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    Post by Guest Sun May 03, 2009 9:52 am

    lol, she's the perfect lil' model for my van! and she claims to enjoy the van more than the concept of 'vannin'

    but she's cute so i'll let that one slide. she's prolly just jealous the pedals are so far away!
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    Post by sasktrini Mon May 04, 2009 9:57 am

    Man, i'm working on a camp-out at Waterton Glacier... August 1-3... you should pop up there! Your van is probably the most comfortable tent / camper / cruiser... she'll come around to appreciate the van life!

    She could be like the punker guy on Bullrun that drove the Vette with 6" platform boots! Laughing
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    Post by malle Thu May 28, 2009 4:17 pm

    My 65' and 69' makes a nice couple!

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    Post by wylee Thu May 28, 2009 7:35 pm

    very nice rides.
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    Post by crazee Fri May 29, 2009 9:39 am

    Here is my baby.
    A 1967 Chevy 90 "NO DOORS".
    with stock 250 inline and power-glide with 10 bolt rear.
    Look for lots of "improvements" to come this summer.
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    Post by Nightmoves Fri May 29, 2009 9:54 am

    Looks great Malle !
    Yo ,Crazee....Dude! you got my Fleetwoodmac tape ! Bet if you look around my Foghat & Alman Bros. is in there too.Haaa looks good man!
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    Post by crazee Fri May 29, 2009 1:18 pm

    naw........the 8 track ate the Forghat & Allman Bros. tapes !!!!!! Razz
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    Post by kookykrispy Fri May 29, 2009 11:18 pm

    My old '66 Sportvan Custom: This van I bought in 1993... had it almost a decade. It was my daily driver and I even lived in it a few crazy summers... It had 14" olds ralleys, a freshly rebuilt 250 and a floorshifter


    ... it got totalled in an accident in 2002 Crying or Very sad

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    Post by kookykrispy Fri May 29, 2009 11:23 pm

    My current van:

    65 GMC Handi-van

    bone stock except for the wheels

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    Post by G-Man Sat May 30, 2009 4:20 am

    Good looking GMC KK
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    Post by Guest Sat May 30, 2009 7:35 am

    Hey KK, could you tell me a little about your floor shift? I had asked about doing a floor shift a while back and no one seemed to think it would be doable. Your GMC looks great! It has the perfect wheels and the perfect stance!!!
    -Ryan
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    Post by wylee Sat May 30, 2009 3:18 pm

    nice ride, AND love that shifter !
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    Post by kookykrispy Sun May 31, 2009 7:01 am

    SIX-FO' wrote:Hey KK, could you tell me a little about your floor shift? I had asked about doing a floor shift a while back and no one seemed to think it would be doable. Your GMC looks great! It has the perfect wheels and the perfect stance!!!
    -Ryan

    Thanks Ryan, The right shoes definitely make the van! I like the old skool big/little look. On my little Jimmy, The fronts are appliance 14's (6" wide) with 205/60r14 tires, while the rears are Cragar deep dish 15's, 8" wide With 255/60r15 tires.

    Regarding the floorshifter, it certainly can be done! It just takes a little fabrication.

    The floorshifter was in my '66 Sportvan. The mod was originally done by the previous owner, then improved by me. You will note in the pic, the stock shifter assembly in front of the steering column has been completely removed and discarded. The existing shifter linkage rods were retained. Some welding fabrication was done to extend the factory rods. Additional round steel stock was added to where the factory shfter location originally was... going towards the passenger side past (and forward of) the steering column and then turn 90 degrees back to the floorshift location. So basically the shift rods would make a big 'U' around the steering and then come back to the shifter. The floor shifter was a hurst competition-plus body and was mounted in a square hole cut in the floor just to the right of where you would rest your heel when your foot is on the gas pedal. The left and the right side of the square hole in the floor was reinforced with some 1" wide angle iron. The top of the angle iron stuck up from the hole, and each side had a good size hole drilled in it, about centered. This is where we bolted the shifter body. I think there was an additional mounting point too, maybe the vertical plate extended just below the floor also, for the other shifter body bolt to bolt to, I have a hard time remembering.

    Anyways, when I first got the van, it had this set up with a 4 speed saginaw. The previous owner had an fabricated an extra shift rod in there for reverse. I never liked this because the rods were too close together and they would get hung up on each other and bind, causing the van to be stuck in gear, usually in 2nd gear. So I swapped back to a 3 speed and removed the homemade 3rd shift rod. After that, it worked great and no more binding linkage problems. The previous owner had this ghetto shift handle (the shifter arm) set up too... The chrome arm coming off the shifter was way too short, so he just had a very long threaded extension (like a couple of shock tower extensions together) threaded on the top of the hurst shifter arm... the the whole thing looked like crap so it was wrapped in leather (the kind usually to go around a steering wheel) to hide it. This was never solid and it eventually broke so I took a round chrome shifter arm from a generic cheapie Mr. Gasket 3 speed floorshifter kit and welded it onto the original hurst handle (which I cut in half). The welded part was hidden under the round boot. It was kind of a pain in the ass getting everything to work, but it was cool when it finally was all together. The trick was getting a shifter arm that was long enough to reach, but not so long that it would hit the dash in or the doghouse when shifting to 1st or 2nd.

    I always thought that a 4 speed would have worked with a cable for reverse instead of that rod. I also think that this might work well using proper size cables for everything, eliminating the clanky old shifter rods all together!

    If you are a halfway decent fabricator, you can do a floorshift conversion like I have described. It sure made my little van fun to drive and any passengers I had were always suprised that my van was a floorshift and other early owners were always envious. Cool

    Good luck and van on!!
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    Post by Guest Sun May 31, 2009 8:30 am

    Well im not a very good fabricator, but my neighbor is. Maybe that will be a summer project of mine. I also like the idea of using cables for everything. Thanks for your knowledge, maybe someday my van will have a floor shift...
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    Post by crazee Sun May 31, 2009 9:43 am

    kookykrispy wrote:
    SIX-FO' wrote:Hey KK, could you tell me a little about your floor shift? I had asked about doing a floor shift a while back and no one seemed to think it would be doable. Your GMC looks great! It has the perfect wheels and the perfect stance!!!
    -Ryan

    Thanks Ryan, The right shoes definitely make the van! I like the old skool big/little look. On my little Jimmy, The fronts are appliance 14's (6" wide) with 205/60r14 tires, while the rears are Cragar deep dish 15's, 8" wide With 255/60r15 tires.

    Regarding the floorshifter, it certainly can be done! It just takes a little fabrication.

    The floorshifter was in my '66 Sportvan. The mod was originally done by the previous owner, then improved by me. You will note in the pic, the stock shifter assembly in front of the steering column has been completely removed and discarded. The existing shifter linkage rods were retained. Some welding fabrication was done to extend the factory rods. Additional round steel stock was added to where the factory shfter location originally was... going towards the passenger side past (and forward of) the steering column and then turn 90 degrees back to the floorshift location. So basically the shift rods would make a big 'U' around the steering and then come back to the shifter. The floor shifter was a hurst competition-plus body and was mounted in a square hole cut in the floor just to the right of where you would rest your heel when your foot is on the gas pedal. The left and the right side of the square hole in the floor was reinforced with some 1" wide angle iron. The top of the angle iron stuck up from the hole, and each side had a good size hole drilled in it, about centered. This is where we bolted the shifter body. I think there was an additional mounting point too, maybe the vertical plate extended just below the floor also, for the other shifter body bolt to bolt to, I have a hard time remembering.

    Anyways, when I first got the van, it had this set up with a 4 speed saginaw. The previous owner had an fabricated an extra shift rod in there for reverse. I never liked this because the rods were too close together and they would get hung up on each other and bind, causing the van to be stuck in gear, usually in 2nd gear. So I swapped back to a 3 speed and removed the homemade 3rd shift rod. After that, it worked great and no more binding linkage problems. The previous owner had this ghetto shift handle (the shifter arm) set up too... The chrome arm coming off the shifter was way too short, so he just had a very long threaded extension (like a couple of shock tower extensions together) threaded on the top of the hurst shifter arm... the the whole thing looked like crap so it was wrapped in leather (the kind usually to go around a steering wheel) to hide it. This was never solid and it eventually broke so I took a round chrome shifter arm from a generic cheapie Mr. Gasket 3 speed floorshifter kit and welded it onto the original hurst handle (which I cut in half). The welded part was hidden under the round boot. It was kind of a pain in the ass getting everything to work, but it was cool when it finally was all together. The trick was getting a shifter arm that was long enough to reach, but not so long that it would hit the dash in or the doghouse when shifting to 1st or 2nd.

    I always thought that a 4 speed would have worked with a cable for reverse instead of that rod. I also think that this might work well using proper size cables for everything, eliminating the clanky old shifter rods all together!

    If you are a halfway decent fabricator, you can do a floorshift conversion like I have described. It sure made my little van fun to drive and any passengers I had were always suprised that my van was a floorshift and other early owners were always envious. Cool

    Good luck and van on!!

    I'd love to see some detailed pics of your shifter setup.

    I bet others here would also.

    hint..........hint...........
    Very Happy
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    Post by kookykrispy Mon Jun 01, 2009 4:18 am

    That is the only pic I have of the shifter... that van got wrecked in 2002 and its gone now. Sad
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    Post by crazee Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:12 am

    kookykrispy wrote:That is the only pic I have of the shifter... that van got wrecked in 2002 and its gone now. Sad

    BUMMER!
    Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad Sad
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    Post by Guest Sat Jun 06, 2009 2:11 pm

    This is my 61 I am going to do a floor shifter in the near future and I will post up it up.
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    This one is owned by a guy in Arizona.
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    Post by wacko Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:37 am

    Your econo looks great and the one from arizona is Sweet. Love the lowered look.
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    Post by Guest Mon Jul 06, 2009 8:04 pm

    the 8ball in all of its gravel gaurded glory...Mini members gallery - Page 2 8ball_10Mini members gallery - Page 2 8ball_11Mini members gallery - Page 2 8ball_12 Mini members gallery - Page 2 8ball_13Mini members gallery - Page 2 8ball_14Mini members gallery - Page 2 8ball_15just found this 1962 six door baby two weeks ago and have been working on it like mad ever since. i bought it in kelowna BC from a real cool dude who sadly had to part with it. heres the stuff i've done: rope seal, carb kit, new exhaust system, gutted interior, evicted rodent tenants, new seats, new aft bench, rebuilt dash cluster, new carpet, extensive rust repair, sand blast and rebuild signal and brake lights, get engine running (144 six), tune up, fit new rear doors, replace shift rod fairleads, and lots of engine detailing! next up is the dual brake conversion from dennis in oregon and electronic ignition. i hope to get the van on the road in a couple more weeks for the rest of summer. by the way thanks to everyone with the help so far, really great site! makes this whole thing way easier! cheers steve and the 8ball


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    Post by Guest Mon Jul 06, 2009 9:00 pm

    My '68 Dodge A-100 with a 225 /6. I've owned it now for close to a year... how time flies!

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    Post by Guest Sun Jul 26, 2009 2:42 pm

    Here's a pic of my 63 econoline van. It's one of just a few of these early's here in the Netherlands.
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    I also spotted a pick-up on this forum, this guy turns out to live just about 20 miles away from me. I'll try to contact him through this forum.

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    Ever since I bought the "king of the road" album from Fu Manchu I've been crazy about these vans. I just rarely saw any on car shows here in holland and belgium, so naturally if i saw one they would never be for sale. Just this year when I decided to sell my rustbucket chevy nova I suddenly found 2 econolines and a chevy on the internet. This one was reasonabily cheap, had just a little rust (for Dutch standards) and already had a Dutch registration and approval. So I could HIT THE ROAD!!!!
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    Post by G-Man Sun Jul 26, 2009 4:21 pm

    Welcome to the site!!!! Starting to get quite a large group from Europe here.Very nice Econoline
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    Post by Guest Sun Jul 26, 2009 5:23 pm

    thats a sweet econo! nice find
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    Post by malle Tue Jul 28, 2009 3:15 pm

    garageinc wrote:Here's a pic of my 63 econoline van. It's one of just a few of these early's here in the Netherlands.
    I also spotted a pick-up on this forum, this guy turns out to live just about 20 miles away from me. I'll try to contact him through this forum.

    A friend of me that drives a 65' Econoline pick up met a guy from Holland here in Oslo just a few weeks ago, he told him that he has a 67' Supervan, problem is that my friend didn't catch is name or phonenumber Rolling Eyes , but atleast now you know that there should be another Van down there, and as i remember Holland,so small that everyone is neighbours, atleast as friendly as Smile

    By the way, very nice early!! cheers

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