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    Cool Council of Council's "Best of Show" 1st gen

    Being blessed to be able get from behind my keyboard and travel to van events has given me the opportunity to see some outstanding Early Chevy vans.Getting to meet the owners of these vans is also a real pleasure
    From the forums I knew that Chester42 was attending the CofC's meeting.His avatar gave me a clue he was driving a red 1st gen.
    What I did not know was how clean this fully restored 1st gen was.The pictures I am getting ready to put up in this thread do not do the work that has been done on this van true justice.
    I really have to apologize for the fact that I did not stop and talk to Lester and his wife Judy a little longer.
    There are facts about this van that would be very interesting to members here.To be honest I really want to hear more details about this concourse level restoration that was done on this van.
    I also need to say I am sorry for not taking more pictures of the interior of this van.A really cool fact about this interior is it was "Home Grown".The cedar that was used in the interior build was actually grown on Lester's property..
    Here are the pictures





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

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    Cool

    here are a few more shots







    Chester64 please feel welcome to add any additional information about your van in this thread.
    Feel free to send any pictures to

    wookee10358@gmail.com

    I will gladly add more pictures to this thread.

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    Congratulations Chester! That is something to be very proud of at a C of C eVant! AND with the great turn-out of Early Enthusiasts as well!! Way to go guys & gals! We sure do wish we could have been there, but work beckons.
    "Vannin...It's more than a Passin Fad!"



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    Great looking van, would love to see more detail pics of the interior.

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    tilt column, a/c, lots of very nice details. congrats to you for an extremely nice job! john

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    Cool

    These pictures should get the "purests" in our club exited......

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wookee View Post
    These pictures should get the "purests" in our club exited......

    .........Wookee
    yea i just peed my pants (which i do quite often LOL) weave

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    Smile

    Thank you Wookee for the kind comentary. Istill havn't learned to up-load fotos to this site. Will send some build fotos to you as I get a chance. 350 cid, 700r4, 12 bolt 3:40 rear. Tilt column from 83 Blazer, not that bad to do. Rear seat from 91 Astro, front Fiereo. I did all the work except the upholestery which was done by a neighbor. Bambo laminate flooring in the middle and maple on the rear deck.
    Judy and I sure enjoyed the council meeting and having a chance to get to meet other vanners. We look forward to mabe making it to other vanning events. What a fun group we are getting to know! I have plans to join the van club here in Florida.
    Thank you all for making us feel so welcome!
    Lester Barnes
    Chester42

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    Lester,your very welcome.
    send pictures to

    wookee10358@gmail.com.

    I will be more than happy to put them up on this thread for you.

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

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    Great example ...

    Great Van! I met Chester and his wife at Cocoa Beach during the Hot Rod Power Tour Kick-off cruise. His Van got a TON of interest from all the people there, and rightfully so. It was great to see his Van parked alongside some great Hot Rods; and the fact that there was always a crowd around his van just showed how much people appreciated his hard work. There were also allot of people commenting that if they were going to drive the Power Tour, that his van would certainly would be a comfortable ride...

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    We came across this video of chesters van at a car show.

    Last edited by Star Dreamer; 03-07-2012 at 01:14 AM.
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    Amazing attention to detail , SWEET !!!!

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    The whole van is AMAZING. I really like the shifter on the DH Lid. Looks like it was meant to be there, very clean look!
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    fantastic video. this van is a beauty!!

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    I want to lick that van. Bet it tastes like cherry.
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    I did not lick it but it does smell like cedar when you stand at the open side doors.....
    This van ran the smoothest/nicest out of all of the Earlie's in the show at the CofC's....
    every time i look at the pictures i see another detail I missed the last time i looked at them.......
    I even spotted one watching the video.
    The smoother out top on the front section of the dog house lid.......
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    .......Wookee
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    Posting the pictures in the last post I just noticed the cool seat belt recpticles next to the dog house....

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

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