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Finally finished my Handi-bus interior!!

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Xelmon

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Re: Finally finished my Handi-bus interior!!

Post by Xelmon on 25th May 2015, 16:46

Crispy clean, would dragon!
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shorty

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Re: Finally finished my Handi-bus interior!!

Post by shorty on 25th May 2015, 17:14

Very nice Cool
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Bruce67Econoline

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Re: Finally finished my Handi-bus interior!!

Post by Bruce67Econoline on 25th May 2015, 19:37

Wow that is one heck of a nice van. Now go and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Van on.
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freakNeck

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Re: Finally finished my Handi-bus interior!!

Post by freakNeck on 30th May 2015, 10:18


Worked for the past year prepping, then finally paint.
A few more views up front.



Installed the new engine last winter.

Bletman, that interior looks great!!! I saw the pic here in my reply, and it struck me there's no tunnel setup being used. She doesn't run hot on you?
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bletman

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Re: Finally finished my Handi-bus interior!!

Post by bletman on 30th May 2015, 12:45

No, it has a 195 degree t stat and it never gets hotter than that. Underneath the front of the van we built an aluminum scoop that pulls more air through the radiator while underway. While sitting still or going slow, there are two large electric multi-speed stat controlled (pull-thru) fans that keep it cool. The radiator is actually a large capacity radiator for the 6.0L motor, but it is turned on it's side and has the plumbing in the correct locations for the sideways mount.

One thing I will say is that the doghouse gets very hot, particularly when sitting in traffic. I will be re-insulating it before long. Other than that one issue, the setup works great.
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Magic Bus

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Re: Finally finished my Handi-bus interior!!

Post by Magic Bus on 31st May 2015, 19:53

That looks fantastic! cheers
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Lazarusvan

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Re: Finally finished my Handi-bus interior!!

Post by Lazarusvan on 1st June 2015, 23:24

bletman wrote:No, it has a 195 degree t stat and it never gets hotter than that. Underneath the front of the van we built an aluminum scoop that pulls more air through the radiator while underway. While sitting still or going slow, there are two large electric multi-speed stat controlled (pull-thru) fans that keep it cool. The radiator is actually a large capacity radiator for the 6.0L motor, but it is turned on it's side and has the plumbing in the correct locations for the sideways mount.

One thing I will say is that the doghouse gets very hot, particularly when sitting in traffic. I will be re-insulating it before long. Other than that one issue, the setup works great.


Do you have any pics of the radiator setup as well as the scoop? Thanks, looks great!
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bletman

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Re: Finally finished my Handi-bus interior!!

Post by bletman on 3rd June 2015, 09:54



From the top, looking down. I mentioned earlier that both fans were pull-through, when I looked at it to take the picture I recalled that I was wrong. The upper fan is pull-through (on the inside), and second fan is in the lower section and is push through (not shown).

I'll take a few pics from front or underneath to give a better idea of what the scoop looks like.
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kookykrispy

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Re: Finally finished my Handi-bus interior!!

Post by kookykrispy on 3rd June 2015, 09:58

Wow, that is sweet. A 1st gen with a 6.0 LS swap. Nice work
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Re: Finally finished my Handi-bus interior!!

Post by wideload on 25th November 2015, 18:11

I had the privilege of going for a ride in this one yesterday. After the ride all I can say is WOW!!!!!! It's amazing to be in one of these that preforms and looks the way bletman's does. Really gives me something to motivate myself to work on mine.

NICE JOB MIKE !!!! I really enjoyed the visit.


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bletman

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Re: Finally finished my Handi-bus interior!!

Post by bletman on 25th November 2015, 19:26

Thanks Mike!! I had fun too. Happy turkey day!!
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Re: Finally finished my Handi-bus interior!!

Post by Joe Van on 26th November 2015, 05:22

Looks "Great" my brother has a Chevy 2500 HD 4x4 with a 6.0 I puled a 28 foot enclosed trailer with my willys coupe in it from here to South Carolina and back it never even strained it that 6.0 is one "Bad Ass" motor your van has to be a rocket ship with that motor in it one "Awesome" job Congrats...!!!.. cheers


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Lazarusvan

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Re: Finally finished my Handi-bus interior!!

Post by Lazarusvan on 26th November 2015, 20:09

That is a sweet van! Curious how heavy that diamond mat you used up front might be.

I want to paint my rear floor so it's nice and shiny when taking the van to a show and I want to use a removeable mat that will protect it in the interim.

I just can't bring myself to put down bedliner that will get scuffed up and be nearly permanent in application.

I need a strong but fairly lightweight product that I can take out in one piece, if possible.
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bletman

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Re: Finally finished my Handi-bus interior!!

Post by bletman on 27th November 2015, 11:28

I'm not sure what the actual weight would be, but I would think it is very doable. If you rolled it up, I think it would be manageable. Maybe 30 lbs?? Just a guess.
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lzxlz

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Re: Finally finished my Handi-bus interior!!

Post by lzxlz on 1st December 2015, 12:52

Sweet!

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