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Old 07-28-2013, 07:45 PM
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great build, I have a similar build going together. I have a 5.3 going tin my 64 gmc van. gotta love them flat noses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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TOO cool ! Love them econoline's
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Awesome build. what make and year ISUZU did the steering box come from?
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It's from an early 90's Rodeo.
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I've got a '66 Supervan and was just scanning sites online and came across your build, I got to say this is very unique and made me want to join this forum.

This is my first post and def. want to see what you've got coming up on this build.

Excellent work. Later.
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Well, quite a few months have passed. And, as usual, life gets in the way and the van is down to low priority. I just got back into it a few weeks ago.
I did finish up all the engine, TCM, ECM, BCM, gauges wiring over the summer. I also worked on the drivers side tail light. I am now working on the side door hinges. After trimming carefully for the new hidden hinges, I realized there wasn't much material left. So I just cut out the entire door jamb and decided to make a new one out of 1"x2" stock.




One of the rare occasions when something goes your way: The rear seat platform that I made a year ago (way before I was thinking of hinges) actually lined up perfectly with the new door jamb!





Since it worked so good on the front hinge- I made a mock up of the door edge with some 1/8"x1" stock that I bent to match the door profile, to make sure everything cleared.





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More hidden hinge pics

Hinge pockets tacked on to check for placement.




Door is curved, so notice the hinge offset from each other. This required the top pocket to be mounted normal, and the bottom one is inverted to get the placement correct.



Here is the finished hinge pockets, and bracing all welded in





here are the door gaps! Now to fill in the old hinge openings






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Just caught wind of this thread. Looks great! I love these cab-over style vans! Looking forward to the rest of this build. Keep up the good work.
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Man that tucks NICELY, keep up the good work. This is one bad *** van!
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Some latest fab work:

Cut out the rear corner and wheel well opening. Corner was damaged and rusted. I am widening the wheel opening by 3 inches.

Cutting everything out.








New panels clamped in place. Notice the widened opening with a piece I cut from the old panel





Now on to the new flush gas door I will be adding. Need to fab a recess for the door that I will weld into the side.





More gas door fab











1963 Econoline repair panel




1963 Econoline Audi TT flip gas cap

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Now this is a build to follow great job
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Finished the welding and did some body work/block sanding of the rear corner.






Now for a custom wheel tub





1962 Econoline custom wheel tub<br/>1961 1964 1965 1966 1967

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This is awesome.
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Epic.
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Amazing, nice work.
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Beautiful craftsmanship. Great build. Just curious, would a late model ford crown vic front suspension set up work for that van? I have seen it done to the ford f100 trucks of that era but I wonder if it will work for you? Just a suggestion.
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Thanks for the update, glad to see you making progress.
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Originally Posted by droopyzda1 View Post
Beautiful craftsmanship. Great build. Just curious, would a late model ford crown vic front suspension set up work for that van? I have seen it done to the ford f100 trucks of that era but I wonder if it will work for you? Just a suggestion.
I've looked into that, I think the hub to hub measurement is about 5" too wide. Would've been a nice option

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I did check out the Aerostar front suspension, as they are a one piece bolt on as well, with a narrower hub to hub than the Crown Vics. It is an odd hideous looking set up though
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Sweet build!
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