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    Russell's '66 GMC Handi Van Custom

    Last week Mark delivered the GMC to my house, let the fun begin.
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    Missing a few parts, body is good with a few dents but not much rust. It has 2 seats in the back.
    1966 Sportvan Deluxe 230 3 on tree (work in progress) Now 283 small block
    1965 Sportvan Deluxe 250 powerglide (Sold)
    1966 GMC Handibus Custom 350 3 on tree

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    I took the door lock out of the back door and went to a locksmith who did keys for my other Van, he was able to make a key using the code on the lock. I got 2 keys for $18 brought them home and they work in all the other locks and ignition. WOOO HOOO......
    (I tried to local locksmith's before going to El Cajon. They could not make a key, too old)
    1966 Sportvan Deluxe 230 3 on tree (work in progress) Now 283 small block
    1965 Sportvan Deluxe 250 powerglide (Sold)
    1966 GMC Handibus Custom 350 3 on tree

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    Russell can't wait to see what you do with it ! Bill
    1966 Chevy G10 Panel, 283 small block/turbo 350,Disc brakes

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    2 bench seats

    Hope you keep it stock as possible with all those original parts. Nice score!

    Unbelievable it has both the bench seats!
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    1965 Chevy Panel Full restoration in progress

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    Thumbs up

    Mark saved it Many year's ago
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    1966 Sportvan Deluxe 230 3 on tree (work in progress) Now 283 small block
    1965 Sportvan Deluxe 250 powerglide (Sold)
    1966 GMC Handibus Custom 350 3 on tree

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    I bought a 350 V8 and have it installed, floor cut for the 2nd gen doghouse, today I made a fan shroud for it.
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    Still lots to do.
    1966 Sportvan Deluxe 230 3 on tree (work in progress) Now 283 small block
    1965 Sportvan Deluxe 250 powerglide (Sold)
    1966 GMC Handibus Custom 350 3 on tree

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    FAN

    Nice job. Great choice of a fan, using one for years with no problems....
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    1966 Chevy, 327 small block.
    1966 Chevy, 230 6 cylinder.

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    The 1st gen doghouse has a different shape at the rear beside being wider.
    I cut the floor after marking around the 2nd gen box. The rear part needs some filler at the corners.
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    A couple of the ribs had to be cut to keep the area flat for the patch panel.
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    I have it all welded in now but didn't get a picture.
    1966 Sportvan Deluxe 230 3 on tree (work in progress) Now 283 small block
    1965 Sportvan Deluxe 250 powerglide (Sold)
    1966 GMC Handibus Custom 350 3 on tree

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    1966 Sportvan Deluxe 230 3 on tree (work in progress) Now 283 small block
    1965 Sportvan Deluxe 250 powerglide (Sold)
    1966 GMC Handibus Custom 350 3 on tree

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    New engine is in and running, I saw a post by someone else who used the swivel arm off of the doghouse under the front to operate the throttle cable.
    I was able to mount mine under the front, shortened a rod and added a Harley cable casing from the carb to the engine support frame with small bracket. Harley cable was too short so I used a VW replacement cable. Working well.
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    Now it's running, time to make it stop.
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    1966 Sportvan Deluxe 230 3 on tree (work in progress) Now 283 small block
    1965 Sportvan Deluxe 250 powerglide (Sold)
    1966 GMC Handibus Custom 350 3 on tree

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    That is my favorite color for a early

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    This tank had dents in the bottom, I just had to see what was inside.
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    Really nasty, looks like it had a coating at some point but cleaned up well. I'm thinking about adding 2" strip and weld back together.
    1966 Sportvan Deluxe 230 3 on tree (work in progress) Now 283 small block
    1965 Sportvan Deluxe 250 powerglide (Sold)
    1966 GMC Handibus Custom 350 3 on tree

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    I had my seats recovered, Photo's still not loading up?
    1966 Sportvan Deluxe 230 3 on tree (work in progress) Now 283 small block
    1965 Sportvan Deluxe 250 powerglide (Sold)
    1966 GMC Handibus Custom 350 3 on tree

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