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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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Good for you I am doing 2 now a 77 and an 86.


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

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brigrat #741770 October 20th 2018 1:21 pm
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Ahhh was dripping through onto the floor, I get ya.


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brigrat #741810 October 20th 2018 10:03 pm
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Way to go man. Holes in a roof of a van are nothing but trouble.


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