View Full Version : What did you get your van for Christmas???

12-19-2008, 08:28 PM
This was posted last year,so i thought i would put it up again!!!
Was shoppin at the CVS tonight and found a CD i thought was appropriate.
CREAM Disraeli gears!!! Great van tunes!!
the dogs love it!!! It also got a new carb gasket as i am hunting a vacuum leak...

12-19-2008, 09:07 PM
Mac, Your Dogs got great taste in music. The 1st Cream(Fresh Cream) cd is also good. Good Luck with your carb.

12-19-2008, 09:26 PM
Mac and Club members,

I got my '66 running again!!! That's a long story.
Let me say hello, I'm new to the forum. Finding this group is really great.
My SportVan has been a loyal and hard working friend since '75!! It has saved my life a few times.
When I bought it the odometer was on 000000. It had bench seats in the back. The pwrglide was leaking at the rear seal. That was an easy fix. There is evidence of some type of passenger door mechanism like in a school bus, that could be operated by the driver?? some iron bracket still welded to the door and holes drilled in the dash rim.
The shifter top support/pivot (pot metal) on the steering column was busted. It still is.
The side door pop-out step still works perfectly. I've greased it a few times in 33yr.

Please help me locate parts to keep this classic on the road.

Thanks in advance for your support. Thanks for the forum!

SW Texas

12-19-2008, 10:12 PM
I finally ordered the personalized plates for my 65 Handivan...HANDIVAN...Funny it wasn't taken by someone else...Will put them on for the spring and hopefully some colour too...AC... http://www.vcvc.org/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.vcvc.org/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.vcvc.org/ubb/biggrin.gif

Hopelessly hooked on Earlies since 1982

12-19-2008, 10:24 PM
Looks like we got a new member for Christmas!
(not THAT member you perverts)
You mean this thing? (I know, it's home made)


12-19-2008, 10:36 PM
Get my van something for Christmas? HA! I wasn't even able to get him into the garage for the winter this year. First time he's seen snow since I've owned him. With these damn mobility issues I'm currently dealing with, I even sometimes think about selling him, but, I know I won't be able to do that. I just can't afford to keep a fleet of vans (2) on the road on a fixed income right now. I've got definite plans, tho. New tires, a re-cored radiator, gas tank updates and repairs. I have a new sender and hoses and new straps I bought from on here. So, plans are in the works. It's all a matter of whether I can crawl under and fix things. I'll see how things go. Merry Christmas to all on here. You guys have sure helped out a lot with info to keep my '69 Chevy 108 on the road.

Later! Redman.

12-20-2008, 02:15 AM
I just got my baby a new rear axle seal. I blew a seal earlier this month. Messy, and stinky 85W oil.
Getting on it in the morning. Thanks you RockAuto!

12-20-2008, 05:32 AM
rust repair, minor body mods and a fresh splash of hugger orange are in the works this winter, then on to the gut. john

12-20-2008, 07:24 AM
New 4 row radiator core.

12-20-2008, 08:08 AM
I gave mine a new paint job yesterday. As usual, the job has a few issues, but I am going to try to save it.

12-20-2008, 09:25 AM
I was hoping this post was going to start up again this year haha.

Greg the van looks awesome!!! shes come a hell of a long way.

I plan on getting my van (whatever it needs to stop it from burning oil), alluminum valve covers, a snottier cam, a removable dog house and maybe some window tint, we'll see haha.

12-20-2008, 09:49 AM
A nice heated garage to rest in til spring.

Greg, I'd say your van wins the prize! Real nice!!

12-20-2008, 10:19 AM
greg your vans lookin good post some more pics when you get chrome and lights on..im still trying to find another van..

12-20-2008, 10:38 AM
the van gets new park lenses and housings .Bill http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t96/BILLS66_2007/IMG_0394.jpg

12-20-2008, 02:03 PM
a rebuild kit for the carb so my van can give us a road trip down the west coast with no interstate miles just hiway stuff.

12-20-2008, 04:38 PM
Working hard at getting the van a nice spot in the garage.
I hope to get some color on her this year.
Hopfully in time for the "Nationals".
Taking a break from van events untill then to get caught up on some house projects.



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

12-20-2008, 05:38 PM

That shifter lever support looks like it will last!!

12-20-2008, 05:44 PM
Nuttin' yet but for new years, maybe a set of boxed rails/a SBC anna 4 speed w/od.
Clearin' the garage,Randy

12-20-2008, 07:57 PM
450h.p. 406 small block w/built turbo 400 and 3000 stall converter. 9in ford goes in next.
wife said i could buy little things needed to complete install.i can't wait to drive it.
van is swb 1967 orig 283 all windows

12-20-2008, 10:30 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by txhitime:

That shifter lever support looks like it will last!!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yeah, it's a laster... on there since 1971 when I took out the 4 banger/3 speed and dropped in the 327/Powerglide. Obviously hasn't seen any paint since 1971 either!
But it also has no lift-up/park/reverse lockout feature...

12-21-2008, 06:06 AM
txhitime, you mentioned in your inquiry that you needed a shifter part. did you ever respond to the inquiry and photo asking if that was the part you needed? john

12-21-2008, 06:51 AM
Hello John,

Thanks! Oh yes, that is the part. Hard to believe anyone would put up with that headache for so long, 33yr. Just always lifted the lever close to the column. I am ready to replace it though, if anyone has an extra.

Thanks again, happy holidays to all!!

FAQ: How do I attach a photo?

12-21-2008, 09:50 AM
Welcome to the club!!! Its Great that we have so many new members comin on board lately. The easiest way to post pics here i think is to have a photobucket acct. (free)
Go to photobucket.com open an acct with them. Upload your pics there. once you do that you can download them here. if you need anymore help we'll all be there for ya.
As for your column parts you need. I dont have any 1st gen column parts or i would be happy to help you out. Got lots of 2nd gen stuff though. Post what you need over in the "parts dept." forum. I'm sure you'll find what you need... 1 nice 68 just picked up a 1st gen from a boneyard in ill. Maybe he can help you??? See his pics in the "photo forum" under bone yard pics...

12-21-2008, 12:53 PM
if weather allows(no garage)put other captain chair in and build platform bed.get back windows tinted

12-21-2008, 04:20 PM
Mac, Thanks very much for the welcome!

Haven't set up a photo bucket account yet, need to do that.

I'd heard about 2 early G-10s setting out near the hwy an hour or so from my house, went looking today but all that was left was a '64? Chev PU.
If I find a van, I'll get it, we'll have some parts!
Yep, I was looking at those pics of 1 nice 68. Several things I could use.
I'll go to the Parts topic now. Thanks again for the welcome!!


12-21-2008, 06:43 PM
txhitime, remind me...i will check my parts van tomorrow....i'm pretty sure it has one that hasn't been harvested yet. john

12-22-2008, 06:24 AM

Mine is a powerglide. Not sure if standard is the same. Thanks, John!

12-22-2008, 11:19 AM
i'm not sure if they are the same or not. maybe someone here can answer that. if they are the same, i may have one for you. we got 18" of snow yesterday and the parts van is buried. i'll try to get to it this afternoon. john

12-22-2008, 04:38 PM

There's no rush. 18" of snow!! I've never seen that much in my life. We watch on the news that there's also power outages.
Try to stay warm.
It was 32* here last night with a high of 42* today. That was cold enough for me, working outside.
Anyone know if this top shift lever support is the same for auto and standard?

12-22-2008, 05:36 PM
i got my van new seatbelts! (thanks Mac) and i rebuilt my mirrors and am getting a replacement bumper this week (thanks Brian). i also got her a new doghouse earlier this year which i am sayin is a xmas present since i am too broke this time of year for more work now....
But i drove her today for the first time since august (and my hospital stay) and it felt great!

12-22-2008, 06:55 PM
Hey James, glad to hear you're driving again! We need to get up!
My van got a new motor for xmas, kind of a heart transplant I guess! Still sorting it out though!

12-23-2008, 05:28 AM
anybody know if the automatic and manual shifter top pivot are the same? i've never had an automatic so i'm not sure. john

[This message has been edited by planetvear (edited December 23, 2008).]

12-23-2008, 08:18 AM
Merry Christmas all, I got an aluminum radiator for my engine swap and a 200r4 OD transmission, so lots of work ahead once it stops raining.

12-23-2008, 12:53 PM
... what I got my '64 for Christmas:
- a Remanufactured 250, ported/polished, RV cam
- cast-iron split headers (Landgon's Stovebolt Engine Co.)
- Off dual-carb intake (Langdon)
- dual weber/carter carbs (Langdon)
- Mercruiser valve cover
.. and a new exhaust system as soon as the engine's in and running!
I so can't wait to feel the power in the old girl, after puttsing along with my 194!!

12-23-2008, 01:14 PM
Great to hear you got to drive your van again James. And a Big thumbs up to Mac & Brain for helping . John There almost the same a auto one has 2 holes in the side to mount the gear selector(the part thats hard as heck to find for a 1st gen)

12-24-2008, 01:20 AM
We should get some kind of medal or trophy for doing so much to support the auto parts industry...

12-24-2008, 01:36 AM
I hope to see: (more of a New Year's resolution, actually)
Some of the rust disappear and turn into paint, ideally powder blue with white side panels. Yeah, right.
Finally get my MSD hooked back up again.
Install the water injection.
Get a carb bonnet and hose to a filter.
Maybe something more comfortable than 4" foam.
A sound system of some kind.
A "test pipe" so I could see what it sounds like with no muffler!
So many dreams, so little time...

[This message has been edited by TurboVan (edited December 24, 2008).]

12-24-2008, 05:48 AM
savage, thank you for the info. txhitime, it sounds like they are similar but not the same. your call. if you want me to try to pull it out and send it your way i'll be glad to do that. john

12-24-2008, 07:07 PM
Just picked up a new tow vehicle... which is necessary for my van and all my other junk http://www.vcvc.org/ubb/wink.gif A sweet '72 3/4 ton chevy C-20 custom camper with 98k original miles. The 350 engine runs strong but I want to swap in a 454... so eventually the 350 will go in the van! http://turboninjas.com/gallery/d/44367-1/5-9-06+038.jpg

12-24-2008, 09:49 PM
That is my all time favorite chevy PU body style.Like our vans they did not survive well around here.
Here is a "Mule".I will be putting on the road after the 1st of the year.
350,700R4 trans A/C.


Already have a hitch and some other goodies for it.
I keep telling the "Beast" it's not a replacement but a sister......She just does not understand.......



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

12-26-2008, 09:24 PM
Well, I own a 72 Chevy van & am working on getting a 1st gen Chevy. A 1964 to be exact. I will soon be spending more time on this board getting all the help I can. Brad

12-27-2008, 07:06 PM
Hey Brad,
How is your interior wood work going?
Turbo has been neglected since the Nat's trip.

12-28-2008, 12:52 AM
Very nice mule! That vintage looks great in red. Did you have to get the door extension for wide tires?

12-28-2008, 06:25 AM

Hold up, no rush. Like I said, I've been driving it 33yr like it is.
There are other junk yards I'll look around in. Thanks, how are you keeping warm?

12-31-2008, 05:29 AM
I got my van a new home in nc after being in nj for three years. now all i have to do
is make room in the garage,but first i have
finish the basement so the basement stuff
(which the wife calls junk)can be taking out
of the garage and put back where it belongs.
that should be done shortly

12-31-2008, 05:22 PM
txhitime, just say the word and i'll give it a shot. i'm glad to be able to help if i can.
it is asskicking cold tonight.....got the woodstove on screech. supposed to go below zero with the windchill. it will be 80 in the house before the retire into the sleep chamber though.
drove 400 miles in a snowstorm today to one of my stores due to an "emergency". glad to be home and warm.

ron bonomo
01-01-2009, 10:26 AM
Seeing how many van sit outside now,i bought her an all season van cover.

01-01-2009, 01:22 PM
Thanks to Cody (1nice68)- workin on some dash stuff that's missing: ash tray, cig. lighter and glove box door and parts; and thanks to John (plantevear)a gull wing door. Rv

01-01-2009, 05:28 PM
rockvan, thanks for the thanks! i have not forgotten you and will do my best to get back on schedule next week after the holidays have passed. thank you for your patience. john

01-02-2009, 09:03 AM
No problem John, been pretty busy here as well - Walt

01-04-2009, 02:08 PM
Here is a picture of the "Beast"s big sister with its "winter trim" in place


Being a little woman like.The "Beast" got mad and broke the lower bolt on the alternater(wich I just replaced over the summer).....
Sucks because the bolt is broke off a thead or two in the head.
I can't complain as hard as I drivin this van things are bound to break/wear out.
Glad I have a two piece dog house.....



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

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01-04-2009, 09:45 PM
Bet that broken bolt can be backed out with your fingers.

01-06-2009, 05:24 AM
I hope so Greg.
Right now there is another small project in the "Work Bay" of the garage right now.
As soon as I get this one done(intake ditributer swap) the "Beast" is going in.
At least I have my fleet narrowed down to the "Keepers" right now.



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

01-06-2009, 06:53 AM
Wookee, did you get your wife's van back together?