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    I bet that with a little practice on scrap fenders you can use a Harbor Freight compressor and gun and get a 1000% better result than rattle cans. I've seen Russel's van and it looks great. There is also another local guy that had his in a body shop for like two years and it looks like a new vehicle. But he said he does worry a lot about it getting dinged, so there is your trade off. You can get all your paint, gun and supplies from Eastman...

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    Unfortunately IF you are going to drive it on the streets now a days.Every ride could be your last one.
    Sorry being brutally honest here.....
    That being said. My Early got just as many thumbs up in primer. As it does in it's current paint job.
    I had it in two different colors of primer.
    As stated earlier in this thread.These old girls just have a certain curb appeal not too many other classic vehicles have..
    They look great in primer as well as a finished paint job.
    I have shot the "Beast" in primer outside more than one time..
    All that being said .Invest in an agreed value insurance policy.
    If you do loose her to a brain dead driver.You will at least get the agreed value of your Van.
    These policies here on the east coast are reasonable for what you get in return IF you loose your ride to a brain dead driver we share the roads with.
    You only go around once in life.If driving your Vintage Chevy Van brings you pleasure.Then drive her.....
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    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    Thank you Wook.
    That is the answer I believe to be searching for.
    Strange how I still respect an mature, more experienced opinion. (Dad's voice ringing in my ears...)

    My wife and I have looked at this from every angle we can imagine.
    Pricing the materials and then the estimate of my time and efforts...

    I have changed my mind, and we are proceeding with the body work and paint!!

    Ive worked for a long time for this. You are so right Wookee. Only one ride per ticket...better enjoy it.
    I want this and its going to happen.
    Im not letting someone ruin my parade..No diagnosis from some quack Dr quite yet so, as testament to my generation
    "Onward through the fog!"

    Stay tuned!!!
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    Hey Mike.

    Yes, well said. Wookee, thanks for the perspective.
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    From a professional truck driver since 1983...stay alert, head on a swivel, at ALL times, everywhere. Its a dangerous jungle out there.
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    I'm with Wookiee regarding his wisdom as well as getting insurance. I use Hagerty and can't believe how cheap it is. I think my Van is Insured to $15K for under $300/year because its an antique and not my primary vehicle. Plus, you will look so good driving that sweet van wth the new paint job you and it deserves! I hope it happens for you!

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    Even a cheapie paint job can look great if your van is straight underneath. I actually had Hella Sunshine painted at Maaco. I did all my own prep and sent it to the shop with everything removed off it, no bumpers, mirrors, emblems, etc. The bill was $1500 to paint the van inside and out, and that included an additional 10 hours of the shop's prep and sanding. I chose a single stage urethane yellow out of their catalog book, and they code matched the original fawn interior color. Just goes to show you that if you take the time to do all your own prep, a cheap paint job can look great.


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    That is my plan Kook. I have all 6 doors ready. Roof has been patched.
    Next step is remove bumper, lights, etc. I still have to order the windshield. (missed out on the one you had)
    but this thing is moving forward.
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    While they have tightened up regulations on the east coast on over spray and how it is taken car of.
    It is still not as tight as the rules and regulations on the west coast ,California in general.
    One way they did it was to raise the price of materials up so high,to try to deter the home guy who was good with a spray gun.from painting in his back yard shop.
    This in turn also cost every one more money and drove older profession shop right out of business.
    The water base paints also came from these regulations
    A friend of mine takes all of his spray jobs to Macco.He was restoring Early dodge A 100 Vans.
    They all ways turned out good..
    Here is a picture of a extended,crew cab A100 he built.Two tone paint was shot by Macco.
    He did all of the prep work in his home shop.
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    Thank you guys for the complement on my opinion....
    Last edited by Wookee; 01-27-2020 at 09:01 AM.
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShawnM View Post
    I'm with Wookiee regarding his wisdom as well as getting insurance. I use Hagerty and can't believe how cheap it is. I think my Van is Insured to $15K for under $300/year because its an antique and not my primary vehicle. Plus, you will look so good driving that sweet van wth the new paint job you and it deserves! I hope it happens for you!
    Not to go off topic by I tried Haggerty and they told me no way unless the van is in the garage full time - probably yet another "benefit" of being in Southern California...

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