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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #564958 May 27th 2012 1:48 am
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Major surgery!

Funny that the only anesthetics involved made their way into me, LOL!

;0)

It's actually been more than just *today*, but over the last few especially busy days I tore the front off the Van and engine to Helicoil several bolt holes in the block and timing chain cover which had damaged threads, and to replace the timing chain oiler tab. After seeing how the paint had deteriorated over the last 5-6 years, I decided to powder coat all the various brackets and the timing chain cover.

I even pulled the bumper off for the first time ever:

[Linked Image]

For Helicoils it's pretty critical to drill the holes really straight, so I modified a 1-2-3 block to act as a drill guide for the 25/64" size drill needed for the 3/8" Helicoils.

[Linked Image]

This is why I replaced the chain oiler tab - the original timing chain I replaced 6 years ago had eaten part of the tab:

[Linked Image]

At the time I'd gotten the standard "you can't have it" answer when I tried to obtain them from the Dodge dealer, so I'd left the damaged one in place. I had better results at obtaining one this time, thanks to www.wholesalemoparparts.com

I sandblasted the parts to be powdercoated:

[Linked Image]

This is how the timing chain cover turned out:

[Linked Image]

I had masked it with high temperature tape and Aluminum foil, which worked great.

Some of the brackets are matte black powdercoat:

[Linked Image]

These brackets have the mirror silver base coat for the candy color which is going on in the next day or so:

[Linked Image]

Oh, I also began filling in the side cargo door windows with metal:

[Linked Image]

One down, one to go!

After two mid-week raids on a salvage yard I just discovered, things are looking up considerably:

[Linked Image]

[Linked Image]

I feel much better now... And so does the owner of the salvage yard!

;0)

Hey Nate, what do you think of this oddball double-snorkle air cleaner:

[Linked Image]

It was in a 1987 Dodge B2L12 "Country Cruzzer" with a 4-barrel carb on a 360 engine. There was no linkage attached to the 2nd snorkle, and it is lightly spring-loaded in the closed position. I'd mentioned discovering and wanting the dual vacuum motor snorkles before, and actually got one last fall from a Jeep Grand Wagoneer for me to use on my van, but this dual-snorkle unit is almost certainly going to find it's way onto my engine, as soon as I turn down a 4-barrel to 2-barrel adapter on my lathe.

My busy week seems like it will keep going for a ways yet...



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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #564965 May 27th 2012 7:16 am
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Washed the Dodge and took a cruise van


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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
Ram4ever #564966 May 27th 2012 7:18 am
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Originally Posted by Ram4ever
Major surgery!

Funny that the only anesthetics involved made their way into me, LOL!

;0)

It's actually been more than just *today*, but over the last few especially busy days I tore the front off the Van and engine to Helicoil several bolt holes in the block and timing chain cover which had damaged threads, and to replace the timing chain oiler tab. After seeing how the paint had deteriorated over the last 5-6 years, I decided to powder coat all the various brackets and the timing chain cover.

I even pulled the bumper off for the first time ever:

[Linked Image]

For Helicoils it's pretty critical to drill the holes really straight, so I modified a 1-2-3 block to act as a drill guide for the 25/64" size drill needed for the 3/8" Helicoils.

[Linked Image]

This is why I replaced the chain oiler tab - the original timing chain I replaced 6 years ago had eaten part of the tab:

[Linked Image]

At the time I'd gotten the standard "you can't have it" answer when I tried to obtain them from the Dodge dealer, so I'd left the damaged one in place. I had better results at obtaining one this time, thanks to www.wholesalemoparparts.com

I sandblasted the parts to be powdercoated:

[Linked Image]

This is how the timing chain cover turned out:

[Linked Image]

I had masked it with high temperature tape and Aluminum foil, which worked great.

Some of the brackets are matte black powdercoat:

[Linked Image]

These brackets have the mirror silver base coat for the candy color which is going on in the next day or so:

[Linked Image]

Oh, I also began filling in the side cargo door windows with metal:

[Linked Image]

One down, one to go!

After two mid-week raids on a salvage yard I just discovered, things are looking up considerably:

[Linked Image]

[Linked Image]

I feel much better now... And so does the owner of the salvage yard!

;0)

Hey Nate, what do you think of this oddball double-snorkle air cleaner:

[Linked Image]

It was in a 1987 Dodge B2L12 "Country Cruzzer" with a 4-barrel carb on a 360 engine. There was no linkage attached to the 2nd snorkle, and it is lightly spring-loaded in the closed position. I'd mentioned discovering and wanting the dual vacuum motor snorkles before, and actually got one last fall from a Jeep Grand Wagoneer for me to use on my van, but this dual-snorkle unit is almost certainly going to find it's way onto my engine, as soon as I turn down a 4-barrel to 2-barrel adapter on my lathe.

My busy week seems like it will keep going for a ways yet...


Looking good,Who's your lil helper?


Everyday above ground is a Good Day!!!
Never Stop Vannin'

Member of Break Away Vanners
Host of Spring Break
At Shenandoah Acres Family Campground

Owner & Creator of Wizard's Van-In Videos
Member of Riding High Truckers from 1982 to 1996
2nd Member of The Toopa Sinner Tribe
Member of Free Bird Vanners 1996 to Present
Member of Cape Atlantic Truckers South Jersey
Host Club of Freeze Out
Certified Nats Judge
Member of Shenandoah Valley Vans
Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
Wizard78 #565025 May 27th 2012 12:06 pm
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Looking good everybody,keep on workin pics


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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
GhostRyder #565034 May 27th 2012 2:58 pm
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Originally Posted by GhostRyder
well, i havent driven it in two weeks , was kind of thinking about selling it ,got it out today , took a little road trip and bought a nice tv cabinet , was nice to have the cool air blowing by , and to have cruise control , while jamming to Metallica , gonna go rinse it off tomarrow and vacumn it . Made a 40some mile round trip and only used an 1/8th of a tank of gas.


What do you mean you were thinking of selling it? Don't let that GMC Jimmy replace your sweet van.


















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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
GhostRyder #565048 May 27th 2012 4:37 pm
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Originally Posted by GhostRyder
well, i havent driven it in two weeks , was kind of thinking about selling it ,got it out today , took a little road trip and bought a nice tv cabinet , was nice to have the cool air blowing by , and to have cruise control , while jamming to Metallica , gonna go rinse it off tomarrow and vacumn it . Made a 40some mile round trip and only used an 1/8th of a tank of gas.

Thinkin' about sellin' it? Don't be talkin' dirty now!!!!!!!!

Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #565057 May 27th 2012 5:25 pm
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This was last from last Monday,we washed and waxed the Dodge
First we had to have some tunes.
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changed the tunes[Linked Image]
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[Linked Image]more tunes

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[Linked Image] done!



Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #565063 May 27th 2012 6:10 pm
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sanded more wood trim, thats about all i was motivated to do.


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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
lukester #565072 May 27th 2012 7:31 pm
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Originally Posted by lukester
[quote=GhostRyder]well, i havent driven it in two weeks , was kind of thinking about selling it ,got it out today , took a little road trip and bought a nice tv cabinet , was nice to have the cool air blowing by , and to have cruise control , while jamming to Metallica , gonna go rinse it off tomarrow and vacumn it . Made a 40some mile round trip and only used an 1/8th of a tank of gas.


What do you mean you were thinking of selling it? Don't let that GMC Jimmy replace your sweet van.

yea, now thinking of keeping it and making it a tow , trail rig

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