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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today? [Re: wrcsixeight] #750652
July 15th 2019 11:50 pm
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Today I learned the vent windows open up way farther than I thought and that really changes things when driving in the heat!

Then I posted my LS Swap write up: https://www.vanning.com/threads/ubbthreads.php/topics/750651/84-g20-ls-swap-project.html#Post750651


Jason
1984 Chevy G20 5.3L/4L60E
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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today? [Re: wrcsixeight] #750807
July 21st 2019 9:08 am
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Replaced the u-joints in the axle shaft yesterday. No more big clunk when I put it into gear. I was also clunking sometimes on gear shifts. So a test drive will be in order today to verify that part too. Although I'm debating trying to replace the steering shaft rag joint this morning...

On non van related work I pulled the leaf springs off the back of my 2008 Silverado (Daily driver work truck), replaced all those bushings and installed a 2" lift spring. Front lift and shocks all around next weekend. Big tires in a couple months when I have more money. I'm excited to drive around for a couple months being that jackass with the lifted truck on the skinny stock tires. Haha!

- Rich


1991 Dodge B250 Zephyr Conversion. "Bi-frost" 74,000-ish original miles and counting.
- 318TBI; has headwork and other bolt on upgrades. Runs strong and smooth!
- Powertrax locker
- Rear air springs, rebuilt suspension, steering stabilizer.
Re: What Did You do To your Van Today? [Re: wrcsixeight] #750846
July 23rd 2019 12:17 am
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Finally got my exhaust done today, mirrored on the other side
[Linked Image]

Last edited by Deathorvictory; July 23rd 2019 12:25 am. Reason: I can’t type either!

1979 Dodge B200 Shorty, 1987 B250 Longy
Re: What Did You do To your Van Today? [Re: wrcsixeight] #750849
July 23rd 2019 2:16 am
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Nice!

Today I put two quarts of oil in the engine since it wasn't even registering on the dipstick. Now the check engine light doesn't come on any more. I need to find out where my oil and radiator fluid are going....


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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today? [Re: Reed] #750850
July 23rd 2019 3:08 am
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Ouch Reed. 2 quarts low?
How much oil capacity does your engine have?

My absent minded professor neighbor has a BMW M coupe with oil consumption issues and when it is low I can hear him coming, or when starting, and yell at him to check his oil and the dipstick comes out dry. This has happened 3 times so far, i can just hear the poor engine clacking away. It has a 6 quart sump and one time required 4 quarts to register on the dipstick.

Last November I did a cross country road trip with my dad, doing some sight seeing through California Utah and Arizona starting with a fresh batch of oil. Some 4500 miles later I was about 3/4 of a quart low and topped it up. I then put on another 4000 miles on that oil, and the level never again budged, much to my surprise.

This was the first time I used Pennzoil Platinum 10w-30 SN+, which also made my engine significantly quieter than the Mobil 1 0w-40 I had been using. M1 0w-40 is kind of a flagship oil, I know I do not need any cold weather starting viscosity, its just a good oil, just noisy in comparison to Pennzoil platinum in my engine. In fact every previous oil has been noisy compared to this elixer.

Anyway I was so surprised not only that the engine was so much quieter with the PP 10w-30, but that oil consumption seemed to stop completely at about 4500 miles into the oil change. I changed it at ~8500 miles, and used PP 10w-30 high mileage this time. The PP HM is a bit thicker than the Non HM 10w-30, and even smoother/quieter in my 318.

Before I went on the road trip I drained the 9 year old all aluminum silla radiator (which began seeping at 9 months of age, and stopped completely with one bars leak ginger root tab) and refilled it. In Alabama I noticed the overflow tank was losing some level, and I added one bars leak ginger root tab, and the radiator/ overflow level has not budged since.

Hope your oil and coolant consumption issues are not serious.

Re: What Did You do To your Van Today? [Re: wrcsixeight] #750857
July 23rd 2019 11:55 am
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I hope they are not serious, either. This poor engine has overheated badly twice, each time for a different problem, and also lost alll oil pressure once while I was on the highway due to a failed aftermarket oil pressure gauge sending unit. Normally I am pretty good about checking my oil level, but I let it get away form me this time. However, my oil consumption is definitely up and I am loosing coolant somewhere. There are no leaks onto the ground and no smoke out the tailpipe other than normal condensation burning off first thing in the morning, but I can smell coolant as soon as the engine starts and I go through oil fairly quickly. To add to the confusion, my cooling system holds pressure up to 16 psi. Soooooo, where is the coolant going? Where is the oil going? I need to take a weekend and do some investigating, if only work would let up.


Windows- they're what make a van worth owning!
Re: What Did You do To your Van Today? [Re: wrcsixeight] #750858
July 23rd 2019 12:52 pm
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i started building out the on side of the van,have bed and and front storage built, now waiting on my amp to arrive because everybody knows you can have a van with a good system Ha! i still need to figure out what i’m covering everything with.

Re: What Did You do To your Van Today? [Re: wrcsixeight] #750864
July 23rd 2019 8:42 pm
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Detailed the Safari van I've been working on, it had been sitting under a tree for several years.

I changed the spark plugs and it still runs rough and wants to stall out, I can smell gas on the dipstick with new oil so I think the cpi spider injection has gone bad.

[Linked Image]


1995 Emerald Green Chevy G20 350TBI Gladiator conversion
Re: What Did You do To your Van Today? [Re: wrcsixeight] #750869
July 23rd 2019 9:49 pm
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Portland, OR
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Wow, still a nice looking van underneath all that, nice effort!

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1979 Dodge B200 Shorty, 1987 B250 Longy
Re: What Did You do To your Van Today? [Re: wrcsixeight] #750903
July 24th 2019 4:41 pm
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Looked at it and then went to work


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