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My one owner 66 A100!

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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by G-Man on Wed Jan 08, 2014 5:44 am

thanks for the pic's, keep them coming
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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by Joe Van on Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:11 am

dix wrote:it's cheap at napa.
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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by dodge man on Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:01 am

you have been busy its going to look really nice, cant wait to see more pictures,,
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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by Wheelie on Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:55 am

dix wrote:Wheelie what is your next move ?? front markers and grill out, and portholes out and some work on the back doors going on, is this going to ba a strip and repaint ?? you have the front lens out, unplug those lights and clean the sockets, and plug ends then use dielectric greese on the contacts and plugs and open the springs on the wires a bit ,same on the rear as well, a little time spent now will pay off later, make ant pigtail or contact shinny again goes a long way,

Complete strip to metal, some metal working of the lower drivers rocker from previous damage and anything else that hides underneath. Shave the drip rails. All new custom made wiring harness (make in house). All custom air ride suspension,possible modern fuel injected engine swap, custom wood interior, etc. etc!


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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by Wheelie on Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:09 am

Here it is as of today. The primer is good whatever they used when they repainted it in the late 70's. I chose to use aircraft stripper because I had free help and I didn't want the shop dusty and keep the mess down. Thanks to my buddy Bryson for getting after it.





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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by vanny on Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:17 pm

Looks like Great Progress! Thanks for the pics Wheelie...Keep em coming!


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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by dodge man on Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:21 pm

I wish I had your garage, !!! nice work .
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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by JD on Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:02 am

Looking good.


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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by bugeye bob on Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:24 pm

Wheelie you know everyone has to be jealous of that garage. you A100 is really coming along have you decided on a color - paint scheme yet. something about the difference in A100, Econo's and Chevy's the Enco's and Chevy's look good in most any color but i don't think that true with the A's or maybe it's just meNeutral
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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by Wheelie on Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:56 pm

Thanks y'all for the compliments! Bugeye, I can't decide on color but it's definitely not going to be solid. Expect some larger flake in it possibly and definitely have airbrushing and pinstriping squeezed in there somewhere as well. I am open to suggestions of color if anybody cares to share. I have been thinking of doing a rootbeer metallic with either a silver or a gold metallic to give it a cool flop. But I have also though about doing a big flake green color or even satin white.
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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by vanny on Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:03 pm

I vote for the Rootbeer metallic! Would love to see how that would look and maybe an A&W rootbeer sticker in the rear window!


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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by Wheelie on Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:45 am

I picked up a titleless a108 for $500 locally. The van is all original and complete with a 318 and auto. Its so nice I am getting hesitant to cut it up! Im thinking of changing direction with the a100 and use the 318 from the a108 because I'm in it so cheap. Decisions!





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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by Wheelie on Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:47 am

Here is the cool scheme I found that I just love besides the root beer metallic.

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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by vanny on Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:53 pm

WOW Wheelie!!! Nice score! That would be tough to decide...Looks like you could easily have 2 keepers!!! My grandson would absolutely LOVE that Star Wars theme! Congrats on the Fantastic Deal!Very Happy


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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by Wheelie on Sat Feb 22, 2014 9:55 am

Thanks Vanny but I can't take credit for that artwork. That was done by a professional and I won't have anything on the sides. Also, I Cleaned out the a108 yesterday. I put a battery in it and the radio came on! No shit, the lights came on and it tried to crank. She is just way too clean. I just can't cut it up. I'm going to get her running and see what happens from there. I think I can get the title pretty easily.


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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by dodge man on Sat Feb 22, 2014 9:59 am

SUPER nice find !!
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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by dix on Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:07 pm

I'd clean that up and flip it, then put that money into the one your working on,
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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by vanny on Sat Feb 22, 2014 3:23 pm

Wheelie, your in a Good predicament! I'm thrilled for you. I agree with you, I don't think I would be able to cut such a good specimen up either. Congrats and whatever you decide, it'll be right for you!!


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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by dodge man on Sat Feb 22, 2014 3:33 pm

i'm sure it would sell it looks real solid,
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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by Wheelie on Fri Mar 28, 2014 6:52 pm

Made a little progress on the van. Holding off on the air ride for now to get it mobile and out of the way in the shop. I went ahead and did a front axle flip. I also lowered the rear by removing 3 leaves. Got a fuel cell installed and got the drivers wheel opening tacked on place. Almost complete with the body work. Heres some pics of the progress..











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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by dodge man on Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:08 pm

looks really cool, hows the handling after you flipped the front axle, I did it to mine and it was terrible so I flipped it back and just removed some springs,
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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by vanny on Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:24 pm

You're making Great Strides Wheelie! Nice Work...It's got a cool looking stance there!


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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by Wheelie on Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:19 am

Thx guys , I haven't had a chance to drive it yet dodge man but I think I figuired out the issue w the ride. The caster gets thrown way off and the axle actually has to be moved backward an inch as well. I built in all the corrections into the spring mount I made. Only thing I may need to do is put on shorter bump stops. Again, this is most likely temporary untill I have time to do the full airride which will require a lot of fab work.
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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by sweetvan on Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:43 am

Wheelie,
I'm interested to know why the caster changed when you flipped the front axel back to it's correct position. I've heard that the caster should be 5 1/2 to 6 degrees, but haven't seen specs in a service manual. Is there a shim that is supposed to go between the axel and the bottom leaf spring to set the caster?
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Re: My one owner 66 A100!

Post by dodge man on Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:20 am

yes shims are used to change caster and cold bending the axle changes the camber

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