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Joe Van
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by Joe Van on Wed Dec 02, 2015 3:29 am

Thanks for the info and hope to see the van at the nats in July worst case rent a van and come for the weekend the van is looking Good "Keep Us Posted" and me and the wife will make it back your way soon "Promise" been a busy summer for us just "Keep On Keeping On Brother" and we will see you soon..!!!... Very Happy..If you dont have plans this Saturday we have out annual "Toys For Tots" at Don Garlets Drag Racing Museum exit 341 off I-75.. 9 am til 3 pm free to walk in $20,00 to register we had 450 cars last year and the 50/50 was over 500 dollars there will be food vender's,,,swap meet,,cars for sale...pin striper's,,,rock a billy girls and of course the museum its a blast every year PM me if you can make it..!!!.;..


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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by Lazarusvan on Wed Dec 02, 2015 10:13 am

Looks good. Good call on the tall shifter. Mine is a Quicksilver and is low to the ground. You have to bend over to grab it. Looking forward to the finished product.
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by samsvan on Mon Feb 08, 2016 3:45 pm


There's my van. Kinda looks like it did 5 months ago.

And there's the motor... Back where it was. Evidently, the guy that rebuilt it left a plug in one of the oil galleys so the whole top half of the motor wasn't getting any oil. Somehow the motor didn't detonate and there really wasn't any damage. The shop replaced the RV cam with a stock one with new cam bearings. It was also running lean which turned out to be a split fuel line on the brand new fuel pump. So yes, the tank had to be removed to figure that out. It's all back together now and running right. The electric power steering is awesome! Thanks Panhead.
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by mnghost on Mon Feb 08, 2016 4:10 pm

Thanks for the window repair breakdown. Even if it is Chevy it helps to understand how those things are put together. Shifter is nice that is something I need to go with when I do my automatic conversion.
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by samsvan on Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:05 pm



New jewelry. Nice...
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by Seth G on Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:01 pm

Those look awesome!
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by suicideking on Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:25 pm

that chrome looks deep. I am very interested to see how the steering works on this project. very cool fab work on that part.
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by Joe Van on Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:13 pm

WOW...!!!...Looks Great Sam nothing like "Fresh" chrome...!!!..Everything is falling into place now cant wait to see it back on the road.. Smile ..


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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by samsvan on Wed Apr 20, 2016 5:24 pm






All done! Yeah, right...

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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by Van crazy on Wed Apr 20, 2016 6:27 pm

Nice work!!! Looking good!!!!
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by Big W on Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:15 pm

Looks real nice. cheers
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by xjamesx on Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:45 pm

Looks great! I had a similar color in mind for mine but it's so far down the road, that I'll probably change my mind again. Keep the update pics coming!
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by back2thewoods on Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:59 am

ive got one in my driveway right now ,what color is that??thinking of going two tone
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by samsvan on Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:47 pm

It's a VW color called Gecko Green.
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by vanny on Thu Apr 21, 2016 3:09 pm

She's Perttttty!!! Very Happy Twisted Evil cheers


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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by uante on Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:06 pm

Very Nice! Engine looks great too!
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awesome Sam

Post by ditdater on Thu Apr 21, 2016 4:16 pm

looks great
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by douglas_sisk on Thu Apr 21, 2016 7:41 pm

Your van looks great. You do clean work.

I really like how you moved the front spring perches up.

I don't mean to change the direction of this thread, but I am interested if anyone has done this. I understand these vans can be a bear to drive down the freeway with traffic and wind. By moving the spring perches up the caster is changed for the better, I would think. How about bump steer, I would not think that spring perch mod would result in increased bump steer either.

I can see that mod in my future unless someone tells me it creates other problems. I would love to hear your impressions after driving it.

Again, great build you are completing.
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by samsvan on Fri Apr 22, 2016 6:07 pm

Thanks for the compliments. As far as how we did the suspension, it was a lot of work. If I had to start over, I would probably remove some leafs at each corner and add air bags to retain the load capability. Ride Tech's "air over leaf" system looks fairly easy to install and it's reasonably priced compared to paying for a welder like I did. I'll let you know about bump steer as soon as I get the windshield and the drivers seat in.
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by Joe Van on Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:50 am

Congrats Sam...!!!...It really turned out "Nice" you will be on the road in no time now...!!!... cheers


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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by samsvan on Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:46 pm

Got some pinstripes. A local guy named David Lee.





I don't know why the picture of the back doors came out sideways? Anyways, I hope you old school guys dig it!

Hope you don't mind, I just saved it to my desktop, opened it with Paint, rotated it, saved it right-side up and then replaced the pic in your post. - Vanny
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by vanny on Tue Apr 26, 2016 6:01 pm

Love the pinstripes!!! Nice touch!


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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by back2thewoods on Tue Apr 26, 2016 6:06 pm

very cool............
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by samsvan on Thu Apr 28, 2016 2:17 pm

Picked up my seats from the upholsterer. They're the "Suburban Seats" that Vantasia turned me on to. The tan vinyl looks good next to the green paint - at least I think so...
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by vanny on Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:15 pm

Exxxxxxcellant!!! Looks like built-in seat belt receptors too!?
Do they still have those seats available or did you buy them way back when?


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