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    Smile Richie's 64 Sears van

    My earlier posts were on somebody else's thread who owned my van first so I started a new one. Here are the beginning pictures up to now. At one point in its life out in the Mojave desert someone took off all but 2 leaf springs in an attempt to lower it so I removed the front and rear suspension. Half the bolts holding everything on were either missing or hand tightened. That wasn't gonna fly. I was making progress on it but had to have both shoulders repaired and couldn't work on it until now. I can comfortably spend 3 or 4 hours on it before I have to stop.
    The parts I took off and the bottom of it are entombed with a 1/4" of 55 year old baked on crud. I tried everything from power washing, easy off oven cleaner and other grease removal products to clean the crud off but the only thing that worked was a 2" putty knife. I did use a cheap HF air die grinder with 1" sanding disks for the tight spots. I have the rear half of the underside cleaned and will attempt to paint it this weekend. I still have to remove the front clip from the 66 GMC, it is not covered in the same crud and in a lot better shape. The kingpins on the 64 were bad and the steering bar or what ever its called was bent so it's easier to swap front ends then clean that crud off, hopefully it will go a little faster. All I need to finish the rear end are new bearings for the axles. The parts guy gave me an old school tip for removing the axle bearing. You have to take the spider gears out I think thats what there called. Use a piece of conduit 3 or 4 inches longer than the rear end so it goes all the way thru then tap out the opposite bearing with a hammer then repeat for the other side, it worked like a charm with no damage to the axle.


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    1964 Sears van current project
    1966 GMC Handivan on the backburner

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    Hey Richie!!! Glad to see you post! That's something I have to address as well in the near future after I button up the engine compartment.....leaf springs, leaf spring bushings, and my rear axles. Looks like you did a fine job tackling those axles and bearings
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    Wow, what a job!

    That's some serious crud buildup. Great before and after pics.
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    Nice!

    Looking great.
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    So afters years of scraping the 56 years of crud from the underside of my van I gave up and built a wooden rotisserie and flipped it so it could be blasted. It's getting done on Tuesday and as soon as I can post pictures I will.
    1964 Sears van current project
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    anticipation

    Quote Originally Posted by Richie66 View Post
    So afters years of scraping the 56 years of crud from the underside of my van I gave up and built a wooden rotisserie and flipped it so it could be blasted. It's getting done on Tuesday and as soon as I can post pictures I will.
    Waiting to see your pictures of this wood rotisserie. Thanks for your posting! -Paul-
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    YES! Detailed ictures of the rotisserie, please. Especially curious about attachment points & hardware, and the location of the pivot axis.

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