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    one thing about james, he does a very good job. especially nice is he also starts AND FINISHES his jobs. i find myself very happy he made it here. looks good from here my friend!

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    So, I'm still juggling lots of different tasks on my van every Sunday but none are picture worthy yet. I'm 90% done with rewiring the van completely, just have the gauge cluster area to finish up (including ign. switch and headlight switch). I've almost got the dash ready for paint after welding in the new one, but still sorting out wires and figured I'd tackle redoing the steering column also. On top of that, I'm repairing cracks in my steering wheel so that'll get a quick resto also. Here's a glimpse at what it looked like last week....


    I also decided last year to pick up a Spyder gauge cluster to monitor my engine better and I like the way the look in our vans. Problem was, it needed to be rebuilt cause I can't stand not redoing things. I read Optik's blog on here about them and even though his pics don't show, the text was very helpful. I replaced the 3 gauges on the right with new ones and while disassembled, I painted (or repainted) all the needles red to match. Here's a few pics...



    and here's the final product. It has a little pitting on the front face but I don't mind her showing her age.


    I also rebuilt a Corvair glove box door that came out really sweet but it's not done yet so stay tuned for those pics in the next week or two. Then it's time to rebuild the entire brake system with M1's disc brackets and a new dual M/C! This old girl will be ready for the first car show on May 15th!
    Thank you to everyone who pitched in with reasonably priced parts that I've needed. Just need a hinge for the glovebox door and the dash will be almost done.

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    Wowza!!!!!!!! Great job!!!!!!
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    Looks great James, nice job. Any issues with mounting the new gauges to the Spyder frame?
    Plan to do this mod to my 66 eventually, so this is great info.

    Scott
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    Thumbs up Great work

    WOW James your van is coming along very nicely. I was wondering how those manifolds I sent worked out for you. I hope well. Keep up the good work.
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    Nice work. I'd like to know what you have to do in order to get the original spyder tach to work with our vans



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    If you are still running a six, it will hook right up.

    To make it work with a V8, would require changing out a capacitor and resistor in the tach's timing circuit. I saw a how-to many years ago, I will try to find it.
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    i have not seen the van in quite some time.......and as i can see it, it looks awsome! as soon as it warms up a little, the vear tribe will make a visit! stay tuned!

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    Quote Originally Posted by No1rascal View Post
    Looks great James, nice job. Any issues with mounting the new gauges to the Spyder frame?
    Plan to do this mod to my 66 eventually, so this is great info.

    Scott
    Thanks! Unfortunately, I didn't get too many pics of me putting it back together but I literally just followed Optik's blog on here. I just cut the old gauge housings to hold the new gauges in place after I removed the chrome surrounds on the new ones. I'll post a pic of the back of the Spyder gauge cluster and post it this weekend. It'll make it real clear on the install. It wasn't too complicated.
    1966 Sportvan - 1963 VW Bug

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    Cool

    Very nice looking work being done on your 1st gen...
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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