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Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

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Russell

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

Post by Russell on Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:56 pm

I built a back seat that is removable and will slide out for a bed.


It has 3 piano hinges that let it slide up or down or fold up to remove it.
I have a futon mattress that is too big to fit sideways and is too short too sleep on that way. So I added another board towards the back that can be lifted out and stored under the seat in the rear when not in use. This makes it long enough to use the mattress full length for sleeping on.




I can put the mattress sideways for sitting on the seat but it doesn't fit well and I don't like the way it blocks the back windows. I think I'll make some cushions that fit well on the seat and will store underneath if I use the bed.


Although it has been Dog approved!
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by vanny on Wed Dec 21, 2016 1:43 pm

No Bones about it...that's a Great Pic! I like your work, Russell...everything neat and tidy! That van has come such a long way in such a short time...Nice work cheers


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Russell

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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Fri Dec 23, 2016 7:46 am

I was at the mall last night, I love the fact my van isn't hard to find in a sea of vehicle's.

I saw it long before I thought of taking the picture.
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by vanny on Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:49 pm

It's the one with "Style"!!! Wink


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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by VANagain on Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:55 pm

Very clean and simple! I like it! So, the boards rest on the black rails. Looks like you added a stop at the rear end of each rail to catch that first board when in seat mode. The seat's back is two of the boards, folded at the piano hinge at the top of the back. When you lean back on the back, what keeps the back from "reclining," just folding further backwards? I could see how the next piano hinge might make the back not want to lean back, but is that strong enough?

How this is the wood? Does it sag at all in the middle when there's weight on it? (Like a giant dog) That was really clever to make the bed longer by just sliding the whole thing further forward on the rails and then slip in one more board in the back!

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Russell

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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:49 am

I was able to buy my old plates from DMV after a big hassle.
Short story; I had to prove they were on the Van before I bought it, cost $45 without the annual fee they charge for the "new yom plates"
I also made a new mount to put the plate on the rear bumper.



I bought the plate frame last year unpainted, it wasn't easy to paint.
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by vanny on Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:03 am

Nice plate frame! I especially like Felix the cat cause whenever he gets in a fix, he reaches into his bag of tricks!!!


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Russell

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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:07 pm

I picked up a couple cushions for the back.

I also picked up some armrests at the swap meet.
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by donivan65 on Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:45 am

I sure need to shift down to 2nd gear when I come to see Russell,,,,,,


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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by JackeFriend on Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:43 am

Sure is a pretty van! You have done a great transformation from front to rear. cheers
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by whalemstr on Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:18 am

This is how I made my bed.
I did this back in October in about 4 days.
As soon as I catch up on bills, I am going to be redoing certain things and finishing others - including the bed.

https://youtu.be/gMxovFZhszI

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Russell

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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:59 am

Some people think my Van has that perfect patina look but I think it has too much rust showing through. Since I live pretty close to the ocean I feel it is only going to get worse. I really would like that shiny new paint look someday but I'm not ready to take the Van apart yet.
I have to start somewhere so I am doing the really rusted parts first.



The rear corner and the area around the windows on the drivers side had a lot of rust.
Also the front.



I like using these stripping wheels that remove paint and will also remove the rust by going over it several times, it will take away metal but not as aggressive as a grinder and also keeps heat down to avoid warping.

After stripping it down I put a few coats of sealer on it. Primer and paint will come later.

Next I have to do the roof, I know that is going to take quite a while, It's a BIG roof!
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by vanny on Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:07 am

cheers You make it look so easy, nice work Russell!!! That van is in good hands!


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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by whalemstr on Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:44 pm

Looks great Russell!!!
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by wirepuller on Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:24 am

Wow!!!

Looking great, I like the seat/bed mod.


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Russell

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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:27 pm

A friend gave me 2 electric fans he was going to use but didn't, My Van usually runs good temps but has gotten hotter than I like after running awhile in heavy traffic, especially stop and go stuff. I also like Donovan's "Hamburger fan" using a timer to cool the engine and blow the fumes out after shutting it off. works well if you're enjoying a hamburger in the van.

I bought a timer at Home Depot for $20 and attached it inside the airbox I built so it can be reached easily.

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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by vanny on Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:27 pm

Very nice! That should do the trick!!!


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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by SportVan on Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:14 am

Very IMPRESSIVE!

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