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BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER.... A's, G's & E's


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1969 A108 318 clean up and mods

Keith D
Keith D


Number of posts : 381
Location : El Dorado Hills, Ca
Registration date : 2016-11-25

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Post by Keith D Fri Jul 26, 2019 4:21 pm

I am interested how the wiring harness works out, keep us posted.
68vanman
68vanman


Number of posts : 124
Location : Hayward, CA
Registration date : 2012-09-29

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Post by 68vanman Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:57 pm

* I'll create a new post for the wiring harness install in the next day or so. This way it's only about this one subject.

Had a good day yesterday, I finished labeling all my connections and then removed the old wiring harness. The Painless kit arrived on Friday and I've already read and re-read it a few times. To me, the manual is very detailed and has provisions if you still want to use an ammeter. It may be another week before I start the install. Here's a list of what I've bought and have planned:

1. Purchased Painless PowerBraid kit to protect the wiring and give it a clean look, new battery cable kit, Powermaster retro round back 95 amp alternator, Powermaster mini starter.

2. I'm bypassing the gauges in the dash and will be using Stewar Warner electric gauges for Oil, Volts, Temp, and Fuel. New temp sending switch and oil pressure switch.

3. I'm not using an electric fan so those wires won't be used.

4. The wiring run from the front to the back of the van is still in good shape so for now I will consider connecting to the new harness. (Dome, parking lamps, tail lamps)

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vanny
vanny
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Number of posts : 14737
Location : Ashburnham, MA
Age : 63
Registration date : 2012-09-22

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Post by vanny Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:58 am

Thanks so much for doing this and please let us know if you run into any problems and what it takes to resolve. Knowing the good and the not so good can be helpful to others trying to install these. Looks like you’re thinking things through. I’m watching this thread carefully because I also have a painless kit that still needs to be installed.


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68vanman
68vanman


Number of posts : 124
Location : Hayward, CA
Registration date : 2012-09-29

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Post by 68vanman Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:19 pm

Something I forgot to add, regarding the installation of the new gas tank. When I had removed the filler hose that connects the filler tube and tank, a bunch of loose rust fell out of the filler tube. Again, the van hasn't been on the road since 2005 but I was a little surprised on how much rust fell out of there. I'm in the midst of trying to remove the filler tube because I need to clean it out really well. I had to raise the back of the van really high so it will drop. I'm having trouble getting that last part out.

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Post by 69 Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:37 pm

There is a part that can be removed to ease removing/mounting the filler hose. It's the part providing the through-hole on second and third picture; the outline of the part is visible.
Trust this helps.
68vanman
68vanman


Number of posts : 124
Location : Hayward, CA
Registration date : 2012-09-29

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Post by 68vanman Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:44 pm

Oh I think I see it now. I removed the plate and gasket from the bottom already. It looks like I need to push up on the piece that is tight around the filler tube.
sweetvan
sweetvan


Number of posts : 231
Location : Ventura, CA, 93003
Registration date : 2013-12-16

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Post by sweetvan Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:45 am

It looks like that piece could get rusted out and would be difficult to make or replace.
68vanman
68vanman


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Location : Hayward, CA
Registration date : 2012-09-29

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Post by 68vanman Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:35 pm

I can't stand using dirty greasy mounting hardware with newly installed parts so another time consuming process of this build involves a parts washer, wire wheels, disc sanders, blasting cabinets, etc. to get everything clean. Recently I decided to add a new tool to my collection when I ordered this Eastwood Contour SCT (surface conditioning tool). It came with 3 different sanding drums, abrasive, 60 & 120 grit. I gotta say that I really like this thing. I took the undercoating and paint off my gas tank straps within 5 minutes. The dog house panels had carpet glued to it so I'll be using this tool to strip it down. I also tried on the driver door on my 67 A100. Again, in a few minutes it took it down to metal easily. The right side of the lower wheel well is loaded with bondo from the previous owner. I've used 60 and 80 grit disc grinders in the past and they do work better is certain areas but for body panels this is what I'll be using from now on. It has a gear drive and runs off 120v with a 7' cord.

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OutofSight
OutofSight


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Location : Lake Oroville, Ca.
Registration date : 2015-11-19

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Post by OutofSight Tue Aug 06, 2019 5:12 pm

Nice tool!
vanny
vanny
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Post by vanny Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:06 am

Thanks for the tip! cheers


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68vanman
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Number of posts : 124
Location : Hayward, CA
Registration date : 2012-09-29

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Post by 68vanman Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:47 pm

Had some free time this weekend so I started prepping the doghouse for new paint. I'm not entirely sure who did it, but this van was carpeted front to back including the doghouse, so I had a lot of adhesive to remove. I used a combo of the new Eastwood SCT tool, high speed flap disc and air grinder. I'm about 90% done with it.

I ordered a doghouse insulation kit from Quiet Ride Solutions so that will be installed once I'm done painting.

I removed the entire headliner as well. If you'd like to make a template for your van, let me know. I can give you the measurements of the panels and bows. The bows are approximately 56.5" to 57" long. The widths vary from 1.75" to 2 1/4". No sure if the padding was stock original of if someone replaced it.


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