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    Looks like I need a passenger side power window/door, inner panel.
    This panel has the square holes for the switches and one round hole for the door handle.No window crank hole.
    I have miss placed mine some where.
    If you have one PM me you price and the shipping to Joppa Md 21085....

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    Here is a picture of the passenger side door.
    I need the upper inner panel .

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    I can make an inner panel out of luan and just screw the oak trim piece right to it.
    I just like the switches mounted in the factory holes a little better.
    I have other interior work I want to get done before I mess with covering the door panels.
    I still can't walk around the local pick and pull yards yet.
    So there is a method to my madness ...




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    A while back I got a repair order for a cracked windshield.whick lead to the van going to my friends body shop.which turned into a repaint job.
    Yesterday I was finally able to get her repair order taken care of.(tags are suspended until this was taken care of).
    Monday I will be able to get my new stickers and be legal again.
    She has been basically yard art.
    While I did take her out with the out dated stickers for the inspection to be done.I was able to drive her enough to find out Harford Tire did a great job rebalancing my new tires mounted on the 8 & 10 inch Crager SS's.Pep Boys who I bought the tires from could not get the balance job correct.
    I went there because I wanted a 295-50-15 tire mounted on the 10s.These tires fill a 10 inch rim better than a 275-60-15 does. I have ran this size tire on 10's in the past.When I picked these Cragers up they had the same sizes of tires all ready mounted on them that where in OK shape.While the tire where dry rotted the tires where balanced perfect.I knew The wheels ran true.Pep Boys where the only ones locally that carried a 295-50-15 tire...

    I still have a problem with her idling correctly at stop lights.Tuesday I found a local shop who can take her in and run a scan.
    I have a code reader I invested in.How ever,I still can't get her to idle correctly at stop lights.It's also an intermittent issue.Some time it will idle some times it wont.Hopefully next week the local shop can run the codes and be able to diagnose the idle issue.
    I was desperate enough to drive the van 16 hours to a club member here that knows his stuff about these throttle body set ups.
    I do have another late model here that I debrained.If next weeks visit to a paid wrench does not work out.A call to Summit Racing will be in order.
    The TBI worked great until she dropped a cylinder and I had to park it.IF it did not run correctly before I did the engine swap I would have went back to a carburated set up.Similar to what I am running one the"Beast" and out Z28.
    At least she looks nice......

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    I found a nice pair of inner door panels..
    along with a nice grey dash.
    Looks like I will be swapping the gray seats out of the Astro van I have here into Big Red.....
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    It has been a while since I have posted any thing about Big Red.
    The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter.No trains in sight...LOL
    I have reworked pretty much all of the electricals that worked.How ever they just looked bad.
    I also scored a nice set of power mirrors.I do have to hook them up and test them before I install them.
    I am not sure if this will happen for this driving season.
    Just because I know that i will have to pull the dash cover again I will make a couple of changes that will help to make pulling this part a little easier.
    While I have the power window harness working good.I would love to find a power window harness that is factory uncut.
    Considering this harness has been in two of my vans so far.The harness owes me nothing.
    Having a harness that separates Via the factory plugs would be nice...
    It kinda sucks paying attention to details..LOL

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    yes I do most of my work in my drive way
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    On a good note she sat and idled for close to an hour.
    Engine temps remain nice and cool.
    She is not turn key cold start yet.This throttle body set up should start like that. IF every thing is right
    How ever she does fire right up, after she has warmed up a bit...

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    I am glad we have missed
    this so far this winter..

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    Big Red has had an electrical issue The I want to fix.
    Her factory harness that rune through the top rail has been compromised by a sheet metal screw or a burr left behind by the screw.
    I rigged it and made the system work.
    The repair is quite a few years old now.
    she has no interior to make the new harness replacement an big issue.
    I will fabricate a complete harness & route it a different way.
    I will also wire her for a trailer plug while I am wearing my automotive electrician's hat..

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    Just an up date for those who are paying attention.
    I hooked up the JVC head unit.
    I can't get it to play.It played great in my daughters Camaro.
    The car was hit hard on the left side.
    Not sure If that has any thing to do with the head unit not playing now.
    I am pretty good at hooking up car stereos.
    I can't get this one to play at all.
    It even swallowed a CD and will not spit it back out.
    The stereo is the last thing I need to get hooked up and she can start her job as "Daily Driver".
    I am not doing any thing real fancy. Just a simple AM / FM CD player and four speakers.
    Some times the seemingly simple jobs just take more time to complete than harder looking jobs do.
    The good thing is my To Do list is getting shorter on this Van.....

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    Looking Good Wookee!
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    Thanks Kustomizer....
    It has been a labor of love.
    I still have one more project that will need assistance from an out side shop.
    That I will have to through money at to get working correctly.
    The van is a factory A/C van.The heat works great however the A/C has never blown cold air.
    All new parts are in place with the needed fluids that I could install for them to work with out the charge.
    As soon as I get her dash back in place I will make an appointment at the A/C shop and have her charged up.
    She is a good driver..She has also gotten a couple of complements.From non vanners at different places we have went to.

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    Up date,
    Since I installed this new engine.Ihave had issues with the not wanting to idle at lights.
    She would stall out.
    the other day I had the dog house off.
    the ditributor was set in place with the rotor button lined up with#1 cylinder in the cap.
    she fored right over when I started her up.Idid time it with a light.
    things looked good.
    How ever she ran like crap.when give gas the valves sounded like a thousand cooka ratcha in the dog house.
    the other day I took the dog house off.
    I was going to tune it by ear.
    Loosed the distibutor and turn it as needed to get the engine to at least run better.
    I turned the distributor a little bit.to start the processes.
    I fired her over.and went for a ride.
    the slight turn was all she needed.
    she now runs like it should.it has good power.It now will set at lights and ildle like ahe should.the valves do not rattle when giving her gas under harder acceleration.
    She is running the best she has ever ran.
    We are now officially ready for our trip to this years Nationals.
    I am a happy camper....

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    I kind of knew I should not have bragged about Big Red.
    While out and about yesterday.I heard a weird noise coming from the rear end.
    Upon inspection I found two left rear lug nuts completely missing and the remanding lug nuts where backed out a good ways.
    Things that make you go HHHUUMMM...
    I have never had any problems with vandals in my neighbor hood.
    I was thinking about ordering new lug nuts from Summit.To go with the new wheels I will be installing.
    The lugs/washers where still in good shape.They where also new when I installed my winter wheels onto Big Red.....
    I did have a set of acorn style lug nuts at the house which did get me home.
    I will be installing new wheel studs to axle flange that the loose wheel was on....
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    One of my new Cragers was bent in shipping....
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    If you recently did tire work, did you re-torque afterwards? If not. that's probably why it loosened up.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wookee View Post
    I kind of knew I should not have bragged about Big Red.
    While out and about yesterday.I heard a weird noise coming from the rear end.
    Upon inspection I found two left rear lug nuts completely missing and the remanding lug nuts where backed out a good ways.
    Things that make you go HHHUUMMM...
    I have never had any problems with vandals in my neighbor hood.
    I was thinking about ordering new lug nuts from Summit.To go with the new wheels I will be installing.
    The lugs/washers where still in good shape.They where also new when I installed my winter wheels onto Big Red.....
    I did have a set of acorn style lug nuts at the house which did get me home.
    I will be installing new wheel studs to axle flange that the loose wheel was on....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skidmark View Post
    If you recently did tire work, did you re-torque afterwards? If not. that's probably why it loosened up.
    Owned Cragers for years...Retorking ALL of them was definitely done...
    Wile I do have tires mounted at the local tire store. I carry them in they mount and balance them.
    Then I correctly mount them on the Van...

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    The new wheel arrived today.
    I bolted the rear tires &wheels on the van.
    During the "Test Drive".
    I dropped the new rim off at the tire shop.
    Hopefully tomorrow.it will be ready to go...

    Summit Racing did a good job taking care of this issue...
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    summit always does me right, and usually here in a day or two. your issue with the missing lugs may of been the lugnuts themselfs. i stripped out 2 yestarday. bought new and always torqued. installed on an axle that hadn't seen nuts in 2 years so ran them on and off before mounting rim. what I found odd is when I removed the nut, the shavings looked like pot metal or aluminum. grabbed my bucket of lugs to find a spare and there sat 10 new studs I bought several years ago for that axle!
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    Crazy thing is I have never had issues with lug nuts just backing off.
    I have seen this with others who have bought used wheels and installed the incorrect lug nut on the wheels.
    They are building two new houses in my little neighborhood.I have noticed a few more cars and trucks going by the house I do not normally see.
    I pick up my front wheels today..I will double check the torque and tightness on the wheels installed the other day..
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    Long day yesterday in over 90 degree heat.
    I have to deal with a bad center cap.
    All afternoon trying to get this cap on.
    I finally had to take one of of my winter set of wheels so Ihave four center caps.
    hopefully the test drive I need to take this morning will go good.
    scossing my fingers.
    Next I have to get a speedometer cluster installed and the tunes hooked up.
    looks like another 90 degree day I will have to deal with.
    There is a long list of things still not done to Big Red....
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    I figured out Big Red's engine running issue.
    It was a simple 1/8 turn of the distributor to the right.
    She now idles at lights perfect and runs very well.
    She finally runs as good as she looks.
    I am a happy camper.
    Now the next thing I want to through money at is getting the factory A/C system to blow cold air.
    Inever learned how to recharge A/C systems and do not have the needed equipment to do this job.
    I do have a reliable shop in Baltimore that can do the job for me.
    she puts out decent heat.If I can get the factory A/C system to blow cold air the mechanical part of this van will be done...
    Then I will start doing interior work to the old girl...
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    I kinda felt like I was starting to brag a little about how well "Big Red" has been running and driving...
    Well now Have to tell you I busted her up On this road trip to Pa this past week end.
    .I crawled under her today.Looks like I bent the inner inner mounting panel behind the bumper up also.
    I might need some professional help to get her right.
    we will see...


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    I spent the day yesterday getting all of the bumper bolts removed from the bent rear bumper.
    The saying ignorance is bliss keep coming into my head.
    If I had never worked with good air tools I would not know any different .
    I had to rig an extension handle on my SK Wayne 3/8's drive ratchet to break quite a few of the bolts loose.
    The bent bumper is loose.Now I have to get it free of the body it's self.Being bent just enough,the bumper brackets will not clear the factory rear valance holes.It was getting late in the day.It was time to call it quits any ways..

    I did take her for a ride before I started working on her.Her performance is still doing great.The more I drive her the better she seems to run.Typical of other small block Chevys I have owned in the past....
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    Replacing a supposed top of the line pair of new brake rotors for a better drilled & slotted set.
    The current brake rotors got a bit of rusty if they set idle for a week or so.
    These where a good brand name of brake products.
    I noticed while the box had the American brake company name on the box The rotors them selves where Manufactured in China in very small print..Distributed by the American company
    Older American made brake rotors I have ran in the past.Would take months before ANY rust would show up from setting.
    The local parts store shut there doors that had a brake lath ..

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    the used bumper is not too bad

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wookee View Post
    I spent the day yesterday getting all of the bumper bolts removed from the bent rear bumper.
    The saying ignorance is bliss keep coming into my head.
    If I had never worked with good air tools I would not know any different .
    I had to rig an extension handle on my SK Wayne 3/8's drive ratchet to break quite a few of the bolts loose.
    The bent bumper is loose.Now I have to get it free of the body it's self.Being bent just enough,the bumper brackets will not clear the factory rear valance holes.It was getting late in the day.It was time to call it quits any ways..

    I did take her for a ride before I started working on her.Her performance is still doing great.The more I drive her the better she seems to run.Typical of other small block Chevys I have owned in the past....
    I 'blue tip wrench' bumper bolts off, they usually end up snapping anyway. The few dollars spent for new ones is worth it to avoid the aggravation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanner68 View Post
    I 'blue tip wrench' bumper bolts off, they usually end up snapping anyway. The few dollars spent for new ones is worth it to avoid the aggravation.
    My heat wrench Is out of oxygen...
    While I am good enough with a cutting tourch, to remove the heads with out nicking the bracket.That leaves the threaded bolts in the frame rails...
    I got every thing loose just using brute strength.Some liquid wrench and a couple of other tricks.Snapped two El Cheap O extensions off...No biggie she looks decent again....

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    I am not scared of spending money on new hardware for any job...
    Browns Auto Parts gave me a zip lock baggie full of bolts they removed from the bumper...
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    Next project is to replace all of the hardware in the hinges on the Gull wing.
    This will hold me over until I can remake my hinges.
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wookee View Post
    My heat wrench Is out of oxygen...
    While I am good enough with a cutting tourch, to remove the heads with out nicking the bracket.That leaves the threaded bolts in the frame rails...
    I got every thing loose just using brute strength.Some liquid wrench and a couple of other tricks.Snapped two El Cheap O extensions off...No biggie she looks decent again....

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    Browns Auto Parts gave me a zip lock baggie full of bolts they removed from the bumper...
    I have torched lug nuts out of aluminum wheels without damaging the wheel.... all that means is I've had to do it waaay too often...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanner68 View Post
    I have torched lug nuts out of aluminum wheels without damaging the wheel.... all that means is I've had to do it waaay too often...
    BTDT my self...Because my bosses at the time where cheap skates and they knew I could handle a cutting torch...


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    I knew I should not have been bragging how good Big Red has been running.
    I picked up a pulsation when stopping.I can also feel it a ow speeds.
    I thought it was the new tires.
    The guy at the tire store said it was the brakes NOT his tires.
    I installed a pair of brand new drilled & slotted rotors .
    So now I am going to buy yet another set of new front rotors.
    First I am going to bolt my winter cragers back on the van.
    If the pulsation goes away. It is the new tires &wheels.
    it will take a little work to prove my point.
    He played the I have been doing this for forty years card today.
    I told him it did NOT shake until I bolted these new tires & wheels onto the Van.
    He insists it is the brand new brakes I just installed.
    Glad it is not too cold yet..
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wookee View Post
    I knew I should not have been bragging how good Big Red has been running.
    I picked up a pulsation when stopping.I can also feel it a ow speeds.
    I thought it was the new tires.
    The guy at the tire store said it was the brakes NOT his tires.
    I installed a pair of brand new drilled & slotted rotors .
    So now I am going to buy yet another set of new front rotors.
    First I am going to bolt my winter cragers back on the van.
    If the pulsation goes away. It is the new tires &wheels.
    it will take a little work to prove my point.
    He played the I have been doing this for forty years card today.
    I told him it did NOT shake until I bolted these new tires & wheels onto the Van.
    He insists it is the brand new brakes I just installed.
    Glad it is not too cold yet..
    I had a pulsation on my S10 after first changing to drilled and slotted rotors a couple months ago but it has gone away. It also was pulsating before I changed them but the old ones were warped. Maybe give it some time . The first thing I thought after changing them that maybe it was the tires but they only pulsates when I had to brake so I figured it had to be brakes.

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    Just have to remember the rotors are now made in China. I just bought calipers for my 2003 S10. Guess what, ACDelco's are made in China.

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    I think I might have found the problem.
    I was ready to put her "Winter wheels" on any way.
    I jacker her up pulled the drums.the brake shoes where the bonded type.
    The bonded friction material worked loose from the primary brake shoe metal section of the shoe.
    When ever I swap out wheels.It is a habit to pull the drums and check things out.
    When I bolted the brand new Cragers on her earlier this season the shoes looked fine.
    This should fix the problem.
    Now I have to move the Z28.to get the Van out.
    That one is still dead.My good tow strap dissipated from the back of Big Red when she went up to have her gull wing door installed.
    I bought 2 , 20 foot tow straps with nice hooks on them from Harbor Freight.
    Tomorrow hope fully. I can get the Z pulled to the side of the drive way & take Big Red for a test drive.

    Wish me luck...
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    Good luck Joe ! Bill
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    Chester,nothing is made here any more.
    I all ways buy the better more expensive brake pads & shoes.
    I don't care for brakes the squeek.
    The drilled and slotted rotors from summit where made in CHINA..
    The drums on the Van Now have Chins cast right into them.
    Hope fully I found the cause of the problem..

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    Pulled the drums again it it was a bonded bake line on the primary show that came loose,off
    I have never had this happen before.Put the new brake shoes on and she stops good & smooth now.
    The old girl is back to her old dependable self.
    Looks like I will be down for a while now,.
    This will require me to be completely off of my feet for at least 2 weeks or so..
    The wife went out and bought her her first brand new car..
    If things do get wintry around here Big Red can set in the drive way until things clear out...

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