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    Quote Originally Posted by Russell View Post
    I was driving home in the rain tonight when my idiot light came on, after a couple minutes I saw my temp guage climbing, I turned the key off and coasted for awhile temp still climbing, I had to re-start the engine and rev it up to get off the freeway still coasting.
    Broke a fan belt.

    This is exactly why I bought 2 the first time one broke. 10 minutes later I was on my way home. (and not very wet)

    The first time I broke one it took me an hour to walk to an auto parts store to buy a belt and a wrench.

    Tomorrow I will probably buy 2 more. (just in case)
    a great mod to consider is upgrading to dual pullies and dual fan belts. It takes the stress off the one single belt and you don't have to run them as tight, so they don't break any more. I did this on my old '65 after getting tired of changing belts. Never had a broken belt after going to the dual setup.
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    I like that idea, I'm going to look for a clutch for my fan today. I know that 7 blade fan is creating a lot of drag while revving the engine higher than normal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kookykrispy View Post
    a great mod to consider is upgrading to dual pullies and dual fan belts. It takes the stress off the one single belt and you don't have to run them as tight, so they don't break any more. I did this on my old '65 after getting tired of changing belts. Never had a broken belt after going to the dual setup.
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    Where did you get the pully's? The alternator seems hard to find.
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    Russ,
    You guys have to plan a weekend day trip up our way soon!
    Mike

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    I bought a clutch fan a couple of months ago but it wouldn't fit because of where I mounted the radiator, I made new mounting brackets a little wider and facing the other way.
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    I have more room now and got the Clutch fan mounted. My belt was slipping at start up and when revving engine quickly, the belt noise went away and I was surprised at how much quieter it is inside the Van while driving. The old Van made a lot of wind noise while engine was revving up.
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    A small new touch.
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    1965 Sportvan Deluxe 250 powerglide (Sold)
    1965 Chevy Van Panel (Project)

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    Hey There,

    I dig the "Eyelids ?" on top of the turn signals. Where did you find those? Did you make them?
    Any info would be great. Thanks much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YORKSTER68 View Post
    Hey There,

    I dig the "Eyelids ?" on top of the turn signals. Where did you find those? Did you make them?
    Any info would be great. Thanks much.
    Ditto here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by YORKSTER68 View Post
    Hey There,

    I dig the "Eyelids ?" on top of the turn signals. Where did you find those? Did you make them?
    Any info would be great. Thanks much.
    They fit Harley turn signals, available at any dealer or aftermarket suppliers.
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    1965 Sportvan Deluxe 250 powerglide (Sold)
    1965 Chevy Van Panel (Project)

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    When I painted the Van I didn't take the windows out, I taped around the rubber. I bought rubber awhile ago but have been putting off installing it because I knew I would have to re-paint the brown around the windows, the new rubber is slightly smaller and the original color would show around the rubber if not painted.
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    The old rubber was hard as a rock and came apart in chunks, I had to sand down the windshield area and of course tape off the area around the windows to re-paint.
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    I also had to re-do the tint on most of the windows. The windshield rubber was too long so I had to cut it down.
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    Everything is back together and sealed tight.
    I used a single sided lockstrip rubber for the stationary windows.
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    I used some used rubber from Pick a part from a later model Van that was in good shape for the pop out windows. ($5 each)
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    It took all week to get it done but I'm happy it won't be leaking anymore when it starts raining again.
    Last edited by Russell; 09-11-2020 at 10:31 AM.
    1966 Sportvan Deluxe 230 3 on tree (work in progress) Now 283 small block
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    Just found this thread, nice van, great work on it. As for getting hot air out of the doghouse, I turned my lid around so the high part is in the front. So air comes thru my tunnel thru the radiator then goes up then is forced out and down by the lower part. I used to have a small fan in the back behind the headers to pull hot air out after shut off. Worked pretty good sure could feel the hot air coming out when putting hand under van. Seems to me that with the high part in back the hot air just goes up there and sits. Actually turned lid around to make sure Weber carb on top of a Clifford 2 bbl adaptor and air cleaner cleared the lid on top of my 292. Has worked great since '88. Have since learned that a 292 with Weber 38/38, Clifford full length headers and HEI will out tow a stock 350. Only downside is I run out of horsepower on the 292 at higher speeds so just go a little slower. Now that I have a 383 stroker in the '94 burb, the 292 is in second place.

    The stock 350 had to be revved up to high rpms to get the trailer moving. The 292 just digs in and starts the tow with no rpm racket, will jerk the trailer off the line if I want. The 383 is like the 292, just step on it easy and it moves things without effort. Strokers are the way to go for towing.
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    purchased Nov. 22, 1970

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