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    VCVC Member Wookee's Avatar
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    Cool

    From the picture of the starter and the picture of the rear fender wells .It looks like this vans spent a lot of it's life on dirt roads.

    If they could only talk........
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    I've been really busy working the last couple of months and haven't had much time to work on my Van. About 3 days ago someone asked if I was going to a Van display show next wed. I got busy and borrowed a radiator, fixed a bunch of wiring and actually drove it around a few blocks today! It's smoking real bad but seems to run pretty good, tomorrow I will be going to DMV to get the tags for it, I don't know about wed. yet, we'll see how it does under pressure?
    1966 Sportvan Deluxe 230 3 on tree (work in progress) Now 283 small block
    1965 Sportvan Deluxe 250 powerglide (Sold)
    1965 Chevy Van Panel (Project)

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    Yesterday I talked to a guy about a 283, I will meet him tomorrow and plan On buying it for my Van.
    http://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/pts/5710582333.html
    I did get it registered and drove it to a show in El Cajon, I wasn't sure I would make it home, I think the fuel pump was acting up and it smokes a lot!
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    The Van on the left is my old '65 and the ugly one is my '66. First time on the road since '86. It seemed to drive really well on the way out but was sputtering etc. on the way home. The engine is worn out and I know the V8 will make a big improvement.
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    1966 Sportvan Deluxe 230 3 on tree (work in progress) Now 283 small block
    1965 Sportvan Deluxe 250 powerglide (Sold)
    1965 Chevy Van Panel (Project)

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    It's fuuny, the two vans side by side look like a 'before and after' photo
    Gregg Groff


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    1968 Chevy G20 108 panel Now with 454 power!

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    I picked up the new engine on Saturday, it's a 283 with newer heads, roller rockers, msd electronic dist. Edelbrock performer rpm manifold and carb, mild cam, starter, water pump and fuel pump, ceremic coated headers and a couple of other goodies. I bought it from a guy who is building a El Camino and he took this engine out to install something bigger. He said he doesn't think it has 1000 miles on it, runs like a top.
    I hope it runs as good as it looks.
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    So yesterday I cut the doghouse off of the floor, unhooked the linkage, wiring etc. and today I pulled the 230 out.
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    1966 Sportvan Deluxe 230 3 on tree (work in progress) Now 283 small block
    1965 Sportvan Deluxe 250 powerglide (Sold)
    1965 Chevy Van Panel (Project)

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    Even though it's tired, there may still be a buyer for that 230. Especially if someone has an older Mercruiser drive and cracked their block. That's where my 230 went.
    Gregg Groff


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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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    Nice project! Do you have a 2nd gen doghouse?



    64' wikivan 230/4 onda tree/2.56 posi
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    Quote Originally Posted by kookykrispy View Post
    Nice project! Do you have a 2nd gen doghouse?
    Yes I do.
    1966 Sportvan Deluxe 230 3 on tree (work in progress) Now 283 small block
    1965 Sportvan Deluxe 250 powerglide (Sold)
    1965 Chevy Van Panel (Project)

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    Cool

    If this new engine runs as good as it looks it should make your van a very fun ride.......


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

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    Cool Nice Show

    Russell
    Looks like you had a nice collection of Early Chevy Vans at the Show !! did you get any more Pic's of them?

    Ken
    68 90 6cyl three speed

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