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    Nice

    That van has a lot of Deluxe potential. Keep the pics coming!
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    Last week I had to move another car up to the garage so the van had to move, my driveway has a slight downhill going out to the street. I didn't want it to roll away from me as I pushed it so I put the shifter in 3rd gear and moved it down the driveway. I noticed the fan turning and no weird noises coming from the engine, I wondered if it would start?
    The bolt broke off the starter when I tried to remove the cable so I borrowed a starter from a friend and did the very minimal wiring to make it run.
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    You can kind of see the hot jumper coming from the starter cable, another jumper coming from the electric fuel pump feeding the carb and sucking from the gas can, I dumped some gas in the carb and it fired right up, no bad noises but ran real fast. it didn't have a spring on the carb and the linkage was frozen. I unhooked the linkage and added the return spring and it fired right up again, it reved up and idled really well, I was really surprised since this van has been sitting since '86. No radiator so I didn't run it very long.
    I was able to drive it out into the street, back it up and drive it back up the driveway without any brakes and pulled the wire when I got close to the garage and let the clutch out to stop. (Better than pushing)
    I forgot to mention the arm from the pedal to the linkage was stuck solid, I took it out, WD40 and some working it apart, cleaned, lubed and re-installed got it working nice before the drive.
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    Cool

    Cool you got it running. Make's it alot easer to move it around
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    Engines want to run!
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    I pulled the rear end cover off of the panel today to check the gearing, it has numbers 3790628 11-37 GM 3 66 2 on the ring gear also the other side has T 1-4 on it. I assume this is a highway gear and probably what I want for my '66?
    I still need to pull the cover off that one and see what's in it.
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    what you have there is a 8.2 inch 336 to 1 posi rear axle. with an overdrive
    trans it would be great on hwy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by panelmanrd View Post
    what you have there is a 8.2 inch 336 to 1 posi rear axle. with an overdrive
    trans it would be great on hwy.
    I took the cover off of the '66 and it seems to have the same gearing, 11-37 but not a posi.
    This is still better than the 4-11 gears, I just need to decide how badly I want the posi?
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    most 10 bolt or 8.2 rears have the 336, the posi would be nice if you
    had a v8, but with a 6 the open or peg leg rear end works just fine.
    54 chevy panel truck 355 tpi 700r4 325/9in
    64 chevy 90 5.7 tpi 700r4 336 8.2
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    Years ago I had a '69 Camaro with a 350,auto trans and a posi rear end, That was one of the best handling cars to drive I've ever owned.
    Friday, I had a guy come over to look at the panel, he says he wants to buy it. Yesterday I pulled both rear ends and installed the non posi into the blue panel, today I got the posi rear end installed in my '66, I still ahve to replace the brakes, shocks, rear cover gasket and oil. I also want to put a new seal in the trans at the driveshaft,(looks like it was leaking before it was parked) has a oil stripe under the body above the driveshaft seal.
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    1966 Sportvan Deluxe 230 3 on tree (work in progress) Now 283 small block
    1965 Sportvan Deluxe 250 powerglide (Sold)
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