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Hello from Idaho #722262
April 09th 2017 11:42 pm
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Just came across this forum and thought I'd join the community.

I purchased my 1981 Dodge B150 Prospector Van last summer from a gentleman that ruined the engine. Fast forward to now I am getting ready to purchase a long block 318 and transplant it in. While I have it apart I will be pretty much replacing or rebuilding all things mechanical. The goal is to have a super reliable and robust van for fishing and camping in the mountains.

I'll try and post pictures throughout the process.

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The van. Small amount of rust but easy to fix.
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This is the aftermath caused by the previous owner overheating the van on the highway and not pulling over.
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Re: Hello from Idaho [Re: blevins2005] #722263
April 10th 2017 12:16 am
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Re: Hello from Idaho [Re: blevins2005] #722264
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Re: Hello from Idaho [Re: blevins2005] #722265
April 10th 2017 6:26 am
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Re: Hello from Idaho [Re: blevins2005] #722285
April 10th 2017 2:12 pm
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Welcome aboard blevins2005! [Linked Image]

Nice shorty Mopar. And yes, that old LA engine needs a little love.

Re: Hello from Idaho [Re: blevins2005] #722305
April 10th 2017 8:08 pm
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welcometo the site hope you get it going a again.


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Re: Hello from Idaho [Re: blevins2005] #722314
April 10th 2017 11:39 pm
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Dundee, Michigan
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Welcome Blevins2005! Nice looking van you've got. The long block is a really good choice after all the havoc caused by that piston shattering - ouch! That poor 318; what a way to go!

Are you going to keep the original carburetion or upgrade to a higher performance system? Several folks here, like Reed know quite a lot about such upgrades and how to obtain the best match for what you're hoping to accomplish. It's also possible to upgrade the transmission to one of the later overdrive automatics, which improves fuel economy by nearly 30%.

While the engine is out and the weather is warming up is a great time to consider such things!


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Re: Hello from Idaho [Re: blevins2005] #722387
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Hidee ho there in Idaho! Welcome to the site.
Good Wrenching there eh! Nice Dodge.


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