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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

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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.
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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.
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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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vanny
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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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Russell

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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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Russell

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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell Yesterday at 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 Yesterday at 2:37 pm

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


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