Aloha Mr. Hand!
Thanks for stopping by and checking out the new van pics and updates. This update has been a long time coming. Since the last update, I’ve hung my wall panels, had a photo shoot for a sweet new vanner mag called Rolling Heavy, joined the Wheels of Confusion van club here in Los Angeles, and had a small amount of engine work done from MOPAR specialist Fontana Motor Sports in Simi Valley. Let’s get rollin!
The Panels. So, the last you saw I was putting tires on and the interior was totally bare except the carpet. I had the get the walls covered and installed. Originally I had a very cool vision that was unachievable on my budget and practically impossible anyways so I went the next best and found some really psychedelic wall papers that closely matched my original vision to cover the walls and ceiling. Three different ones. A long time snowboarder friend of mine, Chris Potter, is a set designer for TV shows in NYC and happened to know about a special wall paper store here in LA. So on his advice I went to Astek Wall Covering in Van Nuys and chose my goods.
With rolls in hand, I enlisted Melissa Daly of Honeyhive Designs, a talented artist friend, to help me install the wall paper and also to paint a custom design on my side doors. Here is a little taste of the wall paper…
And then here are the door that Melissa painted for me. I gave her the image and the paint and she executed quite well. There are two of these, one each on a side door. scroll down, you’ll see how it works in the magazine photo shoot section.
So with all my panels in and up, the obvious next step is a photo shoot for a magazine cover. Another long time friend of mine, Josh Reed, is an amazingly talented pro photographer and, in May, reached out to me. His pal Matt Grayson was making a new van magazine and wanted to shoot the van and interview me for the issue.
Gas, Grass or Ass. Nobody Rides for Free.
Rolling Heavy is the name of the magazine. Matt Grayson, a photographer, van owner, Wheels of Confusion van club member, and all around cool dude decided the world needed a van magazine. Something totally boss in the tradition of the 70′s biker mags. Matt and I spoke once and agreed. It was on. I called Josh and set up a photo shoot. Then I contacted Craig who posted a want ad for me and that’s where I found Felicia, a lovely model who digs the 70′s, is totally into Tom Petty, loves drinking American beer and hanging out. Josh and Felicia killed it that day and the van made the cover of Rolling Heavy, issue #1.
To get your copy of Rolling Heavy #1, email ryan [at] allnightallnight [dot] com
And last, but not least. On to the engine upgrades.
VRROOOOM! It’s official. The van is totally tuff. Rory Fontana, the monster mechanic of Fontana Motorsports in Simi Valley did what I could only dream of doing to this thing. He turned it into a beast! Later I’ll add a full detailed list of all the upgrades and modifications Rory did for the van, but here are a few of them:
- Pulled the engine, cleaned and re-sealed the entire thing.
- Replaced timing chain and timing cover gasket.
- re-built the heads, including new springs, valves, bearings.
- installed new cam shaft and lifters
- added Edelbrock intake manifold
- upgraded from a 2 barrel to a 4 barrel electric carbuerator
- installed headers
- custom exhaust
- side pipes
- new front shocks and springs, cut and lowered front end.
Rory rules. He works mostly on MOPAR/Dodge cars & vans from the 70′s. He knows engines like the back of his hand and he is a van fan/owner and member of Wheels of Confusion. If you need some work, call him: (818) 641-3512
Here are some of Rory’s pics from the shop:
I pulled a clean dashboard out of an old van at the junkyard and it’s going in soon, followed by a new stereo, some lighting, some seating and some curtains. Stay tuned!