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#400265 - July 25th 2010 11:20 am Restoring my 1990 Chevy Van G20
VanandpickuplunaticNL Offline
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Registered: July 18th 2010 6:21 am
Posts: 60
Loc: Netherlands
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.



26-06-2010

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!




13-06-2010
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.

15-06-2010

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.



18-06-2010

Today I removed the runningboards. On the left side by the rear tire there was a lot of rust.


20-06-2010

Today I began sanding the roof. I took away all the little holes with filler and the sanding went on and onÖ.



26-06-2010

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!!

03-07-2010

Today it was a welding day. Again we did a lot of work on the right side.








12-07-2010

Welding evening




13-07-2010

Welding again



15-07-2010
Still removing...




What a big job. But I like it!!
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#400267 - July 25th 2010 11:29 am Re: Restoring my 1990 Chevy Van G20 [Re: VanandpickuplunaticNL]
wookee Offline
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Registered: April 14th 2003 12:00 pm
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Nice work so far......

That is the second conversion van I have seen from across the pond that does not have the big bay windows in ether rear quarter panels......

.......Wookee
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#400268 - July 25th 2010 11:32 am Re: Restoring my 1990 Chevy Van G20 [Re: VanandpickuplunaticNL]
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Registered: June 11th 2010 9:39 am
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Loc: Burton, Ohio "Cleveland suburb...
WOW.....Big job for sure, Progress looks awesome.
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#400274 - July 25th 2010 11:55 am Re: Restoring my 1990 Chevy Van G20 [Re: HighwayStar]
newkirkinc1 Offline
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Registered: February 10th 2002 12:00 pm
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Loc: Pittsburgh,Pa USA
Thats a big job and looks like your doing one fine job.
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#400303 - July 25th 2010 3:54 pm Re: Restoring my 1990 Chevy Van G20 [Re: wookee]
VanandpickuplunaticNL Offline
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Registered: July 18th 2010 6:21 am
Posts: 60
Loc: Netherlands
Originally Posted By: wookee
Nice work so far......

That is the second conversion van I have seen from across the pond that does not have the big bay windows in ether rear quarter panels......

.......Wookee


That's because it was a cargo Van at first. After a few years someone converted it.

Here in Holland we have several types of road taxes for our cars. Company cars pay less road tax but need to qualify to a bunch of rules. One of them is that they are not allowed to have windows at the rear sides.
Thats why you see a lot of these Van's here in Holland smile
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#400350 - July 25th 2010 8:25 pm Re: Restoring my 1990 Chevy Van G20 [Re: VanandpickuplunaticNL]
draggnastro Offline
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Registered: May 09th 2006 12:00 pm
Posts: 4460
Loc: Springfield, Illinois
Looks like a good start! Cant wait to see it done!
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#400355 - July 25th 2010 8:51 pm Re: Restoring my 1990 Chevy Van G20 [Re: draggnastro]
c1run1 Offline
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Registered: February 13th 2008 7:14 pm
Posts: 3158
Loc: new Jersey
Looks like a Mini Overhaulin : ) good luck

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#400377 - July 25th 2010 11:20 pm Re: Restoring my 1990 Chevy Van G20 [Re: c1run1]
86ed Offline
veteran

Registered: May 24th 2006 12:00 pm
Posts: 2071
Loc: puyallup,wa
great progress so far! can't wait to see it in fresh paint. good luck on it

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#400439 - July 26th 2010 10:16 am Re: Restoring my 1990 Chevy Van G20 [Re: 86ed]
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Registered: October 25th 2001 12:00 pm
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Loc: Dayton, New Jersey, U.S.A.
yeah Nice work so far! Keep us posted as you go!
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#415022 - October 03rd 2010 4:16 pm Re: Restoring my 1990 Chevy Van G20 [Re: Superbeast]
VanandpickuplunaticNL Offline
journeyman

Registered: July 18th 2010 6:21 am
Posts: 60
Loc: Netherlands
Just a little update:


I won't be using the standard mirrors anymore, so the hole's are gone also.


All the rust is gone above the passenger door.


Where the hole is, was a bit of rust.


And now It's gone!


The mad man ;-)
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