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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by vanny on Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:13 pm

The engine bay looks very neat and tidy! Glad to hear it's running good for you...Now you can just enjoy and it sounds like you have Saturday Night Fever!


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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by Russell on Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:55 am

Why was it dying on you? Did they find a problem or just swap the distributor?
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Post by JackeFriend on Sun Mar 25, 2018 3:57 pm

Russell wrote:Why was it dying on you? Did they find a problem or just swap the distributor?
No I just changed out to the HEI. No problems now! I took her out today ran very smooth.
I believe the issue must have been electrical in nature. As you know, the gas was flowing when we broke down...LOL
Actually I drove up to the JBA shop without a hitch too?
I had them re loom the wires that were such a mess in the compartment as well.
Now all the electrical wires are up untangled and away from the manifold. bounce
They re wired the alternator which only had one wire attached too. They did not find anything wrong with the rest of the set up. Glad I finally have a reliable ride.
I am looking forward to driving again.
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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by JackeFriend on Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:02 pm



So, now that I can drive again... here are my Cheeky new stickers!! Meant to be funny yet questionable!! Twisted Evil
But Patriotic at the same time cheers
I actually did a little burnout by accident... due to the new gas pedal.
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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by JackeFriend on Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:53 pm



Took a drive to the Lake... nice day, sat and had some lunch... In my van on my table sitting on my sofa. Very comfy Very Happy Very Happy Cool
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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by vanny on Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:04 pm

Now that's what all the hard work is for...finally getting to enjoy it!!! Twisted Evil cheers


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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by Russell on Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:10 am

JackeFriend wrote:

Took a drive to the Lake... nice day, sat and had some lunch... In my van on my table sitting on my sofa. Very comfy Very Happy Very Happy Cool
Those photo's sure make the Van look nice, I'm glad all your hard work is paying off.
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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by SteelyVan on Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:18 am

"Took a drive to the Lake... nice day, sat and had some lunch... In my van on my table sitting on my sofa. Very comfy"

You have your own she-shedon wheels!
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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by JackeFriend on Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:01 am

SteelyVan wrote:"Took a drive to the Lake... nice day, sat and had some lunch... In my van on my table sitting on my sofa. Very comfy"

You have your own she-shedon wheels!

Laughing Laughing I have never heard that term! Yes, I even have tuxedo stripe gold sheets for the sofa bed! Us girls just need our plush! Razz
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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by JackeFriend on Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:13 am

Russell wrote:
JackeFriend wrote:

Took a drive to the Lake... nice day, sat and had some lunch... In my van on my table sitting on my sofa. Very comfy Very Happy Very Happy Cool
Those photo's sure make the Van look nice, I'm glad all your hard work is paying off.

Thanks, you have seen the van from the start... so you know
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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by Vantasia on Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:17 am

You've come a long way in a relatively short time, van restoration wise! Looks great! Now enjoy it!
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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by JackeFriend on Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:18 pm

Vantasia wrote:You've come a long way in a relatively short time, van restoration wise! Looks great! Now enjoy it!
Thanks very much! I am a go getter when I have a chance to get a project done. This project was bigger than most of mine... so I was glad to see the finish line. I am enjoying that hard work now for certain.
I pulled into the gas station near my house, and there were two men in a 77 Chevy truck, as I rolled by their heads turned with amazement. They got out of their truck and came to ask "Is this yours...? You never see a woman driving one of these?" I smiled and said yes, they were very complimentary. One guy said he wants an old van project... liked Fords he said, but then commented he was a Chevy guy. Then he asked if he could sit in the passenger seat.
He was all smiles as he said to his friend "see this is the front of the van, right here!" nothing between you and the front!" cheers
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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by vanny on Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:33 pm

That's Great and he brought up a point that probably would keep most logical people away from these gems..."nothing between you and the front"...we just have to try to be extra vigilant and look out for "cell phone swervers"!!! affraid affraid affraid


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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by Vantasia on Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:54 am

That's great too.. at every cruise night or car show I attend with mine, I always hear my Dad or I drove one of these at my delivery job back in the day and then they ask if they can sit in it, I always oblige. Same for kids, always let them in and crank the manual windows, open the vent windows and blow the old school horn! Unlike the muscle cars with all those please look but don't touch signs on their cars, I let the public enjoy it, what can they do?
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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by JackeFriend on Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:59 am

Yes, agreed. What can some people hurt who just want to experience that feel of the past.

I am starting a new project... been idle too long! LOL

I am making a sun shade for the side doors. I have some ideas and we will see if they work.

I will post some shots of the creation when I get it done... if that is possible. It is very nice out this weekend! Need to drive that little van around a bit too! Very Happy
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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by JackeFriend on Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:20 pm

I finished the Awning. Simple little project cost about $60 and will provide shade on trips. Breaks down quickly stores in little bag I made from the extra shade cloth. See whatcha think!! Smile






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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by Russell on Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:26 pm

That's pretty cool.
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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by vanny on Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:53 pm

Jacke, your future's so bright, you gotta have shade!!! Great way to stay cool in that warm Cali Sunshine...


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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by JackeFriend on Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:39 am

JackeFriend wrote:I finished the Awning. Simple little project cost about $60 and will provide shade on trips. Breaks down quickly stores in little bag I made from the extra shade cloth. See whatcha think!! Smile






Thanks it was something I could make on my own with a ladder...LOL The shade cloth says it reduces heat up to 75%? But at least I can get out of the direct sun when having some fun outside.

I wanted it for the get together on Fiesta Island coming up 4/21! See you there!
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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by Vantasia on Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:37 am

The magnets are a great idea....!
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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by vanny on Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:00 pm

Vantasia wrote:The magnets are a great idea....!

Agreed, no drill holes in the new paint and easy to store!


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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by JackeFriend on Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:13 pm

So I drove my van to work! I live about 40 miles from where I work!! So, it was the test voyage of Goldie. In morning and afternoon commute traffic, could she make it?

It was a tense beginning as drivers went speeding by me in the morning drive going 80MPH to my 60 MPH

I soon found that speeds over 60 MPH cause a shake from the front tires. I had never driven fast enough to realize those tires need to be balanced or replaced!

But, she ran good, and to make it all the way to Carlsbad from San Diego made me feel good!

My fears went away mile by mile, although it is not like driving my 2016 car, LOL.

I enjoyed being one with every bit of the road going under my tires, which where shaking at times.

It is hard to go under 80 MPH on the Interstate 5 Freeway during rush hour. But 60 MPH was all I could do and stay safe while driving, so I cruised in the slow lane for 45 minutes.

Now I have a tire store appointment Saturday! Rolling Eyes
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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by vanny on Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:28 am

Glad to hear it went okay 👌. It was good to drive it on the freeway so that you could find out it needed some work. Nowadays everyone is in a great hurry...


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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by JackeFriend on Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:36 pm

So I checked the DOT manufacture date on my tires...2808 so they are just about 10 years old.

I hope they can balance them. They are new tires, that had been stock from a closed tire shop.

These are the same tires the van came with originally. The guy I bought it from showed me about 40 new tires and rims he had from his friends going out of business sale.

They were new so I never thought twice about the actual age of the rubber. The tires have maybe 150 miles on the them. New GT Radials are $148 each! ouch!!

What do you think if the tires are new but old stock year wise? Does it mean it will fail or?
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Re: GMC Jacke's van

Post by JackeFriend on Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:09 pm




I got the sofa bed folded out into a comfy bed with my Gold Tuxedo stripe sheets!
SHE SHED gotta have plush sheets.

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