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Re: Dons day,,,,,,,

Post by vanny on Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:13 pm

Don, you need to start calling in a few favors for all the work you do for everyone else!


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Post by VANagain on Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:41 am

Good point, Vanny. If you've got some big job out there, Don, you know a bunch of us will come out on a weekend to help out.

(I'm envisioning an old fashioned barn raising! The site of Donivan's Early Chevy Van Museum.)
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Post by donivan65 on Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:02 am

I was looking at the 65 Chevy Van brochure and started reading between the lines,,,,,,all the vans had those wonderful swan mirrors taken off and were left with the 3 mounting holes in the door,,,,,that must of impressed the new buyers,,,,,





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Post by donivan65 on Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:07 am

,,,,and I found the ShevyVans,,,,,,,,,,they called it the 10 window,,,,,,and they used it to start making SportVans ,,,,,,,,,


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Post by wideload on Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:18 am

Was 66 the first year with the westcoast mirrors that have the triangle bottom mount? Nearly if not all 65's have the westcoast like in your pic's.

What do you call your window option? (side & rear doors plus 4 windows)


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Post by donivan65 on Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:48 am

People must of complained about you get small mirrors or you get to look at 3 holes in your doors,,,,,,I think when the SportVans got invented in later 1965, they made the West Coast mirrors that fit the 3 holes in the doors,,,,,,,my window set up is rare,,,,,,,they might of called it an 8 window,,,,,Those Shevy Van 10 windows have a SportVan body,,,,,but the VINs say it is a panel van,,,,,,SportVans have a different VIN #,,,,the battery is under the floor like panels,,,there are no pop outs or side steps,,,,,and it says CHEVY VAN above the door handle,,,,,whereas SportVans say SportVan, (and something irrelevant), below the door handle.....
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Post by wideload on Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:53 am

That 10 window in the brochure looks like it's got the flat windows like yours instead of the recessed windows like a Sport Van.


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Post by donivan65 on Fri Mar 07, 2014 1:17 pm

Well,,,,,that is advertizing the 1965 Chevy Vans,,,so you know its probably from Fall of 1964,,,,,and they would not of had a SportVan body at that time,,,,I would say they put those triangle windows in a van like mine as a sample of what is available and to show the World that GM knows how to put those windows in right, not like some other company that has them in upside down,,,,,,


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Re: Dons day,,,,,,,

Post by donivan65 on Sat Mar 08, 2014 7:05 pm

Today was a Ford day,,,,,,I modified a fan shroud to fit a 67 Falcon van,,,,,,,,,








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Post by vanny on Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:04 am

Looks like a nice fit. Good work there, Don! Did you turn that triangle window around while you were in there???


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Post by Joe Van on Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:35 am

Looks GREAT don that's one of my next project's ...Drop the motor cross member a inch or so to get the 5 blade clutch fan I have in the middle of the radiator and use my electric one as a (Hamburg Fan) like yours before Summer...
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Post by Twinpilot001 on Sun Mar 09, 2014 6:05 am

Joe=when thats done you will notice the advantage to the cooling -with a shroud & clutch fan - just be sure the clutch is a good one too!! cheers
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Post by donivan65 on Sun Mar 09, 2014 10:44 am

This cooling system on this 67 Falcon with a 240, just don't seem right to me,,,,,the owner got the engine and radiator rebuilt,,,but it runs hotter than my Chevy,,,,,the engine shop says they will build and install a shroud for $500,,,,,,so I put one of these universal ones on it,,,,,but its not as simple as it could be,,,,the fan is is probably 15" but,,,,,it comes pretty close to biting your fingers when you grab the radiator cap,,,,its too high,,,,,now why is that,,,,is the radiator sitting in there too low,,,the radiator is kind of flush with the doghouse gasket,,,and what about that core support,,,,is it supposed to be bent back towards the thermostat housing,,,,I bolted the shroud to the core support and and that leaves a opening on top of the fan,,,I surely am thinking of bending that core support closer to the radiator to cover up the fan with the shroud,,,,,


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Post by Twinpilot001 on Sun Mar 09, 2014 1:50 pm

In doing many shrouds - & always notiving how the factory makes them= they are always having a sort of neck - coming out from the shroud opening!! This allows the airflow to be pulled faster thru the raidiator & maximises cooling!! I make mine with a circular piece welded to the shroud opening-accomplishes the same thing & fan is inside this round circular piece by 1 '" Thats woth the cicular welded piece being 3" -2" long. & diameter 1/2 " wider than fan blade dia.
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Post by donivan65 on Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:15 am

REAL van shrouds are simple,,,,there is no room for all that fancy stuff,,,,,,


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Post by donivan65 on Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:23 am

Went over to Daves today,,,,seen his C and C cutter/engraver that he built,,,,,,























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Post by donivan65 on Wed Mar 19, 2014 11:48 am

and the concrete goes on and on and on








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Post by vanny on Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:29 pm

Keep going and you'll have your own Rte. 66, or should it be Rte. 65 for your van?!!


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Post by donivan65 on Thu Mar 20, 2014 4:19 pm

So,,,,,4 more slabs under the motorhome,,,,,,thats enough for now,,,,,time to take the mixer back to my buddy,,,,,,,,,





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Post by vanny on Thu Mar 20, 2014 4:27 pm

Job well done by a working man's Chevy Van!cheers


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Re: Dons day,,,,,,,

Post by Nightmoves on Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:26 pm

Is that the last section to be done?
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Post by donivan65 on Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:41 pm

I had 2 pads under the motorhome just for under the wheels,,,,,,then I did one more under the rear bumper,,,,then I did another under the front bumper and I needed 2 more between the wheels,,,,,, and these were the last 2,,,,,,however the motorhome is trapped now,,,,,cant drive over them until they cure,,,,,,hope no earthquakes or wild fires show up for at least a week,,,,, the concrete has to cure so I can meet up with you and Wideload in Kentucky in May,,,,,,
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Post by SDEconoTruck on Thu Mar 20, 2014 10:42 pm

Don- any idea how many yards you've poured. I'm getting ready to do a slab using 7 yards (4 in.) George
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Post by donivan65 on Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:58 pm

Well,,,,,,I have poured 24 slabs in about the last year or so,,,,,,one bag at a time,,,,but this last one, a 7 x 9 foot,,,,,took 42 of the 60 pound bags of concrete








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Post by Nightmoves on Fri Mar 21, 2014 6:00 am

Don,it looks good.Now you have room to work on vans o'plenty in your drive.
And surely it'll be cured by May with the warm California sun.

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