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newtome

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The beginning Van conversion
« on: August 17, 2010, 12:25:37 PM »
I'm starting to convert a 1973 (1 ton) Chevrolet-  J.B.E. Olson (Grumman?) Van- to our (Her) RV. so I'll have many questions to ask!
I guess I better start with a few beginning questions.
Does anyone--
Know of a repair manual for the van? if not, can tell me how to adjust or repair the sliding door ?
Know how to identify the type of 1 ton chassis. (from what I have read there is more than one.) so I can order a manual for it.

Know what kind or can suggest a external sealer that can be used on the seams where the body panels are riveted together

I guess these questions will do for now
Hopefully someone can help.
Thanks,newtome

Len and Jo

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Re: The beginning Van conversion
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2010, 01:43:28 PM »
Welcome to the RV Forum.  Sounds like an interesting restoration-conversion.  Not sure, I am thinking you are talking about the square box aluminum step up van (similar to the "old" milk delivery trucks?).  Posting photo's always helps.
Len & Jo
The Green Tardis
We 'B' RVing   Berkley, Michigan
Van Development:   https://youtu.be/5Xqk_G6k95M
12 Years of Travels:  https://youtu.be/UMIf17CzdZo

newtome

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Re: The beginning Van conversion
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2010, 11:41:43 AM »
Thanks for the reply, Len & Jo.
Yep, it's a step van, I don't have any pictures yet but will post some in the future!

BB

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Re: The beginning Van conversion
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2010, 09:35:15 AM »
Nothing like metal instead of fiberglass.  I have often thought that the van you are converting-the newer  post office trucks, mpv,lpv?? AND, don't laugh, the short  body school buses would make very sturdy rv's-please post your progress I am very interested in seeing how things go.

Check these out, a caution on the Lexel sealant, it is tenacious-very difficult to remove if applied correctly to any surface including fiberglass

http://www.sashco.com/

I have often thought that auto seam sealants would be ideal, though I, nor anyone I know has tried it

http://solutions.3M.com/

they have a good learning center

here is a better link:

http://Shop3m.com/

click on 'automotive products' on the right box
« Last Edit: September 04, 2010, 09:43:38 AM by BB »

federer

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Re: The beginning Van conversion
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2011, 06:33:29 PM »
Nothing like metal instead of fiberglass.  I have often thought that the van you are converting-the newer  post office trucks, mpv,lpv?? AND, don't laugh, the short  body school buses would make very sturdy rv's-please post your progress I am very interested in seeing how things go.

Check these out, a caution on the Lexel sealant, it is tenacious-very difficult to remove if applied correctly to any surface including fiberglass

http://www.sashco.com/

I have often thought that auto seam sealants would be ideal, though I, nor anyone I know has tried it

http://solutions.3M.com/

they have a good learning center
the second link is more interesting and attractive.
here is a better link:

http://Shop3m.com/

click on 'automotive products' on the right box
27. Love to spend time on internet forums.

 

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