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    Work right up till time to go....
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    It's been a while.

    I couldn't wait to get home from the Nats to get back on the van. Two days after getting home, I started work again and didn't have a day off for fifty-something days. Ugh.

    Back when the van was at Mac's house for the build, sumthin happened. We were installing the brake system and had the front of the van on jackstands. Without paying attention to how high we had it up in the air, I opened the garage door. The automatic door mechanism just about tore a hole down the roof. We didn't tell anyone. The sound was awful. Several years later, I was finally able to get the van back in at Joel's plave to make it go away. Two weekends ago, I drove the van over (yes, I drove it 60 miles each way). It drove perfectly.
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    The gouge had been touched up in 2017 so it wasn't as obvious for the indoor car show debut.


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    In about four days, it was back to its proper self. I'm still amazed (acutally amazed, not conversationally amazed) that you can't tell it was ever there. He was able to blend the flake in perfectly.

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    Getting it out for a long drive two weekends in a row really made me miss driving this van every day.

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    Yesterday, in a fit of frustration, I got out to the garage and cut down all the floor boards to fit. In this photo, they are sanded down smooth, so they're glasslike but dull.
    I can now spray them with the final passes of clean and install them.

    1966 Chevy Display, "Southern Belle"
    1968 Chevy, "Blue Overdose"

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    Beautiful work. You should be very proud of what you’ve accomplished with this van. I remember where you started. All amazing work.
    it's all about the vans...

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    Looking Awesome! Can't wait to see it i person!
    1970 Chevy Sportvan 90 - "Dazed and Confuzed II"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kustomizer View Post
    Looking Awesome! Can't wait to see it i person!
    You're going to love it!
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    There's no place like 127.0.0.1

    1968 Chevy G20 108 panel Now with 454 power!

    1965 Chevy G10 panel- OHC Pontiac inline 6

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    It was a very unproductive Fall and start to the year. Working too much had me to the point of not even seeing the van for a week or more at a time. As that time piled up, it acted as a depressant; causing me to avoid even going near it.

    I’ve had to scrap all the notions and obstacles in my head in order to refocus. I’ve been back in the garage just about every day since getting back from Wookee’s memorial service. I decided to channel that emotion into finishing the van for summer.

    Figured out a way to make an access panel in my floor boards to still get to the battery. Decided on a partition wall shape. Designed a cooler holder for behind the passenger seat.

    The intent is to get it to the upholsterer by April. Not looking at the calendar though. At this point, just plowing.

    I’ll post pics later.
    1966 Chevy Display, "Southern Belle"
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    Have fun with it!

    It’s amazing how much you can accomplish with no outside distractions, get done with what you can when you can because life always finds a way to get in the way! Lol
    Can’t wait to see it finished Smiley!
    Cruzbox

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    Battery access option

    Looking awesome Smiley! I'd be crying if I expereinced the roof story you shared! One time just after paint I backed my van out of the workshop and had a back door open without knowing it. It just cleared the door jamb, so no damage, but felt like it caused a partial heart attack for sure!. Keep plugging!

    Regarding battery access cover, I decided to cover mine up on the floor/interior. I installed an Optima side terminal battery. I found that the splash guard at the back of the stock battery holder was able to bend up so I can slide the battery in/out from underneath the van, then just bend it back down. I also installed a shut off switch under the van so I can kill all the power when needed. Added a SAE whip so I can charge/maintain the battery without having to crawl under the van.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShawnM View Post
    Looking awesome Smiley! I'd be crying if I expereinced the roof story you shared! One time just after paint I backed my van out of the workshop and had a back door open without knowing it. It just cleared the door jamb, so no damage, but felt like it caused a partial heart attack for sure!. Keep plugging!

    Regarding battery access cover, I decided to cover mine up on the floor/interior. I installed an Optima side terminal battery. I found that the splash guard at the back of the stock battery holder was able to bend up so I can slide the battery in/out from underneath the van, then just bend it back down. I also installed a shut off switch under the van so I can kill all the power when needed. Added a SAE whip so I can charge/maintain the battery without having to crawl under the van.
    Mac and I were so shocked that neither of us said anything. We just kept on with the day.

    I went with aftermarket battery cradles, so I can't get the batteries out through the sides. I should have considered that back then, but I hadn't contemplated what the floor was going to be yet.
    1966 Chevy Display, "Southern Belle"
    1968 Chevy, "Blue Overdose"

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    Battery Access Panel

    Flooring in place (not nailed yet. Final clear coats coming tomorrow). If you look closely, you can see the 7º angled cut on boards 2 through 5.
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    I removed the lower portion of the groove on board 6, except for about 1/2" next to the cut, to act as a guide. on board 1, I removed the tongue, except for the 1/2".
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    This will allow me to slide the panel back a little, and lift it out.
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    The 4' floor boards don't run the full length from the front of the bed to the seats. I'll be building a box to house a cooler that will cover that transition and be removable to access the battery.


    1966 Chevy Display, "Southern Belle"
    1968 Chevy, "Blue Overdose"

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