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Re: 1985 RAM B250 Royal Van - Project [Re: Slartidbartfast] #762702
June 23rd 2020 5:35 am
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Originally Posted by Slartidbartfast
Noisy A//C compressor: Silent when it's not on; Sometimes quiet even when it is on; Gets quiet if the engine is revved even a little bit - i.e. it only rattles at idle.

Thoughts?

[img]https://i.imgur.com/QaRcTt3.mp4[/img]


Sounds like the clutch is going bad. You may be able to just replace that instead of the whole compressor. Clutch/pulley kits are available.


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1993 Chevy G20
2012 Hyundai Santa Fe
Re: 1985 RAM B250 Royal Van - Project [Re: Slartidbartfast] #762762
June 24th 2020 10:47 pm
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Daughter purchased a stereo with connection for a reversing camera - so of course she wanted one. Got it mounted high up on the camper top, alongside an LED floodlamp, hooked to the reversing lamps:
[Linked Image]

Made and fitted a new speedometer needle as the old one had snapped off. Gently shaved away much of a spray can straw on my bench grinder to arrive at the right shape and make it as light as possible:
[Linked Image]

Last edited by Slartidbartfast; June 24th 2020 10:49 pm.
Re: 1985 RAM B250 Royal Van - Project [Re: Slartidbartfast] #762765
June 25th 2020 1:47 am
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Did you put the top dash back on, does the stereo pop out and up and fit correctly? I’ve been thinking about doing that style but the dash angles back


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Re: 1985 RAM B250 Royal Van - Project [Re: Deathorvictory] #762773
June 25th 2020 10:33 am
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I made a wooden spacer to set the stereo about 1-1/2" proud of the dash. Had to cut a couple of new tabs in the stereo "cradle" (not sure of the correct term - the metal bracket it slots into) to fit it, but it looks good and it's plenty secure.
[Linked Image]

Last edited by Slartidbartfast; June 26th 2020 10:21 am.
Re: 1985 RAM B250 Royal Van - Project [Re: Slartidbartfast] #762911
June 28th 2020 1:51 am
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Lots of progress in the last two days. They are almost ready to hit the road.
Got the house battery and related charging/distribution all wired up. Just a charge monitor to add.:
[Linked Image]

A few cabinets and bed to finish installing (all ready and waiting to screw in.)
[Linked Image]

Last edited by Slartidbartfast; June 28th 2020 1:52 am.
Re: 1985 RAM B250 Royal Van - Project [Re: Slartidbartfast] #762912
June 28th 2020 1:56 am
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The girls are blogging about their van and upcoming trip:

https://www.facebook.com/VandemicUSA/

https://www.instagram.com/vandemicUSA/

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Re: 1985 RAM B250 Royal Van - Project [Re: Slartidbartfast] #763083
July 01st 2020 3:54 pm
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Almost there...
[Linked Image]

Took it for an alignment and ended up on my back underneath again (thought I was done with that,) changing an idler arm - The ONLY steering joint I somehow didn't check was the only one badly worn.

Last edited by Slartidbartfast; July 01st 2020 4:34 pm.
Re: 1985 RAM B250 Royal Van - Project [Re: Slartidbartfast] #763084
July 01st 2020 3:55 pm
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Finally the van is finished, packed and they're off!
[Linked Image]

Re: 1985 RAM B250 Royal Van - Project [Re: Slartidbartfast] #763087
July 01st 2020 4:20 pm
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DUDE

Van looks great. You're a great dad to help them with this. I wish them the best of luck.


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Re: 1985 RAM B250 Royal Van - Project [Re: Slartidbartfast] #763093
July 01st 2020 9:08 pm
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Awesome! That van came together great. Cool to see ladies getting involved in vans.


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2012 Hyundai Santa Fe
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