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1990 Dodge B-250 Love and Heartbreak
#791444 May 20th 2022 7:42 pm
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This is my 1990 Dodge B-Series conversion van, Love and Heartbreak.

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The name is a reflection of my feelings about owning an older vehicle. The second owner was rear ended by a commercial truck which caved in the rear doors, so he sold it to me in 2019. I thought replacing them would be easy. What a fool I was.
Bought a van = Love.
Discovering how hard it is to find parts = Heartbreak.

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This is my first van, but also the first time I've tackled bodywork. I don’t know what I’m doing, but I love to dive headfirst into an over ambitious project in order to learn new things. The results are never perfect, but the work is always satisfying.

It’s been a gradual process of de-converting many of the conversion van features. The tire carrier and ladder were destroyed in the accident, so they wouldn’t be returning. The roof rack was removed when I realized it wouldn’t fit through my garage door. The running boards were trapping grit and hiding rust, so off those came.

The roof had considerable rust, and with the onset of the pandemic, I could take it off the road long enough to strip and KBS Rust-Seal the whole thing (basically POR-15, just a different brand). Whether that works long term, only time will tell.

With time on my hands and a cheap flux core welder at my disposal, I began teaching myself to patch the rust spots. Welding is hard, and I am not good at it, but I soldier on. This is where mission creep starts to set in.

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I don't care for conversion van RV windows. The ventilation is great, but I just don’t like how they look on my van. I dig that classic Boogie Van era aesthetic; murals and bubble windows. But conversion package RV windows prevent that. Now that I have a welder however, I don’t have to settle if I don't want to

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So here’s the plan for this spring, finish replacing the rear RV windows with sheet metal harvested from another Dodge. But for the front driver’s side window, replace it with a factory pop-out window cut out of a Ram Wagon. That way my rear seat passengers can enjoy the view, have a little ventilation, and it helps a bit with driver visibility. Last fall I closed up the passenger side window, but then moving and renovations put the van project on the back burner. Now I’m finally ready to continue the project, so stay tuned for that.

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Until then, enjoy a van I came across in BC:
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Re: 1990 Dodge B-250 Love and Heartbreak
Ed Is Not My Name #791448 May 21st 2022 12:49 am
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I have the same wheels on my '92, never seen them on another van. Did they put the FI Magnum (318) in that year's model?

Re: 1990 Dodge B-250 Love and Heartbreak
Ed Is Not My Name #791454 May 21st 2022 8:17 am
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Nice work your doing!


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Re: 1990 Dodge B-250 Love and Heartbreak
cornfarmer #791463 May 21st 2022 1:07 pm
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Thanks Newkirk!

It's a fuel injected 318 Cornfarmer, but I think it predates the magnum by a year or two.

I'm not sure how I feel about these wheels. I'd replace them with something more Muscle Car appropriate, but I'm having trouble finding reasonably priced 5x5.5" rims in my area. I bought some uni-lug Cragers for a decent price before I did my research on their fitment, lesson learned I guess. It's all one big learning experience.

Re: 1990 Dodge B-250 Love and Heartbreak
Ed Is Not My Name #791473 May 21st 2022 7:33 pm
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Love & Heartbreak; we all can relate to that song. Keep on Truck n' shift

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Ed Is Not My Name #791496 May 22nd 2022 7:31 pm
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Awesome work so far.


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Re: 1990 Dodge B-250 Love and Heartbreak
Ed Is Not My Name #791507 May 23rd 2022 9:48 am
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Gday! and Welcome!!

No Fear. Impressive!

I have a full set of super ugly aluminum? 5-5 15 inch diameter, 8 inch wide Blades, JIC you are ever super desperate. Yours if you need them, 2 have rubber. Not sure what look they were after. I went to 7 inch black Summit steelies with decent tires for living out here in the "Dirt."

My '88 is cold blooded, tempermental, but when She smooths out, I love that little 5.2 in a box too.

Van on!


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Re: 1990 Dodge B-250 Love and Heartbreak
Wedgy #791543 May 26th 2022 5:45 pm
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It's unfortunate that Texas is such a long drive, but I appreciate nonetheless my friend! I may end up sandblasting the rust off these and painting them if I can't find alternatives, but we'll see.

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Ed Is Not My Name #791607 May 27th 2022 4:27 pm
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Cool van. I'm not a fan of conversation van windows. They just dont fit the lines of the van. Awesome work! Cant wait for more!


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