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    Cool Big Red

    These 3rd gen vans make very comfortable daily drivers.........







    I am itching to do some custom body mods.
    First it has to run.........
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    Smile "Orange Bang"

    My latest addition to the fleet



    Original miles



    Totally 70's





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    Cool

    That is a very good looking early 3rd gen
    Early 3rd gens
    These are the Vettes or Caddys of the van word

    My First early 3rd gen got a little bent up.......





    A week after the accident I went out and bought my 1st brand new van.

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

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    looks great, all of them! back then, for less than $1000 you could buy wheels and tires, spoiler/fender flares a winshield visor and a roof spoiler. you could instantly go from a stocker to a custom in an afternoon.

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    3rd gen shortys have the look alright.....



    My semi-world-famous 'Back2%Basics' build. Sold it about 10 years ago and I still get e-mails about it.
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    1968 Chevy G20 108 panel Now with 454 power!

    1965 Chevy G10 panel- OHC Pontiac inline 6

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    Being a daily driver van I usually run two different styles of rims

    8 inch truck style rallies in the winter




    Crager SS's in the summer months



    Because the cragers are not in really good shape.I think I am going to run them in the winter this year with the set of "custome fiberglass" flares.pictured
    When it snows I stay home.This set up should work out OK........
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    I like it cragars look good on it

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    looks like you have a summer grille and a winter grille too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by planetvear View Post
    looks like you have a summer grille and a winter grille too!
    and flares.
    '64 chevy, 292 40 over, 206/526 cam, 2004r trans. 9.75:1, dual webbers, Langdon cast headers, 1.94 valves

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    I've always loved the shorty 3rd gen, I've had one since I was in high school, hope someday to get back to it. Just got to figure out how to make 30 hour days!!!!!!
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    This was my daily driver for 28 years .Click image for larger version. 

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    Cool

    The tube grill was a 20.00 part a friend of mine found.
    I also prefer a shorty.How ever the last one i found the body was really rough



    The Twins located this van for me.Because it had the right drive line 350 /700R4 tans/factory A/C.I went ahead and bought it.
    While Big Red does have the typical rocker panel rust the upper body is in decent shape.
    I hope to do a retro grill conversion on this van.I just like the looks of the Early 3rd gen grills better..
    Yes winter flare /summer flares.I have a complete set of hard to find original J+J Flares here waiting for spring time.



    these with a set of steel running boards will give the van the illusion of it being lowered



    Uncle Ron your daily driver had a good look to it.......
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    very nice project joe.

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    So you are having a mistress on The Mistress?


    Joe, you dog.....
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    There's no place like 127.0.0.1

    1968 Chevy G20 108 panel Now with 454 power!

    1965 Chevy G10 panel- OHC Pontiac inline 6

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    Cool

    No just can't afford to by a decent driver so I have to build one........
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    Thumbs up

    Thats gonna look bitchin with the ol skool grille



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    Cool Early 3rd gen Van Porn

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

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    Cool

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

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    Factory black paint with custom body mods well blended in.
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    Cool

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

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    I have been collecting parts for this van for a while now.,because my shop is not set up with a lift ihad to pull the engine out through the front.
    this means removing the grill rad and upper core support.while i have it apert Ifigure now is the time to do a retro grill swap.
    I have all ways liked the look of the early 3rd gen grills.It is one of those mods that if you know noting about vans you will never really notice it.
    I needed a good hood.108van guy came up with a nice one for me.

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    Under the repainted stripes is a pretty decent skin.

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    Because of the large factory window in the sliding door.I have been toying with the idea of hiding it with a black stripe/ grffic combo.
    painting this hood black would be needed.
    it's looking nice enough that with a small amount of work it will hold black very well
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    Big Red

    Wookie , When you say " retro grille " do you mean 77 and earlier factory grille ? Once tried to put an 85 grille on my 77 , couldn't make it fit , I'm a bolt on guy not a fabricator . Later I was told Chevy massaged the front of the 3rd Gens in 78 and made them more square ??. Saw a 3rd Gen with a 71/72 Chevy truck grille (egg crate style ) looked really nice . Uncle Ron

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    It can be done, but you need the hood, and the complete radiator support with headlight mounts. I was going to do it on my 87, even had all the parts available free, but never got the time to do it.
    Gregg Groff


    There's no place like 127.0.0.1

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    1965 Chevy G10 panel- OHC Pontiac inline 6

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    When GM started the mid 3rd gen desighn (78), they changed enough stuff over to make the swap so it was not quite a bolt in swap.
    How ever this has been pulled off several times by different vanners.
    Here is the main part that is needed

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    Along with a hood (latch is different) upper core support and front bumper.
    I had a 76 Chevy here that was in pretty bad shape body wise.
    I removed all of the needed parts sent the rest to the scrap yard.
    I did the tail light conversion when I 1st got the van.



    I also have a nice station wagon rear bumper.So I can smooth out the rear sheet metal.,

    My goal is to have two vans at this year's Nationals
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    inflate the tire?

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    Put the hood back on and covered things up until the white death passes through

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    the next project after Big Red is done

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

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

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    this van was just too good of a van to just junk after it served us so well.
    bought used in 95 this 93 GMC conversion van was a geat dialy driver van.fully loaded 4.3 4 speed automatic van.
    when we bought this van I had scored a job working nights. The wife worked her day job.We both had a 70 mile round trip commute to work.
    I would pull in the drive way in the morning and the wife would jump in it and leave. We put 240,000 miles on this van before i had to park it.
    we also took the van on quite a few week long road trip style vacations.this project was put on the back burner.it has been setting in my garage for 12 years now.Hope fully when i get Big bed up and running I can turn my attention to this van........

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

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    maybe you can apply for "fleet" plates joe. you are amassing quite a stable of vans there.

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    Very Nice '93!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Thanks she still looks good under the storage dust.

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    thisis a project where life got in the way big time.this will be another really nice long distance cruiser when I get her back together.
    4.3 truck style engine over drive tranny engine and tranny have bothe been rebuilt.completely remaned front cross member.
    The lame stripes are just decals they have lived out side in the sun there whole life .still look decent.....No patina......

    Here is the "Look" I am shooting for for Big Red.

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    I have had one of those days where I could just "Tap Out " and not turn another wrench on this Bitch......Sorry van till spring time.
    The light at the end of the tunnel might be a slow freight...........

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    The lower line on the A/C condenser line gave me a fit yesterday

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    Because the compression fitting nut is aluminum I went ahead and made up a fitting out of the old condenser fitting to help "chase" the threads on thefactorys fitting

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    bottomed the fitting out and cleaned the factory paint off of the nut.
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    For what ever reason this fitting did not want to play nice with it's new partner in crime

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    Here is yet another good reason not to use Bars Leak in a late model cooling system.
    The PO used this JUNK to fix a leaking plug problem

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    I am glad new hoses where not too expensive.

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    I really though/hoped i would hear the Flow Master Twins talking fresh engine smack by now
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    Wink Been There.

    I've had that kind of problem many a times. Obviously you are not gritting your teeth correctly while uttering the proper curse words.
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    Two rainy days in a row is the down side of building a van out side of the shop......
    I am pretty sure she should fire over when I can through some juice to her.
    That temptation to skip a few small things to hear her fire off is all most to an irresistible state.

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    The goal is to get it running.The dream is to not have to pop the hood again unless Iam chcking the fliuds.
    This van was that reliable of a driver before her hart transplant.
    We got to take this van on quite a few 4 hour road trips up I 83.It sleeps pretty good also.
    I really hate to say this on these forums .I can drive this van as long as 12 hours straight.
    I feel as good when I crawl back out as I did when a crawled in......
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    Cool

    We wanta hear them flowmasters talkin post a video

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    Still working on doing video's..........
    my exhaust is as low buck as I can get.



    I do believe Flow Masters sound better through longer tail pipes...........
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    it is really tough to compete with the comfortability of a 3rd gen

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    well the threads in the nut on the line going to the condenser are NFG.
    I am glad I have access to a good hydraulic /industrial line shop.Just like that pretty rocket in florida my firs off date is delaysd a few more days.
    Calling for rain all weekend.........
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    Got to do a happy dance today the newly repaired hard line going to the A/C condeser threaded up and every thing in the A/C department should be ready for the up coming fire up day..The big guy up stairs supplyed me with a nice day to do my work.
    next Happy dane will be fire up day.......
    I did not work this hard doing the 6 to 8 swap in my Early.......
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