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Russell

Number of posts : 376
Location : Chula Vista, Ca.
Age : 57
Registration date : 2015-12-08

Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Fri May 13, 2016 1:39 pm

I just received the Deluxe from Fresno, I took a lot of pictures, here are a few.




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uante

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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by uante on Fri May 13, 2016 2:35 pm

Congrats on the van...looks like a good project!
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VANagain

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Location : San Diego, CA
Age : 56
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by VANagain on Sun May 15, 2016 11:36 pm

I stopped by Russ's to check out his new van. Another Sportvan Deluxe being rescued! I wanted to look it over before he gets it all taken apart (which I know he'll do very quickly!). It is in very much the same condition as mine was when I got it. Solid, very complete, a few small dents here and there, and a lot of surface rust. But all that can be taken care of.

I'll post some photos later.
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Russell

Number of posts : 376
Location : Chula Vista, Ca.
Age : 57
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Mon May 16, 2016 9:46 pm

I spent 2 days cleaning out the Van and filled 2 large trash cans, I vacuumed 30 pounds of dirt, nails, mouse turds and 1 mouse.


I cut away all of the rotted material from the seats, doghouse and floors, cleaned up oil spills and removed the big wooden box in the rear.
I still have lots to do but glad the dirty stuff is out.
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Russell

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Location : Chula Vista, Ca.
Age : 57
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Mon May 16, 2016 9:50 pm

I have 3 bad areas, the front drivers side, the rear door and the front floor.




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gary h

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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by gary h on Mon May 16, 2016 11:28 pm

Nice Score! cheers
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Russell

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Location : Chula Vista, Ca.
Age : 57
Registration date : 2015-12-08

Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Wed May 25, 2016 9:31 pm

I took all the door locks and ign. switch to the Locksmith Donivan recommended today and he found the key code on 1 of the locks. He made a key and it fits them all. $12 bucks for 2 keys. My other Van cost me $80 to re key the 4 locks to the ign. key I had.
I was also able to free up all the door mechanisms, rods and lock plates with some WD 40 and some working them loose, everything is working smooth now.
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OutofSight

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Location : Lake Oroville, Ca.
Registration date : 2015-11-19

Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by OutofSight on Thu May 26, 2016 4:52 am

Looks like a fun project. Congrats!
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Russell

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Location : Chula Vista, Ca.
Age : 57
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Thu May 26, 2016 8:29 am

Under the driver's side carpet and 1" of dirt etc. I found a bank pouch, inside is a badly rotted 50 dollar bill.

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uante

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Location : Tempe, Arizona
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by uante on Thu May 26, 2016 10:16 am

Oh too bad it's so far gone...can you see any details? Series or Year?
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westcoastvanner

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Location : Santa Barbara, California
Age : 67
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by westcoastvanner on Thu May 26, 2016 1:59 pm

Take it as is to the bank, they will probably issue you a new replacement bill for free.
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Russell

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Location : Chula Vista, Ca.
Age : 57
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:21 am

I was able to get some work done on the Van, I bought a new master cyl. wheel cylinders, brake hoses and shoes, I had to evict a few spiders, also pulled the parking brake cables and got them freed up, working and lubed again.

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OutofSight

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Location : Lake Oroville, Ca.
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by OutofSight on Sun Jun 12, 2016 10:58 am

Progress!
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VANagain

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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by VANagain on Sun Jun 12, 2016 10:21 pm

Ew, yuck! Many generations of spiders oozing out of there! You did say it sat a long time.

Good seeing you today.
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Russell

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Location : Chula Vista, Ca.
Age : 57
Registration date : 2015-12-08

Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:01 am

I needed to move the Van down the driveway to work on another car. I put it in 3rd gear so it wouldn't roll away to fast. I noticed the fan turning and no weird noises coming from the engine, I wondered if it would start?
I broke the starter bolt when I removed the battery and cables, I borrowed a starter from a friend, hooked a electric fuel pump to the carb running from a gas can and a jumper wire from the starter to the coil. I also have a remote starter button.



The last time it was registered was '86. (30 years)
I was really surprised it fired right up, the engine reved up really fast and the linkage wouldn't move. I pulled the hot lead and unhooked the linkage and added a spring, it fired right up, idled well and has no knocks etc. sounds good?
I had to pull the accelerator pedal and free up the arm under the floor that was rusted stuck.
After installing the linkage, I was able to drive it into the street, back it up and drive it up the driveway with no brakes, I pulled the hot wire and let the clutch out to make it stop at the garage.
I think I'll try changing the oil and ad a radiator for now just to see how it runs?
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JackeFriend

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Location : La Mesa CA
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Registration date : 2016-05-06

Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by JackeFriend on Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:38 am

Nice van... cannot wait to see it restored!!
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richie61

Number of posts : 425
Location : Van Nuys, CA
Age : 56
Registration date : 2010-01-04

Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by richie61 on Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:35 am

Nice job Russell. I was working on my 64 Chevy but then I injured myself again.
PM me if you need anything from my GMC I am going to eventually scrap. The front floor is in good shape as well as the front nose.
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Russell

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Location : Chula Vista, Ca.
Age : 57
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Wed Jun 15, 2016 2:19 pm

The GMC is the white one? When and WHY would you cut it up?

I might need the back drivers side door and a couple other things.
Thanks for the offer.
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richie61

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Location : Van Nuys, CA
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by richie61 on Wed Jun 15, 2016 3:09 pm

Rust...Rust....Rust. the white one is the GMC. I have another set of rear window doors, a front passenger door, a whole section of front roof, both top door pillars, and a drivers side rocker I got from VanAgain. As for cutting it up it would have to be after I get out of the sling, 4-6 weeks, I am in no hurry to get rid of the GMC, I still have to pull the engine, rear bumper and whatever else is salvageable before it goes.







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Russell

Number of posts : 376
Location : Chula Vista, Ca.
Age : 57
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Thu Jun 16, 2016 9:33 am

I pulled the cover off of the panel rear end today to check the gearing, the numbers on the ring gear are 3790628 11-37 GM 3 66 2 on the other side it has a T 1-4.
I assume these are highway gears and probably what I want in my '66?
I still need to pull the cover off of the '66 to see what's in there.
I'm pretty sure it's not a Posi like this one.

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Russell

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Location : Chula Vista, Ca.
Age : 57
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Thu Jun 16, 2016 11:00 am

Well, I just had to know. It looks like I have the same gearing in the '66 but not a posi, now I have to decide how bad I want the posi rear end?

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Russell

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Location : Chula Vista, Ca.
Age : 57
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:28 am

It's been awhile since I posted an update, I pulled the tank, new sending unit lines etc. I also got all the lights working and was able to drive it down to the DMV and get it registered.
DMV gave me new plates and said I have to pay for YOM registration to keep my original plates, what Bull$$$t.
I did drive it to the El Cajon show featuring Vans last week, I wasn't sure I would make it home????


The Van on the left is my old '65 I sold to Frank. The Van on the right is my '66.
I found a 283 on Craig'slist I'm planning on buying tomorrow.
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Russell

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Location : Chula Vista, Ca.
Age : 57
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:45 am

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ditdater

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hey Califonia Guys .....

Post by ditdater on Thu Aug 04, 2016 3:44 pm

any of y"all 1st Gen Sportvan guys got any extra parts . I/ve been looking for a fiberglas interior window window panel (the pass side rear rectangle), and poss the 2 corner lower interior panels (vinyl doesn't have to be real nice ) . call anytime , dan 502 432 3684
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Russell

Number of posts : 376
Location : Chula Vista, Ca.
Age : 57
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Thu Aug 04, 2016 4:02 pm

ditdater wrote:any of y"all 1st Gen Sportvan guys got any extra parts . I/ve been looking for a fiberglas interior window window panel (the pass side rear rectangle), and poss the 2 corner lower interior panels (vinyl doesn't have to be real nice ) . call anytime , dan 502 432 3684
No extra pieces here, I need the fiberglass piece that goes over the rear doors?
I made my corner panels from luan available at home depot and covered them with vinyl.



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