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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #773951 April 01st 2021 8:41 am
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Replacing head gaskets on a van. Fun times.

I'm at the point in my life where all I do on my vehicles is change air/cabin filters, belts, and wiper blades. Everything else goes to the shop....I just don't want to fruck with that crap anymore.

I don't have a garage at my house and I don't have access to one anymore.

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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #773953 April 01st 2021 8:47 am
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Heck I've got a garage, but I'm too busy for playing home mechanic anymore. Luckily I have a shop that has done us right in the past I take things to, sad part is I can't afford the fixes at the moment. Having a windshield put in the Astro today. Hopefully have the money to take it in for head and intake gaskets soon, and the brakes, and the valve adjustment on the Civic. UGH!


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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #773966 April 01st 2021 12:12 pm
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I've been trying to trace a parasitic battery drain in my 88 B250. I used a multilmeter on the battery and pulled each fuse- nothing, Then I started unplugging connectors and found one by the battery that stopped the draw. Wiring diagram said it was for the heated rear window, except I don't have one. I left it unplugged and it turned out the radio and the interior lights in the roof above the engine stopped working.

I got fed up driving with either no radio or a flat battery so I pulled the radio to tidy up the wiring; the door speakers also weren't working. I replaced the factory radio a while back. When I did it, the wiring didn't correspond to the wiring diagram in got from ALLDATADIY so I had to figure it out, end result was a bit of a mess, so first up i tidied things up and replaced the wires to the doors because I suspect they are damaged; the speakers would come on when I went over a bump or around a corner. I tried to pull the speedo so I could check the splices in the harness but I couldn't get the speedo cable out the back, even trying was hurting my arm wedged up behind the dash, alot!

While in there this time I noticed this green connector below was unplugged. It was under the dash behind the radio
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again the wiring diagram was no help, it clearly isn't for my car. I decided to plug it back in.

The result, so far, is that that the interior lights come on when the doors are opened, which never happened before and no flat battery. I have no idea what that connector is for or why it was unplugged but so far it seems an easy fix.

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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #773968 April 01st 2021 2:16 pm
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Heck yeah, glad you got that mess all sorted. Wiring is not much fun.


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Electrical = The Worst !

Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #774102 April 04th 2021 12:28 am
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No kidding. ^

After 3 or 4 janky distributors, I quit screwing around and got a nice one that wasn't too much coin and what a difference that made. But right after getting it all installed today, the engine wasn't getting enough gas to turn over.....whaaaaaat theeee hellllllll. We found the fuel line near the gas tank was totally pinched at a right angle, I don't know how the thing even ran before this.

This van has been a total sh*t show getting up to this point, hopefully tomorrow we can get it actually running. And go for a DRIVE.

Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #774103 April 04th 2021 1:23 am
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The van is almost stripped down, the goal is to get it all down to metal this week. A lot of fiberglass filler and we are finally getting to the spots where the metal was bad and repaired. The hood has two huge filled spots of fiberglass. I’m not surprised at this because these hoods are notorious for rotting from the inside out.

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I took some time out to run the Mustang for the first time this winter. It needs some more attention, maybe once the van is done.


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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
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Keep On Truck n Charlie. Can't wait to see the paint and nice Mustang Sir= 1965 ? My First car was a 1965 with a 289 and 4 barrell/stock and same color w/black interior. My neighbor backed out of her driveway in an older Lincoln and totaled it !

Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #774113 April 04th 2021 11:39 am
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Mustang looks good Charlie. Glad you're getting the van stripped, can't wait to see how the paint turns out.


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wrcsixeight #774129 April 04th 2021 4:03 pm
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Looking great Charlie!


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