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Post by Vannin Ken on Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:04 pm

Hey Dawg, Thanks for the happy pic sure does look nice and your Dodge too! LOL I hate Michigan winters!
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Post by Dawgboy on Sat Feb 08, 2014 6:31 pm

Working on the bed frame/storage platform in the back today. Building out of Clear 2"x2" Douglas Fir and plywood. Top will be hinged so you can get into it from the back and also so that with the couch fully out you can have an angled backboard if you want. Here are some dry fiting pics. I ended up shortening it 4 inches over where I thought things should be to clear the folding action and the rake of the rear doors. Final size of the storage space is like 43"x30"x 16" tall

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Post by millwright71 on Sat Feb 08, 2014 6:46 pm

Looks really good! Keep the pics coming, love em!


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Post by vanny on Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:41 am

I have a couple of questions Dawg...Is that the permanent location of the couch? And if so, will the couch fold all the way down onto the platform to make one huge bed? Looks like your thinking it out well. I'm just a little slow and trying to see the "Big" picture. Thanks for the pics. Looks Great!!!


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Post by Dawgboy on Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:29 pm

The couch is in it's permanent location, but moves forward 14" and folds flat to be the front half of the bed. I am making the rear half of the bed in the back to be removable with a couple of latches or turnbuckles(That I have not figured out yet) so I can pop it out to carry large items like barrels and couches and stuff. The couch is also removable with four 1/2" Grade 8 bolts.

BTW, I have a futon to cover the whole shebang for a good night's sleep. More pics will help a lot. I got out and glued up the frame and added some corner brackets. I'm probably going to skin the sides with some 3mm ply I have. I'm going to try it out without the center uprights in it at first to see if there is sag. I like the idea of keeping the storage space as large as possible. I have to round the edges on the ply deck and make a couple of cutouts, one for the fuel filler on the left side corner, one so you can pull the fuel can on the right out without having to move the ply. Then sand and paint and hinge the lid.

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Post by vanny on Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:52 pm

Thanks for the extra pics. Now I can see where you're going with it and it looks like you've got it planned out pretty well!!! Looookin Gooooood!


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Post by dodge man on Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:57 pm

yeah you got it goin in the right direction, with that much room, you and about 5 chicks will have the time of your life
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Post by Dawgboy on Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:23 pm

Just doing a little thinking out loud here. Have to build a mount and install it before paneling and this is how I eyeball it. I'm thinking 3-4" higher and maybe back 2". That will give me more clearance on the bed.

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Pardon the mess...

Also re-installed the Mercedes horn with an 1 1/2" "cellulose fiber" damper block. No more sheet metal vibration Cool

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Post by Dawgboy on Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:10 pm

On the beach today.

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Post by dodge man on Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:37 am

O man were still looking at snow out the windows, it must be nice,Laughing
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Post by 66mnecotruck on Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:48 am

I miss that San Dog weather! Your van looks so comfy and at home there on the beach. I love the patina of that truck.
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Post by Dawgboy on Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:20 am

did a little mud bog testing after that. Stuff that would sink most modern cars was not a problem. I'm thinking the LSD rear end is still working after all... It was cloudy and 65. That's our winter!

As to the Patina, it's going away sadly. I'm starting on knocking out the dents and full primer in the near future. Makes me kind of sad though. It will look better shiny, is what I tell myself...
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Post by dodge man on Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:13 am

O MAN LSD,, WE HAD THAT STUFF IN THE 70S MAN
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Post by Dawgboy on Sun Mar 09, 2014 1:29 pm

Here's the new seat belts. Good match on color for the new seats which are still not installed in the front.. the buckle is not centered on the lap, which is good. These were under $20 each on eViLbay.

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Post by Dawgboy on Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:53 pm

Today I finished the front doors, I bondoed the leftover holes from the old mirrors and the door emblems(I only have the passenger side anyway) and wet sanded with 220 and 320, and then primered. Looks pretty good, mainly due to good masking.

Passenger side
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Masking
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First coat
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"Spray booth"
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Final Driver side
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Final Passenger side
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Post by BoneMan on Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:09 am

Looking good Dawgboy. Hard work is paying off.

I mention this with Peace and Love...be careful of Co2.
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Post by Dawgboy on Mon Mar 17, 2014 5:15 pm

I do plan on mounting a Carbon monoxide detector in the van, no worries there.

Today I cut out and test fitted my first piece of roof insulation. it's just being held in by the edge rails right now, so it sags a tiny bit. I will glue it once I have all the panels cut.

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Post by dodge man on Mon Mar 17, 2014 5:58 pm

lookin good, make it fun,,
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Post by millwright71 on Mon Mar 17, 2014 7:15 pm

Lookin really good, eatin the elephant one bite at a time!!!

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Post by Dawgboy on Tue Mar 18, 2014 5:51 pm

My dad had this in the back of the garage, and asked if I wanted it... I immediately said YES, as the pump alone is valuable to the Off-road crowd for OBA, but it seems to be complete, Other than the condenser, the pump has compression on both cylinders, and it's all Chrysler.

A couple questions:

Will a 170 turn this?

Will it still go up a hill?

Can I convert it to run R-134 refrigerant?

Any idea where I can find specs for this?

If you look at the back of the dash unit, there are two copper tubes coming out in the bottom corners, are those to a heater core?

Here's the pics

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This one, Just under the refrigerant hoses, and on the right outer corner. Heater hookups?
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Post by A100 Wrench on Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:21 pm

Yes it can converted to 134a,flush all the old oil out of it.System refill will depend on the compnents used.I would use a sankyo compressor as the take a lot less HP to drive.
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Post by Dawgboy on Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:59 pm

thanks for the info.

I decided to "upgrade" my fuse panel a little. Replacing "critical systems" fuse with a manual reset Buss circuit breaker.

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Post by vanny on Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:24 pm

Which way did he go George??? Dodge Van Security on the job!!!


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Post by Dawgboy on Tue Apr 01, 2014 9:00 am

Great news! I bought a car to replace my roached Honda. A 2003 Toyota Camry. It's very comfy, but more importantly, I no longer have to rely on the van for basic transport, so it's going back into the workspace this weekend and I can take it apart and get to hammering out the mechanical issues,and doing the body work.

Pretty pretty grownup car...
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