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RodStRace

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Rod's AZ A-108

Post by RodStRace on Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:16 am

/6 automatic
All electrical stuff works, runs and drives, doors are mostly working now, needs lots of adjusting.
A brake adjust, valve adjust, trans adjust.
Runs warm, so I'll change the thermostat.
It's got a cheezy flex fan and the shroud is off. Will fix those.
Need to install the rear exhaust hanger.
Need to install roof vent, clean it inside and out.
Will make curtains for behind the seats and side/rear door windows.
Change speedo gear so it's more accurate with the tall tires.
Locks for doors.
Fix the tool compartment on the side.









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Re: Rod's AZ A-108

Post by RodStRace on Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:51 am

Here's the door people have been asking about.




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Re: Rod's AZ A-108

Post by Twinpilot001 on Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:56 am

Cool addition to the van
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RodStRace

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Re: Rod's AZ A-108

Post by RodStRace on Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:39 am

It is good and bad....quality and hack....
Why do you need another 1 cubic foot of storage in a 108?
The door is light (Aluminum?) well built and nicely hung.
Problem is, It's twice the size needed for the open area and does not match the outer contour.
The way the body was folded in to make the sides is well done, but the top and bottom aren't sealed.
The latch is a real bad finishing touch too.

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Re: Rod's AZ A-108

Post by Guest on Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:46 am

nice van
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Re: Rod's AZ A-108

Post by G-Man on Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:47 am

If it were me I would make a new cover that works, not that it is a needed space. It just makes your van different from everyone elses
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Re: Rod's AZ A-108

Post by RodStRace on Fri Mar 18, 2011 12:02 pm

Yeah, I might scotchbrite the paint off and do a patina USAF logo in it...
I also have the parts PU to get that section from...

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Re: Rod's AZ A-108

Post by Guest on Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:11 pm

I think I would get rid of that compartment.
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Re: Rod's AZ A-108

Post by sasktrini on Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:50 pm

That compartment is one way to deal with a rusted-out rocker, I suppose! I agree with Mike... I would hate listening to that stuff banging around in there! If you keep it, blend it in to the body line! Again, congrats!
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Re: Rod's AZ A-108

Post by G-Man on Fri Mar 18, 2011 4:26 pm

It would be a perfect place for cleaning stuff or something like that. I like it only because it's different
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Re: Rod's AZ A-108

Post by RodStRace on Fri Mar 18, 2011 4:41 pm

just paint the whole door like this?


or this?


or this?

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Re: Rod's AZ A-108

Post by Guest on Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:08 pm

the first one might get you stopped by the police.
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Re: Rod's AZ A-108

Post by RodStRace on Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:26 pm

Yeah, some just don't have a sense of humor...

Went out and put in some 5 degree shims on the front axle. It doesn't wander and dart around any more. Caster is a GOOD thing!
Also backed off the tight LF drum, but now it pulls to the right under braking. Will have to dig in deeper. I suspect the shoes weren't replaced on that side and are probably worn in better.
Also adjusted the headlights, they were pointed at the ground. Only one dash light out, the bulb was bad. Gotta get a new one, and the dome light builb.

Got a valve cover gasket, thermostat and gasket. Will adjust the valves and swap in a 160 thermostat and see how it goes. Will also take a look at the distributor while I have that side of the doghouse off. Probably run a vacuum line to the advance, it currently goes through a thermal switch that probably blocks vacuum when cold OR it's a stinkin' block off until it overheats smog-type deal. Either way, I'm going to run straight ported vacuum to it.
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Re: Rod's AZ A-108

Post by RodStRace on Sat Mar 19, 2011 6:40 pm

Went to the local wrecking yard today 'cause the guy sekking the A-100 in PV that I looked at said there was another A in there.
Got a bunch or stuff off it, came home and played with the 108 for a while.
It's got a late model /6 in it, no plug tubes, so it should have a hyd. cam.
check the dist. Dwell and parts were right. Bumped up the timing a couple degrees and check the vacuum advance. As expected, the thermal swith shuts off vacuum at normal temp... Mad
So I'll bypass that. Couldn't find any hose in the garage.
Still need th change out the thermostat and replace the upper hose. The left recerse light doesn't work even with a bulb. Of course it had to be the boxed in one!!! Put in some license lights I grabbed at the JY and better headlight bezels.
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Re: Rod's AZ A-108

Post by DanTheVanMan on Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:07 pm

Pretty cool Rod.... I like the "Rescue" hatch... Yes, Different is good!!!

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Re: Rod's AZ A-108

Post by Big W on Sun Mar 20, 2011 12:12 am

Ah hell put your battery in there and run the cables under the van floor and there you go...no more battery inside the van. OR just fill it in....
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Re: Rod's AZ A-108

Post by wylee on Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:12 am

rod, is there any thing under the rear? i dig the way its raked. and the rear tires . what size are they. and thanks for posting, i was woundering what a 108 would look like , ive got one also. most i se is the 90 inch weelbase.........
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Re: Rod's AZ A-108

Post by RodStRace on Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:53 am

Wylee,
P215/65R15 on 15X7 front
P275/60R15 on 15X10 rear
Stock suspension AFAIK.
Someone here had an issue with the pinion angle. Turns out the rear spring shackles were installed wrong, pointing down toward the spring instead of going up from the frame to the spring. I have to take a look at mine to see if this was done too.

http://vintage-vans.forumotion.com/t20313-rear-axle-leaf-spring-wedge-pinion-angle

EDIT: Just went out and checked. Mine is hung wrong too. Shackles go down from frame to spring, not up from frame to spring.
Will have to figure out what to do with this. If I flip them to the right direction, I'll loose the tire clearance. If I leave it like this, I'll have to put in shims to correct the pinion angle.
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Re: Rod's AZ A-108

Post by benwah on Sun Mar 20, 2011 2:02 pm

Thats what 2" lift blocks in the rear look like! Cool Your tires shouldnt scrub if you fix the rear hangers and add blocks. I added them to my last 2 vans and 2 pickups. RodStRace thats a real sweet 108! If I ever find another, (I had a 68 108) Im going to add a gullwing door in the rear. Too bad you live too far away I have some non window doors. Also the 108 has the longer wheelbase so you could add a o/d transmission!

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Re: Rod's AZ A-108

Post by Guest on Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:33 am

If you could somehow get the doors to somewhere near Michigan, I'm gonna be going out that way in April. I could take them out there with me. Just a thought...
Larry in East China Mi.
P.S. Nice van Rod!
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RodStRace

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Re: Rod's AZ A-108

Post by RodStRace on Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:28 am

Thanks guys!
benwah, I agree and that's the plan on the rear.

When I got the 100, I was trying to reach out all over to get parts I wanted/needed. Since then, I've been amazed what has turned up by just waiting and watching. I appreciate the offer, but will try to source doors closer to home. It's not some huge thing that must be done ASAP.
I have a side project that should be finished up this weekend, then back to the 100. There are things I need to do to the 108, but it is mostly little stuff and not terribly important. First priority is getting my regular truck in good shape, then the A100 project, then all the other projects (108, race car, street rod).

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Re: Rod's AZ A-108

Post by Guest on Thu May 05, 2011 8:58 am

Hey, how much did you pay for the beast....its in better shape thne my A108. Let me know if you run into any side or rear doors in the AZ area

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Re: Rod's AZ A-108

Post by RodStRace on Thu May 05, 2011 9:15 am

I paid a bit more than I had hoped, and that didn't include the wheels/tires, but it's been a fun, economical driver.
I'm also looking for solid side doors, so I'll let you know about second the set I find! Laughing
I will have to get some pics, I hung some cool tie dye towels in the rear and behind the seats, and painted over the side windows.
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Re: Rod's AZ A-108

Post by RodStRace on Thu May 05, 2011 9:47 pm

Rat fink decals and rear curtains
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Re: Rod's AZ A-108

Post by sasktrini on Thu May 05, 2011 9:50 pm

That's cool, Rod!!!

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