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#565071 - May 27th 2012 6:59 pm Re: I need to get my early mobile ASAP [Re: Vanner68]
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Registered: December 23rd 2000 12:00 pm
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I have all the bits I need to fix the roof.


I bought a fresh battery, squirted some 2 stroke mix in the carb, and it started right up on gas from 1999! Fired up like I had just parked it last week.




Excuse the sound, my phone does not record engine sounds well.

It has a little howl from the water pump but otherwise runs fine.


Edited by Vanner68 (May 27th 2012 7:06 pm)
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#565073 - May 27th 2012 7:54 pm Re: I need to get my early mobile ASAP [Re: Vanner68]
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Nice, glad you got her rolling!
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#565077 - May 27th 2012 9:28 pm Re: I need to get my early mobile ASAP [Re: Vanner68]
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'Drove' it back and forth in the driveway to free up the stuck front wheel. It;s stiff, but turns. Started to smoke the clutch though, so I gave it a rest. The brake is stuck on the right front wheel. Whacking it with a whopping great mallet did no good, so it's just going to be rock it back and forth until it breaks loose all the way.
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#565478 - May 29th 2012 10:26 pm Re: I need to get my early mobile ASAP [Re: Vanner68]
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Well, I gotta start somewhere, so I might as well tackle the dash. Replacing the gutted dash with a complete unit will help stabilize the front end when I start cutting away the roof.

I have this dash I got from Duane in Eastpointe about 10 yrs ago when he replaced the front clip of his 70 GMC after a crash. It's bent in a couple places, and the radio was cut out for a 1/2 DIN head unit, but it's better than the gaping hole I have now.






I only need the face portion, so I will remove the end caps and cut the top portion off at the slots.

I start by chiseling the spot welds....









Then I cut between the slots (gotta love air tools!)



You can see how the dash is bent in this pic



Much like Ash in Army Darkness had his boomstick, I have a bangtable. Everyone should have a bangtable, it's great for sheetmetal work



I got into pounding out the dents and didn't get 'during' shots, but it's hard to do this and hold the camera anyway.

It's mostly just pushing and bending and pounding things back in place.

After the 'massage'



A little inspiration, hope to be seeing this soon from the driver seat!



Edited by Astro (June 12th 2012 8:54 am)
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#565479 - May 29th 2012 10:28 pm Re: I need to get my early mobile ASAP [Re: Vanner68]
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Far out man. Movin rite along.
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#565491 - May 29th 2012 11:44 pm Re: I need to get my early mobile ASAP [Re: Vanner68]
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Registered: May 09th 2006 12:00 pm
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Loc: Springfield, Illinois
cool! How did it get that bent in the first place?
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#565498 - May 30th 2012 1:07 am Re: I need to get my early mobile ASAP [Re: Vanner68]
Ghetto Rat Offline
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Registered: June 04th 2006 12:00 pm
Posts: 1202
Loc: Roseville, Michigan
Used your bang table to fix that gaping hole!
Now that's funny.....I don't care who you are.
Only took ya about 5 years to have enough room
in your hoarder collection to even see the van. LOL
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#565555 - May 30th 2012 12:22 pm Re: I need to get my early mobile ASAP [Re: draggnastro]
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Originally Posted By: draggnastro
cool! How did it get that bent in the first place?


Got it from a friend who rear ended a car with his early (Power disc brakes stop quicker than manual drums, apparently), I got him a front clip and he gave me the bent dash so I could fix mine.... this was about 12 years ago.
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86 Dodge "Yeah, it's got a 318"
08 Chevy HHR Panel Next generation of cool

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#565556 - May 30th 2012 12:24 pm Re: I need to get my early mobile ASAP [Re: Ghetto Rat]
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Loc: Eastpointe, MI ,yewessay
Originally Posted By: Ghetto Rat
Used your bang table to fix that gaping hole!
Now that's funny.....I don't care who you are.
Only took ya about 5 years to have enough room
in your hoarder collection to even see the van. LOL


Took longer than that. I parked the 68 back in 1999.

Just needed to acquire parts, tools, and the skill.
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86 Dodge "Yeah, it's got a 318"
08 Chevy HHR Panel Next generation of cool

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#565568 - May 30th 2012 1:03 pm Re: I need to get my early mobile ASAP [Re: Vanner68]
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Loc: Springfield, Illinois
Gotcha. Looked like a massive knee jab to the middle of that thing.
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