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Got my Van in CA (Almost a year ago...)

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Got my Van in CA (Almost a year ago...)

Postby Pangloss » Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:30 pm

1984 1GWKG21B1EGA00075

I was due for a new daily driver so I started searching all over the country for someone selling a Kubvan, the only car I've ever wanted in my adult life. A few months later I tracked down one for sale, from a guy in TN that had a couple more and just needed to get rid of one. So I managed to buy it from him, get a great deal on getting it shipped out to California. It's got pretty low miles, and as far as I can tell it's been sitting most of it's life.

The day it came home:
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Every corner of this thing was either filled with wasps or ladybugs, so we've been calling it the "Bug Box":
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The wiring is absolute spaghetti but I've been gradually getting it cleaned up:
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And avert your eyes, purists, but the big flat panels needed a chalkboard paintjob until I find something better:
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So far I've replaced all the brake lines, master cylinder, misc coolant hoses, started insulating, redone most of the wiring, added a stereo (some old TV speaker and a $20 amp from Amazon), replaced the fuel tank sender, engine thermal sensor, had to get brand new locks, and strip down and reassemble the door latches.

I still need to:
-Figure out how big I can go on the wheels and tires without doing a lot of body and suspension work. I had to call around to a dozen different places to find an 8R13 that wasn't a trailer tire.
-Replace the fuel lines with Viton so I can run a higher percentage of Bio
-Do the 3 Speed Automatic to 5 Speed Manual swap (I tell people it does 0-60 in "eventually")
-Get a single folding bench seat

Then in the way long term I've got some plans to engineer a diesel-electric hybrid system, but that's not until I can save up enough to but a few grand into it.

Overall it's been treating me well, driving and repairs have both been a pleasure, and it should serve me well for years to come. Getting it insured ("OK, how about we call it a 1980 WV Other?" "Does it have seats?"), and getting the VIN verified by the DMV ("Oh, you really wanted us to work today I guess". Took him 3 tries to get the paperwork right) were both an absolute riot.
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Re: Got my Van in CA (Almost a year ago...)

Postby luckham » Thu Feb 19, 2015 12:17 am

Very nice, my wife wants to do the chalk board thing on her van.
Now we can see what it looks like.

Thanks for the story and the photos
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Re: Got my Van in CA (Almost a year ago...)

Postby luckham » Thu Feb 19, 2015 12:23 am

I am running 14 inch rims on all my vans, no problem and my suspension is really beginning to need attention.
I am in the middle of an electric conversion of the Red van
You gotta go 5 speed and turbo, 0 to 100km in not bad, you can leave rubber behind if you like ;)
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