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AdVANce Romance #741762
October 20th 2018 12:14 am
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Hello all.

My name is Ben and I live in the far west of Germany.

Since nine years I'm driving a Grand Cherokee ZJ.
From that moment on I never wanted an other car than Mopar... No, seriously, over the years I started a collection of parts for the Jeep and so I wanted to use it further.


So six weeks ago I purchased a 1999 b-van.
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It's an 8seater window van with a 318, same as in the Jeep. It's going to be a family camper and my daily driver. The drivetrain seems to be sound as I drove it home 650km (400 miles).
The interior needs some work, I'm going to try to transplant some of the "limited" goodness in the Jeep into the van, as power windows and locks and maybe the cruise control.

And there is extensive sheet metal work on the body.

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What I've done so far:
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Today I'm fabricating some panels and weld them in place on the inside floor and than cut out some more...
The corroded areas in the floor are the same on the other side and a bit further to the front. Also some smaller spots around the mounts for the rear seats. Also the the edges of the rear and the sliding door. And that's about it with rust.
Under the floor I removed the exhaust and the heat shields to clean the surface rust and to protect the whole underside.


Thanks for your interest.

Later some more.

Wish me endurance crazy


Dodge B-Van 2500, 318,1999 bildup
Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ, 318, 1995 has to drive till the Van is ready...
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Re: AdVANce Romance [Re: Benstone] #741763
October 20th 2018 7:49 am
October 20th 2018 7:49 am
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Nice work your doing there.


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Re: AdVANce Romance [Re: Benstone] #741771
October 20th 2018 1:30 pm
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Thank you blush

Todays work:
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I also fabricated panels for the rest of the slot on the passenger side but I didn't take a picture...
I'm done for today.

Greets Ben


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Re: AdVANce Romance [Re: Benstone] #741774
October 20th 2018 4:48 pm
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Looking good!


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Re: AdVANce Romance [Re: Benstone] #741809
October 20th 2018 9:57 pm
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Nice work.


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Re: AdVANce Romance [Re: Benstone] #741864
October 22nd 2018 9:31 am
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You do great fab work! Good job!

I like how the fog lights are mounted too. I've never seen them on a Dodge like that


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Re: AdVANce Romance [Re: tuner4life] #741868
October 22nd 2018 10:28 am
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Thank you.

These fog lights are indeed the european standart headlights. The original headlights are out of function. The make pretty good light and I like them as well. What I don't like are the blind old ones...

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Re: AdVANce Romance [Re: Benstone] #741873
October 22nd 2018 2:14 pm
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Today I drilled some holes in the panels I fabricated Saturday and tig brazed them together.

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Dodge B-Van 2500, 318,1999 bildup
Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ, 318, 1995 has to drive till the Van is ready...
Re: AdVANce Romance [Re: Benstone] #741876
October 22nd 2018 6:58 pm
October 22nd 2018 6:58 pm
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Michigan
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Great work bringing her back Benstone. cheers

Re: AdVANce Romance [Re: Benstone] #741921
October 23rd 2018 3:22 pm
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160 spot welds later....
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Weld done grin
For the passenger side at least... Nearly...


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