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1980 Chevy Van 20
#768925 December 23rd 2020 11:46 pm
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Figured this would be a good place to share some better pictures of our van and document ongoing progress
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Yup, she's a project for sure, but we're excited to be her second owner smile

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vaNsquared #768928 December 24th 2020 12:05 am
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Yep this is the place to document your build ...


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Re: 1980 Chevy Van 20
vaNsquared #768930 December 24th 2020 7:18 am
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Got that right. Looks like a nice project.


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Re: 1980 Chevy Van 20
vaNsquared #768931 December 24th 2020 7:19 am
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looking forward to seeing progress on the van, looks like a nice blank slate to start with.

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vaNsquared #768940 December 24th 2020 12:32 pm
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Awesome, thanks everyone.
I had a chance to mess around with the sliding door a bit.
Took off the cover to the top outside slider and found some rust under whatever the previous owner goobered into the drip rails. Nothing unexpected though.
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Lubed up the sliders and hinge mechanism. Happy to see GM put a couple of zircs on the hinge.
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Now the doors slide smoothly and much more quietly. Noticed something that looked like a latch in the upper hinge, parts 22 and 4 in this diagram.
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Does anyone know what the purpose of this is?

I'm still not happy with how the door opens and shuts. Found a thread about using pex tubing to replace door striker bushings on GM trucks of the same era: https://www.gmsquarebody.com/threads/fix-slamming-doors-striker-door-latch-repair.624/
Will give this a try soon

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vaNsquared #769131 December 29th 2020 11:24 am
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That front seat looks comfy...lots of support. lol


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Re: 1980 Chevy Van 20
vaNsquared #769189 December 31st 2020 12:01 am
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That's a cool van!

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vaNsquared #769759 January 16th 2021 9:53 am
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@NateB Lol finding some comfy seats is on the agenda for sure. I'm keeping my eye out for clean conversion van seats that would fit!

@Frosty Thanks!

I've been putting any free time I could towards the roof. Thankfully its been fixed to my satisfaction, but here is what happened:
I discovered it was leaking like crazy and starting to rust the structural channels supporting the roof
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Also some janky lampcord wiring from the PO :P

I started to remove whatever substance was in the drip channel.
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Plenty of cancerous rust.
More to follow...

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vaNsquared #769796 January 17th 2021 4:50 pm
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Thats nasty.


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vaNsquared #769821 January 17th 2021 11:24 pm
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It turns out the leaky sealant in the drip rail was also the only thing holding the roof skin to the vehicle.
With the drip rails clear, lifted the the roof to treat the otherwise inaccessible rust.
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Plenty of rusty flakes

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A section cleaned up with a wire wheel. Thankfully the structural areas were still sound.

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Here is the roof and drip channel ready to be made into a POR-15 sandwich

With everything done, rusty roof areas were:
wire brushed
vacuumed
degreased with simple green
rinsed,
treated with POR-15 metal prep or Ospho.
rinsed again
left to dry
drip channel painted with POR-15
roof skin refitted
painted top of roof flange with POR-15
sealed with a good quality seam sealer.


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