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Traded my Pontiac for a whole CREW!!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Blam, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. Blam
    Joined: May 11, 2009
    Posts: 218


    i was thinking it'd be cool to put a Y-Block in it, but that might be opening up a whole can worms...
  2. Moondog13
    Joined: Sep 7, 2006
    Posts: 761


    You did good man! I've always liked those vans. :D
  3. Hellfish
    Joined: Jun 19, 2002
    Posts: 6,505


    I think a Y-block would be a lot of work and a lot heavier than a 289/302. You can stuff in a 351W, but will have to cut up the floor and dogbox.

    Yes, a 300 6 will easily replace the 240. I believe Clifford's carries intakes for the 240/300.

    Any significant lowering in Econolines is tricky. Lowering the rear requires cutting up the floor/frame, and lowering the front requires a LOT of engineering and restructuring. It's been covered a lot on the HAMB.
    Joined: Feb 12, 2008
    Posts: 548

    from iowa

    selling your ride to pay bills suck! but looks like u got a cool van and cafe racer , its all about what u like...
  5. czuch
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,688

    from vail az

    I think ya did a good job.
    1)Those Cushmans are a real hoot. They go forever. I had a 58 Eagle that could do about 55. Its a mini harley.
    2) I had an old Ma Bell van in the early 80's. Lotsa fun too.
    3) The corner carver, whew!
  6. Slow55
    Joined: Sep 20, 2009
    Posts: 112


    Side pipes and avocado green shag carpet are a must. Nehru shirt is optional.
  7. Kerry67
    Joined: Apr 11, 2005
    Posts: 2,606


    Can't say I am a fan of the Van but the Cushman is really cool. I really liked the Pontiac, too bad you had to get rid of it. Lets see some pics of the van after you mess around with it.
  8. Mathew21
    Joined: Apr 23, 2010
    Posts: 166


    Cool Van but I really want your Cushman.
  9. 62cadd
    Joined: Aug 1, 2006
    Posts: 661


    Update on the van ?? pics with the new shoes ?
  10. Blam
    Joined: May 11, 2009
    Posts: 218


    I'm not gonna go crazy lowering it. I just wanna remove a few leaves to put it down a couple of inches, that shouldn't be a problem right?
  11. yep...8 doors are rare....really rare...nice Poncho...but think you did okay...cushmans cool too...
  12. Hellfish
    Joined: Jun 19, 2002
    Posts: 6,505


    probably not. Only one way to know for sure. :D
  13. Blam
    Joined: May 11, 2009
    Posts: 218


    I'm not familiar with lowering a uni-body, that is my main concern.
  14. Hellfish
    Joined: Jun 19, 2002
    Posts: 6,505


    It's not the unibody part that's the problem. The forward controls are. The steering and all the suspension geometry are very affected by lowering in an Econoline, plus since you sit on the wheel well, that can be affected as well. The "frame" is straight in the rear with no kickup for the axle, so with minimal lowering you'll have a rear end hitting the frame... so, you have to cutout and make a c-section in the rear, thus losing interior space in the bed/cargo area. It can be done, but it's a LOT of work.
  15. erock805
    Joined: Jul 30, 2006
    Posts: 1,243


    pulling a couple of leafs (if the leafs are in not already sagging a bunch) will be no issue. You always have trade offs when lowering...

    Just the way it is... But they look so damn cool! Id swap a it when the time comes...sound way cool, and different..

    Have fun either way!
  16. nailheadrod
    Joined: May 24, 2008
    Posts: 30


    Man, a van, are you going to grow a mustache and put "Free Candy" on the side of it? What does you dad think of you having that in front of his shop? You and Sean will have to start a van club, haha.
  17. I would ask for the poncho back?
  18. A lot of guys sell their rides to pay bills, AND don't have an old car anymore. I dig those Econolines and A100s. Plus, put a little time and money into the van, then sell it or trade for your NEXT old car. And so the circle of life continues.....
  19. truckncoupe
    Joined: Apr 4, 2009
    Posts: 1,428


    you got to do what you got to do sometimes! Nice econoline and cool bikes....Good luck with the project!
  20. MarkzRodz
    Joined: Sep 12, 2009
    Posts: 533


    The Pontiac had the coolness of all three put together,,Oh Well,,,
    Bright Side!!!
    You have everything that's needed to start an Ice Cream Bizness,,,
    "Mommie can I have a dollar? Here comes the Ice Cream Man",,,ding a ling ding a ling,,,
  21. I have a soft spot for a '60 Pontiac... one of the best taillights, ever! But I like what you got in trade....very cool stuff with lots of potential. The Honda sweet... it makes me want one. Nice trade.
  22. What you did was honorable to pay the bills. Problem i have is this is about as on topic as my 1966 Belair wagon.
  23. Blam
    Joined: May 11, 2009
    Posts: 218


    Way ahead of you. Sean stopped by the other day and we were comparing vans and mustaches. I'm really pushing for a club name Vandito's, even if i'm the only member...
  24. Blam
    Joined: May 11, 2009
    Posts: 218


    Would it help if i told you it was a 61 instead?
  25. You gotta do whats best to pay bills off. I am learning that as well. Old cars are great but living comes first. Glad you got something out of it. Like some people said You can always sell what you have later and save up for another old ride. The older the better. Enjoy what you got bud.
  26. MikeRose
    Joined: Oct 7, 2004
    Posts: 1,577

    from Yuma, AZ

    The pontiac is a cool body style, but I think i'd rather have the van and bikes.
  27. The only other 8 door van I've ever seen was a old Dodge owned by a friend's family. I think they were generally sold in bigger cities with a lot of one-way streets. They allowed "curbside" deliveries regardless of which side the street you parked on. Heard they were also favored by florists and caterers so they could unload without having to lift and drag stuff over their other merchandise.

    Maybe you could paint it up like a boxcar, but if you let it sit too long with the doors open you might have to roust the hobos out of it! :D
  28. Flatheadguy
    Joined: Dec 2, 2008
    Posts: 2,037


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    Quote from the winged avenger II......"got rid of a poncho for a bunch of crap"

    When I read these mindless statements from others I usually look at their profile.
    You know, to see what they are all about. Hmm, this one has no friends. I wonder why? Also, I see no photos of THEIR car(s).
    Why take the time post anything if the intent, or potential, is to hurt someones feelings? Most likely these words are from pimply faced 13 year olds living in a fantasy world or super anal retentive types.
    Hey, Blam, the Econoline looks very cool. As someone requested, keep us updated on the progress!!

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