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Re: 1969 Econoline Shorty
Charlie99909 #755731 January 12th 2020 5:18 pm
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So, today I went to our monthly antique fair in downtown. Usually it is good for some oddball pieces from the 60's and 70's here and there. Better than the local flea market. Inside a booth of just old tools and junk, I find a box. Turns out, it's a box of KC Hilites from the 80's. Everything is still in their original plastic. The only thing missing is a rubber boot for the mounting bracket. I can't tell you what I paid, but I basically stole them.

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I'm ordering a fender flare and wing kit tonight or tomorrow and I figured this would be perfect for the air dam.

It still has the Sears stamp on the bottom of the box and the date from 1987. Hrmmm, I wonder about their 5 year warranty though. laugh


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Ooooh I wanna order flares too. Can’t wait to see this on your van! Those lights are rad, nice score


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Re: 1969 Econoline Shorty
Charlie99909 #755755 January 13th 2020 7:49 am
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+1 on the awesome score for the lights! I'm digging that antenna booster too, now I'm going to have to find one similar.


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Charlie99909 #755896 January 16th 2020 1:54 pm
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I just had my final conversation (I hope) with CJ Pony Parts. To get a hold of anyone on the phone is insane. It is taking too long for a replacement on that HEI. I am just going to put in a distributor and throw in a Pertronix that I have new in the box instead and be done with it. Which now means new wires and re-gap the plugs, but hey, I can also have the whole front reassembled, aside from the grille, this weekend once that is done so that is one thing out of the way.


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Re: 1969 Econoline Shorty
Charlie99909 #755904 January 16th 2020 7:15 pm
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I'm glad you said that before I ended up buying anything from them down the road. I had recently come across their page and bookmarked it to look at later. Sucks going through this crap with so many suppliers these days. Everyone wants to make a buck, but so few want to back up their product.


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kursed #755906 January 16th 2020 7:32 pm
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Originally Posted by kursed
I'm glad you said that before I ended up buying anything from them down the road. I had recently come across their page and bookmarked it to look at later. Sucks going through this crap with so many suppliers these days. Everyone wants to make a buck, but so few want to back up their product.



I mean, don't get me wrong, all the parts I have gotten from them have been great. The only one I had issue with was this HEI. I think for anything like that I will just keep going through Summit Racing. They're over the hill in Reno and I usually get parts next day with the regular shipping. I have a Tognotti's shop here in town which has everything for the looks I'm going for (high chrome Cal Custom style job) and it is all at my finger tips that day by just walking in.

Here's a plus, my refund from CJ just hit my paypal. I'll take it.


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Re: 1969 Econoline Shorty
Charlie99909 #756036 January 21st 2020 6:59 pm
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I don't have too much to report as I was sick this last weekend and wasn't able to work on the van. This weekend I am heading to a larger swap about two hours away to see what I can find for the van. I ordered a wing and flares from Van Accessories Direct. It should take about three weeks to get them as they are being made up. I also bit the bullet and spent a bit of money on some more chrome parts for the engine. It will really help to clean it up and make it look better inside.

My NOS Sparkomatic wedge speakers showed up today. I already have a similar set of wedge Sparkomatic speakers in the van. They're a bit crusty for being NOS, their box pretty much fell apart in my hands from being exposed to a lot of moisture. All the mounting hardware is rusted like crazy and there is some rust on the speakers inside, but I'll be able to test them from home to see what happens.

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I think the ceiling behind the seats would be a good spot for them and I can relocate the smaller ones to the overhead console.

Also, I scored a nice CB today off Facebook Marketplace from a guy who bought out a CB shop that had closed down. It had been rewired for a cigarette plug in. She works when plugged in, I just need an antenna to test her out for real. Maybe next month.

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I am working on an idea that I have for the hole in the dash. Once I know if it will work or not, I will detail it here. But I have a good feeling on it.


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Re: 1969 Econoline Shorty
Charlie99909 #756039 January 21st 2020 8:48 pm
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Sweet scores. I have a set of Craig wedge speakers like those that I scored at Goodwill last year for $1 for my 72 Chevelle.


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Charlie99909 #756040 January 21st 2020 9:09 pm
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I have a set of those lights mint in box.


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Re: 1969 Econoline Shorty
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Originally Posted by kursed
Sweet scores. I have a set of Craig wedge speakers like those that I scored at Goodwill last year for $1 for my 72 Chevelle.



That's awesome. We get thrifted to death out here in CA. It is the hip thing to do and stuff is too high priced or just gone. My brother goes and sees our grandpa in his tiny mountain town and finds all sorts of stuff at their thrift stores because they aren't hipstered to death.


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I have a set of those lights mint in box.


My dad still can't believe that vintage KC HiLites and DayLites are in demand. He was laughing at how many times he just saw people throwing them away over the last 25 years, some still in the boxes.

Such is life.


*UPDATE*

I tested the speakers and aside from some gnarly fluffy mildew/growth on the speakers that falls off, they are good to go and sound good.

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