The build plan for this project was to replace the old Ford inline 6 engine with an LSx 5.3 (2004 Suburban) and a 4L60E automatic overdrive transmission replacing the 3 Speed manual. Keeping and highly modifying the original frame by replacing the front end with a Fatman Fabrications Mustang 2 style with rack and pinion steering went out the window when we found a 2002 Chevy Tahoe frame and suspension at a great price. We will still be installing Ridetech E5 all around.
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Got Elvira moved into her final working position.
Colors are always one of the toughest decisions.
Blocked up at the top of the driveway, YES, those ARE beer taps.
Arrived and sitting at bottom of my driveway
Loaded and leaving Minot ND, Homeward Bound.......
April 5, 2021
Moved the Chassis to the carport so we wont mess up the shop.
Got the trailer backed up to the shop door. Now just to off load.
This Tahoe frame and suspension are our new foundation material.
Dakota Digital Gauges
This is the look I'm going to try to create in our Divco using a 59/60 Impala Dash
It was a first timers struggle, but I WON !!!
The LS motor on the Stand ready for disassembly
The LS motor beat the Divco here, and so it begins.
Our first look at the 1963 Divco "Elvira"
Gonna need to do Flat floors
A bit Austere
Original Vehicle Spec tags
Going to need a new rear Bumper
Gotta figure some way to light up this back end
Need something creative for those Side wall Taps
Crumpled bumper to be replaced
Surface rust, will likely flaten this floor
Inside the back of the truck
Wide open for some creativity
Back of the truck, the door is inside.
Ford 300 Motor
Ford Inline 6 OHV
Surface rust and some metal repair needed.
Slightly mashed fender
Rear Door in back of van
She's got an ummmmm 'unusual' look
Lots of work and designing for the interior
We already have SEVERAL Paint ideas