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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #565219 May 28th 2012 7:17 pm
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Move to Michigan, rust is not an issue.








Oh, we still have rust, it's just not an issue for getting plates.


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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
Vanner68 #565935 May 31st 2012 11:58 pm
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Well the Captain Kurk (custom van) did some work on the running board lights on my van.
So I had to show them off today!
(I know, blurry pics. Best ya can do with cheap camera)
But ya get the idea, No bulbs out!


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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #565943 June 01st 2012 1:14 am
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lookin good Galaxy!

I put a 2nd, and 3rd coat of poly on my dash piece. Then thats it im done with it.


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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #565946 June 01st 2012 4:39 am
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I got in more sandblasting and powdercoating before it rained.

I took a picture in the sunlight of the parts I had finished powdercoating. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out so far:

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The reddish purple candy is somewhat similar to the color I intend to use on my fiberglass dash when I build and paint it, only it will contain colored flake.

I finished up the sandblasting and powdercoating on my core supports:

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I also pulled out my cruise control servo brackets and hood latch, and blasted and coated them too. The hood latch will require several passes yet due to it's having such a complex shape with integral parts which can occupy several positions.

This powdercoat is really some pretty tough stuff; I accidentally had laid down an excessive thickness on one area of the driver side core support (it's a bit difficult to estimate the thickness of matte black) so it trapped some air and bubbled a bit in the oven. I took my random orbital sander to it to smooth it out, and was favorably impressed at just how tough it is; it took some genuine effort to remove the bubbles with 180 grit, and the adjacent areas practically laughed at my efforts. -Definitely should withstand insect and pebble strikes! It also smoothed right out and flowed together seamlessly where I did the sanding and touch up.

I can see where powdercoating could get to be a habit...

Now I'm debating on whether I should clean up the surface rust on my tube grille and powdercoat it with clear, or powdercoat it black, like I'd been planning all along...

I also checked into a set of turbine rims, but they were the wrong bolt pattern. Bummer! First set I ever had a realistic chance at.


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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #566002 June 01st 2012 2:42 pm
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Looks great Ram! I'd love to have a home powdercoating system


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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #566009 June 01st 2012 3:31 pm
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yeah Looks fantastic!


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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #566011 June 01st 2012 4:40 pm
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Went to the beach to get some benefits from a friend.....

beach bunnies are hopping all over the place here....

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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #566014 June 01st 2012 4:47 pm
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I finished assembling the headlights and custom grille for may e150 today. THe headlights are off a mid 90s grand prix/cutlass and they fit behind the custom grille very well. It kind of reminds me of the hot wheels from the 60s where the grille went all the way across.

Also got the wheels and tires mounted after refinishing the old cyclones. They turned out pretty nice I think. I also mounted up the NOS set of J&J flares I found on CL. I still need to mount the chin spoiler but that will have to wait. Next on the list is mounting the side pipes and getting them hooked up.

before grille

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Mocked up before assembly

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fully assembled

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The lower valence is pulled out because I am contemplating frenching the hood and fenders out around the grille. I just have not decided the best way yet.
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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #566019 June 01st 2012 5:15 pm
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That's looking great.


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