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Re: Mechanically Inclined in GA, anyone? [Re: nikothenomad] #429751
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About the Manifold Crossover bar, I think you are talking about the Air pump injection tube. I do not see how reattaching that can help it downshift correctly, but perhaps I am not understanding your description.

About the heatshield, Mine disintegrated in 2003. It is actually not a heat shield per se, but kind of a heat collector. There should be a ~ 2 inch diameter flexible hose that runs from this heat stove, to the air intake. It helps the engine run better while it is warming up.

I used some coffee cans riveted together to fabricate a new one. It is held to the manifold with a large hose clamp. I also made it so it acts to keep the alternator cooler so it can produce more amps to recharge my batteries.

The oil seeping out from around the sparkplug is scary! I would not think anything should be able to get around the spark plug. That cylinder cannot be contributing any power.

I would start a new thread about that issue, because it is the single biggest issue Annie has.


Re: Mechanically Inclined in GA, anyone? [Re: wrcsixeight] #429755
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:o( I know. That is actually my primary concern (oil issue) before I do anything else even simple like changing belts. I want that oil issue fixed.

I'll try to start another thread but not sure where to put it. Ideas?

The tube is called the Air Injection Crossover Tube in my FSM. If you think of it like a T it bolts to each manifold and then the middle part of the T runs toward the front of the car. On the right side the bolt head broke off and the threaded part is still in the manifold so the tube was not connect where it needed to be but riding 'free'. Since I've got it in place when I'm getting more pick up and some (downshifting) when I go up hills, etc. Not sure if my 'downshifting' terminology is correct but she sure climbs better since I've done that. Before she would struggle on the easiest of hills.



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Re: Mechanically Inclined in GA, anyone? [Re: nikothenomad] #429758
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The Dodge troubleshooting subforum would be the right spot for advice about the oil squeezing past the sparkplug, but maybe more people would read it if it were in the performance/ non brand specific subforum.

I wonder if the Crossover tube being unattached could have had an effect on the cylinder that's pushing oil out the spark plug hole. Is it the cylinder closest to it?

Re: Mechanically Inclined in GA, anyone? [Re: wrcsixeight] #429762
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Hey,

I tried the troubleshooting forum. We'll see.

It is actually the plug furthest from the tube (closest to the front of the car #2 I believe it would be called).


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Re: Mechanically Inclined in GA, anyone? [Re: nikothenomad] #755768
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Just realized it has been 9 years since I started this thread and thought it would be fun to provide an update. When I posted I had just gotten the van and was very unfamiliar. To top it off we were getting ready to travel and live in it full-time and were unsure about the potential of having problems while on the road.

Nine years later... Here are the updates on the things I was concerned with when I made this thread.

1) Replace manifolds (bolts are rusted on) - Never did replace these. Still going strong.

2) Repair rings / seals (? not sure) on one side (oil fouled plug) - Never did anything other than regular plug changes. No more oil around plugs. Took care of itself or so it seems. LOL

3) Replace all belts - Never did before we left. Continued regular inspections. Eventually one did break on us one day when starting her up two years ago. So, we did them then. Not too challenging really.

4) Change all fluids - Done... easy enough and still done regularly.

5) Fix Over Gassing issue (adjust / clean carb) - Other than playing with some settings before we left and continuing to learn about carbs especially ours. However, we have not needed to do anything significant yet and are taking our time to learn about the system.

So, although our experience may not be typical, we have essentially learned that making her perfect was not important. What was important is knowing enough to do basic tune-ups and regular inspections on the big stuff that we don't otherwise have time to address. We don't push her and drive like grandma's but we've had nine years of experiences while still running a high percentage of her original parts. It has been an adventure and at 32 years young our girl is still the best in our eyes.


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Re: Mechanically Inclined in GA, anyone? [Re: nikothenomad] #755770
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That's awesome. Share some pics and road stories whenever you get time. Sure everyone would enjoy them.


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