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78 Tradesman 200 work/camper van build #736355
May 16th 2018 11:56 am
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I didnt end up buying the 89 v6 5speed van. I found a super clean and straight 78 instead that I like much better. Has a 318 2bbl and 727. Also had an 8.75 rear swapped in. Still has original paint, front seats, rear bench, dash is unmolested and plaid accent door panels. I gutted the truckload of plywood, fiberglass and carpet from the back to have access to the few bits of rust and do some other work.

My goals are to be able to live out of the van while working out of town, haul my tools (roughly 2k lbs), provide myself running water and 110v power, and maintain the late 70s aesthetics.

The welded on hitch reciver had torn the rear spring mount on the passenger side and the 8.75 is less than ideal for dragging weight around especially with a 2.94 gear set so I installing the heavier mounts and a 3.54 d60 from an 86 b350. I will keep the lighter leaf springs for ride quality and install air bags for load carrying.

Im curious if anybody knows how much of the front I need to swap out to fit the 8 lug hubs up front. Are the ball joints the same or do I need to swap conteol arms also? Going back to the jy for the feont end parts today or tomorrow.

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75 Plymouth Voyager build in progress: 5.9 Magnum with Demon 4bbl, built 727, al radiator, custom dash, custom kayak/canoe rack, solar/inverter/deep cycle setup, helper airbags, on board air, forklift-proof rear bumper....toolbox hauler/steath camper/long drawn out project.....
Re: 78 Tradesman 200 work/camper van build [Re: liftarc] #736356
May 16th 2018 12:45 pm
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You removed an 8 3/4? Unless you are towing houses that axle is plenty strong. Swapper gears is a breeze, too, because it has the removeable carrier. But I guess that ship has sailed. I bet you can sell that 8 3/4 axle for a good price to another vanner or to someone who will narrow it for a hot rod.

If you are getting junkyard parts I recommend just getting the control arms and everything in between. Then completely rebuilt the assemblies.


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Re: 78 Tradesman 200 work/camper van build [Re: liftarc] #736358
May 16th 2018 2:39 pm
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Yeah I pulled the 8.75, I know its plenty strong in the diff and I'd likely never break it but I wanted a full float axle with better brakes. Whoever swapped the 8.75 in didnt adjust the driveshaft to fit and the slip yoke was nearly burried so I planned to hack the driveline either way. Plus I intend to sell the 8.75 for sure.

I read that the 86 b350 can have the same ball joints if equipped with the 3600# axle or different with the 4000# axle so to be safe I'll do as you've suggested and grab the control arms too.


75 Plymouth Voyager build in progress: 5.9 Magnum with Demon 4bbl, built 727, al radiator, custom dash, custom kayak/canoe rack, solar/inverter/deep cycle setup, helper airbags, on board air, forklift-proof rear bumper....toolbox hauler/steath camper/long drawn out project.....
Re: 78 Tradesman 200 work/camper van build [Re: liftarc] #736411
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I got the parts for the front today, all 4 control arms, everything between them and the trailing rods. I also got the stock front sway bar with mounts and hardware. I paid under $400 for everything to swap running gear and replace rear spring hangers/shackles, still need to get soft parts like ball joints and bushings though.

I found a lot more crap in the trans pan than I expected so I plan to use the 727 I was building for my 75 Plymouth van with a bunch of tci goodies. At this point Im debating putting my built 360 magnum with an edelbrock dual plane and 650 street demon in the van. I want to also install a gear vendors unit but that will be next year.

This may seem like overkill but thats what I need. Imagine hauling 2500lbs of pipefitting/welding tools 2500 miles from home and having your ride break down costing not only the tow and repairs but a loss of $300-400 per day in wages and losing per diem too. Overkill becomes well worth it.....


75 Plymouth Voyager build in progress: 5.9 Magnum with Demon 4bbl, built 727, al radiator, custom dash, custom kayak/canoe rack, solar/inverter/deep cycle setup, helper airbags, on board air, forklift-proof rear bumper....toolbox hauler/steath camper/long drawn out project.....

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