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'63 Ford Econoline Van-Go


'63 Ford Econoline Van-Go
Posted January 31 2011 04:26 PM by Bob Ryder 
Filed under: Opinions, About Features/Should-Be Features, Opinions, Truckin' Etiquette, Truck Review , Classic Truck Trends

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This year's 62nd Annual Grand National Roadster Show "The Grand Daddy of Them All" at the Fairplex in Pomona, California was nothing short of amazing.   

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The three day extravaganza displayed the most beautiful roadsters, hot rods, lead sleds, rat rods, suede customs, pickups and vans on the planet.

Coby Gewertz's from Redondo Beach, California debuted his wild '63 Ford Econoline (Van-Go). Coby had Kevin Francis at KA Kustoms in Huntington Beach grafted a Mustang II front clip and redesigned the steering configuration. The rear frame rails were step notched, a 4-link with panhard bar rear suspension with dual Viair compressors activate the Firestone pneumatic bags at all four corners. Van-Go stops with a pair of disc brakes up front and drums in the rear and rolls an a set of 14x6 front and 14x8 rear, chrome reverse wheels, wrapped in "don't know" thin whitewall 185 up front and 205 rear rubber. Van-Go's grunt is produced by a built Chevy 350cu powerplant ,that is backed up to a GM-200 automatic transmission. The amazing wood interior was crafted by Pablo Perez from northern California. Pablo used beech, ash and teak woods for the headliner, door panels, floor, engine cowl, seats, dash and oh ya, how about a '62 Corvette steering wheel. Van-Go was delivered to Conder Custom in Sonoma, California where Tim Conder was responsible for the numerous body mods, like shaving the front and rear door hinges, endless hours were spent on block sanding and paint prep before spraying the unique custom green paint. Tim decided to toss the front stock bumper and use '70 Camero split bumpers and very cool '50 Pontiac rear taillights.    

F.Y.I. "Van-Go" received the 2011 GNRS Chip Foose Designers Award.

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