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Big Blue version 4.0 build
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Have at the ideas! The floor plan is in post #1. If you need any measurements and answers, just let me know.

Good luck!
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Big Blue version 4.0 – Finishing up
http://www.van-tramp.com/wp/big-blue-ver...ishing-up/

This past week has just been about finishing up the build. All the major component were complete already, but we were still missing drawer/door facings, outlet covers, and a ton of other misc items. Speaking of those outlet covers, I made those myself out of slices of a downed tree in the yard. Quite cool I must say. I wish I had more time to do things like this for Big Blue.

As of Friday, we started the processes of moving out of the Airstream and into the Van (woot!)…. right in time for me to blow out my back for the second time during this project. So badly did I hurt my back that it took over an hour (and more than a few tears) to get out of bed Saturday morning, and still I was only as agile as a zombie on Prozac. Kerri really stepped up to do nearly all the work of moving in by  herself. I did what I could to help, but I think I just got in the way more then anything.


We spent our first night in the van last night and it was wonderful. The new bed and mattress are amazingly comfortable.


Some images to remember it all…
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It’s nice to finally be at a stage where we can drive off (planned for Sunday, may delay to Monday if back pain does not reduce). We are thoroughly done though. I have worked seven days a week on the van since we arrived in Grass Valley nearly 5 weeks ago. Kerri has worked her normal work schedule *as well as* worked on the van on all her days off and many/most of her free hours after work. We are getting mighty short with each other and need some days off, but it appears our relationship has survived the rebuild. Now to find out if it will survive a tandem kayak (yea we bought one of those too).

The big pictures…
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very, very nice. you two did fantastic work. love the outlet covers. highdesertranger
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Yes, very nice work! OK, I got that it's a 1989 Dodge Maxi Van, but which engine? I would guess because of the extra size, at least a 360?
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(12-27-2017, 09:49 PM)Ballenxj Wrote: Yes, very nice work! OK, I got that it's a 1989 Dodge Maxi Van, but which engine? I would guess because of the extra size, at least a 360?

There are three possible engines; a 3.9l 6cyl (easy enough to see if there are only 6 plug wires) or two V8 engines... a 5.2l 318ci or a 5.9l 360ci engine. Both are great motors so not to worry there. The 318 will give you a little less power but a few extra MPG which is always nice. Im not sure how to tell them apart visually, but your VIN number will tell all. You can google your VIN number and it will tell you the engine size you have.
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(12-28-2017, 10:30 AM)Van-Tramp Wrote: There are three possible engines; a 3.9l 6cyl (easy enough to see if there are only 6 plug wires) or two V8 engines... a 5.2l 318ci or a 5.9l 360ci engine. Both are great motors so not to worry there. The 318 will give you a little less power but a few extra MPG which is always nice. Im not sure how to tell them apart visually, but your VIN number will tell all. You can google your VIN number and it will tell you the engine size you have.
Thanks, I know mine is a 318, and also know that if you take your vin number to a Dodge dealer, they can print a build sheet for you with details like gear ratio, alternator output etc.
I was curious to know which engine Big Blue has?
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Ah, sorry. BB has the 360ci motor
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Big Blue version 4.0 – Ending with a bang
http://www.van-tramp.com/wp/big-blue-ver...th-a-bang/

We spent two days packing up the van (I say we, but actually Kerri did all the packing as I blew out my back something fierce on the final day of construction [that is twice in five weeks] and was barely able to stand, let alone move things into the van) and were all excited to drive off from Grass Valley on Christmas Eve. Things were all going according to plan – not my plan, but close enough – and by Sunday afternoon we jumped into the two captain’s chairs and waved our goodbye’s to the Mom and Dad and started our hop over the Sierra Mountains. We found that our new drawers and cabinets were opening and closing while driving, but were still happy to be moving nonetheless. There were other concerns that popped up (as expected) but we were able to move past them quickly. We were on the road, heading South to meetup with friends for the new year.

Only 30 minutes later, and less than 20 miles from our starting point, as we were climbing up a grade on Interstate 80, the engine shut off and smoke billowed behind Big Blue. We coasted to a stop on the side of the Interstate, jumped out of Big Blue, popped the hood and found that Big Blue was on fire!!! We had just finished a huge (and costly) rebuild, and had all our gear packed tightly into the van… and it was on fire!!! Luckily, Kerri and I had just finished a conversation on where I packed out extinguishers, two of which we were sitting directly on. When we jumped out of the van, I asked her to grab the extinguisher under her seat. While I opened the hood, she pulled the pin and handed me the life (and van) saving device. A quick burst from the extinguisher – while Kerri pulled the dogs out of the van – and the real problems were resolved. But we were still stuck on the side of the Interstate, with oil pouring from the engine.


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As you can see, a passerby called in the cavalry; the local fire department were on scene within 3 minutes, and not another minute later a CHP officer dropped in to make sure all was OK as well. He left us with a few long lasting flares to set out while we waited for our tow truck (which he called in so they would prioritize us). The flatbed showed up quickly, and pulled the 8000+ pound van onto it in record time. We asked to be towed back to Grass Valley where the parents were awaiting, again.

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Big Blue was parked right beside the Airstream (again, again), but it stunk of burnt-van inside. We couldn’t sleep in the trailer either as it had nothing in it, like bedding, clothes, water, etc. We opted to sleep inside, in the guest bedroom and leave Big Blue to air out for the night. I fully expected it to be a blown engine and some tough decisions were going to need to me made. Hopes were not high, but we both understood it was not a life-ending situation.
 
Embeded Instagram photos at http://www.van-tramp.com/wp/big-blue-ver...th-a-bang/

Once I pulled the doghouse out and got a first peak at the engine it became obvious that it was not a blown engine. Instead, it was my stupidity (not properly cleaning up a rats nest that I removed weeks back) that caused the fire, which did a number on the wiring (hence the engine shutting down), vacuum lines, and oil pressure gauge tubing (hence the oil leak). As awful as it all looks, it was an easier and less expensive hole to dig out of. Three days later, as I am writing this, and the van has still not restarted (Update - I got it running the next day). We will be at least a week (hopefully not two weeks) behind due to this easy-to-avoid-mistake.


The lessons I would like to pass on to others are:


  1. Look for, and properly clean up rats nets after a vehicle has been sitting for a long period.
  2. Always carry at least one fire extinguisher, in a place easy to access, at all times. We had 3 with us that day.
  3. Listen to the women! Sometime their “nagging” could save your life/van/butt. I wish I had.

Dive safely now… and always an extinguisher.
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(12-28-2017, 07:59 PM)Van-Tramp Wrote: Big Blue version 4.0 – Ending with a bang
http://www.van-tramp.com/wp/big-blue-ver...nding-with a bang
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The lessons I would like to pass on to others are:


  1. Look for, and properly clean up rats nets after a vehicle has been sitting for a long period.
  2. Always carry at least one fire extinguisher, in a place easy to access, at all times. We had 3 with us that day.
  3. Listen to the women! Sometime their “nagging” could save your life/van/butt. I wish I had.

Dive safely now… and always an extinguisher.
WOW! My Heart sank for you two when I started reading this. Thank goodness it was not as bad as originally thought.
 Truly good lessons to learn about rats nests and fire extinguishers.
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thankfully you two are safe and the problem was not super major. I am assuming the oil pressure gauge was that nylon tubing if it was replace it with copper tubing. kits are available. highdesertranger
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