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Old 07-05-2023, 06:37 PM   #3411
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After getting the Van back from the shop where all fluids & filters were changed out using Amsoil & they installed my Up-Down-Air Gen II System w/regulated outlets all 4 corners of bumpers, I felt energized and made a list of the yearly maint. items I was going to knock out.
Soooo, today a launched into it; Cleaned both Awning & Pop-Top canvas, & applied 303 fabric guard to both. Cleaned Pop-Top Windows with 303 Clear Vinyl Protective Cleaner, Lubed zippers on the windows, and greased necessary areas of the pop-top mechanicals & cross bar channels.
Unfortunately, the list remains incomplete - my mind (and body) forced me to surrender ... ... dropped that "age has caught up with you" bomb. I'll continue my advance another day.

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Old 07-29-2023, 12:26 PM   #3412
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Adjusted PH Lift Spring Tension.

Finally got around to doing it. PH top got difficult to lift after adding the rooftop solar panel about seven years ago. Yes, procrastinated! LOL. Used the chain rachet which I already have so didnít need to buy the HF come along. Shortened the chain by 2 links only. BTW the lift assist spring has 1 3/8Ē wood block spacer on the driverís side, but none on the opposite side. So I also added that.
Now itís working perfect Iíd say. Thanks to this forum, and especially Larrie.
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Old 08-06-2023, 02:31 PM   #3413
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Installed the RunCool Louvres I purchased 4 years ago

Somethings just get put aside. The clearcoat finally looked so bad I did the louvres and Raptor lined the hood. I used U-Pol Desert Tan, a bit off from the Baja Tan but the van is pushing 20 years old so I'm just not as fussy anymore plus I will be re-doing the roof and penthouse which has a failed 12 year Line-X coating. These were the 3M tape louvres, no rivets. Fingers crossed they hold. They do not seem to be available on the website anymore. I did a slanted outboard mount thinking I would maximize the opening. After a short drive around town I had a 120 degree hood and 155 degree vents so thinking its a success for moving engine compartment air out.
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Old 11-14-2023, 02:49 PM   #3414
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I just buttoned up my '08+ front brake conversion on my '98 2wd. I know others have reported rust issues with Powerstop drilled & slotted rotors, but I went with their Z36 Truck/Tow brake package (red powder coated calipers/brackets, drilled/slotted rotors, ceramic pads.) I ended up having a local shop make longer braided stainless lines while I was at it.

I just got back from a test drive to bed in the brakes, and the difference in stopping power/distance is quite significant. There's not a very noticeable difference in casual stop & go traffic, but when I stand on the pedal, it STOPS! Now my van stops like a car, instead of a bus. I used to say "the only thing worse than my van's acceleration is its deceleration" but I suppose that no longer applies!

All in, cost came out just North of $1200 including tax, shipping (which was significant, these things are HEAVY), the core charge for the calipers/brackets that I'm eating (return shipping would cost about the same as the core, not that my cores are correct anyway), wheel bearings (the hubs already had races pressed in, so I didn't actually need to buy those), grease, brakleen, brake fluid, and custom brakelines. A little more than I anticipated, but I think it's justified.

I also rebuilt my rear drum brakes, but intentionally left the adjusters a touch on the loose side for the test drive so I could really feel what the new front brakes are doing. I'll readjust them now and things should get even better.
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Old 11-22-2023, 08:51 PM   #3415
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Mine is an oldie with parts that shouldn't go together so...

1 wire dummy light harness clip that should not exist on a 93 broke, swapped out for a new one. No clue what it goes to in full honesty. Need to ID my alternator to see what I can do about upsizing it. Pretty sure this is a high amp alternator as when it charges DC to DC the needle doesn't even budge, but I am worried about when the alternator fails which they do...

Tossed a memory foam mattress topper on the bed as the factory cushions are torture. Made the bed with some nice flannel sheets. Tossed in my backpacking pillows (Therm A Rest compressible pillows) which allow me to get my head very close to the outside wall and give me enough clearance for my feet fully stretched out.

Dumped and rinsed the black tank in the port o potty. A little shocked at how much was in there as I only used it for 2 days. Length between dumps might end up being a problem here...

Replaced the OE grille as it was cracked, badly sun faded and in general looked like what I dumped out of that toilet. Installed an eBay billet grille. Major improvement looks wise.



Ordered a back door spare tire carrier so I can relocate the spare. Took out the laundry from my 4 day camping trip last weekend. realized since I wasn't home my laundry is a bit backed up...

Will likely empty the fridge and turn it off after this week, I have some local travel I am doing and then it is back to work and don't need perishables in the van through the work week...

I have upcoming projects, lots and lots of upcoming projects...

Upcoming steps will be relocate the spare, build a custom battery box and relocate the battery bank under the van (with thermostatically controlled heater pads), upgrade the 1993 AM/FM Stereo Casette with blown speakers to an infotainment system with the whole nine yards, including rearview cam etc... and some upgraded speakers I have yet to decide on... Probably hit up Crutchfield on Friday... Install LED light pods to the hood / cowl and wire them in. Install new stainless steel tubular running boards. Another ebay find from a brand I have used before. Hunter Truck Accessories. They are nowhere near as low hanging as the full length aluminum ones that were on the van when I bought it, the bottom of the tubes is just below the bottom of the StarCool so it should protect that somewhat.

I have an exhaust manifold problem I think. When I get on it, the thing is loud, but cruising just sounds like a normal straight six... After the holidays I am sending it back to the shop to get that fixed, new AC compressor installed and StarCool looked at, and will try to talk the shop into doing the gasoline heater install as I don't want to drop the gas tank in my driveway...
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