so this is it my new daily driver! ...ambitious you say? this was a ONE OWNER vehicle, Bob passed away in 2008 and his son Bob jr posted this on craigslist and said "make me an offer" I called and asked what he wanted for it and he said that the only offer he got was for 200.00 from a guy who was gonna part it out on ebay. He said if I was interested in fixing it and driving it he would let me have it for that! I had to clear a bunch of stuff out of it and away from around it, all the while listening to the stories narrarated by Bob jr about his dad. HE grew up in this van, had many childhood memories in this van and it meant alot to him that it would drive on and not end up in a wrecking yard somewhere. for the price and my current financial status(laid off) I feel that it was truly a gift , thanks Bob Jr and Bob sr. Now you know where the Bob part came from and heres where it gets interesting...seems that Bob sr. was a bit of a political activist, very conservative I was told, and a bit of a nut. He would drag his son out to go to the "socialist" agenda meetings, park the falcon in a nearby parking lot while he entered the meeting house, armed with a hidden lapel mic and a transmitter(high tech for the 60's).Bob jr would be out in the falcon constantly tuning in the transmissions on the AM radio that were coming from his dads lapel mic. recording it all onto tape so that it could be shared with those who shared his opinions. the evidence of these gadgets are still there...panels with low inpedence inputs and switches for radio/ tape/ PA all still functioning and perfectly labeled, I couldnt take them out it was too much of the history of this van. Thus the "spy" part of the nickname was branded! no matter how the van gets repainted or the interior gets redone it will always be "spy Bob" so now its mine ! he signed over the original title to me dated 1964 and I was on the case LOL . I popped a new starter and battery in and drove it home. first off I changed all the fluids even though the antifreeze was bright green and the oil was golden and clear!!! I wanted to be safe, so I also changed the gear oil in the 4spd column shift tranny! (yes thats how he ordered it from the factory) to make it waterproof I had to fill in an old sunroof hole, then came the noise reduction...the rubber in the original shock mounts were gone and it rattled so bad with every bump I was certain a wheel was going to fall off! new gabriel ultras up front smoothed it out nice along with replacing wheel bearings and seals up front and new anti swaybar bushings while I was there. I gutted the old carpet and plywood floor and sanded prepped and sprayed with truck bedliner. I pulled out the side panels and stuffed the gaps full of R-11 insulation before replacing them. then came new ply and pad and carpet and the addition of some great bucket seats donated by a wrecked 2005 pontiac montana minivan(nice grey leather) and a matching bench seat that folds into a bed.along the way I also replaced all the fuel lines and new hose clamps. I replaced the fan belts and the voltage regulator. its jan. so I put some nice snow studs under it on steel rims. I have about 300miles on it so far in about 2 1/2 weeks and its evident that I need to re-build the carb. what is truly amazing is that all the windows roll up and down, all the lights work, turnsignals included! locks all operate as they should! front end is tight! doesnt wander or weave even at 70mph this van was well taken care of ... thanks again Bob.