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    This Ol' Dodge

    My new project- a rolling living room.
    A 1984 Dodge B250 Ram Van Starcraft conversion. 4 swivel captains chairs. a 3 seat bench that folds down into a bed. 3 sunroofs. and a now running 318CID V8!
    i was wondering if the odo had rolled over as it only said 12052 km on it. there is less wear on the steering wheel than my 2012 Econoline. the original shock absorbers. the oil filter was not a mopar one, but looks like it was installed in the '80s. the Uvip said last time it was registered more than a few years ago, it had just over 7000 km on it. the doors are tight. perfect, actually. less rust on it than on my ZJ. and it cost me just over $12/km, so well worth restoring. the tires were mostly rotten, and thanks to Mudpuppy and Billy Toronto, I"ve already started improvements. More pics to follow, obviously
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    '02 Ram 1500 quadcab stickshift 4x4
    '84 Dodge B250 Starcraft van
    '77 CB750 SOHC rat cafe
    '74 Yamaha GT80

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    and the underbits
    looks like I need an exhaust and a battery tray. (I have a salvaged battery waiting)
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    Wow, cool project!

    It looks like a solid foundation for a fun wagon. I have a soft spot for old Vans, they're the Rodney Dangerfields of the automotive world; they never get any respect!

    What sort of mods do you have planned? Or is a restoration to original condition in order?

    Looks like a 9.25" rear axle... Or is it an 8.25"

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    right now- a retro resto, later i would not be surprised to see it as a mild lift and limited slip trailhead /tow rig. and a 4 barrel carb. camping and road trips are big for our family, and the fights in the back seat of the ZJ are getting intense (3 boys - 6yr, 3yr almost, 2/3yr). the urge to use it to drag the Z to moparfest is growing. I wonder which will have the best milage.
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    tires are on, a new home for my AR767's that i bought for my ranger the first time i had it, rode my jeep for a time, (and others). suits the old school look.
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    looks like a 4wd conversion might be in its future.
    come on i know you already thought about that.

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    Could be....
    2010 JK Unlimited Sahara, rubi axles, 35" duratracs, OME lift: Written off, RIP.
    2006 LJ Rubicon Lots of stuff from TMR installed by CT Motorsports (see profile if you want to know) project once more with feeling
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    Cool

    carb - carter 2 barrel
    looks fairly clean, inside at least. tomorrow, i'd like to check the timing and if the vacuum advance is working right. and check if there are vac leaks. and i've got to change the driveshaft u-joints, as they have freed up a bit now. a bit too much. then maybe i'll take it for a bit or a test drive
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    tranny leak just wont quit.
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    A727 transmission
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    So, it's got it's cert, it drives. kinda fixed the bogging by shortening the vacuum lines and cleaning the carb more. still needs a bit more love. probably fresh lines and who knows what else. i think Edelbrock might get consulted, or a wreckers for a 4bbl manifold and carb.
    much thanks to BillyToronto for the tires
    New shocks- sensatracs all around. new swaybar endlinks. think it might benefit from a few more bushings. all the rubber is from 1984, and some of it wasnt great.
    it is coming along, and the more i drive it, the better it likes me. my wife would rather a muscle car i think if we have to have a vintage vehicle.
    No reason the van cant be a muscle car, is there?

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