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BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER.... A's, G's & E's


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Sweet Lou 1976 GMC Vandura

billywhiskey
billywhiskey


Number of posts : 10
Location : Port Saint Lucie
Registration date : 2016-02-22

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Post by billywhiskey Tue Feb 23, 2016 9:03 am

Names Billy, living out in Port Saint Lucie, FL. currently working as a transmission tech for Chrysler and training at night to become a manual Machinist. Picked up this 1976 GMC Vandura for cheap last weekend to fix up for a bike hauler. 350 with a Turbo 400 Trans. 3/4 ton running gear, and 49,000 original miles. ( I have to log book from all three owners)
fuel lines are split and will need a whole new brake system but it runs.

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VanninBlaino
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Number of posts : 361
Location : New Orleans, LA
Age : 27
Registration date : 2011-05-30

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Post by VanninBlaino Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:26 am

Nice! Looks pretty solid. I want one of these newer vans one day.
savage
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Location : Where Rust Never Sleeps in Ft Wayne IN
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Post by savage Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:42 am

Welcome,Nice I had a 72(Many years ago(40  Shocked man I'm getting old)
Few FL vanners down your way with 3rd gens, & the Van Nat are in FL this July
billywhiskey
billywhiskey


Number of posts : 10
Location : Port Saint Lucie
Registration date : 2016-02-22

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Post by billywhiskey Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:01 am

thanks guys
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Number of posts : 10
Location : Port Saint Lucie
Registration date : 2016-02-22

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Post by billywhiskey Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:01 am

savage wrote:Welcome,Nice I had a 72(Many years ago(40  Shocked man I'm getting old)
Few FL vaners down your way with 3rd gens, & the Van Nat are in FL this July

whers the van nat at?
VanninBlaino
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Number of posts : 361
Location : New Orleans, LA
Age : 27
Registration date : 2011-05-30

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Post by VanninBlaino Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:55 pm

They are in Lakeland Florida!


Here is a link for details:
http://www.floridavancouncil.com/sunshinevanners/sunshinevanners.html

I may make the trip from New Orleans.
billywhiskey
billywhiskey


Number of posts : 10
Location : Port Saint Lucie
Registration date : 2016-02-22

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Post by billywhiskey Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:59 am

Nice that's not to far from me, only a few hours. me and a buddy might make it up for the weekend

VanninBlaino wrote:They are in Lakeland Florida!


Here is a link for details:
http://www.floridavancouncil.com/sunshinevanners/sunshinevanners.html

I may make the trip from New Orleans.
billywhiskey
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Number of posts : 10
Location : Port Saint Lucie
Registration date : 2016-02-22

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Post by billywhiskey Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:15 am

Tore into the motor on Saturday. upgrading timing chain and figured Id ordered up a cam while im in here. Degreased the block. Ill also be replacing the belts, Alternator, Power Steering Pump and Radiator
Upgrading to a 600CFM Edelbrock carb with a high rise intake.


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in with the new
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Post by vanny Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:53 am

Congrats on the van Billy! You're getting right down to it. Thanks for posting pics, we love those. Keep em coming as you progress...Please and Thank You! cheers


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Number of posts : 10
Location : Port Saint Lucie
Registration date : 2016-02-22

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Post by billywhiskey Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:28 pm

vanny wrote:Congrats on the van Billy! You're getting right down to it. Thanks for posting pics, we love those. Keep em coming as you progress...Please and Thank You! cheers


thanks man, got pretty far last weekend, motor is almost 100% done
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found some camshaft and lifter damage, swapped out for a Lunati cam set up

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Post by Twinpilot001 Tue Mar 22, 2016 3:11 pm

Be sure & run the zinc additive with each oil change- then no cam & lifter damage!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Twisted Evil cheers
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Post by Seth G Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:12 pm

Gotta wonder where all that metal went Wink
billywhiskey
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Number of posts : 10
Location : Port Saint Lucie
Registration date : 2016-02-22

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Post by billywhiskey Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:52 pm

Seth G wrote:Gotta wonder where all that metal went Wink


I would imagine in the filter, I dropped the pan and there was zero signs of metal. and when i scoped the walls with my camera everything looking good. im replacing the oil pump and screen since the pan is down and there are cheap. I haven't looked in the drain pan yet so maybe there is some metal there
billywhiskey
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Number of posts : 10
Location : Port Saint Lucie
Registration date : 2016-02-22

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Post by billywhiskey Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:53 pm

Twinpilot001 wrote:Be sure & run the zinc additive with each oil change- then no cam & lifter damage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    Twisted Evil cheers

haha you know it
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Post by Magic Bus Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:47 pm

Nice work. Im surprised at the lifter damage at that many miles!
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Post by Dantra Fri Jul 01, 2016 6:08 am

That was bad era for GM... Cams and lifters seemed a pretty common failure. If you ever here a mid 70s GM with a miss.. Cam lobes are gone. AT least that's been my experience haha

Progress was looking amazing. Wonder where Billy went...
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Location : Port Saint Lucie
Registration date : 2016-02-22

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Post by billywhiskey Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:31 pm

sorry for the lack of posts fellas, girl became pregnant and time has been moved to other projects to welcome a third gen vanner into my family.


van has been on the road for nearly 5 months now? it is now my daily driver!

Here is some updates that are looooong over do.

the pictures are over sized and I don't have the patience to resize all of them, click on the image for the full size and to see everything in all its glory

got the rims and tires on, 15x7 up front and 15x10 with 4in offset in the rear.

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also tackled the giant hole in the windshield area.

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making the first cut
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removed section
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found a donor section out of a 92 vandura
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beat weld grind repeat
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and added the bondo....
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and done, im not the best at body work and it will need some more love before paint, but it doesn't leak anymore. still have a lot more body work to do. also had to replace the windshield

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interior has been started but not much to show there yet, this weekend the front end gets much needed attention, new upper and lower control arms, tie rods, ball joints etc.
will also be lowering the front 3inch with some shorter springs.
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Post by Seth G Thu Sep 22, 2016 10:59 pm

Looking good Billy. Thanks for the update
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Post by vanny Fri Sep 23, 2016 1:51 pm

Looking much better now! Good Job!!! cheers


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