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Early Dodge Vans

Discussion in 'Classic Dodge Trucks - Pre 1981' started by Richard Sweet, Oct 18, 2013.

Is anyone interested in having early Dodge van threads, ads and forums?

Poll closed Nov 1, 2013.
  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. Maybe

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  1. 7mopar

    7moparWell-Known Member

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    If you post a picture of the 72 I will get the 76 washed and post it also?
     
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      Sounds like a challenge!
       
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      • CichliDart

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        I will try and take a couple pics tomorrow.
        She is not a beauty queen. But she gets me and all my gear and friends up to the Black Rock Desert every year for Burning man. She has the bubble top like the ice cream trucks or camper vans use.

        The original owner used it to Haul his dive gear up and down the California coast. He made up a box to put a bed on, places underneath it to stow dive gear. Looks like he took it down to Baja Mexico a few times. I would like to do a Baja Trip in it myself. Two gas tanks ought to be able to make it from gas station to gas station in the desert.

        Two barrel 360 and 727. Near as I can tell a 3:23 non sure grip rear. I put a pair of helper springs on the back last year as she was starting to sag when fully loaded and trailer hitched up. She rides better when loaded. Have been tossing around the idea of moving up to a small four barrel carb on an Edelbrock intake. I have three different performer intakes to choose from. The 3776, 7176, 7576. I think the 3776 has the smaller 273/318 ports, and the other two are larger port 340/360. I am looking for torque to get up the Sierras and other mountains when needed. Not sure if the engine I have has ever been rebuilt or any aftermarket parts installed. I bought one of those little cameras on a cord like harbor freight sells so I can look through a spark plug hole at the piston to see if the are factory or oversized.

        I need to read up some more on what to do make more torque before I buy a carb or cam and carb. I already had the intake manifolds for other cars.
        Mike
         
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        • MobileCustoms

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          I'd be interested! Other van forums aren't very great.
          Here's my '78 Street Van.

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          • 7mopar

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            How did this form miss me? Going to have to get some
             
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            Is that a factory paint job?
             
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            Yes, factory paint!...;)
             
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            • dodgefred

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              Woaww i love the colour.Right back in the 70's
               
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              • Richard Sweet

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                I started this thread with a survey. So far, there have only been a couple responses to the survey at the beginning of page 1. (I see now that the poll was only open for a couple week then was closed).So I put a picture of my '65 Dodge A100, window van in my avitar. Don't know why the picture got chopped off. It is considered an early or original style, i.e. '64-'70. There were also A108's which were longer. Also there were A100 pickups, which I assume were already allowed in FTO.I'd still like to see early Dodge van forums to facilitate restoring them. I understand that several parts are interchangeable with classic Dodge trucks. I guess I can just look in the Dodge Truck Parts For Sale forum.
                 
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                • 7mopar

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                  Unfortunately my van project is in long term standstill. Lack of building space to work on it and keeping a roof over our heads has put all non-ecential projects on hold.
                  I have know idea what it will take to inspire the after market to even further expand items for our beloved old trucks alone vans. New sheet metal of any quality is getting hard to find. Can only imagine what the older Dodge van bodies are like finding parts for. They have really become a rare site.
                  We looked 2 years ago when trying to find a replacement work vechile. Found anything decent scares as hens teeth or the owners thought it to be worth its weight in gold.
                  The fact Chrysler failed to see the need for a full size van for many many years did not help the search.
                  In short if we can find suppliers of even decent used parts at reasonable prices or a source of new repo parts. Yes I can see value in keeping these old critters alive.
                  It would be a great help if Chrysler would just step aside with its stupid patten controls and let the market dictate itself. If the market was opened to enough sources I do believe quality and availability would increase on all our old Mopar items.
                   
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                  • LocuMob

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                    I miss my van, even though it was a newer 87/89, can't remember. I'd love another van, but I'd find one done, I'm getting too old to restore stuff and I'm not even that old! My body is telling me the clock is ticking. There sure isn't much for truck or can folks Dodge specifically, but they are cool. Most of the Vans I've seen seem to be customs, with bodywork done as a result, maybe abdecicing factor in the Vans end result. I know the van community is still active and have many meets through the country through the year.
                     
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                      I had a 64 A-100 way back when. I loved it, simple and easy to work on with the reliable old slant 6. I raised the suspension near the end. I just happened to stumble upon & needed a larger van so I bought a 77 customized B200. I think there is a picture of both in my garage! I sold the old 64 shortly thereafter! I miss it!
                       
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                      We need a pic of those pics!
                       
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                      Every time I see one of those v8, midengine, transaxle and turbos come to mind.
                       
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                        Locu; If you were requesting a pic of my old vans, there is one picture of each in my garage on this site. I have other pictures of them on my home computer. If you want to see more I will gladly post them up! van1-3-jpg.jpg
                         
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                        Yeah, I figured that out when I reread it. I've done so much in the last week and a half, my brain is mush.

                        That's a badass looking A100, I see why you miss it!
                         
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                        Thank You! Here's my old B-200 van2-jpg.jpg