|(Steve: If it was easy, everybody would be doing it.)|
Since the frame is 5 inches higher than it was originally, the fender wells had to come up to allow clearance for the tires. I built my front wheel wells so there is only about 1/2 inch of clearance when the van is fully aired out. I did this knowing that if I kept them as tight as possible, it would give me the most headroom clearance since the van’s seat mounts on its wheel wells. Now that the wheel wells were raised the inner front doors needed to be cut out for clearance. My windows don't go the all the way down because of the way my wells were built. The windows stick up about 2 inches.
Yes! When Brian Morris did his wheel wells, he set them in enough to allow his windows to roll all the way down. I was already pretty far into doing mine when I saw what he'd done. I really thought I was going to be able to pull off getting the windows to go all the way down without doing that. I wasn't. But I can live with the compromise in comfort for the end product. Also, my van’s body was fairly riddled with rot. It would have made a lot more sense to start the project with a cleaner donor. I guess you deal with what you have.
12. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHERS PLANNING TO BUILD A VINTAGE VAN?