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samsvan

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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by samsvan on Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:48 pm

I got 'em a couple of years ago. The seat belts are out of a Geo Metro at the junk yard.
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by back2thewoods on Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:03 pm

what yr surburban? they look great, how do the tracks work out?
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by samsvan on Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:12 pm

Sorry B2tw, Suburban Seating is the name of the company. They're not out of a Chevy Suburban. I'm pretty sure they're sold out of this model.
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by vanny on Fri Apr 29, 2016 2:42 pm

Yeah, I guess the time to buy it is when you see it! I missed the boat...again!


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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by samsvan on Sat May 21, 2016 12:06 pm

I got started putting the glass in today. All the rubber is cut and I started on the pop out windows. The rubber gaskets made it a lot easier than having to use setting channel.





Now the tricky part. Getting these in by myself took a little imagination. There's little flat pieces of steel that the screws thread in to. I had to put a screw in the lower hole to hold it there and then I could fasten the frame to the top hole. Then I took the first screw out and re-positioned the frame and screwed it off.






Got those in then started on my dog house. I borrowed a riv-nut gun and got them installed. I used 24 1/4-20 riv-nuts to hold it down. I also painted the inside of the DH and lid with grill paint. Tomorrow I'll put the heat insulation on and get it installed.


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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by vanny on Sat May 21, 2016 2:04 pm

Job well done! Looks like it's coming together nicely!!! Keep the pics coming, inspiring! cheers

Question: Does a riv-nut gun install nuts that are threaded to receive a bolt? Is that to make the doghouse easy to remove and put back? Cool tool if it does!


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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by samsvan on Sat May 21, 2016 2:57 pm

Thanks Vanny. Yes, Riv-Nut is a brand of threaded inserts. You use the tool to crimp the inserts just like a pop rivet tool. I hope I never have to pull the motor but just in case...
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by samsvan on Sun May 22, 2016 3:05 pm

I brought the dog house and the insulation to the house so I could recruit some help today. My girl was in charge of rolling the mat down tight.




I used the Summit Racing product on the lid and the Thermotech on the sides. We'll see how it works.
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by vanny on Sun May 22, 2016 5:04 pm

Looks like she did a Great Job! Let us know how it works for you and thanks for posting the product info for future reference... cheers


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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by Russell on Sun May 22, 2016 7:13 pm

Looking really nice, where did you get the rubber for the windows?
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by samsvan on Mon May 23, 2016 2:16 pm

Thanks boys. Just type "rubber" in the search bar and look at the list M1Dadio made. Everything I bought was on that list.
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by samsvan on Tue May 31, 2016 1:48 pm

I did bedliner in the van this weekend. Linex wanted $800 so I decided to do it myself. I used the Rustoleum product from Walmart - about $90. I got the one gallon kit and an extra quart but the gallon would have been enough. I just poured all the leftovers in the back and spread it around as best I could. I started cutting my ez cool too.


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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by vanny on Tue May 31, 2016 4:14 pm

Nice piece of work! She's really starting to take shape. You did a Great job with the bedliner and you can use the saved money for other things.


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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by samsvan on Wed Jun 01, 2016 3:17 pm

Any money I "save" at this point will just go towards replacing some that I've blown. I was even thinking about starting a new thread called "What Not To Do".
It's not all bad though - I got the EZ Cool in!

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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by vanny on Wed Jun 01, 2016 5:15 pm

Sam, is that stuff self-adhering or did you have to spray glue to hold it in place?


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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by samsvan on Wed Jun 01, 2016 5:26 pm

I had to glue it. I used 3M super 77 spray adhesive. It works only spraying one surface and it's a little more forgiving than contact cement. I pre-cut everything then sprayed each piece and stuck it in there. I have a bunch of the roll left over so I'm thinking about doubling up the roof.
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by vanny on Wed Jun 01, 2016 5:50 pm

Thanks for the info! Very much appreciated Very Happy


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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by chevbone64 on Sun Aug 14, 2016 2:58 pm

looking good! any up dates?
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by samsvan on Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:30 pm

Hi, long time no post. The van's been sitting in the guys shop that did my seats. I've been really busy at work and I'm putting in a pool at my house so I haven't been pushing him to get it done. It's too freakin' hot here to drive it this summer anyway.
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by samsvan on Thu Dec 29, 2016 4:48 pm

Well, I was hoping to "unveil" my van as a fully completed project but I don't know if there even is such a thing. It's almost there but there's still some bugs to work out and a few more things I want to do. I'l probably post some questions in the between the seats section later but for now, here's what it looks like.







Still to happen is A.C., stereo, steering wheel, a back seat and a few fixes.
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by jrdunn96 on Thu Dec 29, 2016 5:15 pm

Looks great! Nice work, Sam.
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by back2thewoods on Thu Dec 29, 2016 7:10 pm

looks fantastic!! great job
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by wideload on Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:00 pm

WOW !!!!! Looks great Sam !!!!


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Samvans 66

Post by uncle ron on Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:10 pm

Reviewed posts on your project from the start , WOW great job .
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Re: Samvans '66 handibus

Post by vanny on Fri Dec 30, 2016 3:01 am

She looks Beautiful, Sam!!! Love the interior panels! Nice paint choice too!


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