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Traveler7

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Posted: 07/02/18 08:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

New things to install for the classic 1977 Dodge B:

New Seaflo water pump and a Security system with door alarms and motion sensor alarm!

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New Security System
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40 year old pump that finally got too old- still makes noise, but I'd guess the seals are shot- sure it could be rebuilt and probably go another 40!
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So I installed the new pump enough to test it and it works great, but sadly I have acrack in the old plastic piping that goes under the van.

When the van was plumbed they drilled out a large hole to pass piping through and then cut the pipe and put an small elbow insert and attached the other end of the pipe that ran to the faucet and sink.

I figure I will need to cut the old section out and get a new connector and new joint to attach everything up so probably this weekend for the fix. In the meanwhile I will study and wire up the Security System!

Thanks for checking in on this project!


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Posted: 07/09/18 05:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

*UPDATES ON PROJECTS*

Seaflo 3 gpm pump installed and working!

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Also installed and wired up Kerui Security alarm

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Installing the alarm was easier than I thought it would be- just programmed it before putting everything in its' place. Now I have my double side and rear doors alarmed and a motion detector covers the front doors. I cut the AC adapter off the alarm horn and wired it directly to the battery since I read it worked on 12 volt and it works great!

Thanks for checking in, I still have a shower install and putting a new faucet on sink and adding a PUR filter and my deadline to hit the road is narrowing!

Wow- after I posted this my new fan and faucet were delivered- I will install the faucet tomorrow in the AM when it is cooler- over 100 degrees here now!

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Cheers!

* This post was edited 07/09/18 05:57pm by Traveler7 *

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Posted: 07/09/18 06:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Keep up the good work! [emoticon]

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*UPDATE*

New faucet installed!

Early today before it got too hot here I worked on removing my old faucet and installing my new one- this was more difficult than I expected because of the small amount of space to work in and how awkward it was to move in there. I had to remove the sink to get at the 40 year old plumbing!

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Old Faucet out!

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Installing new faucet

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and......working!

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Checking for leaks- all clean and clear!

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Hard work, but worth it with plumbing all secured and new more useful faucet.

Thanks for checking in on this project!

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Finished the upstairs bed by adding bolt sliders to strengthen the folding part and secure it to the sides when it is down in bed mode. Pics

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You can see the silver sliding bolts on either side

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Thanks for checking in- adding drawers and shower and some power plugs next.

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I started driving the van intending to daily drive it before I leave for Alaska on August 17th and my first trip to work it overheated!!!!!!!!!!!

This van has never overheated- ran cool always on two summer trips to Portland and to Sun Valley. As this blog shows I replaced most of the cooling system in 2016 (New Heater Core, Water Pump, Water pump housing and Thermostat) and then in May I had the radiator pulled and a bottom bracket repaired- at this time the radiator was flushed and flow tested as well.

The first thing I did to respond to the overheat was to replace the clutch fan since it seemed bad and sadly this did not repair the problem. My IDART Mechanic had other commitments so he couldn't do anymore than that so I took the van to a friend who owns a beautiful shop- Restoration Rods. He had his mechanics pull the thermostat and I got a phone call from him asking if I had installed shag carpeting in my radiator!!!!!

They found a cloth material all entangled in my thermostat and blocking my radiator channels.

When they pulled the water pump they found this:

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Can you imagine this? Someone left a shop rag in my radiator and it was pulled through the system as it disintegrated!

Of course the mechanics that worked on it swear there was no shop rag---
so sad!

Now with my trip so close I need to buy a new radiator and water pump and pay the shop fees! Bad luck? I say incompetence....

I will fix it and carry on, thanks for letting me vent here.

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Ouch.

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This is why I do all my own work.. Well, that and I'm cheap.. Before I reassemble anything I take a few seconds and double check everything.

The good news I suppose is that you found it before you were 1000 miles from home and, now you know the state of your cooling system. Always go for the positive spin.

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Yep, great news is that you found it before you were 1000 miles from home.


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This mistake cost me 1,000 dollars, but the van is now running great again!

Thank you for your comments and concern.

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