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savage

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Re: Millwright71's 66 Chevy panel

Post by savage on Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:40 am

Looking Good Tom ,getting closer ever time you get to work on it. Did you move top rad mount forward, or in stock mount?? Got the tank hose when you need it
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Re: Millwright71's 66 Chevy panel

Post by millwright71 on Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:11 am

Top radiator mount is in the stock location, little bit tight on the left with the filler neck still there. Made my own tank saddles, and used the rubber inserts I got from you. (Savage saves the day again) Lowered it about an inch. The radiator is two rows of inch tubes, dual pass design. Gonna get started on the trans mount like Vanagain used today.
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Moving right along

Post by millwright71 on Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:37 am

Savage came over last evening, it was van-o-rama again! I was working on fabricating the trans mount for the 4L60E Trans and got that finished and installed!

It uses the top four mounting holes for the tailshaft extension, then goes up to the stock mount location using two of the left over bushings from upgrading the Dodge. I am pretty happy with it, just wasn't happy with a crossmember hanging so low to go to the stock mount location on the trans.

Had to use spacers due to the housing being bell shaped by the mount holes, and having reinforcement gussets as well. I will bolt a reinforcement plate across the floor crossmember to replace the one I cut out for clearance to install the mount.

The 22 gallon tank built for a 95 Chevy van is installed along with the fuel injection pump and sender unit, even got the braided fuel and return lines put in! Getting closer to wiring and finishing the doghouse install.
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Progress

Post by millwright71 on Sun Mar 16, 2014 5:41 pm

Got a little more accomplished today. Installed the back part of the doghouse and made an access panel for the wiring loom to go through.
Mocked up the seats from Suburban seating I got a while back. Only really needed to put the drivers side in to get a feel for where I want the shifter on the tunnel. But decided to mock them both up to get it out of the way.

Plenty of room for the lid to open and close, as well as the doors to shut.

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Re: Millwright71's 66 Chevy panel

Post by Big W on Sun Mar 16, 2014 8:54 pm

Damn!!! those seats look good in there. You got some great work going on there. Keep those pics coming.cheers
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Re: Millwright71's 66 Chevy panel

Post by vanny on Mon Mar 17, 2014 1:17 pm

Ditto! Those seats look like the belong in there. Great fit!!! How tall is the shifter? Since mine is an auto tranny, I'm thinking of going with a shifter as well. If you don't mind, I'll be taking notes as to how you set yours up as a reference. Thanks as always for the great pics!


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Re: Millwright71's 66 Chevy panel

Post by millwright71 on Mon Mar 17, 2014 1:24 pm

Gonna mount the shifter on the tunnel in front of the doghouse, bought a B&M unimatic shifter designed for trucks. I think it is a little over a foot tall. I have plans on making an extension for a different look. It will take some fab work because it only comes with a 5 foot cable. I bought a 10 footer, but one end needs reworked.
I have done, and learned a lot of things off this site. I can only hope my postings help others, or give them ideas on their own vans. I can't thank the guys enough for all the ideas!!!!
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Post by 66mnecotruck on Mon Mar 17, 2014 1:31 pm

Looking great!!
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Re: Millwright71's 66 Chevy panel

Post by vanny on Mon Mar 17, 2014 1:32 pm

millwright71 wrote:Gonna mount the shifter on the tunnel in front of the doghouse, bought a B&M unimatic shifter designed for trucks. I think it is a little over a foot tall. I have plans on making an extension for a different look. It will take some fab work because it only comes with a 5 foot cable. I bought a 10 footer, but one end needs reworked.
I have done, and learned a lot of things off this site. I can only hope my postings help others, or give them ideas on their own vans. I can't thank the guys enough for all the ideas!!!!
Can't wait to see the results! Twisted Evil


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Re: Millwright71's 66 Chevy panel

Post by Van crazy on Sun Mar 23, 2014 2:12 pm

Nice work for sure and a lot of it!!!
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Re: Millwright71's 66 Chevy panel

Post by millwright71 on Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:04 pm

Got the shifter mounted tonight, still in mock-up form.

Hooked up the lines to the trans cooler as well

I am trying to get all the mechanical systems in place before wiring so I know where to best route the wires. Next up, exhaust!

Tom
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Re: Millwright71's 66 Chevy panel

Post by savage on Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:36 am

Looking good Tom. Give me a call if you need help with the exhaust
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Re: Millwright71's 66 Chevy panel

Post by millwright71 on Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:47 pm

Gonna stop at a local shop tomorrow and see what his prices are for a few pieces of pipe and some bends. Weld it up custom as we go. Will probably be putting it in after we get back from spring break vacation. You can be sure I will need your help with this one.


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Re: Millwright71's 66 Chevy panel

Post by Van crazy on Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:03 pm

I wish you guys were my neighbors. I need a van building buddy.
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Re: Millwright71's 66 Chevy panel

Post by vanny on Mon Mar 24, 2014 7:10 pm

Van Crazy, I was just thinking the same thing...Maybe we all need to move out to Indiana!


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Re: Millwright71's 66 Chevy panel

Post by millwright71 on Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:07 pm

Come on out to Indiana guys, but if you do, ya gotta bring some spring weather with ya. This 20-30 degree below normal crap is cramping our style! Seriously though, we have a lot of fun working on this one, hoping to get time to put the 200-4R in Savage's 68 sometime soon.

Tom
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Re: Millwright71's 66 Chevy panel

Post by Digz on Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:14 pm

B&M does have a 12 foot cable if you need it. I've got a Lokar that I have been trying to figure a way to set up, with little luck. How much room does that B&M need under itself for throw and such?
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Re: Millwright71's 66 Chevy panel

Post by millwright71 on Wed Mar 26, 2014 6:00 pm

It is about 7 inches long total, including the bracket to hook the cable into. The throw is about 2.5 inches wide, and about four inches long. The other length is narrow, about 1/2 inch wide total. The main reason I put it on that steep angle is to get the handle in the park position where I want it. I added some length to it so the 10 foot cable end would hook up. This particular shifter only comes with a 5 foot cable, the longest that can be bought specifically for it is 6 foot.
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Re: Millwright71's 66 Chevy panel

Post by slowrider on Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:37 am

Wow,,thats going to be one sweet ride.
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Re: Millwright71's 66 Chevy panel

Post by G-Man on Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:36 am

Mill what are the chances it will make it to Bakers??? This is going to be our biggest show yet if possible would like to see both. Same goes for savage would like to see 2 of his there too. What are the chances you guy could find some extra drivers
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Re: Millwright71's 66 Chevy panel

Post by millwright71 on Sat Mar 29, 2014 4:44 pm

I am shooting for it to be done at least mechanically. If it is, and gets tested out in time, can have my wife drive the Chevy, and I will drive the Dodge. Got my fingers crossed. At the very least, I will be there with the Dodge.
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Progress

Post by millwright71 on Fri Apr 11, 2014 3:36 pm

Getting a little closer, one thing at a time. The weather is getting a lot better around here finally. Tom came over last weekend and helped get the exhaust system built. Ran 2.5 inch all the way from the manifolds through Flowtech Afterburner mufflers exiting in front of the rear tires. I like the look, and can't wait to hear it run through such a short system.
I got some time today to remove all of the under dash wiring harness, and the insulation on the front. Removed the heater box and made a blank plate for the hole it left. ( I am hoping to install a vintage air system this winter.) Getting prepared to put sound deadener on the front. Got the drive by wire accelerator pedal installed as well.
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Re: Millwright71's 66 Chevy panel

Post by Digz on Fri Apr 11, 2014 5:54 pm

Ever since I saw them stick a DBW throttle in something on Power Block a few years ago . I wondered how it would work out for the vans. Just seems a bit scary but have been driving something similar with my Dodge Truck for a few years now maybe not so much.
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Re: Millwright71's 66 Chevy panel

Post by 66mnecotruck on Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:04 pm

That will be a bad a__ machine when your done. I hope you have saved some tire money!Smile

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Re: Millwright71's 66 Chevy panel

Post by Van crazy on Sun Apr 13, 2014 11:37 am

Good one 66mnecotruck you must know how it is. Im going to have that problem lol. Looking good Tom

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