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Old 01-10-2008, 08:14 AM   #51
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here a beater for ya. or maybe it's just been beat! all i know is it was a great truck, and it drove home (about 3-4 miles) with part of the tree still on it.
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Old 01-10-2008, 10:42 AM   #52
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That looks like a good one, Phill. My only fear might be the thermostat if that is the cause of your heating woes. I don't know why Mopar decided to put them in the waterpump neck on a lot of those V-6's, but it sure is a pain. Keep us posted on your progress with that one.
I think I got the heat problem figured out already, the HVAC control panel is junk. The lights on it are flashing trouble codes. I have access to alldata thanks to a previous employer that hasn't changed his password. So that has helped a lot. I got the heat working 80% by cleaning the carbon resistor strip with alcohol and a can of compressed air. I found another control panel at a junk yard for $35 so I might just throw that on and fix it 100%. I also found a radio on craigslist - a CD player even, for $20.

That dodge SUV would make a great off road truck.
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Old 01-16-2008, 03:25 PM   #53
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I got it ready to go yesterday and posted an add on craigslist. I have a total of $601 into it - KBB value is $1,625 Which would net me 1,000 profit. Woo hoo! I need to do this more often. I had to replace a few small things on the van such as the radio, heater control head, outer tie rod (plus alignment), front brake pads, 2 mirrors, and the battery.

Check out my add... http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/car/540038797.html

I've must of got 10 calls on it already, I think it'll be sold in the next day or 2. I love tax return season.

First thing everyone asks is "how many miles are on it?" I purposely left that out of the add to get people to call.. let me tell ya, it works.
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Old 01-19-2008, 09:54 PM   #54
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phill did you sell the scaravan yet? today i bought a 88 chevy touring van for 225 it has 4 swivel captains chairs in it and a folding couch bed thing rebuilt 700r4 and350 fi 188kilometers on it out of province reggy though from quebec smells like french cigarettes
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I want your water pump and the other accessory brackets. Seriously...you paid less for that van than I can find a serp belt setup, let alone for the short water pump AND you would have several of the TBI components I would need.

I need to find some deals.
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Old 01-20-2008, 10:32 AM   #56
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We picked up a new van as well..not a beater and way more than I was wanting to pay, but it is a 2001 windstar sport and looks great in and out..as for taxes ours are usually spent before we get them *S*
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Old 01-21-2008, 09:10 PM   #57
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well i started to peel apart the 88 chwvy van i bought it was a touring model so i got 4 captain chairs and a folding bed/bench gig all of thesehave the seat belts mounted right to the chairs and the back 2 come right off the pedestal that is bolted to the vans floor also i got 12v lights switches some 12v rope lighting and misc trims i want to pull the moter and trans together but my question to the experience is this where is the computer and harness that goes with the moter andshould i keep this together with the moter when i pull it? ive yanked lots of em but not with tbi of computer got lots of van parts 4 sale cheep!
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Look behind the glovebox. I bet you'll find a PSM stashed away there. How I pull a motor really depends on the application. Some manufacturers do a really nice job with the harness by keeping all the engine stuff together and apart from the chassis electrical. Some even put big bulkhead connectors at the firewall like Ford which makes it really easy (this is a good things since the cab comes off to work on the heads on those trucks).

In your case I would just disconnect from the sensors themselves. I'm probably going to miss one here, but let's see...

1. knock sensor-disconnect when you do the starter
2. MAP sensor-just a vacuum line up to a fender or firewall
3. O2-depending on how you do the exhaust you might be able to just leave that alone
4. CTS-just pull the connector off it at the intake manifold
5. IAC-unplug from the throttle body
6. TPS-unplug from the throttle body
7. ESC-just disconnect all the wiring to the distributer.

Like I said...I'm sure I forgot a sensor or two in there, but on a Chevy TBI motor they're all basically right on top or right on the bottom making it pretty simple. Once the motor is out you can pull the harness much easier. Cramped doesn't begin to describe those vans. Do yourself a favor and don't cut the harness anywhere. The complete motor with an uncut harness should be worth something to someone on eBay or Craigslist.
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phill did you sell the scaravan yet?
Yeah I sold it last week for $1,500 I had a ton of calls on it and a lot of bullshi*ers calling me asking questions on it... I must have had over 30 calls on it. I guess it was worth making $900 bucks on it though (paid my house payment this month)

I smashed my original beater last night. I thought it'd be fun to fish tail it on a snowy road and went sideways into a telephone pole at about 30mph. The bumper took most of the hit, and it bent the front ends (crumple sections?) of the frame very bad... I'm going to try to piece it back together. It still drives straight, and runs good. Here's a few pictures...







I found a "loaded" header panal for $90, but it's Sunday so I can't call and ask what all is included... I'm going to head outside and saw off all the broken parts and see if I can straighten the frame ends back out...
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i buy you a new pair of headlights and this is how you repay me???? lol

we had a bit of a mishap when towing phills car to deliver jacuzzi bus II and busted out one of the headlights so i ended up buying him a new pair.....
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