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    Project '68 Sportvan Custom

    Bought and picked up Feb '18 from Colorado Springs, Co
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    Wow looks nice ! Have much rust ? Bill
    1966 Chevy G10 Panel, 283 small block/turbo 350,Disc brakes

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    legit 90 percent rust free, small spot in front of right rear tire but, dings and dents that didn't show up well in the previous owners sales pics. The price was reasonable and I drove all the way out there, so I wasn't coming back empty handed. Im trying my hand at body work.
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    dings and dents

    start with this one?
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    The steel on these old Vans is a lot thicker than newer cars, it doesn't pull out very easy and most of the places that need to work you can't get behind. Gotta start somewhere. It's all better when you get it covered up.
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    nose dent

    before and progress
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    right rear corner

    before and progress
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    Wow

    Not being a body guy, I was wondering. Do you apply any heat when pulling that out?
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    Good question Mark,
    I have a door that "oil cans" if I push it out it will stay until I push it in...BOING!!

    Would heat help or just fill it?
    Mike

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    Im not a body guy either, diving into this level for the first time...yes, I am using heat, a handheld propane torch. And yes that nose dent wants to pop back. Im thinking I have to increase the perimeter to get it to stay out. An interesting side note, I have a cargo door with a lower dent, covered with bondo. As I heated the bondo to make it easier to remove, the dent popped out and stayed out. I let it cool down, then scraped the bondo off. Ray
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    Im not heating it much, not red or glowing, but, too hot to touch bare handed.
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    Color

    Looks as if you have the same factory color as my van's
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    Had a stripping party this morning

    hours o fun
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    stud welder

    I bought the Harbor Freight stud welder. Its an OK tool, Its worked fine, done what its supposed to do, no problem. The slide hammer that comes with it... not so much. It now resides in my 3rd string tool box. I bought the Eastwood slide hammer, quality replacement piece. While I was there I bought a box of the larger welding studs, turns out, they are much easier to use than the HF studs. not much grinding required to remove the studs. I am fortunate that there is an Eastwood store about 8 miles from my home, so, needless to say, Im in there often. Eastwood does have a stud welder kit, The welder, slidehammer, and studs. More expensive than the HF kit but it comes with the better hammer. JMTC, Ray
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    Th small puller(look's like a pop revert) does a good job om small area's
    You use stripping pad's ,or wire wheel to strip.
    Tom

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    D/A sander, electric palm sander, sanding blocks, a dremel and 8 live bodies...2 ladders with a plank as scaffold...we also did a once over to the roof. Some beers, cigarettes, tunes, cuttin up, it was a party.
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    more progress
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    Looks like Cupid has been shooting little Love arrows at your Van.
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    I have a couple of questions. The putty/caulk in the gutters. 90 percent of it is intact and adhered, but, in a few places its coming up and/or missing. Should I warm it with a heat gun and scrape it out? Long tedious work (what part of this project isn't) but , I understand the prep is the most important step in where Im trying to take this project. Next, the windshield channel is solid, but, it does have pitting. Ive stripped the entire channel to bare metal. Im thinking about cardboarding the inside of the windshield area and sandblasting the channel to clean the pitting. Good idea or overkill? Maybe Ive answered my own questions. Thanks, Ray
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    I saw this video a couple of days ago, I would have never thought of trying this but................
    I wonder if it would do the same to the roof caulking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RAY68108 View Post
    I have a couple of questions. The putty/caulk in the gutters. 90 percent of it is intact and adhered, but, in a few places its coming up and/or missing. Should I warm it with a heat gun and scrape it out? Long tedious work (what part of this project isn't) but , I understand the prep is the most important step in where Im trying to take this project. Next, the windshield channel is solid, but, it does have pitting. Ive stripped the entire channel to bare metal. Im thinking about cardboarding the inside of the windshield area and sandblasting the channel to clean the pitting. Good idea or overkill? Maybe Ive answered my own questions. Thanks, Ray

    Ive just done my guttering as I had a leak on one of the rear quarters. A lot of the caulk was hard and cracked from 50 years of weather so scrapped it all out with chisel/screwdriver. Cleaned the rust out with wire brushing and a dremel tool. The metal underneath was in amazing condition. Primed the metal with a 2k epoxy primer and left to dry for 24 hours. Applied seam sealant and smoothed it over with a white spirit coated finger or spatular (ie - ice lolly stick!). Left to dry for 24 hours, and then gave another coat to be sure!

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    Due to lifes curveballs, this project got stalled back in Feb. I finally got a chance to make progress yesterday.
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    more progress
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    Cool

    I all most puked up dinner when I pulled the windshield out of the "Beat"

    Heavy surface rust in a few spots coming out from the windshield gasket was all I looked at until I was ready to fix what ever was behind the factory gasket.
    I came real close to just yanking the crate 350 right back out and Junking her.
    I had her mechanically right.ready to drive.
    I had to deal with a poorly worked dent on the DS rear corner.
    I walked away from it for a month or so.
    She fired over every time I sat in the drovers seat.
    It took me a bit longer than I thought it was going to take to get the needed work in primer / sealer, ready for paint...
    I cut in the color I wanted to paint it and drove the hell out of her...

    The needed work is well worth it.
    She will make a sweet "Driver".
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    Thumbs up Looking good

    How's it going Ray? Looks like a nice solid project you picked up! Keep up the good progress and you will have paint on her soon.

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    Looking good, you shaving the bumpers
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    Thanks Guys, My first attempt at body work. Jumping in feet first. Yes, I am shaving the rear bumper. Ill keep the pics coming.
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    That center section was misaligned from the general, so I drilled the spot welds at both ends, pushed up, realigned and tack welded. Workin on one thing, find a few other issues.
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    Details!

    One issue at a time, before you know it youíll have paint on her! Keep the pictures coming itís looking good.
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    progress....thinkin about Wookee

    found this damage hidden behind the bumper...tried to pull it out, the dent won. I cut it out, trimmed to fit a patch from a parts van. Welded it in...I think I won. Many people here inspire me to venture into new territory.
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    You are getting things done ! Keep the pics coming . Bill
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    Very nice!

    Your making it look easy Ray, looking good!
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    Thanks

    Thanks guys...Following Rarechev's thread, I have become fearless...
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    I been workin the nose. Finally got it to stop oil canning.
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    Gas tank cleaned, coated and new sender, waiting its turn for install.
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    I needed to make forward progress this morning. So, I cut out the bad, made a patch out of 2 flat pieces, tacked them together, trimmed to fit. Im not sure Im good with the out come. I have feelers out for sections to use as a patch. So, if something comes along before I start mudding, I may cut it out and start over.
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