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Re: Gordon 1998 Chevrolet Express 2500 8 passenger
SafariTim #796464 September 28th 2022 1:45 pm
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Re: Gordon 1998 Chevrolet Express 2500 8 passenger
SafariTim #796932 October 10th 2022 5:05 am
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Took forever, but Gordon was back at work Saturday night. That damn hurricane blew me into next week, so I been trying to make up the time. I been stuck driving the soul-less Town and Country. She is great for what she does, but not getting any respect at the job site. First pothole repair done from a Town and Country.
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Post diggers, shovel, rake, 2 bags of asphalt, a bag of concrete, and she was LOADED.
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Look how clean that block is. I think the oil came from spillage, I need to check the tube. I was wanting to go to the pul it this weekend, but didn't make it. I need round a/c vents, thinking something like F250 Ford. Round and easy to clean.
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I made a better frame to hold the dash and removed all padding. I covered the a/c vents and airbag with Pollywall. I need the trim for around the radio/gauges. I don't want to take Gordon apart until I have everything ready to go in.
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The next time I hear someone talk about money problems, I'm going to offer to buy their time for the next 2 weeks. I make money all day! I have yet to find away to make time.

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Re: Gordon 1998 Chevrolet Express 2500 8 passenger
SafariTim #796943 October 10th 2022 9:32 am
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Nice work.

Re: Gordon 1998 Chevrolet Express 2500 8 passenger
SafariTim #796953 October 10th 2022 8:13 pm
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Slow day at work today. Thankfully Gordon was there to help pass the time. He got a fully exterior detail, with a heavy coat of banana wax. My new favorite picture of Gordon! The flake just loves this Florida sun. Really shows the color change.
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Its hard to see in this picture but there are 3 dents down the passenger side. Looks like someone opened the rear door too far, and the front 2 doors on this side have dents. The paint is fine, looking for a paintless dent repair. But we have paint issues in other areas.
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In his first life, he was a family trip van and spent most of his time backed into the carport. The hood and driver side getting the sun.I detail for a living and my van is a rolling billboard. So, I want it perfect. Down the road I will have to have him repainted, but til then.
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The grill, bumpers, flares, and side skirts will all be done in black also. I want to keep the van looking good as
I build it. Everything will be built, painted, and installed, giving the van two-tone paint until complete. Still not set on the final color or style.

Re: Gordon 1998 Chevrolet Express 2500 8 passenger
SafariTim #796954 October 10th 2022 9:27 pm
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Re: Gordon 1998 Chevrolet Express 2500 8 passenger
SafariTim #796965 October 10th 2022 10:06 pm
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Nice, like your van...

Re: Gordon 1998 Chevrolet Express 2500 8 passenger
SafariTim #796979 October 11th 2022 6:39 am
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Sweet ride. looks good


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Re: Gordon 1998 Chevrolet Express 2500 8 passenger
SafariTim #797036 October 11th 2022 7:53 pm
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Thank you guys for feeding my obsession. Gordon getting ready for work!
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Re: Gordon 1998 Chevrolet Express 2500 8 passenger
SafariTim #797426 October 21st 2022 11:42 am
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I started on the center of the dash. Currently the radio and A/C sit more towards the driver. I'd like to center everything and give the dash an update. I'm reusing the head unit I installed in Vanessa.
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Can't wait it was awesome and has everything included. Bluetooth, GPS, back up camera, hands free text and calling, it as basically a tablet. I started with a chunk of styrofoam and sanded it by hand with 80 grit paper to get it ruffled into the basic shape. The center piece will be removable for access.
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It's not easy to make it perfect. So, I decided I would use some baseboard and trim molding. The baseboard and trim molding will be wrapped in vinyl wrap. Baseboard covered with a red matt or red brushed aluminum vinyl. The trim molding will be done with a gross black. I'll also use it long the passenger side of the dash, to tie everything together. The dash itself will be done with a black vinyl upholstery.
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Once I get the styrofoam shaped it will be covered with a thin layer of fiberglass. Coming together good so far. Sunday I will go the the pull up it to get the dash trim and round a/c vents.

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