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dads van...finally a few major changes...pics #748906
May 26th 2019 12:02 pm
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hey guys...i lost my dad to cancer in march of 16 and took his old work van on as a project....time and money hard to come by these days...2 years after my dads passing my mom just couldnt cope with the loss and she had a major breakdown and now in a nursing home....i built a set of steps that helps her get in dads van for outings....she lights up with joy every time she sees a new change on the van....thanks for all the help with educating me on wheel and tire sizes and the flare kit...i love it as it is exactly the look i had hoped to get....still lots of other things...next will be getting the 833 manual tranny out and putting in a 904 auto tranny with aftermarket floor shifter as the manual tranny is very tiring to drive in town....keep on keepin on

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Re: dads van...finally a few major changes...pics [Re: DadsVan] #748907
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Nice! I like your steps. You are a good son.

You know, if your van has a V6 (not a slant) or a 318 or 360, it would be worth it to skip the 904 and go straight to the A500 overdrive automatic. Not much more work and you can keep the overdrive. If you do have a slant, you can still install an overdrive transmission if you hunt down one of the factory Chrysler adapter plates used in the 60s to mate the slant to the smallblock 727.

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Re: dads van...finally a few major changes...pics [Re: DadsVan] #748917
May 26th 2019 7:17 pm
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Yes he is and very nice on the steps!


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Re: dads van...finally a few major changes...pics [Re: DadsVan] #748951
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Wow man. It was really looking good when I saw ya at Lowe's but wow those flares are killer ! Really, really nice job man. We need to catch up some time.


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Re: dads van...finally a few major changes...pics [Re: DadsVan] #748958
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thanks guys....couldnt have done it without the knowledge shared here...i will pass this on to anybody attempting flares with no help.....patience...LOTS of patience.....

Re: dads van...finally a few major changes...pics [Re: DadsVan] #748959
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Really nice van/ Looks awesome with the white flares. Its cool you take your mom for a ride in it for some smiles, and sorry to hear about your dad. Just a quick idea but in the meantime before a trans swap you could try taking off the clutch return spring and make the clutch a little softer. I bought my van without it, put one and and could see why the last owner took it off. I'm a young guy in a bit above average shape and that clutch was so damn stiff I was starting to get some knee pain. Took the spring off and wham, no knee problems and no clutch problems in 15,000 miles. I like rowing my own gears so I'd like to keep it. And throw out bearings a lot cheaper than knees so I think I'll just leave it off in the future. Like I said though the bearing hasn't made any noises in 15k miles without the spring.

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Originally Posted by DontComeKnocken
Really nice van/ Looks awesome with the white flares. Its cool you take your mom for a ride in it for some smiles, and sorry to hear about your dad. Just a quick idea but in the meantime before a trans swap you could try taking off the clutch return spring and make the clutch a little softer. I bought my van without it, put one and and could see why the last owner took it off. I'm a young guy in a bit above average shape and that clutch was so damn stiff I was starting to get some knee pain. Took the spring off and wham, no knee problems and no clutch problems in 15,000 miles. I like rowing my own gears so I'd like to keep it. And throw out bearings a lot cheaper than knees so I think I'll just leave it off in the future. Like I said though the bearing hasn't made any noises in 15k miles without the spring.


yup....it takes a man to drive this thing for sure...so your sayin just get rid of that spring all together? im assuming the clutch will still come back up without it? if so....i will definately give it a try.....

Re: dads van...finally a few major changes...pics [Re: DadsVan] #748963
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Originally Posted by DadsVan
Originally Posted by DontComeKnocken
Really nice van/ Looks awesome with the white flares. Its cool you take your mom for a ride in it for some smiles, and sorry to hear about your dad. Just a quick idea but in the meantime before a trans swap you could try taking off the clutch return spring and make the clutch a little softer. I bought my van without it, put one and and could see why the last owner took it off. I'm a young guy in a bit above average shape and that clutch was so damn stiff I was starting to get some knee pain. Took the spring off and wham, no knee problems and no clutch problems in 15,000 miles. I like rowing my own gears so I'd like to keep it. And throw out bearings a lot cheaper than knees so I think I'll just leave it off in the future. Like I said though the bearing hasn't made any noises in 15k miles without the spring.


yup....it takes a man to drive this thing for sure...so your sayin just get rid of that spring all together? im assuming the clutch will still come back up without it? if so....i will definately give it a try.....


Yup the pressure plate is what engages the clutch, so when you let up on the clutch peddle the spring just pulls the throw out bearing off the fingers on the pressure plate. I think the centrifugal force from the clutch plate spinning moves it off anyway.

Re: dads van...finally a few major changes...pics [Re: DadsVan] #748969
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Looks AWESOME.


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