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Wrhby85

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1966 Sportvan in Illinois

Post by Wrhby85 on Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:30 am

Hi everyone!

For my first post I'd like to introduce our new family project. It's going to be a huge job but I'm confident we can pull it off. Take a look...



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Re: 1966 Sportvan in Illinois

Post by Joe Van on Thu Jun 11, 2015 9:27 am

Congrats and Welcome To VV...!!! cheers .."Good Luck" on your project looks like you have a Great starting point we are listing parts every day here so let us know what you need or ask for advise also..!!!... If you resize the image from 800px to to 640px the hole picture will show up....I am a "Big" fan of the Sportsvans.. Very Happy .


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Re: 1966 Sportvan in Illinois

Post by Vantasia on Thu Jun 11, 2015 1:09 pm

Yeah, welcome, looks to be in good starting point shape!  Rocker repair isn't too bad, there is a company that still makes the repairs panels for these vans, check out Mill Supply, I think is the name, but a good body man can fabricate that area easy.  Anything else you need or have questions about, its all here.  Best to make a huge list of everything you think it needs starting with the mechanicals, brakes and engine and so on, then the cosmetics, trim, and electrical, etc. and prioritize what needs top be done and go from there!  Plus there is always the unforeseen stuff previous owners (called PO's) that have been done over the last 50 years to deal with and correct....but the rewards are worth all the hassle! Welcome to it!  Looks like you have two sought after rare accessories on there already, the "swan" neck factory mirrors and a factory antenna!  Most vans have the three holes but are always missing those mirrors! Its a '66, has the extra grill slot added for better cooling, a '66 should have backup lights too. What motor is in it?, should be a 194 or a 230? hard to tell apart but there are ways, find the casting number on the side of the block below the distributor and over the starter and google it for tables....
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Re: 1966 Sportvan in Illinois

Post by Big W on Thu Jun 11, 2015 3:54 pm

Welcome to VV. Nice looking van to start with. As stated already, ask questions, and you will get lots of answers. The 'Search" button is a helpful tool as well and can find lots of threads to discussions already in progress about many topics. Good luck and keep those pics coming as you move forward on your van.
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Wrhby85

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Re: 1966 Sportvan in Illinois

Post by Wrhby85 on Thu Jun 11, 2015 4:09 pm

Thanks for the welcome! I was not aware of the mirrors, they are in pretty bad shape. According to the inliners site I have the 230ci. The van also has the heavier front spring, not sure how common that was. As for the rockers, they are GONE, going to be a major project. Nothing works now, pulling the motor just as soon as we can. I'll be sure to keep posting when appropriate.
Thanks again, Bill
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Re: 1966 Sportvan in Illinois

Post by Lazarusvan on Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:42 pm

Welcome! Great guys on here that are super helpful.

Would love to see interior shots, even if not pretty.

My two cents: Add disk brake upgrades to your front end. These bricks do not stop easily..

Member M1D provides custom brackets and information afterwards on how to install them.
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Re: 1966 Sportvan in Illinois

Post by vanny on Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:48 pm

Welcome Bill, looks like a Great Family Project! Looking forward to seeing your progress. Plenty of knowledge here for the asking. Very Happy cheers cheers cheers


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Wrhby85

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Re: 1966 Sportvan in Illinois

Post by Wrhby85 on Thu Jun 11, 2015 8:18 pm






Hope this works...from the iPad.

These are a couple of examples of the worst rust. I just realized I don't have any of the engine compartment which I'm learning is pretty complete. Maybe more tomorrow before we head north for the weekend Very Happy
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Re: 1966 Sportvan in Illinois

Post by donivan65 on Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:18 pm

I seen a green sportvan back in my old neighborhood a few years back on 17th street on the southside,,,,,,I just got back from Plainfield,,,,,you would of found me at Smileys hot dog stand on Renwick or at HOBOS




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Wrhby85

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Re: 1966 Sportvan in Illinois

Post by Wrhby85 on Sat Jun 13, 2015 7:05 am

Hey donivan65 I'm more of a Babes in Joliet fan (closer to work)! Anyway, here  are a couple more of the interior...thanks for looking, Bill.







Original hub caps...

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Re: 1966 Sportvan in Illinois

Post by donivan65 on Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:43 am

I would be also at Mr Subs and Hey Hot Dog,,,,,,,,my daughter lives near Caton Farm Road,,,,,,,
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Wrhby85

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Re: 1966 Sportvan in Illinois

Post by Wrhby85 on Sat Jun 13, 2015 4:13 pm

donivan65 wrote:I would be also at Mr Subs  and Hey Hot Dog,,,,,,,,my daughter lives near  Caton Farm Road,,,,,,,

You are welcome to check it out whenever your in town. I grew up here, this is my home.

Thanks, Bill
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Re: 1966 Sportvan in Illinois

Post by donivan65 on Sat Jun 13, 2015 4:30 pm

I go back every May to visit my family,,,,,,,,,Plainfield is where I park my motorhome,,,,,,,and cruise the city on my cycle,,,,,,,,,



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Wrhby85

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Re: 1966 Sportvan in Illinois

Post by Wrhby85 on Sat Jun 13, 2015 5:56 pm

Well go figure...I'm making friends already!
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Re: 1966 Sportvan in Illinois

Post by vanny on Sat Jun 13, 2015 6:25 pm

You have friends in high places, The Gov'na, no less!! cheers


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