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I met another Vanner,,,,,

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donivan65
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I met another Vanner,,,,,

Post by donivan65 on Sat May 31, 2008 7:25 pm

This would be Harry and his 1970 Chevy Van,,,,,,









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Re: I met another Vanner,,,,,

Post by Vanish on Sat May 31, 2008 7:59 pm

That Things Cool !!!! Did you get him to sign up ???


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Re: I met another Vanner,,,,,

Post by donivan65 on Sat May 31, 2008 9:05 pm

He aint much into computers,,,,he has 2 other friends that are working to get their vans on the road. They just went to Pick a Part and asked to buy a 69 SportVan before it got put out in the yard, and they sold the complete van to them. It will take a while for the paperwork to clear. So I will let you know how that deal works out,,,,
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Re: I met another Vanner,,,,,

Post by Kakster on Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:45 pm

Clean looking Van. He drive it much and is it down your, San Diego, way?
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Re: I met another Vanner,,,,,

Post by donivan65 on Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:49 pm

He is in San Diego. He is working on it. I see a new engine, trans and leaf springs on it. He is going to get it painted soon.


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Post by Kakster on Mon Jun 02, 2008 6:54 pm

Looks like that Van is sporting a V8. Did you see any modifications like disc brakes or solar powered battery chargers?
Speaking of the latter add on, have you ever seen something like that on one of these vans? I am thinking of trying some experiments with a solar panel and extra batteries on my van.
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Re: I met another Vanner,,,,,

Post by donivan65 on Mon Jun 02, 2008 7:34 pm

I think he has the disk kit ready to put on. And why do you need extra batteries???? I got a couple of little solar panel chargers that plug into the cigarette lighter and you put them on the roof or dash. And whats up with these High Riders around me,,,,,are they trying to get closer to God?



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Post by Guest on Mon Jun 02, 2008 7:55 pm

some have said driving an early is heavenly ,inspirational
even spiritual
my "hippie" uncle would say my van is like him "low down and notorious"
then again he always calls himself that anytime or anyday ya asked em lol
gotta love the long term effects of the 60's
Van oN
oh and cool van lol
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Post by Kakster on Mon Jun 02, 2008 10:09 pm

In my case, I would use the extra batteries to power my stereo as I sit at the beach. With gas at $4.25/gal here in the South Bay I can't afford to cruse much farther that to the local ocean front. Once there I can relax the rest of the day listening to a solar powered soud system. Being an experimentalist I get these kind of ideas now and then. I ought to not get too far in front of my self since my old 67 diamond in the rough still isn't back on the roads yet, closer every weekend though.
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Re: I met another Vanner,,,,,

Post by donivan65 on Mon Jun 02, 2008 11:24 pm

I think everyone is looking for ways to get by without having their engine running. And we sure got a lot of Solar outside. We need to find ways to use it!
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Re: I met another Vanner,,,,,

Post by donivan65 on Sat Jun 07, 2008 9:27 pm

And this would be Born4Fun,,,,,,,
Me and VanAgain meet up with him. He has one of those 65 Chevy SportVans that was original green and white,,,,another one of those green and white SportVans,,,,BUT,,,,,,,,He is not much of a Sport Fan,,,,,Its a work truck,,,,,all the sport is gone,,,,,custom grille, doghouse, bumpers and dash......














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Post by donivan65 on Sat Jun 07, 2008 9:41 pm

And this would be Chuck,,,,,
Born4Fun tells me and VanAgain that there is another early down the block so we go check it out. and what do we find,,,,,An ORIGINAL!!!! Chuck has owned this 68 Chevy Van from the 70's and is a guy full of ideas and was not afraid to try and make them work. Right off the bat,,,,,a Ford Thunderbird Rear Bumper is his grille,,,,his door handles are from an AMC,,,,Power Steering box is out of a Chevelle,,,,Dash is from a Buick the whole van is full of modifications and inventions. The Van has seen better days,,,,,but it sure goes to show you what dreams this one guy had,,,,,,

















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Re: I met another Vanner,,,,,

Post by xjamesx on Sat Jun 07, 2008 10:09 pm

very cool vans. great that you guys met up with more vanners. i'm jealous. i gotta round up some denver folks!!!

those are some sweet mods on those vans. very unique.
james
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Post by VANagain on Sat Jun 07, 2008 10:56 pm

Wow, what a day! Met two early vanners that live just a couple miles from me! Along with Don, we talked for hours about all things van. Lots of show and tell. Both guys were fun van enthusiasts. I'm not sure if they've ever met each other but they live just a few blocks apart! As is usually the case, we saw some modifications we'd never seen before (which is always the cool part of checking out a new van). Both vans have V8 350s with 3 spd automatics. And both had the same cool secret compartment under the floor, made by adding a steel box behind the battery and cutting a hinged hatch in the floor! Both vans have become work vans full of tools in the back. And like many of our vans, they could use some TLC to get them back to their earlier glory. Hopefully this site will help propel them along!
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Post by VANagain on Sun Jun 08, 2008 12:07 am

Here's a photo of Don and my vans, parked at the car show at Balboa Park today. There were two early Fords that are at all of the shows around here, but no Chevys. Afterwards we went to meet the two Chevy owners near my house.

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Post by donivan65 on Sun Jun 08, 2008 12:16 am

Did that picture of me going down the hill turn out????
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Re: I met another Vanner,,,,,

Post by G-Man on Sun Jun 08, 2008 8:13 am

Very cool mods on that 2nd gen!!! I love thinking out of the box. (think I made a funny???)
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Post by donivan65 on Sun Jun 08, 2008 10:46 am

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Post by VANagain on Sun Jun 08, 2008 11:44 pm

Note how Donivan65 bravely heads down this steep hill, confidant that his disc brakes will save him should that stoplight at the bottom turn red.
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Re: I met another Vanner,,,,,

Post by G-Man on Mon Jun 09, 2008 11:35 am

Braver man than me
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Re: I met another Vanner,,,,,

Post by donivan65 on Mon Jun 09, 2008 12:14 pm

Do you mean braver because VANagain is behind me in his van??????

Actually this is my Amusement park,,,,,when my kids were little we would pretend we were on a roller coaster going up and down Laurel Street Hill. And for a special treat, I would time the light down at the bottom and hit the bottom hard then come off the ground and bounce down the street. Over to the right is the San Diego Airport,,,they pass a few hundred feet over us right there and over to the left is an Aircraft Carrier,,,,,,
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Re: I met another Vanner,,,,,

Post by donivan65 on Sun Jun 22, 2008 7:59 pm

And this would be Rob with his 65 SportVan Deluxe TravelCruiser,,,,,















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Post by donivan65 on Sun Jun 22, 2008 11:11 pm

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Post by xjamesx on Mon Jun 23, 2008 9:07 am

what a cool van. when i started gettin into early vans, i didnt care for window vans too much but now i am really gettin an appreciation for them. very cool.

you guys could have a get together out there and have a dozen or so earlies within a short drive. keep up the meet and greets!
james
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Post by VANagain on Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:57 am

What do you know, another nice Sportvan Deluxe only a few miles from my house! I thought these things were supposed to be rare! Well, Rob's has the rare stock Travel Cruiser pop-top option. It's pretty cool how it works and it is nice to be able to stand up in the van!! The van is in amazing condition. There is virtually no rust. Aside from the front seats and missing front door vinyl, the inside is immaculate.



(You might remember this van from when it was on eBay about 5 months ago. It was up in the Bay area.)



Rob let me take it for a spin. I wanted to see how a Powerglide would be in one of these. I couldn't believe that two speeds would be enough, but man that thing drove nice! A whole different experience than driving my blue one. Just put it in D and off you go. The low gear got you going just fine and once you're in drive, it's the same ratio as a manual 1:1. But the first thing I noticed was how easy it was to steer! I thought the thing had power steering! We decided it is due to his stock tires. My 70s might look nice but I don't think it's worth it. I'm going narrower on my other van!

Don and I looked it over real good. We were hard pressed to find much that needed to be done on it! I took a lot of photos of all the stock details. I'm going to start a photo gallery showing how these vans came stock, and the various options.

We plan to gather the local early Chevys and hit some of the area shows around here. Should make quite an impression!

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