Vanning.com logo
Boxdin
Site Navigation


Advertisements
Recent Posts
New Member with an old Van
by Hap. May 27th 2020 9:58 pm
Safari only one high beam working
by PorkUnit. May 27th 2020 9:46 pm
Locking/Unlocking on its own while parked? 95 Rally 3500
by Cubomania. May 27th 2020 9:00 pm
cortland (bva) is june 5th 6th & 7th 2020 is on
by newkirkinc1. May 27th 2020 4:37 pm
Fred's GMC g2500
by newkirkinc1. May 27th 2020 4:36 pm
Lower control arm shaft
by jcd74. May 27th 2020 2:40 pm
G20 with 15x12 wheels, what tires???
by Wedgy. May 27th 2020 8:48 am
1987 Dodge B250 - “Painkiller”
by Deathorvictory. May 27th 2020 12:41 am
Denon Cassettamatic 12 wanted
by SDMickey. May 27th 2020 12:39 am
Few not fancy pics of our Memorial weekend Mojave trip.
by SDMickey. May 27th 2020 12:35 am
Featured Links
Vanning.Com is a an authorized Amsoil Dealer


Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
1985 RAM B250 Royal Van - Project #761200
May 21st 2020 1:42 am
May 21st 2020 1:42 am
Joined: May 2020
Posts: 9
S. Louisiana
Slartidbartfast Offline OP
stranger
Slartidbartfast  Offline OP
stranger
Joined: May 2020
Posts: 9
S. Louisiana
New member with a 1985 Dodge B250 that I am preparing for a road trip. Thought I'd put the project in one thread rather than create loads of new threads as I am going to have a ton of questions. Already started one thread looking for a new front turn signal. Will update here once I get somewhere with that particular query.

The van actually belongs to my 24YO daughter. She just purchased it so she and a friend can take a road trip - in a few weeks. It's in pretty good, driveable, condition but she wants to do some remodeling, cleaning, tidying, etc., and I want to make sure it will be as reliable and safe as possible.

The old Dodge is a passenger van and appears to have had a camper conversion done very early in its life. It has a high top with a vent and a 120V air conditioner. There are also a few extra interior lights and a cubby above the front seats. The odometer shows 95,000 miles but a review of the extensive service records shows it has actually been around the clock twice but had a rebuilt engine installed at the 275,000 mile mark. That was a few years ago, however. During a test-drive, engine and transmission appeared fine. The brakes are ok - no noises or pulling, if not terribly powerful. AC works. Tires are ancient and need replacing even though they have lots of tread left. We have discovered a few electrical gremlins that I hope to sort out in the coming weeks.

The previous owner did not have it for long. He removed the rear bench seat, installed some wood flooring on top of the carpet, built a bed and hung curtains. My daughter has already replaced the wood floor with something more to her taste and pulled out the bed to facilitate other mods and to make it higher for more storage space underneath.

Will make a post about the things daughter and I are doing, along with a few photos, in the coming days.

Feel free to make comments, suggestions, etc. All advice gratefully received.

Re: 1985 RAM B250 Royal Van - Project [Re: Slartidbartfast] #761202
May 21st 2020 1:47 am
May 21st 2020 1:47 am
Joined: May 2020
Posts: 9
S. Louisiana
Slartidbartfast Offline OP
stranger
Slartidbartfast  Offline OP
stranger
Joined: May 2020
Posts: 9
S. Louisiana
First question for the collective was already posted in this thread - asking for leads on a turn signal lens. Have also checked out a few local scrap yards that don't have any old enough vans. A couple more to try. Also considering how to possibly make a repair. Stay tuned!

Last edited by Slartidbartfast; May 21st 2020 1:52 am.
Re: 1985 RAM B250 Royal Van - Project [Re: Slartidbartfast] #761203
May 21st 2020 1:52 am
May 21st 2020 1:52 am
Joined: May 2020
Posts: 9
S. Louisiana
Slartidbartfast Offline OP
stranger
Slartidbartfast  Offline OP
stranger
Joined: May 2020
Posts: 9
S. Louisiana
Next question that has stumped me: How can I tell which alternator is installed? I know they come in various manufacturers and outputs from a weedy(?) 50 Amps up to 120 Amps or something like that. This one has dual belts but no external fan, if that helps. Reason I'd like to know is that we are installing a house battery for lights, electronics charging, entertainment, etc. and I'm planning to have a DC-DC charger for it. Probably only a 20A charger but I do not want to over-tax the alternator.

Last edited by Slartidbartfast; May 21st 2020 2:23 am.
Re: 1985 RAM B250 Royal Van - Project [Re: Slartidbartfast] #761403
May 26th 2020 11:20 am
May 26th 2020 11:20 am
Joined: May 2020
Posts: 9
S. Louisiana
Slartidbartfast Offline OP
stranger
Slartidbartfast  Offline OP
stranger
Joined: May 2020
Posts: 9
S. Louisiana
Originally Posted by Slartidbartfast
Next question that has stumped me: How can I tell which alternator is installed? I know they come in various manufacturers and outputs from a weedy(?) 50 Amps up to 120 Amps or something like that. This one has dual belts but no external fan, if that helps. Reason I'd like to know is that we are installing a house battery for lights, electronics charging, entertainment, etc. and I'm planning to have a DC-DC charger for it. Probably only a 20A charger but I do not want to over-tax the alternator.

...Anybody?

Re: 1985 RAM B250 Royal Van - Project [Re: Slartidbartfast] #761404
May 26th 2020 12:08 pm
May 26th 2020 12:08 pm
Joined: Jan 2014
Posts: 1,022
Staunton, VA
kursed Offline
old hand
kursed  Offline
old hand
Joined: Jan 2014
Posts: 1,022
Staunton, VA
I had held off in hopes that one of the Dodge guys would know. My only guess would be to remove the alt and look for decals or numbering on the existing one of some sort. Auto parts store should be able to cross reference something if you can find numbers.


[Linked Image]
Re: 1985 RAM B250 Royal Van - Project [Re: Slartidbartfast] #761407
May 26th 2020 2:01 pm
May 26th 2020 2:01 pm
Joined: Feb 2016
Posts: 992
Portland, OR
Deathorvictory Offline
old hand
Deathorvictory  Offline
old hand
Joined: Feb 2016
Posts: 992
Portland, OR
Rock Auto shows that for an 85 B250 w/ a 318, a 2 groove pulley no fan is a 60 amp alt. That's going on pictures that match your description, so I cant guarantee whats on yours but that's a starting point. They have a few 100+ amp alt options w/ 2 groove and fan.


1979 Dodge B200 Shorty, 1987 B250 Longy

Moderated by  Astro, Ram4ever 

Donate


Upcoming Events
Vanfest 2020
06-12-2020
discovery
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 11 guests, and 4 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
Cubomania, Hap, Chevy01, Ericthereal, Kevcrane84
11451 Registered Users
Top Posters(30 Days)
SDMickey 336
kursed 86
Lee7673 64
frscke1 54
LOOKSLO 42
Forum Statistics
Forums68
Topics37,437
Posts532,031
Members11,452
Most Online177
May 8th, 2013

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.1.1