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Old 09-08-2011, 05:00 PM
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"Britains Fastest Van"

------------------------------"BUILDING BRITAIN"S FASTEST VAN"-------------------

Three years ago I decided that a quick van for the street was the way to go and had the idea of building a moggy van with the rover v8 etc until I saw Dave Sidaways Fordson van on youtube,after seeing the van in all its glory there was no turning back,building and owning something that resembles Daves van for the street is my ultimate goal.

After three years of searching one was eventually found in cambridge as steel ones arent exactly rollin out of showrooms these days! I have built a bespoke 80x40 box chassis and she"s going to have a tuned ford 289 V8 (350bhp) C4 auto box along with a very narrow 41-1/2" jag rear with 3.54 powerlock diff and narrowed triumph GT6 front.

I will be building the rod with economy but also safety in mind and most parts will be hand built by myself inc engine/box - chassis - front and rear suspension - fuel tanks etc.

Im looking for it to handle well and am placing the engine as far back and as low as possible but without the sump or transmission protruding below the chassis line which iv"e set at seven inch front to back. Pics to follow!

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pic 1 - First day on the drive! Too nice to rod but another van cant be found pic 2 - rear axle ( jaguar ) in place pic 3 - one of your excellent 289 v8"s installed
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Whoa theres British Hot Rodders? JK

Any way a Van project seems like a cool Idea because its something different then a usual Hot Rod.
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Looking good!
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not just a van Jk but "Britains Fastest Van" but with one of your superb ford 289 v8"s
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not just a van Jk but "Britains Fastest Van" but with one of your superb ford 289 v8"s
I swear the Hipo has become one of the more forgotten engines.
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Old 09-09-2011, 03:40 PM
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forgotten? I keep reading on some mustang forums in the US that they are very popular!
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forgotten? I keep reading on some mustang forums in the US that they are very popular!
With Mustang fans they are popular but just it seems like most cars no matter if they are Chevy or Ford always seem to be SBC powered.
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That's going to be a cool ride!!!!!! Nice start.
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pic 1 - First day on the drive! Too nice to rod but another van cant be found pic 2 - rear axle ( jaguar ) in place pic 3 - one of your excellent 289 v8"s installed
man super cool!! I know its hard to find good 289s should run good when done!! Nice truck!!! Had to edit this as Im sure your awear that jag rear is Chrysler unit, im running it my 31 ford, havent been able to hurt it!
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I still can't wait to see more of it, I like because its different.
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Does anyone here know what the "CWT" in 5CWTs name means ?
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Does anyone here know what the "CWT" in 5CWTs name means ?
No clue...so tell us...what does it mean???
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I'm not sure on "fast" ... but those little 289's were a great little engine.

I had one in a 1966 Galaxie, but I pulled it out and replaced it with a 351C. (Sleeper)
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Does anyone here know what the "CWT" in 5CWTs name means ?
Hundredweight?
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