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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #773321 March 22nd 2021 2:01 pm
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Spent a few hours yesterday starting the tear down to re-wire, install new distributor/coil......86'd the A/C boat anchor, and found a couple of things to do while in there (thermostat maybe). Having bad luck with actual distributors - Jeg's sent me some POS that was literally in pieces, the next one I got it was very apparent it had been used by somebody (scuffed up, jacked up wire terminals, bent parts), WTF?

Much cussing was done. This was pretty much before we took out the radiator, etc.

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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #773333 March 22nd 2021 6:36 pm
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I finally got her decently dialed in and it looks like the water isn't leaking into the engine. There is water coming out of the pipes but it is clear water. So things are looking good.

I finalized the purchase of the vintage tube grille. I am excited for it but I'm not a fan of the headlight buckets. It is a sheet of chromed metal and the 5"x7" headlights screw into the metal. No muss, no fuss. The bolt heads are exposed though, not a fan of the look. I believe you used to be able to attach a '76/'77 Monte Carlo headlight bezels to clean it up. Not sure, the bezels aren't cheap.

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I am looking forward to get it as it is one of the final period custom pieces for the van. It'll really pull the whole look together.

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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #773340 March 22nd 2021 8:41 pm
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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #773342 March 22nd 2021 9:03 pm
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Looks great but if it bothers you
maybe you can find some chrome screw caps ?


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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #773346 March 22nd 2021 9:57 pm
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So I had to edit, I should have researched it a bit more but I took the seller at his word because we had done several deals in the past. It isn’t a real Glory but a vintage bar grille. I still like it, but I’m into it for a 1/3 of a real Glory.


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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
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lukester #773406 March 24th 2021 12:05 pm
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Originally Posted by lukester
Looks great but if it bothers you
maybe you can find some chrome screw caps ?


I thought that but the heads are the headlight adjustment bolts and I don't think they would look good. I may just find a clean set of Monte Carlo bezels and hold onto them. Maybe down the road get some heavy duty magnets and attach them to the back of the bezels or get someone to weld some tabs onto it so the bezel screws have something to bite into.

I'm going to run it as is for now.


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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
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I didn’t have much happening tonight so I finally gave in and finished my overhead console. I tried to do it with hinges and didn’t like it. So I’m just going to anchor it to a 1x1 furring strip at 5 points. It doesn’t weigh a lot and should be fine.

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I didn’t get the vinyl as tight as I’d like but it works. I’m thinking about getting some plain black foam backed vinyl and using it for the trim to offset the diamonds.


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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
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