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Author Topic: '84 Dodge Rampage Build Thread  (Read 331476 times)
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« Reply #1560 on: June 28, 2017, 03:36:58 PM »

Welcome to the trusty-rusty van world. Clean & cover the electrical connections on the trans with silicone spray, it will save you a lot of heartache.
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« Reply #1561 on: June 28, 2017, 04:05:49 PM »

Once upon a time a racer from way up north thought he'd done enough to protect the understuff in his truck.  And then, surprise one day the next spring when his transfer case went kaflooey 'cause it had no fluid in it.

Seems a hunk o' salt must have got crammed into a crevice or something way up there - and slowly ate through the aluminum and allowed the fluid to escape to freedom.

I say again:  The best way to clean the salt is to park the vehicle is a fast-moving stream slightly deeper than the vehicle is tall.  Return in a few days.

Back to you and the Aerostar, Steve.  I spent lotsa time in them there vehicles - stories to tell. . . rolleyes
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« Reply #1562 on: June 29, 2017, 09:24:14 AM »

Welcome to the trusty-rusty van world. Clean & cover the electrical connections on the trans with silicone spray, it will save you a lot of heartache.
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Good tip, Sid!

thanks,

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« Reply #1563 on: July 05, 2017, 12:06:21 PM »

OK - time is getting short now.  I'll just throw up some pics of progress over the weekend....

















That's most of my weekend.
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« Reply #1564 on: July 05, 2017, 12:44:39 PM »

That shade of green looks a lot like my zinc chromate primer, Steve.  smiley

Regards, Neil  Tucson, AZ


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« Reply #1565 on: July 05, 2017, 01:00:19 PM »

That's a sturdy looking weld Steve. Are you using a back purge? It really adds to the quality of the weld.

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« Reply #1566 on: July 05, 2017, 01:30:36 PM »

No back purge on that weld, Pete.  "Some Day" I will get myself a back-purge setup, and maybe some more neat welding stuff.

For now, I'm just trying to get everything done on time to show up at Speed Week with a running, driving race truck.

...and a lime green support van.

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« Reply #1567 on: July 05, 2017, 06:58:43 PM »

Lime disease suits you well Steve!   grin shocked grin
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« Reply #1568 on: July 05, 2017, 09:21:03 PM »

Steve:

Looks good. Stainless is my favorite to weld...once I learned to use the right heat.

Keep thrashing.

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« Reply #1569 on: July 06, 2017, 12:18:42 AM »

No back purge on that weld, Pete.  "Some Day" I will get myself a back-purge setup, and maybe some more neat welding stuff.

For now, I'm just trying to get everything done on time to show up at Speed Week with a running, driving race truck.

...and a lime green support van.

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Back purge is simple. Put a T piece in your hose and buy a box of latex gloves. Check out Vince Roman at Burns Stainless. He has video. You won't be sorry. cheers
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« Reply #1570 on: July 06, 2017, 06:53:12 AM »

Thanks for the latex glove and "T" advice.  I'll have to give that a try next time around.

However, there was no welding yesterday.  Last night was spent on fixing the A/C, and advanced body work for the Aerostar...







She's just about ready for the Oakland Roadster Show now.

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« Reply #1571 on: July 06, 2017, 06:16:39 PM »

I remember fixing my loud exhaust...kept getting tickets, with cut up beer cans and bailing wire. Steve I think I qualify for your body work crew!

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« Reply #1572 on: July 06, 2017, 06:40:39 PM »

I hearken to the days of metal Hills Bros. coffee cans being cut and trimmed to be wrapped around the pipe, then muffler clamps to hold it there.  We went high-zoot, no doubt! rolleyes
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« Reply #1573 on: July 06, 2017, 07:02:10 PM »

Good move using the license plates.
You may have just started a trend.
Rampage Rust Buster. cheers cheers

Hey Steve, are you getting time to watch Le Tour?.
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« Reply #1574 on: July 07, 2017, 07:41:20 AM »

I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that the green van with the license plate rocker panels does what it needs to do for the week.  It may be up for sale immediately after that.

I have been finding a little time to watch LeTour, normally late at night as I'm settling in before sleep.  How about you?


Regarding the "big" controversy - I do not think that Peter Sagan should have been DQ'ed.  Relegated for the day - perhaps, but not DQ'ed.  That decision by the judges was completely arbitrary in my estimation.  Those are the fastest guys in the world, all fighting for position and first place.  They make their livings sprinting for the line and finding gaps where there are none. 

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