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1966 g van has a new home

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whopman

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Re: 1966 g van has a new home

Post by whopman on Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:30 am

Now that we have some decent weather time to quit hibernating....Just picked up the 230 block freshly machined and bored 60 over for 307 flat top pistons....shaved the deck .010... The crank is a 250 balanced and polished ...with the crank snout drilled and tapped...The head was shaved down .060( to raise compression) and new valves installed 1.94 intakes and 1.50 exhaust....have new comp cam 252/474 with matching springs....will pick up main bearings today and start the assembly this weekend...still more parts to buy....headers intake water pump etc etc etc...
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Nightmoves

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Re: 1966 g van has a new home

Post by Nightmoves on Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:58 am

Mike that raw machine work looks pretty as a picture.With all that done,what you think your cid/hp will be? Also,what header combination you going with? Looking forward to seeing it all ready to going in.
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whopman

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Re: 1966 g van has a new home

Post by whopman on Thu Feb 17, 2011 5:21 pm

Nightmoves the cid should be around 260..hoping the hp will get to at least 225 but shooting for 250..don't know if that will happen ....i am going with langdons cast iron headers ceramic coated to reduce heat in the dog house...will use an offenhauser intake...fuel deliver is still up in the air...really leaning towards a throttle body fuel injection system...costly but very tunable ....comp cams make a stand alone system....never built a performance inline 6...they are a different animal compared to the chevy v8....truth of it is it would be cheaper to build a v8...just wanted to keep the inline look and durability...
going to run a puller electric fan on a walker radiator...the same setup that is on my 54 truck... the dimensions of the radiator are almost identical...still undecided on the tranny....700r4??? lot of horror stories on the shift tv cable setup...doing calculations on 308 gears with a turbo 350???? don't know if it will give me 75 mph at 2200 rpms
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BILLS66

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Re: 1966 g van has a new home

Post by BILLS66 on Thu Feb 17, 2011 6:04 pm

whopman,Great to see you post hadn't heard much from you in a while,I can't wait to see a few more pics as you go the stuff you are doing is exciting!
Bill
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Twinpilot001

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Re: 1966 g van has a new home

Post by Twinpilot001 on Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:18 pm

Nice Build!! just remember to add the zinc additive for start up & each oil change to prevent cam & lifetr damage- Nice build!!
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whopman

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Re: 1966 g van has a new home

Post by whopman on Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:38 pm

Twinpilot thanks for the heads up..
Bill it's been a long winter...started hibernating got into a funk...glad to be back

Made a trip to Summit Racing in Atlanta today to pick up some more goodies for the engine build...Awesome store...you just spin looking at all the cool stuff.
Saved all winter for the machine work and parts for this build...Going to start the assembly Sunday....picked up rockers, pushrods, ARP cylinder head studs, POR15 Chevy Orange engine paint ...the rockers are not the roller type too much money and an overkill for this build...
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Twinpilot001

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Re: 1966 g van has a new home

Post by Twinpilot001 on Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:54 pm

Thats what i thought so just add the zicc stuff & she will last a lifetime for ya.
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whopman

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Re: 1966 g van has a new home

Post by whopman on Sat Mar 05, 2011 4:19 am

had a few hours away from work and finally got started on the assembly process
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Re: 1966 g van has a new home

Post by G-Man on Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:40 am

Looks Great!!! More fun outting them back together
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whopman

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Re: 1966 g van has a new home

Post by whopman on Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:46 pm

Spent some time today finishing the piston install. Can never have to much lubrication. Waiting on the water pump to arrive before I can install the head. The build book says to have the water pump installed prior to torquing the head down. Tuesday afternoon!
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whopman

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Re: 1966 g van has a new home

Post by whopman on Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:26 pm

more progress...now getting ready to paint side covers,timer cover and oil pan.[/url[url=http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=162&u=15131473][/url[url=http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=163&u=15131473]
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sasktrini

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Re: 1966 g van has a new home

Post by sasktrini on Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:53 pm

whopman, I love this!!! Your van is the Chevy I dream of!!! Great thread!!!
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whopman

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Re: 1966 g van has a new home

Post by whopman on Sat Mar 12, 2011 3:43 am

Thank you ! Sasktrini. My goal is to have it as a daily driver that can eat up the highway...right now I do drive it daily but stay locally only...Will keep posting as progress continues.
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Nightmoves

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Re: 1966 g van has a new home

Post by Nightmoves on Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:30 am

Coming around great,Mike.Fresh parts,fresh build,ooo la laa.With those side covers off,I never really noticed how lonnng those push rods are.
Gear drive???

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Re: 1966 g van has a new home

Post by Guest on Sat Mar 12, 2011 5:30 pm

Very very Nice work.
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whopman

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Re: 1966 g van has a new home

Post by whopman on Sun Mar 13, 2011 4:34 pm

Warmer day today was able to get some painting done. 3 hours of cleaning and masking...15 minutes to shoot paint another hour to clean up mess....Still had a blast !!!!!!

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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 13, 2011 4:45 pm

Nice!
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Re: 1966 g van has a new home

Post by Digz on Sun Mar 13, 2011 6:04 pm

Yeah real nice !!
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whopman

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Re: 1966 g van has a new home

Post by whopman on Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:58 pm

Sandblasted cleaned and painted...[/url][/url[url=http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=172&u=15131473]
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whopman

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Re: 1966 g van has a new home

Post by whopman on Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:21 pm

A BIT MORE PROGRESS[/url[url=http://www.servimg.com/image_preview.php?i=183&u=15131473]
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BILLS66

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Re: 1966 g van has a new home

Post by BILLS66 on Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:28 pm

whopman ,It looks great! and once its in and all shiney its easier to keep it that way rather than trying to clean an old engine. Bill
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whopman

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Re: 1966 g van has a new home

Post by whopman on Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:49 pm

Thank Bill .....need to order more parts....having a hard time tracking down the water neck that mounts on the head that holds the thermostat housing...Any ideas where one could find one??
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BILLS66

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Re: 1966 g van has a new home

Post by BILLS66 on Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:17 pm

whopman I have the complete engine (250 6cyl) out of my 70 parts van its on there you can have it if you need it . Bill
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whopman

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Re: 1966 g van has a new home

Post by whopman on Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:57 am

Thanks Bill, I will let you know..depends on if I pick up the 67 I found yesterday. Kinda hard to pass on that one.... to original to let it go. Gonna head back over to look at it today and give it a good look over to see if I should pull the trigger or not. It has the 250 inline complete in it...
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whopman

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Re: 1966 g van has a new home

Post by whopman on Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:21 am

Took the defrost manifold out of the 65 today sandblasted and painted and installed it in the 66. Some had hacked the daylights out of the one in the 66 and it was rattling like crazy. A tad tight working under the dash. Installed the correct defrost vents as well . Ordered more parts for the motor...harmonic balancer, distributor, plug wires, electric radiator fan. Took the 350 transmission to the Transmission shop to have it rebuilt. Gonna put off the 700r4 for now and maybe tackle that project next year.

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