So now the door latches correct and the handle stays with the van. Still have to figure out why I cant lock the door and pull the key out but that's for later. Next I need to figure out whats going on with the function of the side door. Looks like a sloppy attempt at welding something.
I'm not too sure how the latch works but if you give the blob of "welding" a little help with your finger, the plungers at the top and bottom of the door will start to expose themselves, then you have to very gently close the door and turn the handle to secure it in place. That strategy works once in every three attempts. This is a MUST fix as well. Just got a manual in the mail and hope to see a diagram so I don't go into it completely blind.
For the most part I think the van is in pretty good shape. After pulling up the carpet you can see the metal patches. Not too worried what's underneath yet. Going to have to figure out what the installer of the new wiring harness did, since when I turn the headlight switch to dim the gauge lights, I loose my tail lights??? I'll probably put in another harness myself so I know what's going on, cant stand electrical gremlins.
The engine runs a little rough. Looks like the choke is removed so I thought that might be a trouble shooting start point. The VIN says its a 170ci but i thought I read somewhere a blue valve cover says other wise. I'll crawl under there again and look at the number of freeze plugs to confirm.
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