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dix
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Re: What are you up to?

Post by dix on Sun Mar 20, 2016 7:03 pm

they wanted vans and that is what we gave them,

http://www.hotrod.com/events/coverage/1603-2016-cleveland-piston-powered-auto-rama-van-in/

so here is what happened
the auto -rama wanted a 1970's area at the show meaning what you would have seen in the 70's at the strip, the drive-in's and on the roads, so they wanted some vans,
they were expecting 8 or 10 and we got them 46, well they were blown away!!!. next hotrod magazine made a short video in one night it had 200,000 hits, so hotrod called the photographer to get back down there and take the still photo's so after the photo's were posted they had 1,000,000 (one million hits) on the photo's and 5,000,000 hits on the videos
hotrod magazine , made a comment we knew the vans never went away, . all in all we had a blast.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Re: What are you up to?

Post by vanny on Sun Mar 20, 2016 7:25 pm

WOW!!! Thanks for posting those Dix! Great to see soooo many Excellent vans at one venue like that...brings back a lot of Fond memories of going to see a variety of Vans and Vanner's Ideas at the Truckins.

Great turnout!!! Very Happy cheers


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Post by Big W on Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:31 pm

Thanks for sharing this Dix. That is just to cool to here of all the hits on their website with people wanting to see the vans. I'm sure there was other stuff to see, but I think the vans were the real reason. cheers
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Re: What are you up to?

Post by Russell on Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:37 pm

Awesome display of Vans!
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Re: What are you up to?

Post by Digz on Thu Mar 24, 2016 6:35 pm


Up to nothing for a little while.
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Re: What are you up to?

Post by savage on Fri Mar 25, 2016 6:15 am

You got some of the late snow storm?? My Sister in law in CO got about 2 +feet
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Re: What are you up to?

Post by westcoastvanner on Fri Mar 25, 2016 6:42 am

Snow what snow?



Santa Barbara, California.
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Post by chebby on Fri Mar 25, 2016 9:27 pm

westcoastvanner wrote:Snow what snow?



Santa Barbara, California.

Cool


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Post by whalemstr on Sat Mar 26, 2016 10:14 am



snow???
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Re: What are you up to?

Post by Digz on Tue Oct 18, 2016 3:21 am

We attended the wedding of our friends Joe and Shelly Williams this past weekend near Grayling MI.

Some of you may recognize them from the Baker's Gathering.
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Re: What are you up to?

Post by savage on Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:14 am




Have been helping my friend put his 6 GMC Handy bus bake together,over in OH. Couldn't leave his house till 9 PM on Wed,because oh High winds(driving a van).
got home after 10 and found this mess in my back yard. Still had some of the door in tent,after it flew??? At least it didn't take out the 68,or my power lines!!!!!!
And yes it was staked down,been there for 6-8 years
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Re: What are you up to?

Post by vanny on Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:59 am

Wind probably had more room to get under the tent with only parts in it. Guess you'll have to buy yet another van to fill it up and keep the wind from getting under the tent...hee,hee,hee!!!


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Post by Digz on Thu Mar 30, 2017 4:08 pm

I've been working on this when time, money and health/recovery has let me. Not far from tossing on the rest of the purple if the weather ever warms up some more to help bring the shop up to a good temp. Will still have all the weather stripping and going through the mechanical stuff to do. Interior will be a do-over as the purple shag that lined the inside was a major mouse nest !

I gathered the fiberglass parts through this last summer.
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Post by vanny on Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:40 pm

Nice, no doubt it will look Great once the color gets done!
Nice looking Dodge, Digz! cheers Very Happy


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Re: What are you up to?

Post by DanTheVanMan on Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:10 am

Looking good Digz! Going to be a sharp dodge when your finished! cheers


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Re: What are you up to?

Post by savage on Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:42 am

Good to hear your doing better,and getting some Van Time Joe
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Re: What are you up to?

Post by vanny on Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:31 pm

Digz, what's in primer next to the Dodge??? Looks kinda like a Chevy...


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Re: What are you up to?

Post by Digz on Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:48 pm

vanny wrote:Digz, what's in primer next to the Dodge??? Looks kinda like a Chevy...
Yes, another Chevy. Was put on hold when I brought the dodge in. Another hot rod type of thing. BBC , Jag rear axle and a long way to go.
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Re: What are you up to?

Post by AKSATECH on Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:53 pm

Great stuff Keep up the good work
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Re: What are you up to?

Post by m1dadio on Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:35 pm

built a 3 X 10 foot 400 + lb shop table this week end with retractable wheels





now I can start building cool stuff!
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Re: What are you up to?

Post by vanny on Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:34 pm

Nice touch with the retractable wheels...especially with a 400 lb table! Looks like you're ready to build just about anything...Great piece of work! Are those trailer wheels? I Love that set up. I have an old Heavy Duty shop table I'd love to apply a setup like yours to it.


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Re: What are you up to?

Post by m1dadio on Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:04 pm

Those are 2000lb trailer leveling jacks with 200lb casters welded to their feet. I chose this because the trailer stabilizing jacks don't have a rotating center post and are more stable when extended. where the trail dolly with the wheel , the whole center post rotates and when extended they are quite wobbly. Since I might be pushing it up over bumps I wanted the jacks/wheels to be as stable as possible. I used 1/2" rod to replace the cranks in the jacks, with a nut welded on the end for the removable crank handle. Quite simple as the jack gears are attached to the shaft with a roll pin so it was just a matter of drilling holes for the pins in the right spot.

Though extra work it wasn't really that expensive to build the gear. Costs are different where I live. The table cost me about $450 in parts and materials and took about 40 hours to build. I see similar welding/fabrication tables for sale in my area for $1200 and $1700. Those dollar number are more because the further north you get the more thing get expensive and that is CND dollars which is about 25% more than USD.


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