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JackeFriend

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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by JackeFriend on Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:43 pm




Installed my front door weather stripping. The Steele product fit very good, I would recommend them so far they have been a good. Correct top corners and bottom door corner edges. Letting them dry over night to assure no sag or bend from closing the doors before the 3M is totally cured. Doors will be much better, the old rubber was hard and seen it's day. Next I have too install the felt along window ledge.
Worked on the rear panels as well. Got two pieces cut and installed. Also did door check straps for my front doors. I did not want to cut into the doors to weld a original or replacement door stops. So the straps I made and the little 2" black oxide footman loops were perfect very low profile and just the right piece. bounce
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Vantasia

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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by Vantasia on Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:23 am

Watch those clips for the window fuzzy strips. The ones on the Repops kit are plastic and a few either broke or didn't hold in the slots, don't know about the Steele kit if that's what you have. I think the originals were metal clips? Solution is to use a dab of JB weld and hold them in place with a cardboard shim against the glass until epoxy sets. Also, the strips were too long and had to be trimmed to fit. Even with new seals, if the doors don't seal airtight (mine didn't even with hinge adjustment) simply add a strip of stick on weatherstrip to the body side wherever it leaks, no one will ever know...you'll hear if it leaks at speed....you can also do the paper test, close the door on a piece of paper and see if it pulls out easy all along the edges to tell if weatherstrip is making full contact!
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divisionbrewing

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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by divisionbrewing on Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:31 am

Amazing thread and van!
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JackeFriend

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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by JackeFriend on Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:18 pm

Vantasia wrote:Watch those clips for the window fuzzy strips.  The ones on the Repops kit are plastic and a few either broke or didn't hold in the slots, don't know about the Steele kit if that's what you have. I think the originals were metal clips?  Solution is to use a dab of JB weld and hold them in place with a cardboard shim against the glass until epoxy sets.  Also, the strips were too long and had to be trimmed to fit.  Even with new seals, if the doors don't seal airtight (mine didn't even with hinge adjustment) simply add a strip of stick on weatherstrip to the body side wherever it leaks, no one will ever know...you'll hear if it leaks at speed....you can also do the paper test, close the door on a piece of paper and see if it pulls out easy all along the edges to tell if weatherstrip is making full contact!

Thanks! I will check it out. I have not opened up that box yet!
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JackeFriend

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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by JackeFriend on Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:18 pm

divisionbrewing wrote:Amazing thread and van!

Thanks very much! I can't wait to see what you are gonna do!
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JackeFriend

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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by JackeFriend on Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:45 am

Okay, I am having a hard time getting the cut correct for the back panel with the gas filler coming up from the floor! I have ruined a good piece of wood now... I cannot seem to figure the correct measurement, doing a curved back rather than straight or a 45 angle. I never liked to measure as I am always just a few ticks off. In this case about a full inch off! So I guess I will make a template from card board. I really thought I would be able to do it with just the measurements. Trying to be a carpenter is not easy... I appreciate you builders out there!
So I may just need to work a little more patient... hmmmm. I am not patient! Mad
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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by vanny on Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:20 pm

You'll get there, Jacke. The cardboard cut out will be much more accurate. Not real easy to be accurate when cutting a curve from measurements only....I have faith in you!!! What a Face


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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by Digz on Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:09 pm

A suggestion, get the opening close then add more pattern with tape.
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Vantasia

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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by Vantasia on Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:18 am

If this helps, I just cut around it and covered it with glue-on speaker cabinet covering like my wheel wells...a flexible curved ruler is also useful for copying and laying out curves, any craft or office store sells them...
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JackeFriend

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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by JackeFriend on Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:04 pm

I had a bit of a stroke, slowed me down for a couple a weeks.  cyclops
But last weekend Rich came over and helped me quite a bit! He helped re-connect the rear license plate wires up. We started to install the front cowl, but were delayed as my heater/defroster was missing the inside flap. Luckily Rich had a spar flap which he is putting into the armature, I have a new heater core to install too. Not that I will ever need to use a heater as I have the 350 next to me.
But, maybe if I were camping and driving in 30 degree weather I might need a heater? No?
Anyway today I finished installing the wood for the panels to attach to along the walls. Tomorrow I will cut and install the roof pieces for the paneling to attach too.
I am getting closer it seems to actually seeing an interior come together! Smile
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Vantasia

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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by Vantasia on Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:05 am

You'll still need a heater in cold weather...when its real cold, the doghouse gets cold to the touch when moving at speed no matter what the engine temp is and the floor by your feet will get real chilly, always good to have working plus you'll need the defroster to work occasionally....although with a 1st gen, you can wipe the windshield with a rag pretty easy!

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