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Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Marcosis on Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:30 pm

You do Fantastic work!!!
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by savage on Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:02 am

"I like the fact this Van was dying in a field last year, forgotten for years but now it's back out on the roads where it belongs."

Always a good feeling bringing one back from the dead
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by VANagain on Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:51 pm

Man, those "before" shots really show how far it's come! So glad you saved this one and got it back into the van scene!!

That doghouse looks great. I love how that material allows the shapes show. It's additional insulation on the outside and now it's rugid. Very practical. Mine is all painted and shiny but that paint ain't blocking any heat, and I don't want to put stuff on it cuz I don't want to scratch it!
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:33 pm

Sunday I spent the day tinting the windows, not perfect but OK with me.
It's much cooler inside.





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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by donivan65 on Mon Sep 26, 2016 10:30 pm

cooler????? TV says it was 101 degrees down there by you,,,,,,,,I was only 95,,,,,,
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by vanny on Tue Sep 27, 2016 3:15 am

Looks Really Sharp too, Russell! And a little added privacy as well...


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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by NorCalBrian on Sat Oct 01, 2016 6:20 pm

Looks amazing Russell ! Nice upgrade to 8. Lot of work, but bet she moves.
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Russell

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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:07 pm

I have been working on some of the smaller things needing attention on the Van, I had to pull the window runner out of the driver's door, it was broken on both ends only held in place with the rubber channel. I got it fixed and put the door panels and handles back on.
I cleaned the original seat belts and mounted those back on for the 2 front seats.
Also I welded in the missing rib in the grille.

I had to paint over the new welds, today I sprayed over the black with some gold and it looks better.
I also got a few shiny parts put on.

Yesterday I pulled one of the front leaf springs and took out the broken one, today I put new bushings in both leaf springs and swapped a couple leafs with better ones and got everything back together.



I think the Van got it's use out of these?
I didn't want to lose the stance it had by adding the new bushings(which would raise it up) so I kept 2 of the leaf springs out, the broken one and the small bottom one. I also did the other side to match and traded the passenger side with the large bushing out and put in a drivers side with the same size bushing as all the others.
I used the Harris bushings like I did the other Van with. I don't like the urethane type very much.
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:11 pm

VANagain wrote:The top one would only fit on a 108.



So Russ, is it too late to switch to a big block?!! Laughing
I decided on this, simple and clean, (to clean for my Van!)
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by vanny on Fri Oct 14, 2016 1:01 am

Great progress, Russell! You're really going to town on that van. Nice work...


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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Vanish on Fri Oct 14, 2016 8:16 am

That Vans Glad it Met You Russell !!!!!


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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:06 pm

I made a headliner


I also added a couple late model lights.
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by whalemstr on Wed Nov 02, 2016 4:13 am

That headliner looks sharp!
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by vanny on Wed Nov 02, 2016 12:12 pm

Nice job, what materials did you use for the headliner?


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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:39 pm

I did a search on this website and found this.

http://vintage-vans.forumotion.com/t2768-easy-up-headliner?highlight=headliner+how

I did it pretty much as shown except the front board is only approx. 6" wide and I had to make rails out of 1 1/2" aluminum.

I used a piece of pipe mounted in the vice and hit it with a hammer till I got the right curve on the ends, then attached the sides with screws.

I took them out 1 at a time and drilled and pop riveted the wood strips to the rails and re-installed them.
Then I did it as seen in the other post and spray glued the sides and rear.
The material is from UFO (upholstery fabric outlet) close to my house. it is 5'6" wide and 4 yards was just enough.
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by vanny on Thu Nov 03, 2016 2:53 am

Worth the effort Russell...Turned out Super!!! cheers


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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Sat Nov 05, 2016 10:25 pm

I got most of the interior work done, new panels, headliner, window trim inside covered and a couple new lights in place.



It's come a long way from here.

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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Seth G on Sun Nov 06, 2016 1:57 am

Awesome work Russell. Interior and that headliner turned out great!
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by vanny on Sun Nov 06, 2016 1:08 am

Wow, that is quite the transformation! A complete 360 from where it started...Fantastic job on her, Russell!


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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by whalemstr on Sun Nov 06, 2016 6:18 am

Looks great!!!
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Russell

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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Tue Nov 08, 2016 10:45 pm

Sunday my wife and I drove the Van around quite a bit, had a good day. Later after we had been home for awhile I noticed he headliner had come loose at 2 places in the middle?

Bummer! I don't want to take the whole roof and sides apart to do it all over. I think I should have used thicker wood strips and longer staples????
Anyway I have a couple of pictures of a original roof that has the chrome strips at the seams.


I was kinda thinking about doing this at first but I liked the way it came out without the strips. (until it came loose)
Anyway I made some strips out of 1" aluminum and bent them slightly after stapling the headliner back up and set them over the seams to hide the staples and support the seams.
Right now it's just a tight fit but I may ad screws to hold them in tight. I might even cover them with the black material to match the sides and not stand out so much????


This will work for now.
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by vanny on Wed Nov 09, 2016 12:47 am

Looks Great and is functional! I think it's a nice finishing touch on the headliner!


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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by Russell on Sat Nov 26, 2016 11:27 am

The last couple of weeks I've had to stay close to the house, My Mom has been staying with us because her health has been failing fast.
I took apart my dash and re-did it.

I made a new lens for the dash using some lexan that is slightly tinted, I added another bulb near the gas gauge and cut some wood panels for the dash, ashtray and glovebox. Everything got cleaned and/or painted and put back together along with some material on the top and bottoms.



I think the hardest part was trying to re-cover the dash pad, I had to make end pieces to attach the foam and material to, also shaping the ends of the material to fit and stretch properly took more than a couple times of test fitting and sewing. I think it came out really nice in the end.


The pictures didn't come out real well?
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by 66BC on Sat Nov 26, 2016 12:50 pm

You're moving fast and it's all Looking great! Inspiration for me to get going on mine Wink
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Re: Russell's '66 Sportvan Deluxe

Post by vanny on Sat Nov 26, 2016 3:10 pm

I like your style, Russell! Neat and tidy! That turned out beautifully...I keep flipping back to the before pic and then to the after and it's like night and day...and the Super Sport symbol is a nice touch to the glove box as well! The corners of the dash pad almost look like a football...You do Great finish work...



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