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slimtronn

Number of posts : 99
Location : NW Minnesota 100 miles from the Canadian border
Registration date : 2008-09-05

68 a108 custom sportsman camper special

Post by slimtronn on Fri Sep 12, 2008 10:31 pm

First of all I want to say this site is great!! So many helpful people. I have found alot of info. Keep up the good work guys!! I have always loved the a100 pickup and vans. So when my friend of almost 20 years told me about this a108 he found we decided to purchased the van together this febuary from a friend that was going to sell it for scrap. Thats just crazy! We had to put a stop to that! He got it free from a family member so he didnt care what happened to it. We had never seen one like this before so we had to get it. So we both put in $200 each. $400 not bad! It helped that the engine was rebuilt and the canvas on the pop up top was only a few years old.
Here are some pics of the van before we bought it.



Shes a litttle rusty but not that bad seeing I am in minnesota. I was working when it was picked up so I missed all of the fun. The van had no brakes and three tires that wouldn't hold air. But they got it on the trailer and hauled it away.






We wish we new more about the history of the van but we don't. All we know is what the previous owner told us. We were told it has been to both the east and west coast.
I know its been to chicago.


We brought her inside to melt the snow off. And our work on her started.






Now to start the list.
The van got a 3" lift in the back and a 2" lift in the front with 225/70R15 in the front and 275/60R15 in back.
New master cylinder, brake shoes(I hate drum brakes), shocks, alternator, battery, regulator, belts, thermostat, electric colling fan, fuel pump, holley street dominator intake and edelbrock 600cfm carb, points, resistor, plugs and wires. I finally got all of the dash lights to work(had to replace all the bulbs and reground them), but still haveing problems with the passenger tail light. Bulb doesnt get a tight enough connection, parking light comes on but no brake or turning signal. Gauges work except for the gas gauge. I also had to fix wires that some little critters decided to chew up. In the first pic you can see the big hole in drivers side wall were they were getting in. Previous owner took out the propane heater to put in his ice fishing house and never covered the hole. They chewed up some of the insulation and the wires for both headlights, one backup light. Could've been worse I guess.
The back of the van was empty(no seats, just the wall panels) when we got it so we got to do anything we wanted.
Added a microwave, refrigerator, tv, xbox, cd player, 12 disc changer, amp, 12" RF sub. Its taken alot of work, time, and money but were haven fun!
Here are some pics of the inside now.




One of the previous owners built a overhead console for the radio. But now there are no sun visors. That was nice of them!

Here are the newest pics of the van I took a few days ago. I do have all the chrome but I took most of it off to start on the body work.





Yah the rust on the drivers side is ugly, but thanks to this site I finally found some body panels ive been looking for.
Does anyone know what that rack is for that is sticking out on the bottom there? Water tank?




Ive got alot of pics but i will stop here, I could go on forever. I hope everyone likes the pics. Let me know what you think.
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Vanish
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Number of posts : 4899
Location : Hesperia Cal
Registration date : 2008-05-02

Re: 68 a108 custom sportsman camper special

Post by Vanish on Sat Sep 13, 2008 4:08 am

Slimtronn.... welcome in ..... Great Looking A You got there ,,,, fROM lOOking at your Pic's you have come a long way with it !!!!! it's gonna be Nice ........... Do you have a Chevy as well ?????

Looks Cold up there in minnesota.....


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itruns

Number of posts : 1601
Location : Chicago, IL
Registration date : 2008-07-03

Re: 68 a108 custom sportsman camper special

Post by itruns on Sat Sep 13, 2008 5:47 am

I for one am salivating over the picks. Good job. Looks like you accomplished a lot in a just a few months. Its good to know that there are a few being rescued from the crusher.

The bottle on the bottom is your windshield washer tank. There should also be a foot pump near the high-beam dimmer switch. Primitive yes, but it has a high cool factor.
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savage

Number of posts : 1827
Location : Where Rust Never Sleeps in Ft Wayne IN
Registration date : 2008-05-15

Re: 68 a108 custom sportsman camper special

Post by savage on Sat Sep 13, 2008 6:05 am

Nice van. My guess is that rack was for the Propain tank for the heater ,or stove ???
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itruns

Number of posts : 1601
Location : Chicago, IL
Registration date : 2008-07-03

Re: 68 a108 custom sportsman camper special

Post by itruns on Sat Sep 13, 2008 6:28 am

Oops. The "rack". Sorry, wrong picture.

Looks like another small Autozone steering wheel strikes again. Makes you strong.

You might want to check the connector to the taillight (if there is one) . My parts van had a bad one in front that I had to jump out. Ter' found some great LED taillights that need little modification (+ a new flasher) if your thinking of replacing the taillight.
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slimtronn

Number of posts : 99
Location : NW Minnesota 100 miles from the Canadian border
Registration date : 2008-09-05

Re: 68 a108 custom sportsman camper special

Post by slimtronn on Sat Sep 13, 2008 4:47 pm

I was wondering if any one was going to notice the chevy in that pic. Smile No its not mine, its Vandals 65 chevy.
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G-Man
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Number of posts : 30745
Location : Fowlerville, MI
Age : 56
Registration date : 2008-05-06

Re: 68 a108 custom sportsman camper special

Post by G-Man on Sat Sep 13, 2008 4:53 pm

Great Save!!! And nice job bring her back
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jkr

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Location : prince edward island canada
Age : 59
Registration date : 2008-05-29

Re: 68 a108 custom sportsman camper special

Post by jkr on Sat Sep 13, 2008 6:13 pm

the exhaust manifolds look newer than the year of the van i'm guessing about 1980's so some upgrades are done there. now if you plan on leaving the bumpers off or want to make some custom pieces i'll give you your price of the van for them. nice to see you kept the original radio in place also. they are fetchin a nice price if they work.way to save a nice piece of history.

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Re: 68 a108 custom sportsman camper special

Post by Guest on Sat Sep 13, 2008 11:42 pm

Great progress!!Looking good!!
Soon you'll be done and you'll have to travel across country in it, what a shame!!LOL!!!
You ever need a place to visit in the hills of NorCal , out of the way , near some great fishing let me know,same goes for the whole lot of you great VintAGE-Vanners!!I dont mean you guys are vintage, just the vans!!LOL!!

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Re: 68 a108 custom sportsman camper special

Post by Guest on Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:46 am

I'm at work, so I can't see the pics you posted in the thread, but looking at the pic in your avatar what you have is a Family Wagon I built by TRAVCO. I had a Family Wagon II that had a high-top fiberglass roof.

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Re: 68 a108 custom sportsman camper special

Post by Guest on Thu Apr 04, 2013 5:17 pm

5 Years ago.......had some issues with your wire set up,how bout now?
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dodge man

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Location : ohio
Registration date : 2012-08-08

Re: 68 a108 custom sportsman camper special

Post by dodge man on Thu Apr 04, 2013 5:27 pm

welcome, nice project van, cheers
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monkey wrench

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Location : somerset ca
Registration date : 2014-05-18

Re: 68 a108 custom sportsman camper special

Post by monkey wrench on Mon May 19, 2014 7:53 am

slimtron, nice looking van.

im have a van similar to yours. im looking to replace the rubber weatherstrip that holds the canvas to the fiberglass shell of the topper. can you post o pic of what you have on yours? or suggest a place to get some?

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