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 Post subject: jacobs 97 xh panel van build!
Posted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:02 am 
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hey guys fairly new to this site, but seeing as ive been slowly doing some work to my first car. i thought i'd share with you my progress so far, as its been an interesting and fun experiance getting her on the road.

dad managed to score it for a unbelivable price, but let me tell you, it wasnt pretty. there was alot of work that needed to be done. and only really being able to work on it when i went to my dads. there wasnt that much time to do so..

now i could bombard you with the hundreds of pics from the progress. but ive refined them so that i wont be uploading all day, anyways. ENJOY!

this is what she looked like when we first got her. sat like this for a while as we sized up how big the job was, and whether or not it was worth going at.
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had some minor cracking at the rear barn door, and also at the drivers door from slamming the doors open.
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fixed
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then the proccess of bogging and painting came into play
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ALOT of the pictures have been skipped so bare with the sudden jumps in progress.
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out with the old and in with the new.
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and that is how it sat for a while. had some mechanicals to tackle while it stayed in the state, new water pump, serpentine belt. harmonic balencer etc. but relativly minor work in the grand scheme.

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and this is how it sat till i turned 18. to get road worthy had to get the gas tank re tested, and that was it, was pretty pleased with how little it needed. and was happy with how it turned out..

so then i hit 18. first things first.
genuine tickford xr rims. good tread, picked them up for a bargain.
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only doing small things for a while. general servicing etc. then got stuck into the sound. a budget one, but a very good one.
new fronts, only had spots for 4" in the dash with out cutting up the door cards, so some 2 way fusions were the go.
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next, as the panelvans did not come with rear speakers came the rear speaker,
cut up some alluminium to replace the plastic covers and fitted some kenwood 3 way 6x9's in the back
along with a sony head unit up front. al budget build
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stayed like the for a bit until i picked up some cheap carpeting, a alpine 10" sub with mtx amp, and a bed ;) for a good price on all.
and this is the result.
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and here comes the fun.
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and with my mates pv for a bit of fun
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thats basicly a brief view into my car, and where im at at this current time. i will be updatig this as i go. but for now, im pretty satisfied.
thanks for reading and comments are most welcome!
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 Post subject: Re: jacobs 97 xh panel van build!
Posted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:09 am 
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Great job!

Car did look very sad and you have brought it back to life...well done :). I love the broom stick to hold up the front quarter panel...improv at it's best haha.

 

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 Post subject: Re: jacobs 97 xh panel van build!
Posted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:12 am 
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thanks mate, yeah back yard painting at its best!
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 Post subject: Re: jacobs 97 xh panel van build!
Posted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 2:10 am 
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I always wanted one of these. Well done, looks real nice now.

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 Post subject: Re: jacobs 97 xh panel van build!
Posted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 8:42 am 
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Very nice XH Jacob.....Great to see someone building a panelvan. I look forward to seeing how it progresses.

 

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 Post subject: Re: jacobs 97 xh panel van build!
Posted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:50 pm 
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thanks mate, pretty happy with it,

next on the agenda i would like to beed up the brakes. maybe some new slotted rotors to improve its pretty poor braking. not really fussed on performance, she goes well as it is.

do want to do some interior mods, does anyone know whether the standard a series or e series steering wheels would fit? i understand that they have air bags, but is ther any harm in removing the detonator and bag. and just using the steering wheel?
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 Post subject: Re: jacobs 97 xh panel van build!
Posted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:54 pm 
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any plans for the cargo area?

matress, fridge and better lighting would be high on my list of mods.....

 

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 Post subject: Re: jacobs 97 xh panel van build!
Posted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:56 pm 
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BEAR80 wrote:
any plans for the cargo area?

matress, fridge and better lighting would be high on my list of mods.....


yeah mate there is already a matress set up in the back you can see it in the picture of the back wth the doors open. has definatly come in handy the set up. only other thing i use it for is for carting my mountain bikes around in and the odd help a friend with moving stuff.

for a car, its soooo comfy.
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