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    Build Journal: "Raggy" 2nd GEN 108 Retro Conversion Van

    RUT RO RAGGY!

    Hey everyone, Wimpy here with my latest project we call Raggy the Shaggy Waggy! Raggy is a mostly original '70 G10 108 conversion van with what appears to be the original 70's conversion interior, complete with diamond tuck-n-roll interior, sink with electric water pump, U shaped couch in back that breaks down into a bed, heck even a table with built-in checkerboard! It was love at first sight.

    I'm new to this site but fairly active on my favorite Astro site where I built up a '00 Safari 4X4 expedition van (Link: http://www.astrosafari.com/viewtopic.php?f=127&t=103714). I'll try to avoid the typical noob questions and do a bunch of reading and research before asking questions.

    Here's a few pics with more to come...
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    There are a few issues right off the bat... it runs like poo-poo, there's electrical nightmares everywhere, no brakes... all the normal stuff you would expect with a barn find like this. It appears to have not been registered since '97.
    Started off with the basics... according to the numbers its not the original motor, but correct-ish.. '69 307. How about the plugs...
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    Wow... thats pretty. OK so stale gas, poor spark, timing issues... now I know where to start. The carb stunk of stale gas and instead of attempting a rebuild, I just replaced it with this almost identical Eldebrock. Test fit was perfect.

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    Let's see what evil is lurking beneath those mismatched covers...
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    Mehhh, I've seen worse.

    OK, let's punch this mule... time for parts
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    Little bit of period-correct Chevy Orange paint for the heads, block and the Eldebrock Streetmaster intake.
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    So far I've replaced the dizzy, plugs, wires, carb, valve covers, air cleaner and other odds n ends. Dressed up the oil fill tube, rebuilt the throttle linkage and painted it up along with the engine bay. Here's what it looked like at the end of day 1:
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    I also painted up the fan and pulley, but waiting for the new water pump and alternator before installing it all. They both work currently, but its cheap insurance. Besides I'll need something a little more robust than the stock 55 amp alt if I'm gonna keep the house battery charged.. that's right y'all, there's already a basement built complete with isolator!

    That's all for now, I'll update weekly as much as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wimptech View Post
    RUT RO RAGGY!

    Hey everyone, Wimpy here with my latest project we call Raggy the Shaggy Waggy! Raggy is a mostly original '70 G10 108 conversion van with what appears to be the original 70's conversion interior, complete with diamond tuck-n-roll interior, sink with electric water pump, U shaped couch in back that breaks down into a bed, heck even a table with built-in checkerboard! It was love at first sight.

    I'm new to this site but fairly active on my favorite Astro site where I built up a '00 Safari 4X4 expedition van (Link: http://www.astrosafari.com/viewtopic.php?f=127&t=103714). I'll try to avoid the typical noob questions and do a bunch of reading and research before asking questions.

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    There are a few issues right off the bat... it runs like poo-poo, there's electrical nightmares everywhere, no brakes... all the normal stuff you would expect with a barn find like this. It appears to have not been registered since '97.
    Started off with the basics... according to the numbers its not the original motor, but correct-ish.. '69 307. How about the plugs...
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    Wow... thats pretty. OK so stale gas, poor spark, timing issues... now I know where to start. The carb stunk of stale gas and instead of attempting a rebuild, I just replaced it with this almost identical Eldebrock. Test fit was perfect.

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    Let's see what evil is lurking beneath those mismatched covers...
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    Mehhh, I've seen worse.

    OK, let's punch this mule... time for parts
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    Little bit of period-correct Chevy Orange paint for the heads, block and the Eldebrock Streetmaster intake.
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    So far I've replaced the dizzy, plugs, wires, carb, valve covers, air cleaner and other odds n ends. Dressed up the oil fill tube, rebuilt the throttle linkage and painted it up along with the engine bay. Here's what it looked like at the end of day 1:
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    I also painted up the fan and pulley, but waiting for the new water pump and alternator before installing it all. They both work currently, but its cheap insurance. Besides I'll need something a little more robust than the stock 55 amp alt if I'm gonna keep the house battery charged.. that's right y'all, there's already a basement built complete with isolator!

    That's all for now, I'll update weekly as much as possible.
    Welcome Wimpy, Nice project. One thing if you haven’t done it yet is to drain gas and take tank out and look inside for crud, rust . If so I would either get a new tank which for that year they are making now or take it somewhere and have it redone. I just went through fuel related issues with my 65 van and had the tank redone . Might save you some headaches down the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mags View Post
    Welcome Wimpy, Nice project. One thing if you haven’t done it yet is to drain gas and take tank out and look inside for crud, rust . If so I would either get a new tank which for that year they are making now or take it somewhere and have it redone. I just went through fuel related issues with my 65 van and had the tank redone . Might save you some headaches down the road.

    Thanks Mags and yes very good point. The PO who actually rescued it from the barn a year ago had the tank boiled out and replaced the fuel pump (and starter), but I think I'll go ahead and double check now that you mention it. It would be a shame to foul up that nice new carb.
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    Git er done!!

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    Cool

    I completely ruined a brand new Edelbrock 4 barrel running fine rust particulates through it.
    I sealed my tank with Eastwood tank sealer .The gas tank has given me well over 12 years of reliable service.


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

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    Cool

    The rust on the push rods does worry me.Anti freeze is also hard on main bearings...

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    Welcome! You've been busy I see!
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    Thanks for the warm welcomes and advice everyone! I certainly have my work cut out for me here, so there's a bunch of reading to do, some part finding too... This is fun!

    Should have more pics n updates over the weekend...
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    Great project. Thanks for the pics! Looks like you are wasting no time hitting the items required to make a daily driver out of it. Fine job!
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    Welcome to the site, looks like your having fun! keep us posted and have fun!
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    Thank you, can't wait to dig in this weekend!





    So far on the alternator front, I'm only finding 70-80 amp in the original GM 10DN style. There was a 100 amp but it was almost $300.... rather keep it under a hondo if possible. Open to recommendations as always! Faulting that, I will throw in a 70amp along with the new water pump and call it good.
    Sample of the gas looked/ smelled nice n clean so I take it the PO did actually clean the tank. Not sure how much gas is in there since the gauge doesn't work... its on the list. At least the oil pressure works, but that's about it. Adding a tach this weekend too, personal preference. I don't want to drill or hack anything so it will attach to the column via hose clamp #redneckengineering. Hey, at least I'm not using zipties!

    On the list for this weekend...
    - Wire in new ignition, eliminate toggle switch
    - Route/ wrap plug wires
    - Install/ tune carb and linkage
    - Master cylinder/ bleed brakes
    - Set timing

    TEST DRIVE!!!

    After that, who knows, tons of stuff left to do. I'll post a pic of the cardboard once I get it started... need to find a reeeally long piece of cardboard first. Update coming to a thread near you.
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    Nothing wrong with mounting the tach with a hose clamp.

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    12SI Alternator

    Go to the advanced search tab on the upper right. Search for “12SI alternator. You will find several threads showing this upgrade. Several members including me have installed this upgraded alternator that is rated near 100 amps for much less than $300. There are minimal modifications required. I would post a link but can’t seem to do it from this device.
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    I used the 12SI alternator for an upgrade as well. I looked up alternator upgrade to find my old post and here's some info on that alternator from that post.




    Alternator
    Part Number at Autozone: DL7292-9, Duralast/Alternator, Weight: 11.65 lbs, Warranty: Limited Lifetime, Notes: 94 Amp alternatorPremium reman, Manufacturer: Delco Remy Alternator, Amperage: 94 A , Application(For your 1985 Buick Riviera 5.0L 4BL OHV 8cyl), Price:$89.99+Core: $25.00, Part Number: DL7292-9 Alternate Part Number: 20244

    http://www.autozone.com/autozone/par...37_23521_4678_

    Website on Alternator info, specs, and model numbers: http://www.madelectrical.com/electri...elcoremy.shtml


    Update: looks like alternator is a bit more on price now. 95.99 I think but less on core $16 on core I think. ...since my old post.
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    Wow, that's only about a buck an amp!
    Keep one foot in the gutter, one fist in the gold...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 66BeachCruiser View Post
    I used the 12SI alternator for an upgrade as well. I looked up alternator upgrade to find my old post and here's some info on that alternator from that post....
    Exactly what i was looking for, thanks for such a detailed response cruiser!
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    Cool

    Nothing wrong with drilling holes and mounting gauges and a tack ether....LOL

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    Un like Cars vans are screaming to be customized,built the way there owners like them...
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    $52 bucks for a 94 amp alternator http://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/b...generator,2412
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    Cool cool, thanks guys. Alternator is in!.... along with the new water pump, paint n polish and so on. Timing is set, idle speed and mix adjusted and it reeeeally purrs. All the hard work appears to have paid off. Now its just buttoning up all the little details, solder wires, route plug wires, so on.

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    Was having trouble with the radiator, but it cleared up when u pulled the tstat, found a post here about drilling a couple holes into it for certain setups, so i need to read more and dig a little deeper.

    Ohh, here's a nice clear shot of the rear quarters..
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    Cool

    Nice job paying attention to details.
    These vans came from the factory with a clutch fan.the clutch for the fan is still available.
    I also noticed your shroud is missing.those are harder to find.
    Good to hear she fired up and is running smooth.
    Are those shallow cabinets along the drivers side wall ?
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    Cool you got it running,somebody put a ton of work into the inside
    Did your van come with the belly pan under the front??
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    Thanks Wookee man, i certainly try. Good point on the clutch, I'll add it to the part search list in the interim, along with the fan shroud which is mostly gone. I do want to keep it as original as possible because it is a survivor, but there are a few upgrades it is begging for, namely Al radiator and efan.
    Yes you are correct, there is a vertical cabinet right behind the driver side, then 4ft long cabinet over the sink area, both need to be restore a wee bit.

    Savage- thanks, yes it still had the belly pan but its been hacked to make room for that disgustang floor shifter. I would like to restore the column shifter at some point and patch up that pan.
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    Well, another day another $200.
    It's running fine, shifting ok, so we got plenty go...time to work on some WHOOOA!
    Driver side came out no problem, sorry to say my van is equipped... With wimpy little 9" brakes.

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    Got everything cleaned up, painted and ready for a bunch of new parts... Cylinders, springs, shoes, lines and drums... And shocks..... Aaaannd master cylinder of course.

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    The passenger side wasn't as lucky. As soon as I got the drum off, 2 broken springs fell out. It was all drenched in brake fluid too.... Gooood tiiiimes.

    Uggghhh is it time for the disc conversion yet??
    More tomorrow....
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    Brakes are DONE! first side took a day and a half. The second side....about 18 minutes.

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    Did the shocks while i was in there, also i used muratic acid to eat the rust off the wheels, and polished with 0000 steel wool. Afterwards, i painted the centers with medium green which matches the lower trim. Here's before and after:

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    Ok Soooo... We got go, and we got whoa, now w gotta let people know which way we're going and when they're not going... steering column rebuild next. Picked up an ooogah horn too haha

    Thanks for reading!
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    Decided to dig into the rear end. Check the brakes, change out some pumpkin juice... And of course clean n paint like usual. The good news is the rear brakes were like new.

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    Amazing what some patience, a wire wheel and paint can accomplish. Also happy to say theunder belly doesn't appear to have any rot, but it's caked with 50yrs worth of crud...yuck

    By the way...anyone wanna play a game of Name That Tranny?
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    Here's a clue...it AIN'T RuPaul! Haha I'm thinking TH400 since the pan is mostly square.

    This Crap shifter is ticking me off...it's gotta go, so that's gonna be next.
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    That's a TH700.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanner68 View Post
    That's a TH700.
    Thanks Gregg, as in 700R4? That's very unexpected, right on thanks. So i found a diagram on where to pull the numbers from So i can get the right shifter.

    Anyone have a column shifter for sale? Hehehh worth a shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wimptech View Post
    Thanks Gregg, as in 700R4? That's very unexpected, right on thanks. So i found a diagram on where to pull the numbers from So i can get the right shifter.

    Anyone have a column shifter for sale? Hehehh worth a shot.
    Yep, TH700R4. I have one sitting in my garage.

    Auto columns do pop up, the more common is the powerglide column, the TH350 column is a bit rarer since I think it wasn't introduced until 69.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanner68 View Post
    Yep, TH700R4. I have one sitting in my garage.

    Auto columns do pop up, the more common is the powerglide column, the TH350 column is a bit rarer since I think it wasn't introduced until 69.
    I'VE GOT OVERDRIVE?! SWEEEET! Now i need to learn about all this stuff that's not hooked up to anything,so i have some reading to do for sure. Good times, thanks for the assist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wimptech View Post
    I'VE GOT OVERDRIVE?! SWEEEET! Now i need to learn about all this stuff that's not hooked up to anything,so i have some reading to do for sure. Good times, thanks for the assist.
    Since it is a TH700R4, you will want to make sure you get the TV cable adjusted properly or you will toast the trans. Google 'TH700R4 TV cable adjustment' and you will find plenty of info and videos of how to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanner68 View Post
    Since it is a TH700R4, you will want to make sure you get the TV cable adjusted properly or you will toast the trans. Google 'TH700R4 TV cable adjustment' and you will find plenty of info and videos of how to do it.
    Copy that, thanks for all the help. I wasn't aware this was a thing and explains why the shifts are all stupid...there is no TV cable anywhere. Also explains why i can't find a vacuum line going to it haha, dang noobies huh.
    So now the van is grounded until i can address it
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    That's the Cable. Think I ordered a 27" one. Not sure its been a while.
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    Depends on the year of it on what you need to do for wiring I think. The earlier ones like mine are pretty simple. That is a pressure switch in the 4th gear test port you put in line with a wire out of the harness plug on the other side. White one? not sure now. You can wire this into a brake switch to disengage it or I use a vacuum switch. Still should put a lock out switch in, which I haven't done btw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by digz View Post
    Depends on the year of it on what you need to do for wiring I think. The earlier ones like mine are pretty simple. That is a pressure switch in the 4th gear test port you put in line with a wire out of the harness plug on the other side. White one? not sure now. You can wire this into a brake switch to disengage it or I use a vacuum switch. Still should put a lock out switch in, which I haven't done btw.
    Wow,ok LOTS more reading to do, since i don't really understand....most of that. Looks like it's an '86 TJM which i believe stands for toe jam haha.

    Thanks Digz n Gregg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wimptech View Post
    The good news is the rear brakes were like new.

    Also happy to say theunder belly doesn't appear to have any rot, but it's caked with 50yrs worth of crud...yuck
    The little original factory rear drum brakes on my 1998 Honda CR-V with 240,000 miles are still good. my mechanic buddy cleaned off some hardened brake dust that was causing them to squeal a bit and now they're silent and good to keep on going.

    My 84 yr old CA native father-in-law says that California Crud on the underside is great at preventing rust, he says not to mess with it....


    BTW - you are kicking ass on the project, making me feel lazy! I saw the ad for that van when it came out and figured it was too much work besides not needing another one. Gonna be worth it to have that cool interior mobile!

    Did you replace the front wheel bearings when you did the brakes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanner68 View Post
    the TH350 column is a bit rarer since I think it wasn't introduced until 69.
    I have one on my 69'. No, you can't have it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanSandy View Post

    My 84 yr old CA native father-in-law says that California Crud on the underside is great at preventing rust, he says not to mess with it....
    Good point,however based on the ~3 pounds of fine grain sand i pulled out of the rockers, i believe this van spent a significant amount of time in or at pismo beach, which would mean some salt content in the crud. Besides...I'm a automotive neat freak

    Quote Originally Posted by VanSandy View Post
    BTW - you are kicking ass on the project, making me feel lazy! I saw the ad for that van when it came out and figured it was too much work besides not needing another one. Gonna be worth it to have that cool interior mobile!
    Thank you! Really excited so that fuels the build.I'm hoping i won't have to sell it anytime soon, already at budget limit.

    Quote Originally Posted by VanSandy View Post
    Did you replace the front wheel bearings when you did the brakes?
    ....no. in speaking with my uncle/mentor, he mentioned it might be a king pin setup which i know nothing about. Driver side rolled free...a little too free if you ask me. Pass side rolled ok but had about 1/8 to 1/4" wobble in it. I need to learn more about it before trying to mess with it...and that trans. I'm no mechanic, so i have to be careful.

    ....sure you don't have an extra column laying around??
    Hehehh worth a shot,thanks Sandy.
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    It is a king pin front end, but that doesn't really make the wheel bearings hard to replace. Get the wheel bearings set, then check for king pin wobble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wimptech View Post
    Good point,however based on the ~3 pounds of fine grain sand i pulled out of the rockers, i believe this van spent a significant amount of time in or at pismo beach, which would mean some salt content in the crud. Besides...I'm a automotive neat freak


    Thank you! Really excited so that fuels the build.I'm hoping i won't have to sell it anytime soon, already at budget limit.



    ....no. in speaking with my uncle/mentor, he mentioned it might be a king pin setup which i know nothing about. Driver side rolled free...a little too free if you ask me. Pass side rolled ok but had about 1/8 to 1/4" wobble in it. I need to learn more about it before trying to mess with it...and that trans. I'm no mechanic, so i have to be careful.

    ....sure you don't have an extra column laying around??
    Hehehh worth a shot,thanks Sandy.
    King pins can either be easy or hard . When I changed mine last winter one side came right out the other took me most of the afternoon because it was seased up .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mags View Post
    King pins can either be easy or hard . When I changed mine last winter one side came right out the other took me most of the afternoon because it was seased up .
    Thank you both, that is encouraging. I absolutely will not break into anything until I have a good solid base of knowledge on it and king pin is not currently on the list. So, my mentor/ uncle will be teaching me all about it and lending me his reaming tool and mic so I can do it correctly. At that time, I will be looking at the bearings as well.

    Right now the only thing on my mind is addressing the TV cable on the 700R4 since it will eat itself if I don't and can't drive it at all until that's addressed. Hand-in-hand with that is also figuring out a proper shifter. I'm leaning heavily towards a Lokar cable based solution since I need it fixed ASAP and won't likely have time to wait on a column shifter becoming available.
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    What kinda shifter is on there now?

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