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#722464 - April 14th 2017 8:16 am 1978 Dodge B200 Boogie Van - $3600 (santa cruz)  
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https://sfbay.craigslist.org/scz/cto/6081975780.html

Good starter.

What's with Mopar and wiring? Does the harness fry at its age?

#722483 - April 14th 2017 3:19 pm Re: 1978 Dodge B200 Boogie Van - $3600 (santa cruz) [Re: bigbongo]  
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That's pretty cool.
That thing just needs a safety inspection here, but it'd cost me too much to get it here for it to be a good deal.
I hate that.
It seems like all the cool stuff is always far away.


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#722502 - April 14th 2017 10:01 pm Re: 1978 Dodge B200 Boogie Van - $3600 (santa cruz) [Re: bigbongo]  
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Looks cool and no inspection needed here in Florida, but like you said way to far away.


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#722618 - April 18th 2017 6:22 pm Re: 1978 Dodge B200 Boogie Van - $3600 (santa cruz) [Re: Rusty_Pancelode]  
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I've always been amazed at the lack of vans here in Texas.


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#722619 - April 18th 2017 6:35 pm Re: 1978 Dodge B200 Boogie Van - $3600 (santa cruz) [Re: bigbongo]  
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Texas is pickup country, especially with longhorns on the hood.


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#722624 - April 18th 2017 7:35 pm Re: 1978 Dodge B200 Boogie Van - $3600 (santa cruz) [Re: gns67]  
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Originally Posted by gns67
I've always been amazed at the lack of vans here in Texas.


Yeah, me too.
They were everywhere when I was a kid... with wizards and dragons and stripes and whatever all over them.
Now there's hardly anything.


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#722697 - April 19th 2017 10:08 pm Re: 1978 Dodge B200 Boogie Van - $3600 (santa cruz) [Re: bigbongo]  
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Originally Posted by bigbongo
https://sfbay.craigslist.org/scz/cto/6081975780.html
What's with Mopar and wiring? Does the harness fry at its age?


Ma Mopar used real honest-to-God ammeters in the dash long after other manufacturers had moved to voltmeters. To run them, you bring all of the current form the alternator inside the vehicle via the electrical bulkhead connector, to the gauge, through the gauge, then back out. Not unusual in the 50s, outdated by the 70s. Later Mopars used a shunt so you weren't passing all of the current into the vehicle, but ultimately Ma switched to voltmeters like the rest of the industry.

Passing all of that current through a single, small brass terminal in the bulkhead leads to resistance, and heating of the terminal. It's not uncommon to split the bulkhead connector open, and find the plastic pocket for that terminal is severally melted. If it gets hot enough, it catches on fire.

There's a good read about it here, if you are interested.

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