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    Finally got my van.

    I've been working on getting this van since last year.
    This used to be my grandfather's van, it's sat for about 30 years (I'm 35)
    I recently picked up a 250 for it to replace the engine that is in it.
    I'm surprised at the little rust this has. It's currently at my friends house on the trailer, waiting to be unloaded tomorrow.
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    Thumbs up

    that's awesome! Congrats on such a clean acquisition! Just needs some cool mags and tires and you'll be ready to make the scene!



    64' wikivan 292 tripower/4 speed/2.56 posi
    '64 Red Baron no engine/trans
    '66 "Lucky" 230/3 onda tree/project.. soon to be 400SBC/200r/3.73 posi

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    Congratulations! I'm excited for you!
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    Looking Good

    More pics when you get a chance please.
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    Cool

    Congratulations on the new to you Sport van.
    Staying in the family it's whole life Is a big bonus,
    Come on in the water id fine.
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 108VanGuy View Post
    More pics when you get a chance please.
    108VanGuy...
    as requested

    currently at my friends machine shop, it was too dark to unload it last night.





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    It needs cleaned out badly. That'll happen tonight
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    Ive got some rust to fix, but the roof is solid
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    Congratulations on getting your van! Definitely feel you on the family ties. Mine was my dad's before me. Welcome aboard!!!
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    that sport van horn ring is a hard to find, $$$. looks like everything is intack and all rust fixable. great starting point for restoration or just get it running and roadworthy and drive it.
    '64 chevy, 292 40 over, 206/526 cam, 2004r trans. 9.75:1, dual webbers, Langdon cast headers, 1.94 valves

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrinaman View Post
    that sport van horn ring is a hard to find, $$$. looks like everything is intack and all rust fixable. great starting point for restoration or just get it running and roadworthy and drive it.
    My plan is to get it running/driving/stopping and then just work on the body as I drive it. I was worried about the frame rails being rusted out before I picked it up, but after looking at them last night and today, everything underneath looks solid. I'll know better condition of the floor tonight after I get it cleaned out. I might try to get the brakes unstuck tonight also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zero View Post
    I might try to get the brakes unstuck tonight also.
    before you spend too much on brakes, look at m1's disc conversion. the difference in braking was night and day. I mention it now as getting brakes unstuck may lead to new shoes and/or wheel cylinders, then the master followed by rotted lines. probably not on the top of your list but if you end up needing everything, now is the time.
    '64 chevy, 292 40 over, 206/526 cam, 2004r trans. 9.75:1, dual webbers, Langdon cast headers, 1.94 valves

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    Cool

    Yeah, I emailed him last month to get on the list for the 2019 brackets. Disc brakes are on my list, just waiting on brackets to be available

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    Got it mostly cleaned out... will take a shop-vac and maybe power washer to it soon.. floor seems solid, just dirty.
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    : Finally got my van.

    1965 or 1966 ?


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    I sent you a private message...
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    Cool

    If you have light sheet metal welding skills.you will get a good bit of practice with this one.
    that being said.these old girls all most get as much attention in primer as they do finished.
    Get her running and stopping then drive her as much as you can.
    The interest and thumbs up will be noticed.
    Those fiberglass window surrounds are also hard to find spot van parts...

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

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    Funny story with the window moldings
    30 years ago, I think shortly after this was parked, my uncle was working at a junkyard and they got one of these vans in and took all the trim pieces out of it.
    There's a few chips in some of the trim, but they're all there

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    Wow! it's like Deja Vu, This is my '66 a little over 2 years ago.
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    You can check out my progress here
    http://www.vcvc.org/showthread.php/2...portvan-Deluxe

    After 2 years I've got it looking like this.
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    Make it stop, make it run, make it pretty. Take your time and please keep those pictures coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zero View Post
    Funny story with the window moldings
    30 years ago, I think shortly after this was parked, my uncle was working at a junkyard and they got one of these vans in and took all the trim pieces out of it.
    There's a few chips in some of the trim, but they're all there
    Congrats on the van! Be careful with those moldings, they are old and brittle. Best place to store them is installed in the van unless you have a big storage area.

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    Got new wheels today. Still have yet to get 3 of the 4 old ones off. Front two are rusted on and the passenger rear I accidentally rounded off a lug nut.
    I'll just cut the lugnut off, I'll be replacing everything anyway. I am going to try to heat the front rims and hit them with a punch around the hub center and hopefully get them, just haven't had time.

    Here it is on jackstands with the new wheels next to it:
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    As soon as I can get it rolling, it'll be going into the shop so I can take the old engine out and drop the new one in and go from there.

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    Also, you'll notice a hole behind the drivers door... I'm pretty sure that's from a CB whip antenna... so I have one ordered lol

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    Thumbs up CRAGAR S/S: The BEST wheels anywhere of all time

    Great looking van!

    Can't beat the cragars!!! I fully approve



    64' wikivan 292 tripower/4 speed/2.56 posi
    '64 Red Baron no engine/trans
    '66 "Lucky" 230/3 onda tree/project.. soon to be 400SBC/200r/3.73 posi

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    Remember, they're still printing money, but they aren't making any more earlies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zero View Post
    Also, you'll notice a hole behind the drivers door... I'm pretty sure that's from a CB whip antenna... so I have one ordered lol
    Got the same 'hole' for a CB at the rear of my van, be interested to know what size the fixing is for the antennae....

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    I just used a ball mount antenna base and a 4' whip. Fit right in the holes that were there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zero View Post
    Got new wheels today. Still have yet to get 3 of the 4 old ones off. Front two are rusted on and the passenger rear I accidentally rounded off a lug nut.
    I'll just cut the lugnut off, I'll be replacing everything anyway. I am going to try to heat the front rims and hit them with a punch around the hub center and hopefully get them, just haven't had time.

    Here it is on jackstands with the new wheels next to it:
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    As soon as I can get it rolling, it'll be going into the shop so I can take the old engine out and drop the new one in and go from there.
    I could not find this picture before, your Van reminds me so much of mine.
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    I like most styles of 5 spoke wheels, Crager's look good but I prefer the 1 piece wheel also most Crager's I've seen are uni-lug.
    1966 Sportvan Deluxe 230 3 on tree (work in progress) Now 283 small block
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    Was finally able to get the wheels off and on one side. This let me see how it'll sit. I was thinking about lowering it, but with the cb antenna I think it looks good as-is.

    I was thinking maybe a roof rack? Who knows. Getting closer to being able to roll it in the shop.
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    don't lower it. It looks perfect. Also, you don't need a roof rack. Its a van, everything fits inside no problem



    64' wikivan 292 tripower/4 speed/2.56 posi
    '64 Red Baron no engine/trans
    '66 "Lucky" 230/3 onda tree/project.. soon to be 400SBC/200r/3.73 posi

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    Remember, they're still printing money, but they aren't making any more earlies!

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    Cool

    I personally like a clean roof with no roof rack..
    They do require a lot of holes drilled into perfectly good roof sheet metal to install them correctly.
    Back in the day there where hundreds of old station wagons laying around in Junk Yards.
    The racks where in inexpensive chrome part bolted to the tops of Vans back then....
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zero View Post
    It'll be going into the shop so I can take the old engine out and drop the new one in and go from there.
    What newer engine are you planning on dropping in her ?

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wookee View Post
    What newer engine are you planning on dropping in her ?

    Not really a newer engine, but a running engine

    250 i6
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