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Yes, I do realize that it is a big job and that I would be replacing the entire side due to the conversion windows cutting into that grooved line running down the side. I do have all the tools / skills necessary between me and my Dad and finding a donor van shouldn't be too challenging. I am still leaning towards not doing it because it is a lot of work for just looks but I have the ol' girl broke completely down to only the essentials right now (while I make my interior plans) so if it were to happen it would be now-ish.
 
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All the stripes removed.

A new fender without holes for the fender flares.

Rust from Mark III drilling straight into the fender.

More damage from the fender flares

A hole almost completely rusted through the fender
 
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Here is the truck with new fenders, and the stripes gone. It had just returned from BSG Automotive where the rear axle was installed. I ordered new center caps shortly after. Next is to work some on the inside since it is totally stripped out.
 
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Originally Posted by econovanfan1 View Post
WOW …. that's a LOT OF WORK !!! Sure glad I luv my conversion van ! LOL
Love is why I am doing this. I found many other vans to test drive. The small minds in the peanut gallery tell me not to waste my time or money on fixing my pile of junk. Just replace it. I did not find any van in the great mechanical condition mine is in. They are all abused and poorly maintained. This van was great 20 years ago, and I want it to be great for another 20.
 
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I'm all for rebuilding/repairing vans. I'm fixing/rebuilding two vans that most people would junk. And yours is in a lot better shape then either of mine.
 
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Yeah, I know it’s a mess, but I was pausing to take a break. The rear seat is out, and now to just remove the last bits of the carpet.
 
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Old 10-13-2018, 06:27 AM
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Left side is mostly complete it only needs the trim that goes from the B-pillar to the bottom of the side windows. Finding the lower piece in Mocha was tough so a flint colored part will be dyed to the correct color.

Right side of the truck is complete as far as interior panels go.


 
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Projects are good for the soul.. I found a 1982 Ambulance with 38,000 miles and I have spent the last 3 months trying to make it safe and fun to drive,, and it is way better than the new ones with all the computer modules, and warning lights , my van is like a huge lawn tractor,,etc: enjoy the day and the restoration
 
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Aftermarket Alarm

Did your key fobs work after taking out the alarm, I bought new ones and they would not program it would go into programming mode but that's it, so I took the alarm out fixed all the wires, and now it will not go into programming mode at all seems I made it worst or I am doing something wrong. I even unhooked the battery for over 4 days. Anyone have any ideas. I'm pretty sure I have everything gone from the old alarm.
 
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Everything works fine.
 
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I went to the junkyard and got the factory jack storage brackets all for less than $7. I will be going to the hardware store for rivets and a riveter to install everything.
 
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Soon to come will be finding a couple more interior parts and then fixing the holes in the floor from all the sheetmetal screws used by Mark III for the wooden subfloor.
 
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Looking good. Where'd you get the mud laps/guards?
I picked up some aftermarket ones some time back but gave up on getting them mounted as the fender wheel well portioned seemed to flimsy to hold them square.
 
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Looking good. Where'd you get the mud laps/guards?
I picked up some aftermarket ones some time back but gave up on getting them mounted as the fender wheel well portioned seemed to flimsy to hold them square.
What mud flaps? The truck doesn’t have any and never did.
 

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