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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #779967 August 03rd 2021 12:25 am
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Was yesterday actually, not today but still….

Got the steering column in my van fixed. Back on Thursday I got ready to take my wife to work, went out to the van and turned the key, nothing. So I turned the key to off and tried to start it again, but the key felt “gritty” and again nothing. Tried once more, and the key had zero resistance at all. I checked the rod, and the ignition switch box, both where in good shape. I tried starting the van buy manually working the ignition switch, and it started, but then it would not go into gear. After some research and Q&A on a few FB groups, it wasd determined be the actuator between the key switch and the rod, so I contacted my son in law for help and he helped me rebuild things. Turns out the actuator had broke in two, with the broken piece blocking the shifter too. We replaced the actuator, the key switch, and got it all back together and now it starts better than it has in a long time.


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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #779976 August 03rd 2021 6:06 am
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yay thats good to hear.


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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
Uncle_Fester #779987 August 03rd 2021 12:31 pm
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Originally Posted by Uncle_Fester
Was yesterday actually, not today but still….

Got the steering column in my van fixed. Back on Thursday I got ready to take my wife to work, went out to the van and turned the key, nothing. So I turned the key to off and tried to start it again, but the key felt “gritty” and again nothing. Tried once more, and the key had zero resistance at all. I checked the rod, and the ignition switch box, both where in good shape. I tried starting the van buy manually working the ignition switch, and it started, but then it would not go into gear. After some research and Q&A on a few FB groups, it wasd determined be the actuator between the key switch and the rod, so I contacted my son in law for help and he helped me rebuild things. Turns out the actuator had broke in two, with the broken piece blocking the shifter too. We replaced the actuator, the key switch, and got it all back together and now it starts better than it has in a long time.

Glad you got it fixed up. I had a problem with my 76 where it wouldn't go into park. After tearing into it I found a chunk had actually broken off the end of the shift arm and was blocking it.


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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #780014 August 03rd 2021 11:46 pm
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I put down a large sheet of diamond plate aluminum in the middle of my van, nice level floor in which to roll, I need something to buff it with, its pretty dull, was fun cutting that stuff with a jigsaw.


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wrcsixeight #780015 August 04th 2021 12:33 am
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Originally Posted by maples01
I put down a large sheet of diamond plate aluminum in the middle of my van, nice level floor in which to roll, I need something to buff it with, its pretty dull, was fun cutting that stuff with a jigsaw.

I used a skil saw ... but my long boy took 2 sheets

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Cleanest ATV tires I've ever seen^^

Last December I removed my AC compressor, which had been acting as a pulley only, for 15 years, and replaced it with a '120 amp NipponDenso' alternator.

120 amp, is in quotes, as it maxed out at 109 amps, and its 50 amp rating at hot idle, in drive, foot on the brake, is a woeful 32 amps. It is a ND clone alternator, assembled in Malaysia, bought new at Autozone. I think they shaved a few dollars in copper windings of rotor and stator.

I was hoping its dual internal fans would outperform the lifetime warranty reman 50/120 chrysler alternator which failed. Oreilly's had decided they had no record of me ever having bought such an alternator, so I just moved on.

That reman alternator just had poor brush alignment. I fixed that, added some spit and polish to improve heat transfer from diodes and reduce resistance, and returned it to service, and the ND sat on a shelf for 9 months.

A few more hundred rpm and the ND outperforms the chrysler 50/120 amp alternator, until about 1800 rpm though. The chrysler can meet 50 amp at hot idle foot on brake in drive, and 120 amps max, but at about 3200 rpm, where I rarely go.

Since aligning the pulleys in December, I never hooked it to the battery or to a voltage regulator as I did not require the extra DC juice, still don;t really, but I found the round tuit.

Last couple days I decided to change that, hooking it directly to me engine battery and the Chrysler 50/120 to my House battery bank.

Both alternators are separately regulated with an adjustable voltage regulator.
The OEM voltage regulator in engine computer is bypassed, and the ECM tricked into not flashing the check engine light with a 50 watt 10 ohm resistor in between the original wires going to field terminals on the externally regulated alternator.

On my dash, I have two digital two decimal voltmeters and two voltage adjustment knobs.

Basically, Nearly anytime my engine is running, I can charge my deep cycling batteries as fast as safely possible, to get them to as high a state of charge as possible when I drive, which greatly extends their lifespans, as opposed to slower charging and starting the next discharge cycle from lower states of charge and drawing them deeper.

The original voltage regulator inside ECM drops from high 14's to mid 13s quickly, and a new battery will accept about 2/3 less amperage with 13.7v reaching battery terminals compared to 14.7v.

I can also turn a switch and charge both battery banks from one or the other, or just cycle one bank or the other.

I'm not quite done, its just functional at this point, not yet refined.

The ultimate goal is the ability to idle my engine, with both alternators and two battery banks powering a 2KW+ inverter at near full load, for as long as there is fuel in the tank, even though I do not require such an ability at this point in time.

Some additional forced alternator cooling would likely be required if 2KW is needed for more than 10 to 15 minutes, but the thermocouples attached to their casings, will decide.

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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #780023 August 04th 2021 11:30 am
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Originally Posted by wrcsixeight
Cleanest ATV tires I've ever seen

It got detailed along with the van to go to the Council of council in Feb 2011. Thats when my van made Hot Rod mag.


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ADRENALIN BY THE GALLON & CHASIN RACIN
ONE FOR THE DIRT & ONE FOR THE STREETS
'93 CHEVY G30 454 4X4 SPORTVAN EXT 146" WB
'92 CHEVY G30 454 BEAUVILLE EXT 146" WB
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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #780025 August 04th 2021 11:41 am
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Originally Posted by wrcsixeight
Cleanest ATV tires I've ever seen^^


That's what I was going to say.
Oh well, whatever toots your boat.
Some things are for go... some are for show.
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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #780027 August 04th 2021 11:49 am
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Originally Posted by wrcsixeight
Cleanest ATV tires I've ever seen^^

Last December I removed my AC compressor, which had been acting as a pulley only, for 15 years, and replaced it with a '120 amp NipponDenso' alternator.

120 amp, is in quotes, as it maxed out at 109 amps, and its 50 amp rating at hot idle, in drive, foot on the brake, is a woeful 32 amps. It is a ND clone alternator, assembled in Malaysia, bought new at Autozone. I think they shaved a few dollars in copper windings of rotor and stator.

I was hoping its dual internal fans would outperform the lifetime warranty reman 50/120 chrysler alternator which failed. Oreilly's had decided they had no record of me ever having bought such an alternator, so I just moved on.

That reman alternator just had poor brush alignment. I fixed that, added some spit and polish to improve heat transfer from diodes and reduce resistance, and returned it to service, and the ND sat on a shelf for 9 months.

A few more hundred rpm and the ND outperforms the chrysler 50/120 amp alternator, until about 1800 rpm though. The chrysler can meet 50 amp at hot idle foot on brake in drive, and 120 amps max, but at about 3200 rpm, where I rarely go.

Since aligning the pulleys in December, I never hooked it to the battery or to a voltage regulator as I did not require the extra DC juice, still don;t really, but I found the round tuit.

Last couple days I decided to change that, hooking it directly to me engine battery and the Chrysler 50/120 to my House battery bank.

Both alternators are separately regulated with an adjustable voltage regulator.
The OEM voltage regulator in engine computer is bypassed, and the ECM tricked into not flashing the check engine light with a 50 watt 10 ohm resistor in between the original wires going to field terminals on the externally regulated alternator.

On my dash, I have two digital two decimal voltmeters and two voltage adjustment knobs.

Basically, Nearly anytime my engine is running, I can charge my deep cycling batteries as fast as safely possible, to get them to as high a state of charge as possible when I drive, which greatly extends their lifespans, as opposed to slower charging and starting the next discharge cycle from lower states of charge and drawing them deeper.

The original voltage regulator inside ECM drops from high 14's to mid 13s quickly, and a new battery will accept about 2/3 less amperage with 13.7v reaching battery terminals compared to 14.7v.

I can also turn a switch and charge both battery banks from one or the other, or just cycle one bank or the other.

I'm not quite done, its just functional at this point, not yet refined.

The ultimate goal is the ability to idle my engine, with both alternators and two battery banks powering a 2KW+ inverter at near full load, for as long as there is fuel in the tank, even though I do not require such an ability at this point in time.

Some additional forced alternator cooling would likely be required if 2KW is needed for more than 10 to 15 minutes, but the thermocouples attached to their casings, will decide.

I read all of that and now I'm...

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Re: What Did You do To your Van Today?
wrcsixeight #780037 August 04th 2021 12:20 pm
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Wrcsixeight must type 120 words/minute.


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