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  1. Thread: towing

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    Re: towing

    I fabricated a class III hitch for my 87 2wd cargo van today. This van has leaf springs. It's very strong, clears everything, and the spare tire rack still functions normally. Check it out:
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    Re: Engine Stalls when I hit a puddle in the rain

    I think a banana dance is in order :dance2::dance1::dance1::dance1::dance2: :thmbup:
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    Re: Engine Stalls when I hit a puddle in the rain

    Yeah, these type problems can be very frustrating. I have no problem zoning in on problems when they remain. It's the intermittent ones that I hate.....because they will never be there when you are...
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    Re: Engine Stalls when I hit a puddle in the rain

    Huh? I was going off this information you previously posted:
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    Re: Engine Stalls when I hit a puddle in the rain

    With the key in the "run" position and engine not running, you should see the "check engine" light. If you are not seeing that, then your problem is not the distributor, it's electrical or ECU...
  6. Thread: towing

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    Re: towing

    Here's the page from the owner's manual that talks about towing. In a nutshell, they say not to exceed 2,000 lbs.

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  7. Re: A/C, power steering, and fan (water pump/alternator) belts

    The extent of my AC knowledge is pretty much all here in THIS THREAD. It's a long thread (11 pages), but there is some good info and part numbers, so you should take some time to scan/review. On page...
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    Re: Oil Light Problem

    Interesting. Sounds like you may have an intermittent short to ground in your wire harness??? I had a cargo van give me that issue once. I ended up running a new wire from the oil pressure switch up...
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    Re: Oil Light Problem

    Your van has an oil pressure switch (just below the oil filter) and an oil level sensor inside the oil pan. If low pressure or a low level is detected, the same light will come on (2 different ways...
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    Re: Sensors to overdrive

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/362007789161?fits=Make%3AVolvo&hash=item5449587e69:g:iRMAAOSwiONYM3Ab

    Changing to a lower temp T-stat shouldn't have anything to do with your OD troubles, but based on...
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    Re: Sensors to overdrive

    If it engages eventually and your water switch is disconnected, then it sounds like a failing (sticky) solenoid. If that's the case jumping the relay would not help. I had one that was doing that so...
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    Re: Radiator for 4WD

    I thought that looked like WonderWagon's old van. That van started life as an automatic. He did an enormous amount of work on it. Sadly, most of it was before this website and was documented on...
  13. Thread: Engine Porn

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    Re: Engine Porn

    The 15" 240SX rims are off the van currently. I will likely get some load range 102 Tires for those rims, but for now I'm using the 14" alloy rims that were used on the Celicas and the original 84 LE...
  14. Thread: Engine Porn

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    Re: Engine Porn

    I'm loving it. It just hit 500 miles today since I installed it. It's almost a little spooky because I keep expecting some sort of issue, but there have been zero problems. I got the van at auction ~...
  15. Re: A/C, power steering, and fan (water pump/alternator) belts

    More importantly, what is the pressure rating for that fuel filter, fuel hoses, and the clamps? Normal operating pressure for the van's fuel system is ~ 40 psi and that stuff looks to be only rated...
  16. Thread: Engine Porn

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    Re: Engine Porn

    Here are some before and after pics of my cargo van's engine bay. I've put ~ 100 miles on it so far and it runs awesome :thmbup:. I'm going out now to change oil and then going on a job ~ 50 miles...
  17. Thread: Engine Porn

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    Re: Engine Porn

    I just got the old engine out, washed the engine bay, then came in for a break. I'm going back out now to drop the new engine in. I'll take some pics. Tim
  18. Thread: Engine Porn

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    Re: Engine Porn

    The head was also marketed as a forklift head. I got it from a forklift parts supply business. I'm pretty sure it's a Chinese reproduction. I got the one without valves or any other parts then got...
  19. Thread: Engine Porn

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    Re: Engine Porn

    Lol, good eye. I was wondering how long it would take for someone to notice. It's for a forklift. Let's just say I know a guy with connections, a guy with an employee discount who asked not to be...
  20. Thread: Engine Porn

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    Engine Porn

    I just finished my latest engine build. It's going in my 87 un-cut cargo van. Check it out :):

    https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/a23/timsrv/IMG_4341(1).JPG
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    Re: Lower Control Arm Bushings

    I'm not saying this is the right way, but I always remove the nuts and cam washers from the back side, then use a cutting torch on the heads and the threads that extend beyond the cross member. Then...
  22. Re: How to replace your ball joints in about 2 hours (2wd)

    Lol, next time I'm sure you'll start out with the bigger BFG (reference the 6th pic in the 1st post of this thread). It's hard to hit it straight on and hard, but once you get the hang of it they...
  23. Re: How to replace your ball joints in about 2 hours (2wd)

    It's best to only remove the big nut. Leave the 4 small bolts installed (to help with stability), then use the correct size pickle fork and a BFG (Big F______ Hammer). Once the tapered shaft is...
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    Re: Lower Control Arm Bushings

    Yes, it could be done, but so far I've always been able to find them....albeit usually special order. I always keep 4 or more on hand as these tend to freeze up inside the control arm bushings (due...
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    Re: Lower Control Arm Bushings

    Yes, I did. Toyotapartsdeal.com has been becoming increasingly lame. Toyota may be getting low on a bunch of stuff, but I've had several orders cancelled by them (stating NLA), then I was able to...
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    Re: Water Pump Replacement

    You can download the entire 1987 Van Factory Service Manual for free HERE . There were lots of changes between 84 and 87, but for things like the water pump it should be sufficient. If I had an 84, I...
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    Re: G53 [2WD manual] Transmission replacement

    Output seals are easy. After the drive shaft is removed the seal can be pulled. The transmission output shaft is there (slightly in the way) but the seal can still be removed. I use a special seal...
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    Re: Installing a New Brake Master Cylinder

    Replacing the master cylinder isn't bad. It's a little tight but you get enough access just by pulling the cluster. Save the pressure lines for last, fill the reservoir, then use a Mityvac to suck...
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    Re: Installing a New Brake Master Cylinder

    When it comes to a lot of things I insist on genuine Toyota. However, some parts are so simple/basic I don't think it matters. For me, master cylinders, calipers, wheel cylinders fall into that...
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    Re: The hose of death thread

    It's looking at the rear of the engine from the driver's side. That's the exhaust manifold bolted to #4 exhaust port on the head (just above the leak). The blur in the top left is where the EGR tube...
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    Re: The hose of death thread

    I took this picture of my head gasket leak with a normal digital camera. These can do this anywhere on the drivers side, but usually it's on the back (like the one in my photo). Tim
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    Re: The hose of death thread

    If its that freeze plug, then the engine or transmission would need to be removed to fix. It could also be a head gasket leak (sometimes they can spring external leaks down the left side (driver's...
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    Re: Oil Pan Removal and Re-installation

    For the particular gasket you're replacing, I don't put anything there, I just assemble using a dry gasket. Make sure the sealing surfaces are clean and flat and you should be good. If the gasket has...
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    Re: Oil Pan Removal and Re-installation

    Different mechanics have differing opinions and/practices. I don't fault anybody for doing things the way they do, but personally I like FIPG. I use it in various places and it's never let me down....
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    Re: Oil Pan Removal and Re-installation

    Or per Burntboot's other suggestion, you could get a lower end gasket kit........then you'd have some extra gaskets for the next time something starts leaking.
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    Re: The hose of death thread

    Is it leaking on the outside of the engine or is it coming out from the area between the transmission and engine? There is a large 50mm freeze plug up high on the back of the engine. It's not...
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    Re: Engine Stalls when I hit a puddle in the rain

    Probably not it, but have you already checked that little fuse box that's part of the positive battery cable? ...
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    Re: Replacing the alternator harness

    http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a23/timsrv/TVT%20pics/electrical/densoaltwirelocations_zpse28810a5.jpg
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    Re: Dynamic Weight Capacity - Roof Load

    The gutters on these vans are super strong. I don't know about rated weights, but on my 87 2wd cargo van I'm using a gutter mounted 2 bar roof rack and I regularly put 600 + lbs up there (think 2 big...
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    Re: Transmission cooler.

    Here's a post I made a while back explaining how to flush: https://www.toyotavantech.com/forum/showthread.php?446-Overheating-van-coolant-loss-(a-lot)-water-pump-shot&p=2735#post2735
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    Re: Transmission cooler.

    Automatic transmissions are sensitive and anything other than ATF is not good for them. There's too many variables to know if your transmission is shot, but the fact that it does not engage is not...
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    Re: Transmission cooler.

    Check the fluid in your transmission. If that also looks like a milkshake, then you'll know where it came from. Other than somebody physically putting fluids in the wrong places, the only way to mix...
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    Re: Overdrive issues

    There's a link in post #121 of this thread (top of this page) to the cheap one. There's another link on post #107 (page 6) to some more. Tim
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    Re: Replacing the alternator harness

    The 1st thing you should do is unplug the round alternator connector and check voltage at the white sense wire. If you see battery voltage here the sense wire is hooked up and there's no need for...
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    Re: Overdrive issues

    Micah, the only difference with the Volvo solenoid is the connector end on the wire. Just cut it off and butt connect it to part of your old wire. If you use an OE Volvo solenoid, I'm guessing...
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    Re: Replacing the alternator harness

    The info you're after is well documented in those 2 threads (and others). Tim
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    Re: Replacing the alternator harness

    :cnfsd: Did you read the other thread? What was the charge voltage on the other alternators while they were functioning??? Is there a power steering leak getting on the alternator? Are you using a...
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    Re: a ghost in the headlight circuit

    That harness runs down the underside of the steering column. You will need to take off the column cover (on the underside where the column enters the dash). There are 4 Phillips head screws holding...
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    Re: How to pass CA smog????

    That always puts a lasting smile on my face when I finally solve an annoying problem.........especially when it's one I've been living with for a long time. It's easy to convince yourself you're...
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    Re: Replacing the alternator harness

    Read the 1st post in THIS THREAD, particularly the part describing the FL 0.5G fusible link. Tim
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