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donivan65
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Polar Bear

Post by donivan65 on Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:29 pm

Once upon a time in the 70's there was a van club and Mark had a van called Polar Bear,,,,,and one day it all came to an end,,,,,












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Re: Polar Bear

Post by donivan65 on Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:34 pm

So,,,,back in 2007, Mark decides he needs a Van,,,,,Polar Bear the 2nd and he buys a 1969 Chevy Van with a 307,,,,,,











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Re: Polar Bear

Post by donivan65 on Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:41 pm

And he went shopping,,,,,









































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Re: Polar Bear

Post by donivan65 on Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:44 pm

2009,,,,,I let him use my old front axle to get it to the body shop,,,,,and then life hit a rough patch and all work stopped,,,,


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Re: Polar Bear

Post by donivan65 on Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:52 pm

,,,,HE'S BACK,,,,,,, March 2012,,,,,,life is back on track and Polar Bear 2 is in his buddies garage getting body work done for a trip up north and a NEW PAINT JOB!! Then all the fancy pieces that have been sitting for 3 years will be put on and the Polar Bear will RIDE AGAIN!


















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Re: Polar Bear

Post by G-Man on Wed Apr 04, 2012 2:57 am

good to see this van again

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Re: Polar Bear

Post by Guest on Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:35 am

Cool thread!! JP
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Re: Polar Bear

Post by PolarBear2 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:16 am

Great seeing you again Don, thanks for posting the pictures. Nothing will slow down a Build like getting married. Geez... LOL! Lucky for me Brenda was one of my girls from back in the Van Club days and wants to see us ridding high again in PB2. Back then, over 30 yrs ago, she wasn't old enough to go to some of our events and it would probably be a tough sell getting her to go camping in the Van instead of her Motorhome. She has still blessed the rebirth of the Polar Bear and the funds are available to do so now, again, and it's full steam ahead this time. By next Summer, if not sooner, we hope to have it all finished.
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Re: Polar Bear

Post by sasktrini on Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:54 am

Excellent! Congrats on paint... it's dang near done!
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Re: Polar Bear

Post by Bear on Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:06 am

come on don,t stop telling the story,read on to the end
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Re: Polar Bear

Post by Scott on Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:12 am

It's a cliffhanger..
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Re: Polar Bear

Post by donivan65 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:03 am

Mark is now a long haul truck driver so he might not be on line too often,,,,,but anyways Mark,,,,,what's become of the West Coast Van Club,,,,,,are you all that is left?,,,,,and what ever became of the original Polar Bear van,,,,how did his life end?
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Re: Polar Bear

Post by Bear on Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:36 pm

how soon till the movie comes out? who would they cast for vanish and donivan ??
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Re: Polar Bear

Post by donivan65 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:16 pm

Tuesdays is the only day that Mark is off work,,,,,and right now the van is just a shell,,,,,he took everything out and put one of my old axles under the front so his new one with disk brakes does not get all painted up from all the body work,,,,he has all the new stuff ready to put back on,,,,WHEN,,,,,,the body work is done and it is painted......
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Re: Polar Bear

Post by Roman on Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:25 pm

Are those Doug Thorley "Tri Y" headers?

Cool story!
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Re: Polar Bear

Post by PolarBear2 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:58 pm

Yes, these are Doug Thorley Headers. Jet-Hot Coated.

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Re: Polar Bear

Post by Roman on Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:32 pm

Those are my favorite!
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Re: Polar Bear

Post by donivan65 on Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:34 pm

So Mark,,,,,,what is all that shiny stuff all wrapped up on the pallets,,,,thats not a stock rear end,,,and it looks like you did not use your old transmission hanger,,,,,
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Re: Polar Bear

Post by Magic Bus on Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:32 pm

Long live the Polar Bear!
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Re: Polar Bear

Post by PolarBear2 on Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:26 pm

Putting in a 330HP 350CI Crate Motor from Speedway Motors with a Level 3 700R4 from Boe-Tie Overdrive. The trans crossmember was also from Speedway Motors but we beefed it up and you can see the frame modifications made to install it.




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Re: Polar Bear

Post by PolarBear2 on Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:33 pm

In my signature above is the original Polar Bear
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Re: Polar Bear

Post by VanninBlaino on Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:12 pm

Can y'all post up more memorabilia from back in the day? Me being 17, I've never really seen anything first hand like that. Its nice to read some of the stories that pop up on here.
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Re: Polar Bear

Post by donivan65 on Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:57 pm

Well for one thing, Mark found a a few other things to do and keep busy between the 2 Bears,,,,,,































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Re: Polar Bear

Post by kayjsharp on Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:05 am

Polar Bears is the mixture of cuteness and danger.
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Re: Polar Bear

Post by donivan65 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:00 pm

,,,,,I seen a Bear today,,,,,,,a Polar Bear,,,,,,,,,Mark brings me back my 1st Gen front end assembly that I let him use in 2009 so he could move his van around the body shop without his getting messed up,,,,,,,,, at least the van is in primer now,,,,,,,,






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