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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #758368 March 25th 2020 10:25 pm
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wrcsixeight #758388 March 26th 2020 9:12 am
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Pulled AstroCreep in and changed oil/filter, washed her up before work this morning.


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wrcsixeight #758407 March 26th 2020 8:19 pm
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So last week we got a portable generator. Cost was 380 bucks on amazon, free shipping. It is a 2000 W, with 1600 W running.
We tested it today in it is awesome! It comes with paralleling cables, spark plug removal tool, 30 amp adapter for RVs, etc.
So our van, a 1985 Dodge Xplorer 228 camper van, based on the B350 1 ton got plugged into the generator after starting it, and we tried to run the RV AC, Dometic Penguin II, 11k BTU, with the optional EasyStart soft starter. We wanted to see if it works aaaaand... it does!
Running it with Eco mode off, started the RV AC, on max, then put the generator in Eco mode. It still runs. Automatically turns off the Eco mode when the AC compressor starts to kick in. Really happy with this add on! Now off to dry camping!!! van
For this price, it is a great add on, and if you want 4000 W, just parallel two of them, for less than 800 bucks, and no, I am not a salesman for them ha!
By the way, we got a Field&Stream double sleeping back, 35F, on sale on Dick´s Sporting Goods online, for 39 bucks! (So we ended up getting two of them!) yay

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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #758410 March 26th 2020 10:31 pm
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Doing some more work on this grill project. So much tape to get the look I’m after should come out cool. Got some 1/8” smoked plexi for some light covers as well
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1979 Dodge B200 Shorty, 1987 B250 Longy
Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #758847 April 06th 2020 12:35 pm
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A lot has been happening on the van.

The interior is about 50% removed and set aside for pattern making.

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My dad's shop has been very slow the last two weeks, so I'm getting full run of the lifts. The van is technically drivable now, but I'm finishing up the trans coolant lines and the fuel tank vent hose. I'll have to splice it to a larger hose because of the later year tank. Running the new line will require some drilling.

After having been under the van several times in the last few weeks, I keep finding exhaust leaks. So, I should also have the headers ordered this week, most places are out of stock on them from the factory.

The mustang went into the painter on Saturday. I should have it back in a month, so that'll be enough time to "finish" the van enough to drive it over and start that.

I also rushed mounting the side mirrors and realized that one of them blocks the vent windows from opening. Now I have to relocate them back several inches and fill the new holes I made.


Am I starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel?


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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
Charlie99909 #758859 April 06th 2020 4:39 pm
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The light looks Bright to me. Love the van.


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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #758929 April 08th 2020 1:25 pm
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Ordered the headers and locking bolts. Can't wait.


You hear the thunder of stampeding rhinos, elephants and tacky tigers
This town ain't big enough for the both of us
And it ain't me who's gonna leave
Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #758939 April 08th 2020 8:05 pm
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Those will make her sound mean. Not too bad to install.


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wrcsixeight #758941 April 08th 2020 8:57 pm
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I bought gullwing struts rated for 173 lbs. I hope they work.

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wrcsixeight #758942 April 08th 2020 8:59 pm
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Drained the oil and hopeful, but doubtful that I fixed oil leaks at the oil pump and dipstick tube. Refilled the oil. put a new oil filter on and started making new plug wires.

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