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Old 06-21-2007, 05:03 PM   #11
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Land Rover, Now you're talking!

Seth, thanks for the tip, I hope I don't need to employ it too soon... When I get my van, I'll come over and meet you. Look forward to it.

Well, now I just gots to post a shot of my Rover...

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Old 06-21-2007, 05:41 PM   #12
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As long as the ideal van doesn't have a Rover electrical system.

I couldn't resist.


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Old 06-21-2007, 05:50 PM   #13
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Land Rover, Now you're talking!

Seth, thanks for the tip, I hope I don't need to employ it too soon... When I get my van, I'll come over and meet you. Look forward to it.

Well, now I just gots to post a shot of my Rover...
Jeffrey,

I will have to compliment you on your photographic expertise. NICE shot, and great lighting!

BTW, I notice from you website that you have an exhibition coming up in Santa Barbara, but there's no date. What's the schedule?


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Old 06-21-2007, 09:41 PM   #14
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My ideal was (is) the 7.3L out of my 99 F250 and the SMB 4x4 in an EB... unfortunately I never found a 7.3 that wasn't quigley (not even sure they overlap)

But I like the power of the 6.0 just fine. Although my pickup feels like it could pull 3 jeeps on a gooseneck (and I've seen that done) and the van doesn't, it seems to have plenty for flat towing and will probably have enough to get my trailer and jeep around too.
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Old 06-22-2007, 12:02 AM   #15
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If I could build my ideal Frankenstein van, it would be the Ford chassis and body, Dodge diesel (Cummins), and the Chevy trans (Allison).
Before I committed to the SMB I looked at a GTRV van with a salemkroger 4x4 upfit and a cummings diesel. it was at the GTRV facility, and I think he said he paid over $20k to put it in.
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Old 06-22-2007, 12:31 PM   #16
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code reader and condensation

It might be worth your while to get a "code reader" (and a list of codes) so you can look up what the Check Engine light means when it lights up on a trip. Sometimes it only means something very minor with an emissions-related aspect of the engine, such as fuel vapor recovery (I've seen this), which you can safely ignore.

My pop-top gets wet occasionaly from interior condensation (when using the stove) or rain-splash when I'm camping. It's a good idea to leave it open to dry for a day or two when you get home, or you'll get mold on the canvas.

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Old 06-22-2007, 04:14 PM   #17
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Wet Spots

From the photo I'd say your light fixture is leaking. Possibly through the fixture mounts. The spots are in line with the corners of the fixture when the top is folded down against it. If you have some TSP a light solution will remove the stains. Almost anything else will leave it's own residue and another stain.
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And TSP = ??
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trisodiumphosphate, a general purpose cleaner you can usually find at a hardware store.
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Old 06-25-2007, 08:42 PM   #20
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So the engine light... they are now claiming that the turbo is fine diddly-ine and that it was something they forgot to reset. But guess what? The "part" for the airbag was the wrong thing (supposedly) so I'm still having to take it back to the dealership later this week- but I'm happy to at least have it back in the meantime.
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