I adjusted the timing this weekend, as it was a bit retarded and really felt like it was fighting itself to accelerate under load. Runs much better, but I definitely could run it a bit more advanced as it was HOT out and I drove it and didn't see any increased engine temps and no pinging. I may give it a little bit more next time the doghouse is off.
I have been driving it daily, even in the rain with the leaky roof. I bought a tarp to cover it like so many other vans out there. LOL. Once my wife has her stuff out of our little garage, I will put this one in and reseal the drip rails and do some type of fix on any rust up there. I also got a piece of 0.063" steel to cut and use to repatch the roof vent. It looks like they put a flat piece of steel on there and ran self tappers through it, then put some type of sealer over the top of all that. It looks like shit and doesn't seal the best. I plan to put a patch above and below and sandwich the roof between them, using sealer between the layers and Stainless Steel 1/4" Machine screws with Nylock nuts to pull it all together. Anybody ever try the flex seal stuff? I was looking at using it if it will work... let it cure up slightly before tightening he screws and I would assume that would create a nice seal around them.
So here are my Future Plans for this thing:
I really want to tackle interior first. The wood paneling on the roof has some rot from the leaks, so I want to get this sealed up before I replace it. I am sure there is probably mold up there and in the insulation up there. If I cannot find a similar paneling, I may have to do something different up there, like maybe cover wood with fabric or vinyl. I am going to try to salvage the wood on the walls and the green carpet they trimmed it out with. It sucks that the Door cards are all missing, though. I will need to make new ones and try to make it match the best I can. I will probably use whatever I use for the Ceiling on the Door cards. The floor area behind the front seats is less than 45 Square Feet, and I found some nice dark Laminate at Lowes thats like $25/Box of like 26 Square Feet. That's nice and Cheap, and I like saving where I can. I will pull the old Particle board floor out and put put a barrier layer down and then the Laminate directly on that. Looking at L track to put down on the flooring to mount a seating arrangement. I would like to find a Bench seat to mount in there. I currently have the one in there that I put in the G30 when we travel with the kids, but I want one that I can put in specific for the van that will utilize the L Track. If I had a bench and 2 captains chairs, I could even fit them all in there using the track and remove them when they aren't needed. I would also Fab up some type on bed platform that can be removed, as well. almost like a little modular set up. My bed is easily removable in my G30 and the entire cargo area is finished without it, so its still usable and still looks good. I kind of want to go a similar route here so that I have options.
Since its going to just be my around town van, I want to do some small engine upgrades. I am thinking an Aluminum intake, a nice sounding cam without too much duration, and a stall up around 2k. I am assuming the van has a 3.08 open rear since the underhood sticker doesn't specify anything different and that was the standard for the 350/350 vans in 76. If I see another rear pop up somewhere with a 3.42 or 3.73, I would swap them out in a heartbeat!
After that is all done maybe I would start some body work, but that is low on the priority list (other than fixing the rust and straightening out behind the left rear tire that obviously got wrinkled from a blow out at some time).
Thats all just a pipe dream for now until I get back on my feet. I am just gonna drive it till then!
I just typed this all out and posted it, then read back and saw I basically had already posted this info briefly before...so much going on in my head right now. HAHAHA