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1961 econo van the work begins

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vanny
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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by vanny on Sun Oct 19, 2014 1:07 pm

Just keep working your magic...it's fun to watch! If I was out there I'd help you sand and learn as much as I could. You're getting soooooo close now!!! Very Happy


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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by 'fish on Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:24 pm

I got bored with the other side so I decided to strip the rest of the van starting with this one panel, I always wanted to take an old truck or car strip it then leave it bare metal with a clear coat on top, it would look soo cool!! This has too many repairs to do that but it would be cool just the same, Im stripping each panel down to bare metal then primer, sand w 220 primer sand w 400

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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by 'fish on Wed Nov 05, 2014 3:21 pm

Starting to look like something now, the panel is done to a rough finish, there are still small depressions and light scratches, you might be able to see the areas I have circled with black pen, this helps as you move around to locate depressions or bumps that need work as your filling or sanding
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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by vanny on Wed Nov 05, 2014 4:05 pm

You've come a mighty long way with it! Congrats on the Nice work! cheers


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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by 'fish on Sun Nov 09, 2014 5:20 pm

The side is now done still needs a bit of fine sanding and filling, there are a few pin holes and scratches but over all the shaping is done, sanding with 400 now.
The front corner is a pain to get to but its comming back out again here are a few pics how it looked before then after getting under and pounding the metal back out again.

The side after almost four months:


The front corner, when I started this morning:


How its looking now:
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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by 'fish on Tue Nov 11, 2014 5:42 pm

So I continued pounding out the front corner, once I got to a point where I couldn't reach or move the metal any more, I cut out that piece and shaped it, then tacked it back in, I was able to reform the curve a bit better with this access also, a bit more straightening and smoothing and it should be close.
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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by 'fish on Fri Nov 14, 2014 4:21 pm

A little more time during lunch hour to work on the front corner, in hindsight I would have just cut off the whole corner and reshaped it, its going to come out fine but it would have been much lees work and had much cleaner results, on with the plastic!
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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by vanny on Fri Nov 14, 2014 4:46 pm

Taking shape again...some more nice work Fish!!! Is that the last of the bodywork left? Nice Transformation! cheers Very Happy


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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by 'fish on Thu Nov 20, 2014 2:00 am

Well Vanny its close, there are several little pings and dings, its going to take a couple more months of block sanding to get it all flat and straight enough for paint it looks good in the flat paint but you put some water on it and you really see the waves and ripples, when Im close Ill take everything apart doors windows everything and paint them all separately, I have never painted a vehicle before this might be the first one.
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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by Oscarm on Thu Nov 20, 2014 2:32 am

Good effort! For those annoying / hard to see dips and ripples, check out "guide coat' on You Tube.
Easy and effective way to finesse those long flat panels.
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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by FIZGIG on Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:50 am

I'm loving the progress reports on your van keep up the hard work.
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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by 'fish on Sat Nov 22, 2014 2:41 am

Oscarm wrote:Good effort! For those annoying / hard to see dips and ripples, check out "guide coat' on You Tube.
Easy and effective way to finesse those long flat panels.

Thank you, I have known about using opposing colors to sand with for a long time, but some of the tools he had I haven't seen before and that 17inch block using continuous roll sand paper is sweet, Im picking one up tomorrow and hitting it, thanks!!

That's all for the encouragement, the corner is shaping up nicely Ill post some pics tomorrow.
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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by 'fish on Sat Nov 29, 2014 1:57 pm

Few more corner shots as its forming up, looks ok for now I have to straighten and size the little lines better, but they are getting closer.





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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by 'fish on Sat Nov 29, 2014 3:43 pm

Off subject but also part of this project the boards that this van is being built for

http://youtu.be/GVqdKsVHgrE
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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by FIZGIG on Wed Dec 03, 2014 12:52 pm

The song on your u tube link is that the buttons surfers? I luv that song.
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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by 'fish on Wed Dec 03, 2014 1:20 pm

I like it too,
Pepper by the butthole surfers
I ride them also


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuE_QVKGFuU
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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by vanny on Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:52 pm

Living the Dream!!!


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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by FIZGIG on Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:04 am

Buttons Surfers! LOL STUPID SPELLCHECK
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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by 'fish on Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:30 pm

I took some time off doing body work and started thinking about the mechanicals, if you read my engine thread lol you saw how lucky I got, after week of looking for a suitable 200 to replace the tired old 144 I gave up and ordered a remanufactured one, cost almost 2400!1 I posted that and right away someone gave me a line on a engine that was close and it was perfect already had the electronic ignition rebuilt just what I needed.
Now its is time to find the right wheels, went to a few shops online etc. found these sweet 15x7 3.75 bs torque thruster IIs in a close out deal under 150 ea delivered to my door!!
I couldn't be happier the van is comming together and all at a very reasonable price

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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by vanny on Tue Jan 13, 2015 4:39 pm

Man, that engine is nice and clean and organized!!! Looks Great and What a Deal on those rims!!! Gonna look Vantastic!!!


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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by 'fish on Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:00 pm

Hello all, its been a while since i was able to get in any body work on the van, I got motivated when this cool smooth rollpan showed up from B&B brakes, its made for a E-truck but with some work it can be fit into a van, adds a subtle custom touch that looks stock..

First I drilled out the spot welds on the old part, then I used an impact hammer/chisel to pop the remaining welds, it took a bit of doing but it came off, the new part required trimming fitting and a bit of trimming on the vans rear apron, it fits pretty well, its about 1/8" of an inch off along the door seam, I guess to allow the truck gate to go down, Im going to fill that in once I get the doors perfect so the gap will be minimal, its was more work than i had thought it would be but i think its worth it.

Im getting two 65 front bumpers they will be straightened and chromed I dont like the stock rear and with this rollpan the 65 shorter bumper will look perfect back there, and in front (the early bumpers (61-64 I think) extend out from the sides) I like the 65 up bumpers better they fit the van better IMHO

When it comes time to slot in the bumper brackets, Ill use my roto zip and make a nice drill hole at the top and bottom of each slot for a clean cut out.



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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by 'fish on Mon Feb 02, 2015 3:16 pm

I was able to finish welding in the piece at lunch today and put a bit of plastic to smooth the blend, it looks like the left door was "customized" to fit the damaged rear opening so its going to need some work, they made it about 1/4" shorter and the bottom isnt straight so Ill be stripping and rebuilding this door also..
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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by cali2chitown on Mon Feb 02, 2015 3:29 pm

I saw that D&D sells the pans now but how much do they run fish?
Great job BTW!
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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by vanny on Mon Feb 02, 2015 5:04 pm

Love this thread! Doing some real nice work Fish!!! cheers


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Re: 1961 econo van the work begins

Post by 'fish on Mon Feb 02, 2015 6:29 pm

Here is the rear I got a bit more time in after work and smoothed and blended it a bit more, its not done but its looks ok to me.

Hey there cali2chitown thank you, The roll pan was 154delivered, its made for a truck though and requires a bit of work to make it fit a van, if your going for a stock restoration its not a good piece but for a subtle custom that could appear stock I think it fits the bill.

Thanks Vanny good to see you!!!




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