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Looking to Restore this Shorty! #741744
October 19th 2018 1:16 am
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Bought one like this new in '75, now trying to restore this one before I die!

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Re: Looking to Restore this Shorty! [Re: brigrat] #741747
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Good for you I am doing 2 now a 77 and an 86.


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Re: Looking to Restore this Shorty! [Re: brigrat] #741748
October 19th 2018 10:03 am
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On my own Vans I hate any kind of vents or Sun Roofs so off with the top and on with a nice solid replacement!

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Re: Looking to Restore this Shorty! [Re: brigrat] #741757
October 19th 2018 4:53 pm
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I like that!

You weld it in or use structural adhesive ?


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Re: Looking to Restore this Shorty! [Re: brigrat] #741758
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No Elmer's!
Cut original top off 2" up from rain gutter all the way around. Cross ribs stay where they are attached to main body for support. Did all body work on donor top, on saw horses, before putting into place. New top over laps the 2" of the old top. Pretty much squares itself up. Left a 3" bare perimeter around new top for welding, hammer, dolly work. Dug out old calking, resealed rain gutter with paintable sealer. This seemed easier to me than standing on a ladder, reaching into middle of old top and repairing the unsightly rear vent and front leaking Sun roof.
Now onto the floor or lack of!

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Re: Looking to Restore this Shorty! [Re: brigrat] #741759
October 19th 2018 6:12 pm
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Damn! That's more that I usually see here in the southeast.
To a guy like me, who has zero body shop skills, that looks like a lot of work. I'll tackle drive train, electrical, suspension, etc, etc. I've tried enough body work and metal work to know I'm better off letting someone else do it. It's a talent I do not have.
It'll be great to see how that's done.


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Re: Looking to Restore this Shorty! [Re: brigrat] #741766
October 20th 2018 8:01 am
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I've heard GM put different amounts/types of rustproofing on their vans depending where they were being shipped. That looks like an Arizona van that ended up in the rust belt ! Great resto though, as they say here "more power to yer elbow". smile


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Re: Looking to Restore this Shorty! [Re: brigrat] #741769
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The main body is very nice as far as little rust and not any major dents. Leaky Sun roof was the major problem..........................

Re: Looking to Restore this Shorty! [Re: brigrat] #741770
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Ahhh was dripping through onto the floor, I get ya.


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Re: Looking to Restore this Shorty! [Re: brigrat] #741810
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Way to go man. Holes in a roof of a van are nothing but trouble.


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