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BILLS66
07-25-2007, 07:49 PM
Hello everyone , sounds like a chunk of this crew is off to the nats , But does anyone have some more updates on your van , pics are always great, I amm holding off for just a few days more so I do not bore you But small block install is real close ya just a little excited , ceramic headers just showed up , ALL parts are in Back up thru the bottom just like it came out . So whats going on with your rides? Bill

jakemedic
07-25-2007, 09:17 PM
Well, my 66 still drives, steers and stops....that is a good thing. Ran a new cable for a manual choke, I was getting sick of opening the hood to start it up. Managed to remove and replace the belly pan which was a treat. I am very glad I took the time to remove it and look around. Gave me a better idea on where things are, and I managed to fix a sticky gas pedal in the meantime.

Still in the evaluation phase of the project, looking around for info on how to fix my side door upper latch, it simply rattles around in the door.

Trying to get her ready for the 3-4 hour trip to Taz Fest on Labor Day. Going to change the oil have a good look at her before attempting that trip.

I would have loved to make it to the Nationals, but I don't quite trust her for that trip quite yet......

The ultimate goal is to drive the old girl to Key West (about 1700 miles). Going to be alot of work and money before that happens. But the looks on peoples faces when we pull in would be priceless.

Take care!!

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Be safe out there....

Jake

G-Man
07-25-2007, 09:45 PM
jakemedic, If you haven't when to Taz Fest before be ready. Taz puts on a great early Chevy show. The food is unbelieveable too. I sorry that I won't be able to make it this year,but heading to the Nat's Thursday morning.

weard-harold
07-25-2007, 10:05 PM
Hey Bill I have so much to talk about with my 66 project it would be like a book lol.i will post picks as soon as i have it back home.

stewman
07-26-2007, 12:10 AM
heres some pics of the front still removing old paint and primin http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x299/stewman61/HPIM0330.jpg g.

stewman
07-26-2007, 12:12 AM
here ive got the grill done now to fix the top of the windshield http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x299/stewman61/HPIM0343.jpg .

stewman
07-26-2007, 12:18 AM
didnt mean to put the bike there but its the only pic with the grill finished. bill did you use the same frame mounts for the V8? was gonna leave the 6 cyl in it but ive got a 406 small block that i might use instead. have the 2nd gen engine box just thinking about putting it in...stew

VankyPanky
07-26-2007, 01:26 AM
Smiley made it to the Nats late this afternoon after 1100 miles along with Carl & Dave. Looks like a possible record turn out of early vans hopefully. Wookie, Ed, Andrew, Primer-Donah and others already there. Sorry if I left some out. Keep you posted. Heard they may wire the midway so laptops can access the net. Van On! VP

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BILLS66
07-26-2007, 08:28 AM
Stew, looks like we have the same van, Drove mine a little the first of the yearafter putting new turbo 350 gearbox in ,was going to have a little body work done and things got crazy from thereHopefully on the road in 2 months with the smallblock in and the bugs worked out, your crossmember is the same as a v8 just go to the parts store and get motor mounts for a V8 van 67 to 70, Go ahead do the 406 install that would be cool! That bike is wild, Bill

BILLS66
07-26-2007, 09:35 AM
VP, Thats great love to see some semi live updates from the nats! Bill

stewman
07-26-2007, 10:26 AM
have the outside of the van 95 percent striped to bare metal and primed now. little on the roof to finish then some patches to put in and a ton of dings and dents to fix..gonna try to make the nats friday for the van show so ill post some pics if i can..stew

BILLS66
07-26-2007, 10:59 AM
I will be looking for them, Bill

VankyPanky
07-26-2007, 12:21 PM
Everyone was excited meeting "Smiley" the creator of this website! Since most of us had only talked to him on the phone we had no idea what he looked like. Now we know for sure how he got his name! VP

gregw98
07-26-2007, 12:34 PM
Could have called him "Shorty". Just kidding.
greg

stewman
08-02-2007, 10:40 PM
bill i was lookin at the pics on vcvc2 of the small block in your van shes looking good. wish i could keep mine and finish it but at least i still have the 65 stored away ill have to start all over again later..stew

BILLS66
08-02-2007, 10:49 PM
Stew thanks ,Its still good so you saved the 65 for later, hang on to her if you can you can start her when the time is right Bill

weard-harold
08-02-2007, 11:40 PM
O.K. I know it's not a Chevy however it is going to help the vaning world this lil Ford is a project van for VanIn Magazine the van will be built and then placed on ebay. 1/2 of the profit will go to VanIn Magazine here are some picks.. http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e390/mrorganic/65fordvan1.jpg http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e390/mrorganic/64fordvan10.jpg http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e390/mrorganic/64fordvan11.jpg http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e390/mrorganic/64fordvan12.jpg I will post all that have help'd to build this van and there are a bunch. there is over $2,000.00 in parts paint wood work and a kick azz stereo from KinWood. and more to come..

BILLS66
08-03-2007, 08:03 AM
Harold is this one of your vans? Bill

weard-harold
08-03-2007, 11:27 AM
yes Bill this is one of the van's i bought from the guy in Sweet Home. the other one I'm building for Hot Blazer (Mel) up in Canada.. this is the van were going to paint with the chroma-white paint..

BILLS66
08-04-2007, 09:00 AM
Harold donot know what chroma white is but sure sounds cool. Bill

weard-harold
08-04-2007, 11:33 AM
it's a base white with a pearl overlay and a lot of clear lol.

Joe Russin
08-04-2007, 10:36 PM
I was supposed to have every thing buttoned up on the Saturday before the "Nationals" this year........

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/wookeesvan/bookofthebeast/saturdaybeforthenats.jpg

yea right,its saturday and the van is still up on stands..... I did get a new dipstick tube installed into the engine and she cleaned up nice........

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/wookeesvan/bookofthebeast/clean350.jpg

The new body mods turned out nice but the primer did not turn out as well as I would have liked........


http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/wookeesvan/bookofthebeast/profieinginblack.jpg

finised the body work on the gas hole, smoothed out the rear doors, and the bumper fixed a couple of minor rust holes that was behind the bumper........

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/wookeesvan/bookofthebeast/100_2378.jpg

Using this black primer surfacer as a "guide coat"
http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/wookeesvan/bookofthebeast/100_2380.jpg

Repainted the grill and the front bumper.

............Wookee




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BILLS66
08-04-2007, 11:13 PM
Big and little tires and wheels , Love the way it sits. Bill

weard-harold
08-04-2007, 11:48 PM
Damn Wookee the van is looking great.

planetvear
08-05-2007, 06:59 AM
lookin' real nice. i love the big 'n littles on these vans. i don't think there is a vehicle that looks better than our vans with this combination. i love the stance and look of your van. john

Joe Russin
08-05-2007, 07:01 AM
Thanks guys,we are in the middle of the 3rd vanning season.She is right mechanically so I wanted to start paying attention to the body.....

I have always liked big and littles.Of coarse being a bow tie guy the vette style rallies was a must have.The stance is all stock GM........

considering I have less than 100.00 and about 3 weeks of time in this update I am happy with how it looks all in all.

You can build an early on a tight budget

Here is a pick of her in her close to 3 year old 2K dress

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/wookeesvan/bookofthebeast/beastin2Kprimer.jpg

..........Wookee

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Its a "van thing" A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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BvrWally
08-05-2007, 07:16 AM
Good Morning Wookie! I wish that I would have been able to have camped with all of you guys last weekend and shot the sh%t! So many things to discuss about these Early Beauties! I have a question for you about your engine. What type of headers are you running on it, and how low do they hang below? I can't remember what brand I have on my now, but they do hang real low and very soon I may have to swap them out for something else? At that time, I want to get my springs re-arched so as to drop the "Stance" of the Van to a little lower, with the current headers and exhaust system, it would not work. An 'ol vanner friend walked through the campsite and suggested that the Earlies were a great candidate for "Air-Ride"! Has anyone ever attempted this with one of our styled vans? Yesterday, I swapped out the miss-matched front tires on the 'ol girl and placed BF/TA's on it once again. I failed to notice them, till I was sitting at the campsite last week! lol
B.W. http://www.vcvc.org/ubb/smile.gif

gregw98
08-05-2007, 07:19 AM
Joe, did you cut your rear bumper for the license plates or is that a different make bumper?
greg

Joe Russin
08-05-2007, 07:36 AM
Hi rollie,It was great to see you early out again...
http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/wookeesvan/VCVCatthenats/100_2476.jpg


I am running a set of Hooker ceramic coated block huggers.I really like them because I can still get to the spark plugs/starter fairly easy and the cut off almost level with the starter.......

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v304/wookee10358/MarylandEarlies/exaustbendatstarter.jpg

I am running a 21/2 ininch pipe back to the Flwomaster twins.As you can see there is plenty of room to "tuck" you exaust running this style of header.......

Every body says that these vans are great candadates for an air bad system but nobody had taken on the extensive amount on Fab work that would go into making an air ride system work out.

Man last week went by soo fast.I just cut my arm band off the other day.You and evey body involved in hosting this past years "Nats" did an OUTSTANDING job........

.........Wookee

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http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/wookeesvan/backinblack.jpg
Its a "van thing" A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

Joe Russin
08-05-2007, 07:45 AM
Greg, that is the stock bumper.They were booth were badly pitted and bent up. I straightened them out.Smoothed out the mounting bolts and gave them a coat of Duplicolor silver metalic paint.........

.........Wookee

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http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/wookeesvan/backinblack.jpg
Its a "van thing" A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

dream weaver 65
08-05-2007, 07:50 AM
hey rollie met a guy just before nats bought parts from him off ebay lives in newbury has a load of hotrods customs ect ect he is retired and does air ride systems had a gto he was putting system on i'll try to find his # could be a good guy for info??weave65

BvrWally
08-05-2007, 08:04 AM
Joe,
Thanks for the quick responce and the compliments! The NOVC did do a GREAT job as it has soo many talented members and friends! They are a superb group of people, many I have had the priveledge of knowing for many years now! I wrote that information down, so that I may do the same setup that you have eventually! My next big upgrade will be the "Power Steering"! It will happen over the coarse of this winter hopefully? Yes I know what you mean about last week going so fast! Jewels and I worked for several weeks getting our Beach House ready for arriving guests. They came and went each and every day on tours and such, and each night we had different people arriving and camping out. Jewels' Dodge had several electrical issues each day that I had to figure out, complicated for me being a Chevy guy. We took it down to Cortland on Tuesday. She was heading south for the fairgrounds Wednesday morning with a convoy of 4 Vans behind her, she made it 4 mile from home, and the fuel pump went out on the 94 Safari! I was going to be tailing behind by an hour or so, but had to locate a tow and come to her rescue! lol We managed to get it to my mechanic friend 5 miles from her brake down and he got it fixed in 4 hours! Thursday we went to Walmart and a local car wash to clean the dust off of her new rims and tires, then the 67 would not start! Went in to Wally World and purchased a new battery so as to be able to get back to the grounds! Here to find out, the "Media Blaster" who had the van for the past three years had just about all of the wiring disconnected somewhere or another! That is what I have been dealing with the van! lol We did not have much time going over everything, having just got the vehicle back three weeks prior to the eVant. Anyway, it has taken myself and Jewels just about a week now to get over the 35th Experience! We were beat! It's sad to have to go back to work to unwind! lol http://www.vcvc.org/ubb/smile.gif but we are getting over it now.
B.W. http://www.vcvc.org/ubb/smile.gif

BvrWally
08-05-2007, 08:57 AM
Great Weave...That may work! Thanks!
B.W. http://www.vcvc.org/ubb/smile.gif

Bear
08-16-2007, 12:05 PM
http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u142/ruecasey/camping041.jpg (http://photobucket.com)

Bear
08-16-2007, 12:06 PM
http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u142/ruecasey/house009.jpg (http://photobucket.com)

Bear
08-16-2007, 12:07 PM
http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u142/ruecasey/waterpump.jpg (http://photobucket.com)

Bear
08-16-2007, 12:09 PM
slow but sure.how do i tell what kind of radatior i have? i,m going to take a pic and post it i think it,s a ford

xjamesx
08-16-2007, 02:44 PM
looking good, bear. i like how even small (or seemingly small) tasks seem to be very fulfilling when they are over and done right. i have been doing all kinds of small stuff on mine and when i am done, i wish there was more time to do more, but it is always satisfyling to accomplish something yourself.

I always get a kick out of how much room is in the doghouse with a 6 banger in it. i am so used to the overcramped 1st gen. D/H with my 307 in it, when i see a pic of a stock motor, i get a little jealous. but looks like i might have a lead on a 2nd gen. D/H thanks to Mac...
james

BILLS66
08-16-2007, 04:22 PM
WOW She is so naked, How cool , As soon as V8 conversion was done went to media blast Other than some old minor repairs she is straight.No rust ! She goes back to the body shop for a little bodywork . Bill http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t96/BILLS66_2007/Picture2-7-07001.jpg

Joe Russin
08-17-2007, 03:06 PM
HHHUUUMMM.....Naked 1st gen real vanner porn......LOL

.............Wookee

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http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/wookeesvan/backinblack.jpg
Its a "van thing" A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

dream weaver 65
08-17-2007, 07:39 PM
GOTTA LOVE THOSE NO RUST WESTERN EARLYS JELOUS IN THE RUST BELT CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IT DONE!!!!WEAVE65

BILLS66
08-17-2007, 07:47 PM
Weave, Thanks I will be happy if it comes out anywhere near as nice as yours. Bill

Joe Russin
08-17-2007, 11:12 PM
you guys getting body work done and posting pictures really got me fired up before the "Nationals" this year........
So here is part of what I did for three weeks at "van camp"..........

The rear end before

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/wookeesvan/bookofthebeast/completerearbefore.jpg

Nasty Gas Hole

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/wookeesvan/bookofthebeast/fuelholedorrarea2.jpg


bent bumper

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/wookeesvan/bookofthebeast/bentbumper.jpg

Some rust holes the bent bumper was hiding

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/wookeesvan/bookofthebeast/rustholesandcracksPS.jpg

The rear done just before we were ready to leave for the "Nationals"

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/wookeesvan/bookofthebeast/100_2378.jpg

I am still not happy with the way the primer looks.I am hoping to make a change before the next event........

.........Wookee

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http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/wookeesvan/backinblack.jpg
Its a "van thing" A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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gregw98
08-17-2007, 11:16 PM
Joe, your plates expired 38 years ago.
greg

Joe Russin
08-17-2007, 11:21 PM
sweet aint it........

........Wookee

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http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/wookeesvan/backinblack.jpg
Its a "van thing" A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

BILLS66
08-18-2007, 08:40 AM
Looks like the old girl is ready for paint,Looking Real good! Bill

fustkarr
08-18-2007, 11:00 AM
What kind of media was used in the blasting? Looks good, take lotza flics!
Goodluk, Randy

BILLS66
08-18-2007, 11:15 AM
Randy think it was plastic ,Did a nice job does not pit metal or tear things up . Bill

fustkarr
08-18-2007, 11:53 AM
Kinda figgered it was plastic..or possibly walnut shells....would be interesting to see the d-side,with a coat of primer,then hit it w/a board...just to see if any washboard results.....BTW, did you run into any rust along the way, serious or just pitting?..I'm interested in what effect the plastic had on the rust stuff.
Thanks, Randy

BILLS66
08-18-2007, 12:13 PM
Randy No rust, Worst thing found was a poor previuos repair on the pass side rockerpanel, that was not unexpected. Bill

fustkarr
08-18-2007, 12:19 PM
Oops, what i meant was what effect did the media have on the rust/pitting,,or for that matter, on the repair/plastic filler or even lead/seam filler?BTW, how was the clean-up? Easy to get this stuff otta the nooks/crannies?And did you "attack" the drip rails, did the media get the body seam filler out there?
Any/all info/opinion appreciated
Randy

BILLS66
08-18-2007, 12:34 PM
Randy, Saw no pitting, All previuos body filler gone, Still filler in the drip rails , This method definatly uncovers the whole story with very little damage, Was at the body shop today and saw what sand blasting had done to a cowl ,core support, BAD pitting . Bill

Joe Russin
08-19-2007, 08:58 AM
this is where the saying "proper tool for the proper Job" comes into play......

The type of "media" they use walnut shells, plastic beads,ect has allot to do with the final condition of the metal.Because walnut shells and plastic are softer than metal and harder than paint, they cut through layers of paint easy amd do not "pit"/distort the metal.....
Seam sealers are more flexalble, so the media they use bounces off of them......

Also on the down side "sand" gets into ALL the places it should not be....BTDT.Were shells and plastic are not as fine so the clean up after wards is much easier.I am shure there is still a good bit of "clean up" work to be done....

On a personal note.What did they charge you to media blast your van?

Looks nice can't wait to see the next step.....

............Wookee

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http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/wookeesvan/backinblack.jpg
Its a "van thing" A life style you have to live to understand!!!!



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Bear
08-19-2007, 09:30 AM
here in michigan they wanted 1300.00 to do intire van inside and out striped rolling chase

BILLS66
08-19-2007, 01:28 PM
Joe the doors were 85 each inside and out dont know on the body,Did not do the inside , Winter project is complete custom interior. Glad it was done, No real suprises and I will know for sure its done right. Bill

weard-harold
08-19-2007, 07:51 PM
wow that is high i had the project van blasted for $400.00 and the primed it as well.

Bear
08-19-2007, 08:16 PM
yea they would prime for that price also but they were doing hole van underneath inside and out i did not find it to bad for the amount work they were doing.i will most likely ship the 66 to meada blast i want to paint it red or black.

BILLS66
08-19-2007, 08:27 PM
Its all good, The special attention she is getting is amazing. Bill