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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby sixsix » June 16th 2020, 9:17pm

Mmusicman wrote:Low and behold, it's an indexed (or flat-cut) bolt with cam on each end! Cool!
(for those like me who've never seen this before)

Neat Pics were in here...

Mmusicman wrote:Here is what each mount looks like... with "oval slot" for camber/castor adjustment.
Now I understand the cam/slot limitation that people talk about when control-arm geometry is severely altered with excessive suspension lift. This was the first time I've ever seen this. (I'm used to the older style with drop in shims)

Pretty Cool, MM - have not seen those before either.
Must be one or two of those "Alignment Dude's Secrets" you only read about in Reader's Digest.


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Well, after all... what would Banacek say ?... "When will there be a "Cultural Change” in the Nautilus and Whatilus population for a change - it's always the White man’s systems and culture that must be guilty and make stupid concessions.”


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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby Mmusicman » June 16th 2020, 11:24pm

sixsix wrote:Pretty Cool, MM - have not seen those before either.
Must be one or two of those "Alignment Dude's Secrets" you only read about in Reader's Digest.
"162,754 Things the Auto Mechanic Didn't Know" ...

Thanks Mike.

I've built engines and transmissions, and pulled more motors than I can count... but I'll be the first to admit here when I've done or seen something for the first time.

Good news... I'm an "expert" now! lol :mrgreen:
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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby Mr_RobotoMr_Roboto is online! » June 24th 2020, 2:30am

Drove it. Got a few weird cells in the fuel map for certain. I have a spot where it drops down to 10:1 AFR or less on tip in I need to get right. I think I have a rogue cell that's way too fat. I also seem to need a bit more air at idle as well.

I was going to rework the governor and never got there. Need to grind some weights.
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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby Mr_RobotoMr_Roboto is online! » June 24th 2020, 5:07am

Heck with it, weights ground spring swapped. 1-2 is still a bit high and 2-3 is still a bit higher but I need to test WOT and see how we look
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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby 90safari » June 25th 2020, 1:11am

Put a new battery in it. I guess when I took it out to Holly to get the Geo hood and pick up the Geo door on the way back, I got the last of the good out of the old battery. But then after 7 years, I got what I expected out of it (about normal any more thanks to recycling the old lead).
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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby augidog » June 25th 2020, 2:47am

at 101k, replaced the belt-tensioner, idler, and belt, with a gates serpentine kit from RA. tensioner & idler were original, belt was at it's stretch limit. the new tensioner is a noticable improvement. I'd guess it was just about the right time.

my long skinny arms are a little scratched up, but it was a job quick. I could reach all the way down around the crank pulley from in front, too easy. wasted 3 bucks on a belt hook I don't need.
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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby sixsix » June 26th 2020, 1:13am

There's only 2, maybe 3 things that beat a new Belt n' Tensioner Kit...
Seriously. Think about it.
Well, after all... what would Banacek say ?... "When will there be a "Cultural Change” in the Nautilus and Whatilus population for a change - it's always the White man’s systems and culture that must be guilty and make stupid concessions.”


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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby augidog » June 26th 2020, 8:38am

sixsix wrote:There's only 2, maybe 3 things that beat a new Belt n' Tensioner Kit...
Seriously. Think about it.
I admit to guessing at your meaning, but here are 3 things I ordered along with the tensioner kit, about a week after signing onto the forum. on the shelf, waiting for the right moment.
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like many a new arrival, I had asked for the "100,000 mile" parts list. I've put a thousand miles on it since purchase, and every fluid is clean and normal in every way, not a single drip of anything since deleting the oil cooler. 150 miles today, with A/C, mixed speeds, gauges were rock steady. even the coolant is clear and has that good smell to it.

if it ain't broke don't fix it, or fix it before it breaks?
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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby Mmusicman » June 26th 2020, 2:18pm

augidog wrote:..wasted 3 bucks on a belt hook I don't need.

"Belt hook"? :o
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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby augidog » June 26th 2020, 6:59pm

Mmusicman wrote:
augidog wrote:..wasted 3 bucks on a belt hook I don't need.

"Belt hook"? :o
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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby Leeann_93 » June 27th 2020, 10:35pm

Took it to Home Depot to pick up a new toilet (and everything needed for installation) for upstairs. The old one, which is REALLY old, just says SEARS inside the tank. DIdn't always flush, took forever to fill, took forever to flush, uses like 3 gallons per flush.

New one (American Standard) is better in every way and is a dual flush toilet - 1.0/1.6 gal depending on which button you press. Taller, quieter, just plain nicer.

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As you can see, the upstairs bathroom is in a dormer. The 'tub' is 4' long and the water, as with the toilet, is on the low side of the ceiling. So there's only a tub spout and a rubber push-on thing with handheld sprayer. Some idiot prior to my husband owning the house tacked the holder for the handheld sprayer onto the drywall. You know how well that lasted...but we never use that tub, so it's all good. However, having a working toilet upstairs is big for me, because that's where all my computer equipment and the beer kitchen are.

The electric baseboards were added in the '60s when the upstairs pipes burst (we think in the blizzard of '66) - instead of fixing them, they cut them off, capped them and removed the radiators, installing those miserable things in every room. I've never turned any of them on. Plenty of heat comes up via convection in the winter.
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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby zzimmer3 » June 29th 2020, 3:03am

just returned from Tennessee vacation with the kids and every time I shut the door the piece of cladding would
sag down, I knew the brackets were rusty, and suspected the rockers too, so spent this weekend playing with the van. Took off the cladding, I went to 3 body shops for quotes and noone wants to do it. One guy says you can't get rockers anymore, one says he isn't interested in working on it, the last guy said if I found some rockers he'd do it for $500. I found plenty on eBay, so I figured I'd buy a set and see what I could do, my brother has a nice mig welder, and I watched a few YouTube videos, I'll see what I come up with. Lol, then added a roof rack and installed some chicken lights.101990101988101986
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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby Mmusicman » June 29th 2020, 3:18pm

zzimmer3 wrote:just returned from Tennessee vacation with the kids and every time I shut the door the piece of cladding would sag down, I knew the brackets were rusty, and suspected the rockers too

My lower cladding on my 2000 was falling off too.. the bracket rusted (not a Florida van) and no longer functional. Some things I just don't care or worry about that I have little control over. I literally used Gorilla Duct tape to hold it in place. It's not really visible when the door is shut and it's actually been holding fine for years.. lol

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Here's a photo showing that the duct tape holding the cladding is not visible...lol
(I was doing alignment for my new tires)

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Re: What have you done to/with your van today?

Postby Rod's Trucks » July 1st 2020, 6:56am

101992
Three buddies spent the weekend in the low hills up near Mount Rainier (Washington State).
The 'RadioActive' van provided shelter and a dry warm operating position for me, during a weekend long national Amateur Radio operating event.
We were located at an elevation of about 4400 Ft ASL, just off a logging road, with a spectacular view to the mountains to the east. The weather was a bit cooler than we would have liked, but was decent for the most part.
I brought home a bit of forest mud, but a significant rain squall on the way home relieved me of much of the buildup in the wheel well areas.
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Postby Mr_RobotoMr_Roboto is online! » July 2nd 2020, 9:15pm

Rod's Trucks wrote:101992
Three buddies spent the weekend in the low hills up near Mount Rainier (Washington State).
The 'RadioActive' van provided shelter and a dry warm operating position for me, during a weekend long national Amateur Radio operating event.
We were located at an elevation of about 4400 Ft ASL, just off a logging road, with a spectacular view to the mountains to the east. The weather was a bit cooler than we would have liked, but was decent for the most part.
I brought home a bit of forest mud, but a significant rain squall on the way home relieved me of much of the buildup in the wheel well areas.
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Good to see another radio guy on. I'm in remission at the moment so yeah. Maybe I'll get back into it one day when I have time.
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Postby Mmusicman » July 2nd 2020, 10:10pm

Mr_Roboto wrote:Good to see another radio guy on...

Here's a toy of mine... :D

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Postby dcsleeper » July 2nd 2020, 11:12pm

great minds think alike...

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Postby Leeann_93 » July 3rd 2020, 1:11am

My uncle was a Ham (prior to his early death from cancer). My husband is a ham - he has a home setup, a setup in his work van and a portable setup (um, W1ire...1Wire...something like that).

He's an HVAC master, our daughter is Irie, it's something that meshes the two. I swear :shock:
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Postby Mr_RobotoMr_Roboto is online! » July 3rd 2020, 4:03am

dcsleeper wrote:great minds think alike...

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I have to go look at a sticker I put on my laptop to know my own call.....


Not that bad although I did change call signs at a point. :rofl:
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Postby Rod's Trucks » July 3rd 2020, 5:33am

Most of my ham radio operations are done when 'portable', and from somewhat remote locations. I am also mostly a Six Meters and up oriented guy, but have capabilities in the van for 1.8 MHz through 1.3 GHz.; Using a Yaesu FT-991A and a Yaesu FT-736R, ( and a 900 Mhz HT).
The home station is a bit more capable, but used less. There is too much local RF noise in my neighborhood.
I carry a small quiet, lightweight Honda EU-1000 Generator. It will run an old small (cube) microwave, a small radiant heater, a Hot Pot , and can be used to charge batteries, (although that is seldom needed with my capacity). I have 100 AHrs of LiFePo4 battery on board.
30+ years ago, I began doing the excursion (portable) operations in a series of small Datsun/Nissan and Mazda P/U trucks. Then I migrated to a Subaru BRAT ( smaller but more off-road capable, and my small stature still allowed me to be able to sleep in the back, under the canopy
The Subaru BRAT was getting tired, when I bought a good Ranger 4X4 and a cheap canopy. That was my radio vehicle for several years...and then I learned about the Astro/Safari vans.
The rest is history. I am 75 and probably will not need another 'expedition' dedicated van. I am hoping this one will last me several more years, and at the current rate of only about 3K-4K per year I have a good chance of hitting the 250K mark in the next ten years.
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