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    Another New Project

    From an absolute newby. Must be "the season" for new projects! Just picked up this 64. Based other projects I've viewed on this site, this puppy looks in pretty good shape ... a few wrinkles, but overall straight and rust free (this said before opening up the can of worms). Runs. Needs exhaust system replacement, as well as brake work to make things safe. Old school panelling, which will be replaced, just not sure with what yet. Upholstery is rough, but workable. roof has some superficial surface rust happening that gets my immediate attention. Biggest concern will be not getting carried away with the restoration. Want it to be a driver, not a show dolly - and I have a tendency to go overboard.

    I'll be looking for comment and assist going in. I've done lots of restoration over the years, but I'm an old Ford guy, and this is my very first Chevy project.
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    Welcome Dan G
    Wow that's Clean, & straight 64. No dents?? Where you get it from WA?? Had other members from there that found real clean vans
    Post some pics of roof problem. Common problem is drip edge , but don't see any sign in pics.
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    Welcome to VCVC. Your van looks great from the start! I have a home in Eastern WA near Moses Lake. I believe there are a few vans in WA that I have seen. Nice to see yours!
    Jacke

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    very nice, it's in good shape!
    1970 108 panel, 350, 700R4, power tilt steering, power brakes, power windows
    1969 90 panel, 454 LS5, T400, 12 bolt posi.

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    Welcome!
    Very nice example of the old school custom van.

    You will find there is a bunch of vanners from your area.
    Post those pics as you go.
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    Welcome aboard.
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    Welcome ! Cool van ! Bill
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    I mentioned in first photo post that my newly acquired 64 has “old school” wood paneling. Well, how’s this for further “old school”, or otherwise known as “Late Teenager Solution”.

    Removed wood paneling on left rear door to work on better hanging the license plate, and found this. Newspaper stuffed in the door as insulation. Newspaper had turned to dust, but I was able to find a piece large enough to date - LA Times, Dec 2, 1970. An old pillow case was jammed in there for good measure.

    Good thing this van has been in the garage for a long period of its life, because newspaper was bone dry. I can’t imagine what would have happened had moisture gotten in there (live in Washington State, so moisture is a real issue). Hole was cut in the door panel for a speaker that has long been removed - found the wiring.

    Had to laugh - cause I can see me doing that same thing at that same age. I spoke with the previous owner prior to this find - he was 19 when he bought the van in late 1970.

    The stories these old vans tell!Click image for larger version. 

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