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por-15 van
05-28-2001, 04:10 PM
What does Forward control mean. This may sound dumb to some of you but I got to ask.

por-15 van
05-28-2001, 04:41 PM
I am asking this question because I am looking for a new set of front hubs, and forward control comes up in the parts book.

ahighdiver
05-28-2001, 05:48 PM
It means steering controls in front of the axle.

TurboVan
05-28-2001, 08:34 PM
BTW, there are a whole bunch of different cars that use those same hubs. The junkyard gave me a printout with a list of all the cars that use them. --- TV

[This message has been edited by TurboVan (edited May 29, 2001).]

queequeg
05-29-2001, 12:03 PM
so could you give us that list of cars, or is it top secret?
dan

por-15 van
05-29-2001, 03:14 PM
So the steering box on mine is in front of the solid axle and the control arm to the right wheel is behind the axle, means that mine is not a foward control????

tomschaner
05-29-2001, 10:08 PM
i just happen to have a hollander interchange manual so you boys are in luck.the front hub is part #3887867 and the drum # is 3996670.heres what it shows interchanges 73-74 apollo,68-69 camaro,68-72 chevelle,64-70 van,68-74 nova,69-72 olds f85,73-74 omega,71-72 sprint,and 71-74 ventura,it also mentions that auto wreckers say that the following also work part # 1377136,398612-3 which is on the following 64-72 buick special(except gs models)and also works with 64-69 olds f85,to sum it up it seems that alot of "a" body cars are in fact capatable.should be an easy find.also mentions 64-66 tempest works.hope this helps.

smiley
05-29-2001, 11:08 PM
No, it's definitely forward control. The steering box is ahead of the rest of the steering mechanism.

On a related note, I've been asked why you see so many vans with those identical dents on the rockers. That's the hazards many people encounter when going from a regular steering vehicle to vehicle with forward control steering. It's the hard way to learn that "you gotta turn late!"

TurboVan
05-29-2001, 11:45 PM
It's funny you should mention that... the very first time I test drove my van, way back in 1970, I went around a corner and ran over the curb with the right rear tire. I was mortified, but the seller didn't even bat an eye. --- TV

Yeggster
05-30-2001, 10:56 PM
Smiely and Turbo:

Me too!

I did the exact same thing first turn I took......the guy selling me the van never even blikned!! http://www.vcvc.org/ubb/smile.gif

I actually took about 6 months to get used to it......I switched my rocker pannles to 1/8" plate steel so no more dents http://www.vcvc.org/ubb/smile.gif

Yeggster

Vanner68
05-31-2001, 05:37 PM
Yeg- no wonder your van weighs 6000 lbs!

Thinkin along the lines of all those "A" body drums fitting our vans, I wonder if the disc brake rotors would fit the early van spindles? Hmmm.......time to visit the boneyard.....

por-15 van
05-31-2001, 10:31 PM
I want to thank all you guys for being a great help. I haven't hit anything with mine yet "touch wood". But I grew up driving these things in the great white North (Sudbury Ontario Canada) for a small plumbing company.

Lorne Campbell

PetesVan
06-01-2001, 12:02 AM
por 15, that's funny I just started plumbing, and I am driving a 65 for a really poor plumbing company.

Pete

por-15 van
06-18-2001, 03:51 PM
Pete;
With a fleet of these vans I would not class this company as poor.
Lorne

LuckyChucky
06-19-2001, 06:53 PM
Hi Guys,
Well guess what, I have one of those things in the rocker panel of my 66 Sportsvan. The best thing of all I have been driving one of these great trucks since 1982 when I got my frist one. I guess that me being a certified old fa*rt gets me off the hook...huh???

What happened was I was in a hurry to make a U-turn to put gas in the saddle tank on the passenger side. I turned right into the concrete bumper trying to impress the young gas jocks what a short turn radius these have. I sure impressed them alright!

"Lucky"Chucky

Vanner68
06-20-2001, 04:38 PM
I got my first early in 79 (still got it) so I guess I'm an older f*rt than you!

PetesVan
06-20-2001, 07:34 PM
por 15: I wouldn't call it a fleet, company has 1 van (68 gmc) and 2 plumbers, and 1 boss.

por-15 van
06-20-2001, 09:55 PM
Pete I can see it now , 100 plumbers, 50 vans, and the phone ringing off the wall. Good luck keep working at the rich guys place.

POR-15

TurboVan
06-23-2001, 12:07 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Vanner68:
Yeg- no wonder your van weighs 6000 lbs!

Thinkin along the lines of all those "A" body drums fitting our vans, I wonder if the disc brake rotors would fit the early van spindles? Hmmm.......time to visit the boneyard.....<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

It was HUBS, and unfortunately, no, the discs need an adapter to fit the spindle.
As long as we're talkin OLD, I got my early in `70. Now that's downright ancient! But you're only as old as you feel, right?...RIGHT?!!...oh well, I tried. --- TV

bakka
06-23-2001, 01:21 PM
My van has the same bashed in rocker panel but it was that way when I bought it. I just made the dent bigger and deeper. If you don't drive these things in a while it's like learning to drive all over again.But sitting in front of the wheels is why I love these vans.It has a tighter turn radius than my dodge colt vista(the only car I have ever owned that I acctually hate.)Besides I enjoy the look of panic on the faces of pepole who think I am going to hit them when you take a sharp left turn. They should not pull out so far...
My van is a 3/4 ton and has 6 bolt wheels. I found a used hub off of a 70's 1/2 ton pickup. From what I can tell the 1/2 trucks share many suspention components with the 3/4 ton vans.

bellvan
07-11-2001, 02:45 AM
the guy that owned my van before me made a prity cool toolbox where the rocker got crushed.its realy strong and makes for a great skid plate when im driving through the woods

Yeggster
07-17-2001, 09:29 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by bellvan:
the guy that owned my van before me made a prity cool toolbox where the rocker got crushed.its realy strong and makes for a great skid plate when im driving through the woods<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


Hey! I have made one of thoses too on the drivers side it has a lot of capacity works great!

Yeggster