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    Thumbs up HZ Panelvan rebuild

    G'day all, have found myself reading more & more pages on the site as I delve further into this project, thought I may as well sign up! I've always been into 70s cars & vans, and have had many over the years, one that I have always wanted is a HQ-WB panelvan. Here in NZ they're extremely rare, as they were more expensive than the british competition, dissolved in the rain and were unwanted throughout the 80s and 90's, with many being cut into utes etc, so when a road-legal HZ belmont van popped up late last year for a good price I jumped on it. It looked a little bog-ridden but I figured a good-looking one would probably be just as bad under the skin! 202ci for now but that will change in the future, provided I finish the body before I lose my mind... Initial findings were that the roof & chassis were very good, the ute-van beltline was poor, along with the typical quarters, sills etc. Luckily the plenum had recently been done on this van. Have tackled the ute-van beltline & one quarter so far, with the left-hand outer sill, rear 300-ish mm of the inner sill and the quarter wheel-arch to door, which wasnt rusty but has been subject to a "cave n pave" to line up with a rough (and now rusted-out) replacement outer sill. Cheers for having me, & great forum vanrot8.jpgvanrot15.jpgvanswage.jpg

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    Good luck HZ-NZ, I am interested in seeing how you go. Do you intend to keep the windows in it, or delete them?

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    Welcome, great to see another project under way. What have you got planned?

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    Good luck with the build, never seen one with triple side windows before. While you are doing all the rust work are you getting rid of the windows?

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    Thanks all, am unsure whether to remove the side windows or just renew the seals & tint them - I suspect they had a lot to do with the beltline and rear quarter rust. I like the look of a windowless van - nice & clean but on the other hand they are pretty unique & part of its sordid history van will be painted in its original jasmine yellow, eventually! The plan is to repair & refinish the body inside & out, thorough rustproofing of course, return the ride height to original & fit a set of wide (7.5") canadian rostyles I have tucked away, install a shaft-style radio & an old atlas CB I've been trying to find a use for, and finally hunt down a decent 253 and manual bellhousing/clutch/input shaft as I would like to keep the m15 "three on the tree", most older australian cars in nz were base models with this, and a big part of their appeal to me. Strangely the van is aussie-assembled rather than the usual NZ build CKD kit, I wonder if they towed it behind the ship

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    Here's a pic of it before the grinder started spinning!

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    Last edited by HZ-NZ; 19-05-2018 at 10:36 PM.

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    I had an HZ panelvan about 25 years ago. I recoloured the dash and had the seat recovered in grey. Also had my mum see some new door covers. It was great until a drunk woman clipped me and I bounced off a medium barrier. Panelbeat so-called fixed it but was never the same.
    Good luck with the build, those belt lines are tough on those monsters

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