by studying the remains of his culture. Each automobile sitting in someone's yard, barn, garage or under a tarp is a way to dig into the past of the car, it's previous owners, by studying the the stories attached to it... looking into it's soul.

As I travel the back-roads and byways of Connecticut and New England I see many of these aforementioned "artifacts". What I have set out to do is document in photos and text the stories attached to many of these vehicles. If at all possible, to save them from disintegrating into iron oxide dust and put them into the hands of those who will enjoy adding chapters to the story, whether they chose to use the car as a donor so that another may live, or bring the car back and put it back into service. Sometimes, those cars haven't fallen into disrepair and the owners simply want or need to move the car. We're there to assist in putting those cars into the hands of the next conservator.

If you are interested in any of the cars for sale on my web site, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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