I bought my 1990 Chevy van G20 in 2006 at a local dealer. It has a 5.7 Tbi V8. There where 217000 miles on it, but me and my wife just fell in love with it!
This year I am restoring the Van. Itís a lot of work, but I know it will pay off!
Here is the story of the Van as far as I know it:
The Van came out of the factory in september 1989, and was new imported in januari 1990 to the netherlands. It came as a low-top cargo Van with a 5.0 V8 in it.
A few peaople owned it before me and one of them converted it to a high-top, took away the sliding door and put cargo doors in it. He also removed the 5.0 engine and put a 5.7 engine in it.
I have spoken to that owner just a few weeks ago, and he was pleasantly surprised when he heard my plans of restoring his old Van.
The restoring story sofar:
Fist of all I took out all the chairs, that was easy. But then I began removing the carpestsÖ ohh what a hell of a job! I now kno what makes a Van so heavy, it has a lot of stuff init, but you canít see that.
When I took out the wooden underfloor, I was pleasantly surprissed, almost no rus at all. I removed the bit of rust and primed and painted the whole floor. After that I put back the wooden underfloor again.
Then it was time to take off the roof. After removing all the screws I carefully lifted the roof with a big kind off jack cm by cm. Together wit a strong neighbour we took the roof of an putted it on my trailer.
Now I was able to remove all the rust and sealant and what I saw didnít scare me. Only just above the passenger door there was rust dammage.
The Van is now brought to a big shed of a friend of mine, here I can work dry and safe! I brought it myself on a trailer I lended.
Iím gonna take off all the paint, so I have enough to do the next months!
Now I took out the front windshield and it didnít break! The frame underneath it was pretty bad as I expected.
I also took out the passengerdoor and the dashboard. Now you can see what a mess it is with all those wires!
Today I removed all the stickers. Pfff, what a hell of a job, my fingers hurt a lot!
I also removed the left big window, but that wasnít easy! Also removed the grille, headlights etc.
Today Iíve been talking to a painter, and the prise I have to pa to have the Van painted was less then I expected!!
Bought a big partytent (4 x 8 mtr) for over the Van while I Am working on the Van.
Today I removed the runningboards. On the left side by the rear tire there was a lot of rust.
Today I began sanding the roof. I took away all the little holes with filler and the sanding went on and onÖ.
Today the welder came and we began taking out bad peaces and made it like new!
The welder is very exact and the work doesnít go fast, but he does it very well!!
Today it was a welding day. Again we did a lot of work on the right side.
What a big job. But I like it!!