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Old 01-04-2014, 12:27 PM
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Vans are back! What happens next?



So I'm likely picking this up next week, its a 300ci inline 6, 3spd on the tree.
I'm going to stay tacky 70's retro, shag carpet, some cool paint idea's and keeping the turbines. I wanted to do sidepipes and that still may be a choice once I see how much rust or damage will occur trying to take off the running boards. My "basic hotrodding" question is stance. First, I haven't got a clue was under these things for suspension, i don't know if I want to run a 275/60/15 outback with a 225/60 up front to give it rake making it period correct, or do i forgo "period" and run a 225/70 narrow white wall and slam the thing in the weeds all around. If lowering is how I go has anyone worked with a third Gen econoline suspension? What's involved in a drop? I'm usually just a "cut coils and go" kinda guy but is that a choice with these?

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they handle every bit as good as any telephone booth.Remember they are supposed to rock,even when parked,or especially.
I liked the side pipe looks back in the 70s.Not sure how the inline 6 would react to a free flow exhaust?
Are you looking for power also?or just cool factor?
I would likely go 235/60s and 225/70s with BIG white letters,solid,not outlined letters
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"Vans are back! What happens next?"

Well.... you will be needing some paisley shirts.... stop cutting your hair....
and see if you can find an 8-track and some Grand Funk Railroad tapes!

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Here is one I painted a couple years ago. His vision was... "the new and improved hippie hauler".
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here is one ford made
That's what mine is! Lol.... fender flares, sunroof, porthole window, windsheild visor, front lower spoiler.....
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"Vans are back! What happens next?"

Well.... you will be needing some paisley shirts.... stop cutting your hair....
and see if you can find an 8-track and some Grand Funk Railroad tapes!

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Here is one I painted a couple years ago. His vision was... "the new and improved hippie hauler".
The van has speakers but no deck currently, luckily I kept the 8 track that I pulled out of my meteor....so that would go in for sure....and a CB.....I need a CB.....
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You could always build this one, since we couldnt win it back in the 70s



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they handle every bit as good as any telephone booth.Remember they are supposed to rock,even when parked,or especially.
I liked the side pipe looks back in the 70s.Not sure how the inline 6 would react to a free flow exhaust?
Are you looking for power also?or just cool factor?
I would likely go 235/60s and 225/70s with BIG white letters,solid,not outlined letters
Nah, no performance needed, just cool factor, I would split the single exhaust up front and run it to sidepipes, cherry bombs or something for mufflers...I'm sure the inline 6 would sound goofy but whatever. Tires, yah....if I'm doing this on the cheap then I can just juggle tire size to achieve a nice 70's rake.
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You could always build this one, since we couldnt win it back in the 70s



Was the denim machine a giveaway car? That's the same model and year as the one im looking at I believe. I'm hoping like hell this deal flies, I showed my buddy with the body shop and he wants to do some goofy sht to it lol...... love that i can be as getto fabulous as I want and it will be just cooooool.....
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They had some sort of contest...I believe there were 25 given away.....76 or 77, if I remember correctly.
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Twin I beams up front for suspension.Not really good for slammin.
Open exhaust doesn't bode well with the 300 either.
Side pipes would be way cool, they don't have to work
Turbines are cool,you can clean them with acid or paint them and buff the edge of each fin if they are too rough.
Go with short cut pile carpet, it cleans up much easier(ask me how I know)LOL
I have owned 3 chevy vans, and one B 100 dodge van.
I had a short wheel base 76 chevy with a 350.Custom inside.That vn was kool.The dodge I customed too.The other 2 chevy were work vans.
I like vans. They are classic too ya know.
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Twin I beams up front for suspension.Not really good for slammin.
Open exhaust doesn't bode well with the 300 either.
Side pipes would be way cool, they don't have to work
Turbines are cool,you can clean them with acid or paint them and buff the edge of each fin if they are too rough.
Go with short cut pile carpet, it cleans up much easier(ask me how I know)LOL
I have owned 3 chevy vans, and one B 100 dodge van.
I had a short wheel base 76 chevy with a 350.Custom inside.That vn was kool.The dodge I customed too.The other 2 chevy were work vans.
I like vans. They are classic too ya know.
That's great advice, thanks! Will the open exhaust kill low end or just sound silly? I couldn't come to terms with "fake" side pipes lol.... I'm hoping with a converter and then a set of patriot side pipes which have about a 2" internal dyameter "muffler" that's 3 feet long will keep it relatively quiet and keep back pressure. Yah, I'm thinking with some gold lace paint I would do the wheels gold, then buff the edges back to silver....
Any idea how tourqy the inline 300 is? I actually plan on using this thing to tour in and camp in. I haven't driven a "3 on the tree" in about 25 years and even then it was only once or twice, so that should be entertaining.
As for lowering that seems to be the concensus that lowering is a hassle, and really, with 275/60's out back and some air shocks, then 225/60's up front I should get a pretty cool 70's vibe.....I'm pretty excited.

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they handle every bit as good as any telephone booth.Remember they are supposed to rock,even when parked,or especially.
I liked the side pipe looks back in the 70s.Not sure how the inline 6 would react to a free flow exhaust?
Are you looking for power also?or just cool factor?
I would likely go 235/60s and 225/70s with BIG white letters,solid,not outlined letters
Rockin when it's parked? If it's rockin don't bother knockin.
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The 300 has lots of torque.Easy to get to as far as working on also.Pretty simple in a van.Kinda important. 3 on the tree...too cool.
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Several years ago I had a short wheelbase B150 Dodge. I then got married and ended up with a stepson so I started collecting parts to turn it into the Scooby Doo mystery machine. I thought the kid would like it. I was half way there when on the front page of the Columbia Mo newspaper was van that someone turned into the mystery machine. Damn, the first guy to do it in the area is cool, the guy to do is just lame so I just drove the wheels off of it.
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