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#539995 - February 15th 2012 4:58 pm Re: I'm in the Garage! YEAH! [Re: HomeBrew]
wookee Offline
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Registered: April 14th 2003 12:00 pm
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Loc: Joppa Md. U.S.A.
the body dropped Econo like Van Go definably has seating issues.
Sorry I don't agree with this picture



a couple of the Early Chevy Guys mounted side pipes into the rockers

Zelda



Blue Horizon



and yours truly



A set of lake style pipes could be sank into your A 100 rockers.You have the skills to pull this trick off.

Running exaust straight out the back on an early can suck fumes into the van if the door seals are not in good condition.

.......Wookee



Edited by wookee (February 15th 2012 5:07 pm)
Edit Reason: added more BS
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#539999 - February 15th 2012 5:02 pm Re: I'm in the Garage! YEAH! [Re: HomeBrew]
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Man this is a great thread I just went through 40 something pages and couldn't stop till I got caught up on your project, great work and Very Cool man!! cheers

Now I'm off to get some done on mine!!

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#540012 - February 15th 2012 5:23 pm Re: I'm in the Garage! YEAH! [Re: wookee]
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Sorry I don't agree with this picture


Are you referring to the heavy metal stickers Joe? lol
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#540013 - February 15th 2012 5:26 pm Re: I'm in the Garage! YEAH! [Re: HomeBrew]
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#540314 - February 16th 2012 5:03 pm Re: I'm in the Garage! YEAH! [Re: HomeBrew]
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I'm under the impression it's a "car guy" joke between car guys who like vans.....but I could be wrong.


Awesome BigAir, glad you like the thread and thanks for readin it. Iím having fun and learning a TON in the process. Iím still curious to see how all this work stacks up against the test of time.
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#541182 - February 20th 2012 1:03 am Re: I'm in the Garage! YEAH! [Re: HomeBrew]
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i love the stance on that econoline. for the exhaust, i like the ones that the tip actually bolts into the body.
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#550117 - March 21st 2012 12:06 pm Re: I'm in the Garage! YEAH! [Re: HomeBrew]
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Still working on the passanger rear corner.

I have everything I need to panel off the driverside. Well, I have the materials and everything but time...

I had to get creative with the clamp method. ;-)

Couldnt find an off the shelf tool to do what I needed, so I made one! This is the prototype "Lateral Telescoping Clamp". It will allow me to push two objects in opposit directions instead of pulling them twards each other.







It's a 24" chunk of 1" square stock, with a 3/4" nut welde don each end with a 3/4 x 5" bold threaded into that. Gives me 10" of latteral adjustment. If I neede more, just insert a longer 3/4" bolt. Each "clamp" had to be adjustable because my garage wall is not straight and the van is not parked parallel to that...

I'm going to put 2x4's on the garage wall, and use flat metal bars on the van side to distribute the pressure evenly and not dimple or bend the panel.

This panel is 6'9" wide and 21.5" tall. Plane to make up a dozen of these custom "clamps". Hope to have the first three windows on the driver side erased by the end of the weekend.

Custom tools for a custom job....
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#550123 - March 21st 2012 12:26 pm Re: I'm in the Garage! YEAH! [Re: HomeBrew]
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Very cool!!!
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#551588 - March 26th 2012 12:41 pm Re: I'm in the Garage! YEAH! [Re: HomeBrew]
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Window Removal, Driver Side, Panel #1.

I still need to cut and fit panel #2 for the last window, but I can man handle that one by myself. BIG thanks to "Little Dave" for coming over on a saturday night and helping me until 2 AM. I fell asleep between midnight and 1:30, thank goodness Dave woke me up. If I waited any longer to remove the clamps and flat bar, they may have been stuck for good. lol


Started with a 8x3' sheet and cut it down to 6'9"x 21.5".




Prepped side of van.





Prepped mating surface of panel.



Apply adhesive, smooth it out into an even layer. Apply panel and clamp.








Wait two hours and remove clamps.






Now, I can begin to prep the edges for tack welding, filler, and seam sealing, etc.



Note on latteral telescopic clamping. The concept worked pretty well. A problem I ran into was clamping evenly.... When I would increase the pressure exerted by the clamps at one "level" the van body would roll on the suspension and reduce the force of the other clamps above or below. (DOH!)

If I was to do this again, I would put jack stands all around the edge of the van to prevent the body from moving.
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#551592 - March 26th 2012 12:48 pm Re: I'm in the Garage! YEAH! [Re: HomeBrew]
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Registered: July 26th 2009 3:08 pm
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Very clever....looks great!!!!
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