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G10 in the U.K. - his name is Archie!

Jaydub
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Post by Jaydub Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:03 am

Hi all,  I recently sold my A100 Pup - 'twas a lovely thing, but after my other half dropped her Harley a couple of years back it just wasn't being used.  A van made more sense...

So, after a fair old search I managed to find a first gen' G10.  He's running a 230 six with a 350 three speed.  Very sound, but at some point the whole van seems to have been skimmed with filler which has cracked, sadly, and the custom paint has long seen better days.  Interior is empty, roof vents leak, heater doesn't work, wiper switch falls off dash, doors need rehinging, windows drop out... Plenty to keep me occupied during lockdown...

He came over to the U.K. a few years back, just wondered if anyone on here might know him from his days in Riverside, California.  The wording states "Archie's Auto Detailing" which I guess was tongue in cheek - "Rim polishing and odor removal"!  The no. relates to a supplier of dentistry equipment.

My old A100 - pretty much unique over here.
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The "new" van... again, a pretty rare sight this side of the Atlantic.


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Jaydub
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Post by Jaydub Mon Feb 08, 2021 3:08 pm

Wideload - Not at all. Cheers for that. I was going to resize them, just didn't have time earlier... been a long time since I posted any pic's on here, having to relearn!
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Post by chrlsful Tue Feb 16, 2021 7:30 pm

I can't C enuff to help U. Even w/enlarging. If U wanna take the info off the side & send it I'll do some research (that U could do from there as well). Bein state side gives no advantage. A different brain might?. Will try if U use chrlsful@aol.com. This site duz not allow its post ina signature.

Both these rigs R rare here. U got a spec importer or some1 cross the pond scoutin 4 U? Here's some production #s:
http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/showthread.php?p=6182364
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Post by Jaydub Wed Feb 17, 2021 4:11 am

Hi,  Cheers for the response. Wondering if anyone recognised him was just a throwaway really - I thought he might be known to the van community as he's obviously had some time and money spent at some point.  Motor and gearbox have been changed for bigger and later, Cragar SS front and back, a full set of Mooneyes gauges, metalflake steering wheel and matching seats, portholes and vents, and the blue paint would have been a lovely job when it was first done.

Archie's from Riverside, my '72 Pinto is from Downey and the old A100 was an ex P.G.& E truck from Willow, California as well.  The cost of transport and registration etc. means it's generally only worth bringing over "dry state" vehicles - but you pay a premium.  All mine were already over here when I bought them, but I do "know" a few folks who source and import.  The A100 was sent over by Ray's Classics in San Carlos, the other two were private imports.

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Post by Jaydub Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:28 pm

I'm sure you seasoned vanners know this, but... The steering column on my van was well wobbly. Fore and aft, side to side and the indicator switch (flasher/blinker) was a bit hit and miss. After Googling various horror stories, it turned out to be an easy fix. The aftermarket wheel and new boss were not going far enough down on the splines to pre-load the upper column bearing. Cleaning up the splines and taper had no effect, so I made up a thin spacer, from the top of an old ice cream tub, that I set between the underside of the boss and the plastic/nylon moulding that pre-loads the bearing. Job done - so much better, even fixed the indicators..
Hope that makes sense.
Also an ideal time to clean and lube the top bearing.
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Post by Jaydub Tue Mar 02, 2021 8:06 am

Archie came "fitted" with a 1970's Venturi Vent.  It's a lovely bit of period van kit, but leaked like a sieve... and had lost some of its good looks over the years.
I pulled it off the roof and made a few repairs.  It was held on with silicon sealant and industrial roof fixings, and had cracked and buckled badly due to the roof corrugations and flexing.  Using Tiger seal, I bonded some 8mm thick rubber strip to the mounting flange with a cut out front and back to clear the raised sections of roof.  Repaired and filled all the cracks in the plastic, sprayed the base to hide the repairs and made a wooden frame to give it something rigid to bolt up to.  I've treated it with a modern silicon(?) polish for car detailing, so fingers crossed it should help it to survive a few more years.
Hopefully, when re-fitted with some decent sealant we'll have no more interior tsunamis...

A nice new one, back in the days before the internet...
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Post by Jaydub Sun Mar 07, 2021 12:29 pm

Latest instalment in "Archie's progress" (I know, it sounds like the work of John Bunyan)...
The bumpers were a bit bent, beat up and tatty, with flaking chrome and plenty of rust.  They've been off, clamped in the vice with a bloody great weight from a sash window and beat with a hammer.  Then acid treated and painted front and back with a tough silver paint - how tough, we will, no doubt, find out.  A couple of the proper domed bolts were missing and most of the others were rusty, so I treated him to some nice new A2 stainless M10s.  I know, I know... s'posed to be imperial, but he's not exactly concours...  Lining up the mounting holes after "tweaking" the brackets back into line was a proper bloody fight - nearly went for the de-bumpered look.
Whilst the bumpers were out of the way the valances got a bit of a spoodle, and a coat of lumpy black paint (or "truck bed liner" as some call it).  All good and solid , and will, hopefully stay that way.
And the "iconic and much sought after" Venturi Vent is back on properly.  Took a lot of jiggery pokery to get it to sit right, a helping hand from Julie, and a good dollop or two of Tiger Seal, but we now think it should be leak free... progress, meaning I can start on the insulation.
And... just before the sun dipped majestically below the horizon, and took with it the last vestiges of anything at all like warmth, I rubbed down some more bodywork... but wimped out and gave up when my fingers started to bleed...
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Today, in glorious sunshine, I managed to get out and do some more rubbing down... the excitement in my life never ends...
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Post by vanny Sun Mar 07, 2021 2:45 pm

Very Nice!!! cheers Thanks for the update pics...please keep them coming.


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Post by Fcat Mon Apr 05, 2021 12:22 pm

Hey Jayclub

Not been on here for a while but still been 'fettling' my 2nd Gen over lockdown and starting 'improvements to my hasty respray.

Had mine a couple of years now and after an easy life (only in terms of weather) in California, the Kent coast is now testing any vestiges of rust proofing. Apart from that 'Bloogal' is a rolling project. Door hinges was one of my first jobs, I bought a bushing and pin kit but that was only the start as the A posts were a bit rusty and fatigued & the doors had stress cracks so they flopped about!

I think I've only just got my fingerprints back from the last bout of rubbing down (plays havoc with the iPhone) but these vans are so rare and characterfull, its worth it.

Might even see Archie out and about sometime.

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Post by Jaydub Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:23 am

Hi, Fcat - nice looking van.  I think my doors are a similar story to yours, for now I shall muddle through with what I can and try and improve things after I've got Archie on the road; or else I'll be in long term project territory (been there before and it's not the plan for this one).  Yep, would be nice to bump into each other out and about.  Don't know if you'd be interested, but you might like to visit the Vanditos page if you're on Facebook.  

Been doing what I can over lockdown... we're hopefully just lifting many restrictions over here and, perhaps, starting to return to normal.  Been unable to travel and buy supplies for certain jobs so the order of things has gone a bit "to cock", and probably looks a bit eccentric.  It's not the order in which I'd normally tackle a project...

Anyway, I started on the interior, as I had various leftovers from d.i.y. jobs around the house.  We now have insulation, some storage cubbies, a bench/bed and interior panels.  Some of it's still awaiting some fixings to come through the post, but it's mostly there.
Insulation was some foil bubble wrap stuff, panels are o.s.b. and the red paint was donated by some friends who thought it a little loud for their genteel country cottage.
Floors and the like were really sound, just a shame that over the decades various stuff has been drilled and fixed, literally hundreds of small bolt holes needed sorting.
I've bought some l.e.d. lights and am waiting on delivery on some electrical kit then it can all be fixed into place properly.
It looks like our van club can have its party later this year, so I'm aiming at that as target date.

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Post by Jaydub Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:58 am

When weather allows - we've had gorgeous sunshine through to hail and snow these past couple of weeks - I've made some progress on the exterior...
Ideally, this van could do with being stripped back to bare metal to address some dodgy repairs and a skim of filler that is lifting in places.  However, if I go down that road it'll probably never be finished.  The idea is to get it half handy and drive and enjoy.  I can then continue with repairs as and when I want.
Roof gutters just needed a skim of sealant and a coat of paint.  Job done - I love it when you're expecting the worst and it's all good.
There's some nastiness in one screen pillar, but I've chosen to just seal it for now and will return to it at a later date...
Other than that, it has been back to rubbing down.  The "Archie's Auto Detailing" lettering has all gone, but he will forever be known as Archie.  Lots of flatting still to be done, then it will be a temporary rattle can job in satin black - at least for now.
Also, I removed the fat Cragars.  I know they are the very essence of cool, but over here tyres for them are stupidly expensive... and I have two other sets of suitable wheels with excellent tyres.  For the moment I've fitted the gold chrome Keystones that were on my A100.  My better half cleaned them up and repainted the gold centres and they don't look at all bad, if a little skinny after the SSs.  They are legal tho', good tyres and they don't protrude out from the bodywork, which is a "no, no" in the U.K.
Right, sun's come out so I've work to do...
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Post by Fcat Tue Apr 06, 2021 5:31 am

Been to the Vandito's website, bought my Mystery Machine sticker and sent a join request on FB - how had I not heard of this before!

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Post by ivandrummond Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:15 am

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You are not alone in the UK

We have a 1965 gen 1 sportvan camper, all original,but previous owner removed interior 230 with 3 on the tree,

Runs and drives great but first is so low its useless. Would be happy of any advice on Diff swaps or inline overdrives.

Also looking for new window rubbers and there availability

Ivan

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Post by Fcat Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:42 am

Hi Ivan

Really like those Gen1's and window vans are awesome.

I used Woolies trim (UK) for my rear windows, they have tons of options on classic trims, just check sizes and profile then buy a couple of miles of it in your case Wink

Ian

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Post by Jaydub Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:41 am

Love that window van...

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