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#501389 - October 02nd 2011 5:22 pm 75 Dodge in TX
StreetVanFan Offline
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Registered: February 08th 2005 12:00 pm
Posts: 1757
Loc: Disneyland USA
Almost all of my 1700+ posts have had the same subject. Usually it's something like, "7x Dodge in USA". I've searched thousands of vans looking for that perfect Dodge. Since I have next to no experience working on cars, the perfect van for me is as close to turn-key as possible.

Well, I recently threw all that out the window and picked up a "needs work" 75 Dodge B200 shorty with a 318 automatic:

Don't let the pic fool you. It's a 15 foot (at best), cheapy paint job on there. All the doors have rust issues to varying degrees. I'm sure the paint is hiding a few surprises too.

But before I get to the body, the brakes need work and the steering needs to be tightened up.

Here's what it looked like originally. Not sure what the gizmo behind the driver door was.

I've removed the remaining paneling and all the old insulation. I took out the non-working dealer installed AC, leaving me with the huge hole in the dash. But it's a start. And I figure I can keep the search going while I continue working on this one.
Everything's Temporary

#501392 - October 02nd 2011 5:54 pm Re: 75 Dodge in TX [Re: StreetVanFan]
LostSheep Offline

Registered: April 13th 2009 6:36 pm
Posts: 3464
Loc: Dixie, USA
Looks like a good project. From now on it is all ewers, so make it ewer way. I like a winderless van... cheers

#501393 - October 02nd 2011 5:55 pm Re: 75 Dodge in TX [Re: StreetVanFan]
vanago Offline

Registered: July 04th 2008 10:54 pm
Posts: 119
Loc: maryland
Congratulations!!!!! Streetvan Fan, and don't be affraid of doing the work on it ether. The bolts that are hard to get to, come out, and the easy ones snap off in your hands. But just like life, you work your way through it.Just Remeber you fell down a couple times before you learned how to walk. Your going to hate it, but love your van more with putting your hands on it. Good luck with the work, use common sense and be safe doing it. Vanago

Edited by vanago (October 02nd 2011 6:02 pm)

#501399 - October 02nd 2011 6:36 pm Re: 75 Dodge in TX [Re: StreetVanFan]
PYSCHOWard Offline

Registered: July 13th 2009 11:40 am
Posts: 3001
Loc: NW Pa
You've made a Huge improvement already, but once you drive and go vannin in it you'll enjoy it even more.
I DID NOT Escape, I'm on a Weekend Pass
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#501401 - October 02nd 2011 6:40 pm Re: 75 Dodge in TX [Re: StreetVanFan]
F350 Offline
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Registered: February 13th 2010 4:40 am
Posts: 1122
Nice score.

Check on the wiring before you go any further!

#501436 - October 02nd 2011 8:45 pm Re: 75 Dodge in TX [Re: StreetVanFan]
lukester Offline
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Registered: August 19th 2002 12:00 pm
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Loc: Lake City Florida, United Stat...
Congrats on your new van cheers

Black Magick: 1985 Dodge B-250
Freedom: 1990 Ford E-150
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#501469 - October 02nd 2011 10:41 pm Re: 75 Dodge in TX [Re: StreetVanFan]
XTReME_LiMiTzZ Offline

Registered: March 19th 2007 3:44 pm
Posts: 5261
nice one!

#501491 - October 02nd 2011 11:24 pm Re: 75 Dodge in TX [Re: StreetVanFan]
Starlord Offline

Registered: August 08th 2005 12:00 pm
Posts: 2955
Loc: San Antonio, Tx.
Chances are, since I can't really see the "gizmo" very well, that on that model year it may be an alarm turner oner and turner offer. If it has what looks like a key slot then that's probably what it is. Early alarms didn't have key fobs to just push a button.
2005 E350 Turbo Diesel, 1993 G20 350 Chevy
Why is it that when I press 1 for English, I still can not understand the person on the other end????

#501505 - October 03rd 2011 6:14 am Re: 75 Dodge in TX [Re: StreetVanFan]
newkirkinc1 Offline
Old Timer

Registered: February 10th 2002 12:00 pm
Posts: 20632
Loc: Pittsburgh,Pa USA
Congrats, fixing them up is what its all about.
Jim & Lucy Newkirk
Three river vans
1981 Chevy-the Love Shack
1999 Chevy Van
2012 Chevy Van

#501515 - October 03rd 2011 7:40 am Re: 75 Dodge in TX [Re: StreetVanFan]
Jolly_Green Offline

Registered: June 21st 2011 9:51 am
Posts: 94
Loc: PA
Congratulations on your new van! Luv those mid Dodges. Have fun with it.

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