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 Post subject: Re: What did you do to/with your van today?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:01 pm 
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Wow that got the wheels turning! Very cool!

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 Post subject: Re: What did you do to/with your van today?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:11 am 
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the cladding under the DS door seemed to have more play in it than normal this summer. I popped the 4 pins and pulled the screws holding it on and was greeted by a shower of rust. I feared the worst but lucky for me its only the bracket that the cladding slips on to that disintegrated. Its supposed to be appx 30" x 5" and I have a 30" strip that came off with the plastic cladding. Everything from the screws down was a shower of rust. I had to use a cutoff wheel to slot the self tapping screws and all 4 came out. Flap disk in the grinder and some rust encapsulator later I am back to clean ( sealed ) metal. I still have some left over paint from last falls touch ups to re-paint the rocker, and fabbed up a new bracket from some leftover metal.

Once that is all done I have a 5 gallon pail of Fluid Film and a new gun to coat all 3 rigs in the driveway before winter hits.


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 Post subject: Re: What did you do to/with your van today?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:46 pm 
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blacknome, that's funny I just ground down rust under my (now deleted) cladding. Covered with Eastwood corroless. then a day later sprayed some Duplicolor bed coating.
That should get me a few more years.

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 Post subject: Re: What did you do to/with your van today?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:34 am 
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nonhog wrote:
blacknome, that's funny I just ground down rust under my (now deleted) cladding. Covered with Eastwood corroless. then a day later sprayed some Duplicolor bed coating.
That should get me a few more years.


I was not amused nor surprised as the PS did the same thing a few years back. Rockers under the rusted bracket are now cleaned and painted BC/CC. I have now been fooling with trying to re-create that bracket for some days now in my spare time. I have the top edge sorted but the bottom is too thick for the plastic cladding to come around and clip back into place. It has a weird bend to it that contours the rocker panel. Its holding up my undercoating the van before it gets too cold ! Hope to get back to it early next week.

Van rolled over at 285 thousand kms on the way home from work tonight. :)


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 Post subject: Re: What did you do to/with your van today?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:21 pm 
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Funny as in, how coincidental we both were doing that. I wasn't amused by your rust repair, nor mine.

Last night I got the front rotors off as they are glazed pretty good, high pitched squeal! Get them turned today. Keeps me from finding the source of my other noises.
Front end clunk. #-o

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 Post subject: Re: What did you do to/with your van today?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:57 pm 
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Location: southeastern ct
I just sent this email to Ct. Axle in Ellington Ct. Upon hearing back from them , I will be delivering my van for professional installation of two Torsen style LSD carriers and complete rebuilds of my factory rear and the cast iron front diff that will take the place of the open aluminum stock diff currently in the van. After four attempts at shimming and setting backlash I have decided there is black magic involved and I'm leaving it to a professional magician.

Mr Haney
I now have in my possession a ;
1-cast iron 7.2" front diff
2-Torsen carrier for 7.2" diff
3-master rebuild kit for 7.2" diff
4-Detroit Truetrac LSD for 7.625" diff
5-minor kit for 7.625" diff>shims and pinion crush sleeve

Let me know when you would like for me to drop off the van to you.
Thanks

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1994 Safari conversion (sold) and miss'n it!
1999 Safari SLE AWD
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 Post subject: Re: What did you do to/with your van today?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:26 pm 
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Hi,
Recently washed the 2003 AWD.

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