This is the Van in the Princeton Yard. I took the top and the step... which was pretty rusty but the mechanism was intact.
The van from Idaho looked pretty good in the exterior images. the worst part was the roof, which I thought I wouldn't have to deal with too much because I was going to cut alot of it off for the travelwagon top. There was also visibly a rocker panel on the driver side that was rusty, and the rear driver side door post had the hinge loose because of some sort of rust. i had pretty much already rented a trailer, filed the paperwork at the border, and committed a weekend so didn't look to hard and loaded it up.
Here are some more pics of it back on Vancouver Island. It had a 200 that the previous owner had put in it with a 3:03 (?) 3 speed and the small rear end. it ran and drove, had marginal brakes but was mostly all there. The previous owner was the second owner. The previous owner being the US Government. It was an interagency vehicle that was loaned to whatever branch of the gov't needed vehicles. I have the date he bought it somewhere but I think it was sometime in the early 70's. He had used it to camp with his family in it. It had close to 400,000 miles on the chassis as his records showed and if memory serves.
"For Official use Only - Interagency Motor pool", The hazard lights on the front of the van and the hole on the driver side back corner look to be part of the original govt configuration. it also had rivets in the roof where racks once were. I have seen other racks that looked to be original to the vans.
I used it as a yard truck for a few months, and as storage as all vans seem to do before I began working on it... more to come