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    Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

    I just received the '66 Deluxe I bought from Fresno. The person I bought it from had it delivered. It's rough but mostly there, the roof is totally straight, the front has a dent in the drivers side area and one of the back doors has been worked. It is missing the side step and a few other parts. I took a lot of pictures, here are just a few.
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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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    Cool

    Nice van. Thats awesome you got the belly pan with it. The Patina would look great with a polish on it.
    VGMCVC
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    What a great looking complete Sportvan. Can't wait to follow your progress on this one.
    1966 Sportvan - 1963 VW Bug

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    Nice

    I like the potential. Belly pan, dash pad, tail light ring, maybe 2? Doesn't look butchered up, just aged.
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    I like the water spigot heater control

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    I've spent 2 full days cleaning out the trash, removed the wooden box in the back and vacuumed 30 pounds of dirt, nails, toothpicks,1 dead mouse and lots of droppings and more.
    I removed the seats and cut away all of the rotted material covering the seats, doghouse and floor.
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    Under a inch and a half of dirt, rotted carpet etc. I found a bank money pouch, when I got it open there is a $50 dollar bill inside or what's left of one.
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    I also found the missing Deluxe name tag sitting in the rain gutter. I checked the pictures closer where it was sitting and it is missing in the picture, it must have been there the whole trip down from Fresno while being trailered.
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    It has 3 bad spots, the front,
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    The rear door,
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    and the front floor,
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    The heater looks complete including the plastic diverter,
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    The wierdest thing is the custom gauge panel mounted on the front of the doghouse with a switch and light mounted in the lid? Notice where they moved the parking brake handle to?
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    There is also a light mounted inside of the lid,
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    I have my work cut out for me but at least now I have a cleaner starting point and better view of where to go with it.
    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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    And original black plates to boot.....
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    Smile $50

    Russ if you can read the serial # on the fifty the bank should be able to give you a new one !!

    Ken
    68 90 6cyl three speed

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    I haven't had much time to work on the Van, busy doing other things that pay the bills. I did get a chance to pull the ign. switch so I could get a key made, after thinking about it I pulled the front door handles and door locks also, I took them to a Locksmith who found the key code on 1 and made a key, luckily it fit all of the locks and ignition switch. $12.00 for 2 keys. On the other Van it cost me $80.00 to have all the locks keyed to the ign. switch key I had. I was also able to get all the door rods and assemblies freed up with some WD 40 and some working them a bit, a couple of the rods were actually stuck in the bottoms of the doors with rust. after spraying and scraping all are working well even the locking plates move freely.
    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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    I finally had some time to get some work done on the Van, I took the brakes apart and bought new Master cyl. wheel cylinders, rubber lines and shoes, pissed off a few spiders who decided this was "their" home and got most put back together yesterday.
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    Also I pulled the parking cables and got them loose and working well again.
    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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