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Post by JackeFriend on Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:58 am

So today in Sunny San Diego it will be a warm 70 degrees...

I see that today in Minneapolis MN the high will be 38 degrees! I cannot imagine that being the HIGH temp for the day!

So for all you cold weather vanner's... I will drive my van today and celebrate the ability to drive in the cold San Diego winter! Hee Hee Hee santa MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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Post by vanny on Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:44 pm

Hey Jacke, thanks for not rubbing it in...LOL! Razz What a Face


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Post by JackeFriend on Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:27 pm

Okay so I want to keep the speaker install to a minimum for the radio. I see that there are these 140W Dual Voice Coil Bracketed Dash Speakers... it is 4 x 10".
I am not going to cut slits for sound into the dash. But, should I use a single speaker like this? It is just for a radio old AM/FM vintage push button.
I will either configure a bracket to hold it up out of the way, facing down, for sound or I could get 2 regular speakers and place them in a box on top of the the tunnel? That space is available? I am not sure if the old radio can run more than 1 speaker? I do not know much about the comparability of old radios and speakers.
Can anyone give me some guidance? Thanks very much! Question
and which speakers to use for best output.
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Post by JackeFriend on Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:49 pm

Started wrapping my exhaust manifolds on the van today. I finished the important side... mine, not sure how I might finish the passenger side, it is very tight next to the box on that side.
I can see how this is a task to be done when you are first installing the manifold... lol.
The difficulty I encountered feeding the titanium wrap through the 1/8" slit between the engine and the manifold was only matched by my inability to grab the wrap at the half way point from inside the cab, my arms are kinda short... like me  Smile . So, I had to go under the van after each wrap until to the end. I felt like I was doing calisthenics! Up Down... Up Down whew!
But, I am stubborn and will not be defeated by unreasonably difficult tasks. Still need to cut the metal ties and tuck them. My cutters did not do it, I must be weak. Mad
I hope the wrap helps in the overall temp inside the doghouse. Which in turn will make my area cooler when driving. I have heard it does help.
Since I have no real air conditioning...like some of you lucky guys. You know who you are!! Wink

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Post by samsvan on Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:59 pm

I don't know what you're talking about... Twisted Evil
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Post by vanny on Sat Dec 29, 2018 10:36 pm

I take it that Sam must have A/C in his van... Suspect


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Post by JackeFriend on Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:11 pm

So, I have been searching for the bottom plastic heater vent for my 64... never met anyone who actually had one on their van around here.
I was told they mostly are missing or broken off. Well, as some of you may know, I never give up when I want something that is hard to find.
So, today I am happily awaiting delivery of my vent. I have gotten the basic heater set up complete. I enjoy getting project done.
I think this is about it... other than the horn ring which is as rare as hen's teeth, Plus I do not have the correct wheel I would need the deluxe steering wheel I believe for the horn button with the ring to fit? But, I never say never! Laughing

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Post by vanny on Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:49 pm

There’s no doubt in my mind that you will find one ☝️. Good luck Jacke and Happy New Year 🎈🎊🎆


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Post by JackeFriend on Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:17 pm

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Got the plastic vent in perfect shape... no cracks and still soft plastic not brittle.

Pretty marble color to the plastic too.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! bom bounce bounce Sleep
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Post by jrdunn96 on Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:23 pm

Yea Jacke! Another treasure to add to the collection that is YOUR Van. Happy cotton pickin' New Year!

Jim
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Post by JackeFriend on Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:26 pm

jrdunn96 wrote:Yea Jacke!  Another treasure to add to the collection that is YOUR Van.  Happy cotton pickin' New Year!

Jim
Well may the New Year be the Best year you could ever wish for!

I had been searching for this little gem for over two years. I am having a great end to what was a very difficult year. I look forward to 2019 and the happiness that will follow. Very Happy
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Post by Russell on Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:33 am

Good job on the header wrap and the vent find. I have a spare Deluxe wheel, (no horn ring) I want to restore to replace mine. You did such a nice job on yours maybe you could re-store mine and I'll give you the other one? I also have a nice center button that would go with it.
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Post by JackeFriend on Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:13 am

Russell wrote:Good job on the header wrap and the vent find. I have a spare Deluxe wheel, (no horn ring) I want to restore to replace mine. You did such a nice job on yours maybe you could re-store mine and I'll give you the other one? I also have a nice center button that would go with it.

Thanks, sometimes I get lucky searching. I like finding the rare parts I need.
I Like a hunt and it makes me feel accomplished in some way when I find the part
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The wrap gave me an irritation around my eyes and hands, I must have wiped my face without realizing. At first I forgot to use gloves. Then I realized and got a pair on! Late is better than never! Ahhh titanium fiberglass... not a friendly material. As I was a composite technician I should remember that!

I would restore your wheel... what color is it and how cracked, any missing edges?? I only have the black color restore.

Maybe a brown or cream would be good in your van? I have only done mine, so my experience is not prolific. But I will do my best for you.
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Post by JackeFriend on Tue Jan 01, 2019 9:21 pm

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I installed my new heater vent! Looks finished now.
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Post by vanny on Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:00 pm

Congrats on a job well done Jacke!


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Post by VANagain on Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:14 pm

That plastic heater vent thing is psychedelic! Interesting to see one that hasn’t been painted. I’ve been casually on the lookout for one of those. I saw one in a junkyard in Minnesota once but got caught up removing bigger things and forgot to grab it!!

Sorry I wasn’t able to help with your van over the Xmas break. I was dealing with back pain of my own. It’s slooowly subsiding.
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Post by JackeFriend on Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:24 pm

It seems to be the type of plastic it is made from. I have never seen another one to compare however? But the finish is original.
Yes, your help was missed. But, I do understand the bad back issue, no problem. I hope you get well very soon. Cause I need your help to weld in the door stays! Laughing Laughing
But seriously,  get well and take it easy as you can until you're healed up.
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Post by JackeFriend on Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:20 pm

Today I am working on the addition of indicator signals in the dash. I have an after market dash and a upgraded wiring harness from "Painless". I did not install it, so I am lacking a manual on the wire configuration. I have a down loaded manual that will be a good guide. I have these little LED lights that fit into the holes on the dash face. I have never had the time to add these since I bought them... so now I am starting on the 3 gauges to be replaced and addition of the R, L,  indicator & high beam lights.
I was able to remember how to remove the dash etc. we will see how it goes.
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Post by JackeFriend on Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:04 pm

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So this is the wiring I had to deal with... Rats nest sounds about like it. I was able to change out the gauges, and started the turn signals, found the dimmer switch wires... had to quit my neck was killing me! Mad
Since it is rainy now in sunny San Diego, I have time to recuperate before I attempt any more wiring additions. It is difficult to separate the wiring with these old eyes! And try reading the labeled wires...
Ya Right! I can still see color and wire thickness... so I am going onward with the bare skills needed.

I will purchase a fire extinguisher Razz for when I drive it after I do the WIRING!! Razz Rolling Eyes
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Post by vanny on Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:35 pm

Fire extinguisher is a Great idea with these vehicles. Wise investment!


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Post by JackeFriend on Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:41 pm

Maybe get two... cause the passenger may want to put out those flames too!! affraid Very Happy

My next wiring is the dome light I found at the junk yard awhile ago, just waiting for the new wire/bulb seat to come from Clarks Corvair to finish it.

I panted it to match the front looks pretty good! Just a little piece missing, but no cracks. Not bad for its age. Clark's wanted $49 for a new dome assembly. That was too high, so I spent $2 bucks and bought the hard to find wire/ bulb seat. I will rewire it myself. Smile

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Post by JackeFriend on Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:55 pm

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So, recieved parts for Dome light... they only sent 1 bulb seat. They have to send out 1 more...ugh
I am off the rewire hook for the weekend! Its beautiful outside I think I will venture out into the day... sunny
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Post by SteelyVan on Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:06 pm

Hi Jacke......please send pictures of the weekend weather if you go for a van ride. Here in central Pennsylvania, we're expecting 18-20" of snow and temps from -5 to -15 by tomorrow night. I'll get my vannin' in vicariously through you. Not gonna complain too much, some others get it (weather) a lot worse than us.
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Post by JackeFriend on Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:48 pm

SteelyVan wrote:Hi Jacke......please send pictures of the weekend weather if you go for a van ride. Here in central Pennsylvania, we're expecting 18-20" of snow and temps from -5 to -15 by tomorrow night. I'll get my vannin' in vicariously through you. Not gonna complain too much, some others get it (weather) a lot worse than us.
OMG I would never make it! How do you cold weather people drive and survive in that cold?
I am a true southern Californian, I can only drive in a light wind! Razz Razz Embarassed
I loves your screen name... so, on VCVC after I saw your name I choose LedZeppvan. I loved those groups I in high school. My two favorite bands to party in the school cool guys van. 8 track versions.
Here is what the day is looking like about 75 light breese and no clouds. The rain over the last week has made a very clean sky to enjoy. Turn up the heat over there or put on some mittens! Smile

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Post by JackeFriend on Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:46 pm

I am going to restore a deluxe steering wheel for Russell. I am in between electrical projects waiting for parts. So, I wanted to keep my hands busy.
This wheel has some big chips which mine did not when I did that restoration. So I will have some new challenges ahead. Last picture is after I have just started the first rough sand to get to the base black plastic. Next will be file file file into those cracks, get them open and ready for holding the repair. Gotta make it worse before it can get better.
I will post some pictures as I go through the process.

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