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Event Coverage Mazi Metal's Excellent Econoline

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by J.Ukrop, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. J.Ukrop
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
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    J.Ukrop submitted a new blog post:

    Mazi Metal's Excellent Econoline


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  2. You just flashed me to a trip in 1974,,,
    My friend and I were headed to the RC Canning car show in Santa Barbara, driving the 101 with the ocean on the left and hills on the right. The vehicle? His 1965 Chevy Van, I has the truck guy. Almost every weekend was at his garage apt to work on my 65 chevy long bed and his van.
    At a cross road in my life, I loaded up my truck and headed to Carson City. He continued to work on the van adding a Vista Cruiser roof, but by that time the Van scene was fading and it wasn't, according to him later, as much fun working on the old van without a friend to encourage him along.
    He sold it after adding a V-8, keeping the three speed (upgraded)
    But I remember the sounds and the smells of that time in my life.
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  3. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,433

    from Nebraska

    I love the simplicity of a good road trip like this. Great old van, too!

    (My fiancé happened to be in the Sacramento area last weekend, as well. She was visiting her family in Woodland. We'll have to stop at Jim-Denny's next time we're out there - Thanks!)
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  4. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
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    @J.Ukrop so you didn't make the big move back East with the rest of the RJ crew?
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  5. Great write up & video feature
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  6. 42˚18'N 83˚09'W
    Joined: Jul 29, 2008
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    42˚18'N 83˚09'W

    Nice shot of Lombard St. I got a standing ovation for coming down the hill with a '74 Lincoln Town Car back in the 80's. Lock to lock on every corner.
    If you in want an easy v8 swap for your Econoline you can bolt a 289 in with no mods. With the 6 out remove the saddle mount and bolt it back in by using the front hole in the saddle and the back holes in the chassis. This moves the saddle back 3 inches. Bolt in your 289 and the only thing that will not clear is the alternator. Cut a notch in the doghouse under the seat to clear. I used a 1 gal Quaker State oil can riveted to the doghouse to enclose the alt. The clutch linkage works. The throttle cable, radiator, wiring all works. For exhaust I used head pipes and mufflers from '66 mustang dual exhaust set up. Easiest swap I ever did and a great sleeper. I had a donor Mustang which made it easy but it will still work with 302 or 351. But above all, have fun with it.
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  7. J.Ukrop
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
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    Not exactly. I helped with the move-in process and spent the month of April in Virginia. Now I'm back in San Francisco working full-time for TRJ. If you're itching for a little more road trip coverage, you can read my account of our cross-country adventure here.
  8. headsoff
    Joined: May 30, 2006
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    from Ely UK

    Thanks. A real feel good post.
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  10. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
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    As soon as the Canned Heat music started at the beginning, I knew it was gonna be a good video! But how on earth did you get Yama to tap his foot in time with the music while eating a pop-tart? That was impressive!
    Great video and it looks like the two of you had a great time!
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  11. Okie Pete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
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    Okie Pete

    Thanks for taking us along . Great video , Cool Van , Good Friends , swap meet and a great place to eat . Life is good .
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  12. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,304

    from SW Wyoming

    Some Dingo boots, some cheap sunglasses and Bad Co. on the 8-track, and we are ready to go!
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  13. Thor1
    Joined: Jun 6, 2005
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    The video was great! Excellent choice of music! The trip looked like a good time.

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  14. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
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    Sounds like a fun trip. Reminds me a bit of filling the back of my 57 Chevy panel full of parts and heading to the Pate Museum swap meet in the mid 70s when I lived in Texas.
  15. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 9,337

    from Raytown Mo

    Great illustration of how good even a simple trip can be.
  16. Great van-trip-write-up! In the 90s I drove an '85 shorty chevy windowless astro van with a 350 crate motor....was a blast until the Midwest salty streets ate it...called it the Rocky Goodtime Van [TM]
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  18. Your buddy's van ain't a Chevy, but you get the idea.

    'Cause like a princess she was laying there
    Moonlight dancing off her hair
    She woke up and took me by the hand
    She's gonna love me in my Chevy van and that's all right with me

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  19. tuckpoint
    Joined: Sep 9, 2006
    Posts: 45

    from omaha,nebr

    Ak Miller comes to mind for ford six mods. 250 six fit?
  20. I have owned several Econoline vans back in the day and one Dodge A-100 w/t a V8, I loved them all and have a soft spot for the old Vans, if the right one came along I would like to add one to the stable, looks like you guys had a ball. HRP
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