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Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

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Russell

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Location : Chula Vista, Ca.
Age : 58
Registration date : 2015-12-08

Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:29 pm

As some of you know I put a 283 in my Van about a year ago, I bought the engine built and complete, it ran well but not quite like I thought it should.
I have a friend who owns a shop here in town who I consider to be a very good mechanic. He told me work had been slow at his shop and I told him about my Van, I drove it there and he took the engine apart. It seems that the heads were not torqued properly and water had been getting into one of the cylinders.

It does have roller rockers but the lock screws were loose,

it had double gaskets under the valve covers for clearance, it also had a few leaks including the fuel pump, oil pan etc. also the distributor cap was melted some inside.

I went over today to look at it and he started it up, he still has to hook up some wires and tune it to where he likes it. I will be able to pick it up on tues.
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by vanny on Sun Jul 01, 2018 1:18 pm

Glad to hear it worked out for you, Russell! He's a good friend to help you get things back in order. I hope it runs like a top for you! cheers


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Russell
Russell

Number of posts : 535
Location : Chula Vista, Ca.
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:54 am

Last weekend I took a couple of friends up to Long Beach for the motorcycle show and swap meet. My heater core started leaking slightly onto the floor on the passengers feet. Yesterday I pulled it out, (not as easy as I thought)

This is one of the things I loved about my VW Vans, No water problems.
Russell
Russell

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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:01 am

Another thing I was able to do was replace my Parking brake cable and beef up the sides of the plastic wheel with some washers.



I found some 2" washers but had to drill out the center hole to let the washer fit flush against the sides of the plastic wheel and added a washer onto the sleeve.
Russell
Russell

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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:00 am

I found a crack in my manifold,

and a leak on the other side, (blown gasket)
When I pulled the manifolds I found that the shop I had work on it put round gaskets over the square openings? WTF!


The worst part of replacing the gasket was they painted around the ports and the gasket material was stuck to the paint and a bitch to get off.
All fixed and running well again.
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by JackeFriend on Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:21 pm

Great work. Never takes you long to get it fixed & running.
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by vanny on Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:18 pm

Russell, How did you fix the crack in the manifold?


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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:42 pm

vanny wrote:Russell, How did you fix the crack in the manifold?
I replaced it with another one.
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by vanny on Wed Nov 21, 2018 6:16 pm

Sometimes that's the smartest and cheapest option in the long run! What a Face cheers


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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:57 pm

I've put it off long enough, I started by removing the trim, then filling some of the bad dents. The more I fix, the more I find that needs fixed. As I was putting the sealer on today it started to rain. I don't want "Show paint", I just don't like the patina look anymore. Someday soon it will get new paint.


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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by vanny on Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:37 pm

Nice progress Russell! Color??? Cant wait to see the after pictures!


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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:45 am


I'm getting real tired of sanding.
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by vanny on Sat Jan 26, 2019 8:04 am

Has to get worse before it gets better...all the effort you put in now will make the paint job that much better! Looking Good, Russell!


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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:42 am

I have been putting off sanding out the grille, while looking through my sanding supplies I found a couple of these sanding blocks I bought awhile ago at home depot.


These work really good for getting in between the grille openings and they are good for the rounded parts as well.
If you haven't tried sanding down a whole Van, you don't know why this information is important, if you have tried this, you know why this is helpful.
Russell
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:45 am

vanny wrote:Nice progress Russell! Color??? Cant wait to see the after pictures!
Colors? You just have to wait....................
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by OutofSight on Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:46 am

Cant wait!
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:16 pm

Half way there. It's been raining here off and on for the past couple of weeks I've been having a hard time getting the work done I want to do.
Tomorrow is supposed to be nice like today, I should get it taped off and the secound color put on.

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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by vanny on Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:19 pm

I've been working with those Home Depot sanding blocks the last couple of weeks also...However, I've been sanding drywall...I'd much rather be working on the van but it'll just have to wait some more. It's good to know that they work well with grills. Thanks for the tip Russell! Looks like you're making some good progress! cheers


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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by OutofSight on Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:38 am

Looking good!
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by JackeFriend on Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:58 am

Looks really good. I will have your deluxe wheel restoration done by the time your van is completed.
The rain has slowed me down a little as well. I will give you a call when its ready! Maybe next week!!
Russell
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:47 pm

JackeFriend wrote:Looks really good. I will have your deluxe wheel restoration done by the time your van is completed.
The rain has slowed me down a little as well. I will give you a call when its ready! Maybe next week!!
Thanks, no hurry.
Russell
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:55 pm

It was a very long day today. I did not expect 3+ hours to tape off the Vanilla color, lots of curves etc. but I got it painted! It looks really good to me, not perfect, I missed a few things and I still have to deal with the roof, interior etc. but I think it's gonna look awesome crusing by at 70mph. Ha ha ha...........




Now I have to put it back together.
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by vanny on Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:26 am

Nice color combo, Russell! The light colored roof should help keep the inside cooler in the California sunshine 🌞


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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by OutofSight on Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:08 am

Colors look very nice together.
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by JackeFriend on Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:10 am

I really like the color combination. Looks great with the two tone lines.

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