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Island Mike    Posted 12-17-2022 at 12:41:13 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Joined the V8 gang again.
  • A while back I sold the belch mobile. A 78 3/4 ton Chev we used as a farm vehicle.
    31 Dec 022 I bought a 007 Silverado, 4.3 V6, and I like it. No more heavy work, and I have a box trailer as well. But no V8 anymore, and that just seemed un American, or in my case un Canadian, especially in BC or Alberta.

    A couple of months ago at a friends place I noticed a 77 Dodge camper van, gathering weeds and rust. Short story, the van is at my place getting a new interior and new mechanical bits. We will use the van for a trip to the Arctic when I am satisfied it is up to it.

    It has a 3/4 ton chassis ( D200 type ) with 15 inch wheels, auto and 318 V8.
    There is a very slight misfire fire that I will explore later. But we are running, stopping and steering. This is my winter project, the bikes can wait for warmer weather. Island Mike

    dave#1    Posted 12-23-2022 at 10:34:36 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Your going the wrong way Mike, Going from a 1978 to a 1977 ? and going from an old GM to an old Dodge !

    Island Mike    Posted 12-23-2022 at 16:17:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • It certainly appears like that. The Dodge is old, but only has 50,000 miles on it.
    I want old fixable technology if I am going far from home. For that I am buying new bits for the Dodge, hoping to avoid failure.
    Three things to work on. Rusty bits, mechanical, living conditions. I am making slow progress on all three. But having a break for Christmas and New Years.
    All the best to your family over there. Like me, living in a new house.

    Gaspump    Posted 12-21-2022 at 13:31:56 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Back in 74 when all cars were a little short on supply wife and I found a nice Dodge sedan on the lot with a good price. Bought it and loved it, 18+ mpg too when the others and our Olds trade averaged 13! Also about or near that time I purchased 6 1/2 T Dodge pickups for the company, not so good, they all hesitated or even stalled on acceleration. All were an issue that Dodge could not fix, some of our employees were even refusing to drive them. After a couple mths of no fix we called them in & told our shop guys to fix them today! They soon expected carb float issues. After driving, adjusting, driving each one as necessary all were fixed and that issue was forever gone.

    Island Mike    Posted 12-22-2022 at 19:06:33 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I had heard they had float issues. Partly why I decided not to mess with the original carb, and stuck a rebuilt one on. Figured the smart guys should have figured out the problem over the years. The new carb was not a heck of a lot more money than a carb kit, and a lot less work. I have plenty of other things to work on.
    Work will resume after the New Year, and hopefully it will warm up a bit.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 12-24-2022 at 06:53:03 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I thought you had sent all your cold air our way! Been below zero for days with some of the coldest wind I have felt in my 92 years! Fortunately we only got about 4 inches of snow and that did not blow around much.

    Jack - Iowa

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 12-19-2022 at 21:18:23 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • A trip to the arctic?
    Sounds like a a bunch of snow.
    Save the trip.
    Paint the windows white and just sit inside the van.


    As for the slight mis-fire, start with the lowly compression check.
    Unless you like doing like I have done a few times and a few bucks later it still is not 'quite' running right. Then comes the comp check. . .

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 12-22-2022 at 14:35:02 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Perhaps before the comp check, stick on a vacuum gauge.
    Bouncing needle is indicative of a sticky/weak valve.

    Chris    Posted 12-18-2022 at 08:04:31 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Can't go wrong with a 318. Chrysler built the world out of them. Been out of the auto industry for 10 years now and in my opinion they didn't have a solid engine then. Don't know about recent years.

    Island mike    Posted 12-27-2022 at 15:54:17 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thank you Chris. I have had time to do some reading on the 318. Generally regarded as reliable. I have a Haynes manual, and you tube has helped. I now know the cylinder numbers and firing order. You tube video has shown how to remove the hydraulic lifters, and how to adjust. A vacuum gauge is on my shopping list. I will be back on my Island next week and can resume work. As long as it does not freeze and snow again.

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