View Full Version : I met M1Dadio

03-12-2010, 06:01 PM




03-12-2010, 07:29 PM
Two vanners meeting up now those are some great pics. Bill

03-12-2010, 08:22 PM
Way Cool! vp

03-12-2010, 09:33 PM
It is all ways cool to put a face with a screen name.
Good to see you guys out and about.....



Its a "van thing" A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

03-12-2010, 11:03 PM
Man that was a really great trip. I got to test out my van for the first time and get a real feel for it.

It was great to meet up with Joe. He's a cool dude.

108vanguy gave me the interior window pannels I had been looking for since 2008.
When Joe was moving he had stopped in Sacramento where Mark loaded the pannels on Joes truck destined for Seattle to be eventually passed on to me.
What a vanner tag teem effort!! Thank you very much guys. AND a big thanks to Mark for making those pannels availible to me.
I had thought I would never get pannels unless I paid huge freight charges cuz they are so big.
I will be working on installing them tomoro.


03-13-2010, 08:14 PM
So how does she really feel?
Is she performing like you have hoped.
The hairs stood up on the back of my neck the first time I took the "Beast" for her first ride.



Its a "van thing" A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

03-15-2010, 07:20 PM
Well it ran pretty good but needs a little fine tuning.

The engine has plenty of power, I can cruise all day long at 75 mph and pull up to 100 for passing in short order. But its nerv racking above 70.
The engine needs the computer chip customised to the van set up. I just got my programable chip set in the mail today so I will get that done soon.

Forget about fuel milage, at 75 and above the fuel gauge needle moves faster then the second hand on my clock.

Cooling is no issue at around 60 , starts to warm up above 70.
When sitting in trafic, The elecric fans come on at adout 230* and keep it at around 220. I can see thats going to be a problem in hot climates because it was about 40* outside.

Brakes work as expected. Power steering is too easy, I can tighten that up; the ford PS valve is adjustable.

I did notice somthing odd about my steering though. I don't know if its a first gen thing or maybe I have something bent.
It seems that when I steer, the first part of turning the wheel causes the one rate of steering and then all of a sudden turning the wheel a little more makes the thing turn way sharper. Like the same amount of steering wheel movement produces twice as much wheel turning on the second half of the turn. Its crazy because I start into a turn then find the van suddenly oversteering and I have toturn the wheel back to correct it.
Please comment!! does your 1st gen do that?


03-17-2010, 09:39 AM
m1dadio, I may have seen you going south on I-5 near Ferndale last week. Can't remember which day, but I was headed north (to Blaine where I live), just north of Ferndale and saw a beautiful silver early headed south (I wasn't in my early). Man, I wanted to turn around and chase you down to see who it was, but I was a long way from an exit. Lookin at these pictures, it must have been you. You have a beautiful van. Larry