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    Red face 1965 Chevy SportVan restoration with my Dad!

    Hi everyone!
    My Dad and I purchased a 1965 Chevy SportVan Custom that we are restoring.
    We are posting weekly videos of our progress:
    https://youtu.be/2oKmzUo4n9I

    Itís been a lot of fun so far, but if you have any tips or comments, Iíd love to hear!

    Thank you! And thanks to forum for offering so much information!
    :)
    Bobbi

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    Nice specimen, always liked family projects,
    just remember there Are no stupid questions,
    so bounce those ideas and questions.
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    Just watched it. Nice. Looking foward to next one

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    Cool Welcome to VCVC !!

    Bobbi and rich saw you video and it looks like your van project other than the punch in the nose is in not to bad of shape. Any questions you have this is the place wealth of knowledge here about these Van's. I also noticed you are missing the belly pan that goes in front of the radiator, helps with cooling by scooping air up to the radiator.

    Welcome aboard!!!

    Ken
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    Thank you! and good catch!

    Quote Originally Posted by ExEarlyVanner View Post
    Bobbi and rich saw you video and it looks like your van project other than the punch in the nose is in not to bad of shape. Any questions you have this is the place wealth of knowledge here about these Van's. I also noticed you are missing the belly pan that goes in front of the radiator, helps with cooling by scooping air up to the radiator.

    Welcome aboard!!!

    Ken
    Thank you so much! Yes, my Dad mentioned just today about the missing belly pan after watching videos and looking through the shop manual we got. We know getting air in there is critical, especially since we are considering A/C, so possibly adding electric fans as well (?) but I will see if anyone else has any thing they might recommend. Again, thank you!

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    Welcome

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    1965 Chevy SportVan restoration with my Dad!

    welcome aboard

    Just enjoyed the video - that smile should represent our whole web sight here!

    Engine looks like a newer 250 model.

    If you read the build code on the distributor pad I may be able to ID it for you.
    Also the casting date code.

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    Thank you! Engine Codes?

    Quote Originally Posted by gfleduc View Post
    welcome aboard

    Just enjoyed the video - that smile should represent our whole web sight here!

    Engine looks like a newer 250 model.

    If you read the build code on the distributor pad I may be able to ID it for you.
    Also the casting date code.

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    Thank you so much! Yeah, we have been looking in to what and when the engine is from. There are so many numbers stamped in it, it is hard to know where to start! I did see it was an ĎSLí and the parts book says that that is a 66 or 67, and either a 230 or 250, but Dad is going to take a look at the piston to see if we can tell from that.


    Your pictures are really helpful! I think That means that it is July 6, 1965? = 00N2 - G 6 5
    Here are some numbers that I found in it:
    F0714SL , Flint, July 14th (I think)
    3877178 - from what I found here, itís a 62-78, 230 or 250 (so that wasnít helpful)
    4888F(?)22 - I am not sure what this represents yet, but was over the engine Id #


    But any insight would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks again!
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    1965 Chevy SportVan restoration with my Dad!

    Numbers match up to be an original 1965 230 van engine with PG
    You decoded it well!

    Casting date is July 6 '65 which is 8 days before it was machined.

    If you care to share your VIN, I can give you the estimated build date of your van.
    Just for the fun exercise of it - I am guessing the last five of your VIN is around 39481 + or -.


    FYI only - in 1965 the engines came with blue paint... so if you see blue overspray on any of the engine mate up hardware you will know why.


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    Enjoy the time with your Dad!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nellie65 View Post
    Hi everyone!
    My Dad and I purchased a 1965 Chevy SportVan Custom that we are restoring.
    We are posting weekly videos of our progress:
    https://youtu.be/2oKmzUo4n9I

    Itís been a lot of fun so far, but if you have any tips or comments, Iíd love to hear!

    Thank you! And thanks to forum for offering so much information!

    Bobbi
    My daughter and I's first project 12 years ago was her 73 Dodge Dart (which she still has).
    The time you two get to spend together is priceless and the memories will last a lifetime.
    Have fun!
    Regards,
    Bill

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    Father Daughter Projects

    Quote Originally Posted by BILLJ386 View Post
    My daughter and I's first project 12 years ago was her 73 Dodge Dart (which she still has).
    The time you two get to spend together is priceless and the memories will last a lifetime.
    Have fun!
    Regards,
    Bill
    You are so right! My dad has always been amazing with mechanics, but got 3 daughters, haha. It has been amazing to spend this time with him in his world and it has been a lot of fun to document it.

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    Red face Episode 5! Differential, Fuel Pump, and wheels

    Up to episode 5 now! :)

    https://youtu.be/4JkVhrs2frE

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    Making progress, videos are great, keep up the awesome work.
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    Cool Horn Ring FYI!!!

    Bobbi and Rich just figured I would let you know that horn ring is a Very Rare item, they usually only came on the Sport Van Deluxe models they are the ones with full blown interiors and all the special items.They also break easily so be careful when working around it and getting in and out of the van. So take extra good care of it!!! You may even get offers to see if you want to sell it $$$$.

    Ken

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    Talking Episodes 6 & 7

    Thank you all so much for your insight and support! Here are a couple more posted videos of our progress! :)


    Episode 6: Carburetor : https://youtu.be/8QXZCP_wSTc


    Episode 7: Front Brakes : https://youtu.be/utvBPEoCQ3U


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    Love watching you and your Pa!! Pa is clearly a very knowledgeable Gentlemen. Good luck with the rest of the resto' and cant wait to see it all done.

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    Talking Episodes 9 & 10

    More Episodes!

    Episode 9: Grease Fittings
    https://youtu.be/c2otV1WJeKE

    Episode 10: Coolant
    https://youtu.be/kwD-8g3EGbw

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    Perfect timing for the videos!! Servicing the van on Wednesday.... keep em coming!

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    Love the videos ! Keep them coming ! Bill
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