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Old 04-16-2017, 08:41 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Very nice work Man! You have done a great job thus far. What gage of metal did you use on the all the bead rolled material? As well as that rear bumper... the lines look great. Also what temper are you going with on the 4140 on the sway bar?


The bumper is 3/16 wall. The doghouse is 18ga. I haven't contacted the the place for temperament on the sway bar yet.


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Old 04-23-2017, 05:45 AM   #52 (permalink)
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This is so sweet. I love the work so far
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Old 04-23-2017, 07:20 AM   #53 (permalink)
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Very fucking cool!!
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Old 04-25-2017, 10:34 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Got the sway bar tempered at 32 on the Rockwell hardness scale. Looks fine but guess I won't know anything till I drive it.


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Old 04-25-2017, 10:58 PM   #55 (permalink)
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Nice fabrication going on in this thread, looking forward to more.
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Old 04-26-2017, 05:54 AM   #56 (permalink)
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this is cool project
awesome fab.
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Old 05-14-2017, 08:23 PM   #57 (permalink)
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Got the frame painted and everything detailed. Looks awesome.


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Old 05-15-2017, 12:42 PM   #58 (permalink)
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You had me until the spiked lug nuts
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This van rocks...spiked lug nuts and all

Well, for "Not a sheetmetal guy" that dash/doghouse, floor pans, beads, etc look fantastic.



Rear bumper is very creative use of square tube.
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Old 05-31-2017, 10:43 PM   #60 (permalink)
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WOW!! I can't wait to see this one finished. You've done an amazing job on it!
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very nice work. could you tell us more about the wheels? who built and how much?? also more about how you built the swaybar??/
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very nice work. could you tell us more about the wheels? who built and how much?? also more about how you built the swaybar??/

thanks Borgy


Some guy I'm California made the wheels. They are not straight. I would not use that guy. I don't know his company name off hand.

The sway bar is made out of 1.25 4140 annealed solid bar. You just have to make a jig on a steel table heat it up and bend it into shape. You can't get it to hot or you will have to start over. I found a place locally that heat treated it. It really wasn't to hard. I spent more time doing research on making it then making it. It took me about 4 hours to make it including running the mill on it to machine the ends to accept hiem joints.
I have not driven the van yet but when you try to rock it like a boat it makes a huge difference. Tomorrow should be its first day on the road.


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Too cool, more pics please!
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Some guy I'm California made the wheels. They are not straight. I would not use that guy. I don't know his company name off hand.

The sway bar is made out of 1.25 4140 annealed solid bar. You just have to make a jig on a steel table heat it up and bend it into shape. You can't get it to hot or you will have to start over. I found a place locally that heat treated it. It really wasn't to hard. I spent more time doing research on making it then making it. It took me about 4 hours to make it including running the mill on it to machine the ends to accept hiem joints.
I have not driven the van yet but when you try to rock it like a boat it makes a huge difference. Tomorrow should be its first day on the road.


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Here is something I built for another project. One of my favorites


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1960 international metro step van build





Made a radiator and intercooler out of cardboard to make it perfect. Then shipped it to bell intercooler to be made. Came out perfect. I think it was the most expensive single part of this whole project


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Old 03-30-2018, 08:39 AM   #72 (permalink)
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WOW! What a great looking build.

It doesn't surprise me that you didn't have to do much to the dog house. The IHC gas inline 6's are not that much different in size to the Cummins 6BT.

The biggest issue the Metro vans had are pretty much the same issues most vehicles of that vintage had and that is lack of braking ability. There is probably as much braking ability in just one of those rear disc brakes than there was in all four drums that were on there originally.

The stepped deck in the rear is going to be a bit of PITA if the owner is going to be loading a lot of stuff in and out all the time. But I understand the constraints when slamming the rig onto the ground.

Why did you not put air on the front axle? I would have thought you could have gotten as much or more spring capacity with air bags.

Using the G-series front suspension might have some of the same issues we experienced with the P-30 chassis under mini-buses and bread truck delivery vans. Almost all of them suffered from a lack of enough beef. We usually ended up putting air bags inside the front coil springs on all of the mini-buses we had that had the P-30 chassis--it helped but wasn't a cure. We also had to upgrade to the after market steering components like the beefier after market bell crank. The P-30 got better once Workhorse started putting a beam axle and leaf springs under the P-30. But it was still basically a light duty 1-ton van chassis being asked to do medium duty truck work.
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Feels great to have it on the road I bet.

Did you use an alignment bar on the rear axle or just go with the press fit?
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Feels great to have it on the road I bet.



Did you use an alignment bar on the rear axle or just go with the press fit?


Press fit.


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