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Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 18, 2013 - 07:17pm PT
Hopefully the radiator will do the trick. When you get it out maybe you
can fix it up nice like this one...

Credit: Reilly

Trad climber
Nedsterdam CO
Apr 18, 2013 - 07:46pm PT
Happi, If it's any consolation to you at all, I was just 'gifted' a '78 Dodge camper van. Yeah I know it's a cool gift. BUT. I get to rebuild pretty much the whole thing before it'll be road-worthy. Thanks for the project,Evan!

And for what it's worth I wouldn't screw around with a flush job. You're getting a good price for the new set-up. Make sure it's a 3 or even 4 core radiator. [Heavy-duty model]

Happy(er) Trails to You


Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Apr 18, 2013 - 09:07pm PT
If she is feisty she's f*#ked.

Oh Sully, you do cut to the chase..I so love it.....get that knee healed up so we can hook up wid ya for some climbing!
Miss you!

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Apr 18, 2013 - 09:32pm PT
Jon Beck what is "Amazon Prime" please?


Apr 18, 2013 - 09:34pm PT
Amazon Prime

For $79 annually, you get unlimited movie and TV streaming, one free borrowed e-book per month, and
automatic two-day shipping on nearly everything you buy (with no minimum dollar amount).

Gold Canyon, AZ
Apr 18, 2013 - 09:35pm PT
I have Amazon Prime too. You pay $79 per year and get "free" second day shipping on anything you buy that ships through Amazon. I think it's a good deal.

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Apr 18, 2013 - 09:39pm PT
Thanks, men. I will check it out.


Trad climber
Where the Hoback and the mighty Snake River meet
Apr 18, 2013 - 09:42pm PT
I'm really glad you did not do the chemical flush. I ruined a Subaru motor that way. Ate right through a head gasket. Which was probably on it's way out anyway.
In fact, I think my other beater 4x4 wagon, a really cool Toyota, probably had a clogged radiator and before I could address it, blew a HG.

Too bad I wasn't there, I could help you install a new radiator, I've done it. It would probably take us all day and some bashed knuckles, lol

$400 sounds pretty good, but I know I'd choke on that right now too.

She makes really nice jewelry people, and it's very reasonable.

My ignore button is working again. ;->

Some folks just jealous of us gypsy's eh happie? Outraged a lurker enough to get him to post too! Yeah.


Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Apr 18, 2013 - 10:33pm PT
I have Amazon Prime too

Thread drift. Yes I have prime also. Great shipping turnaround and if you return something you can print a pre paid ups amount will be deducted from your refund, but I've found it to be even slightly less than what a UPS store would charge.

Good luck, Happie, yes Julia, I like the gypsy analogy!

Jon Beck

Trad climber
Apr 19, 2013 - 01:52am PT
I buy a lot of car parts through Amazon now, most of the Prime items are fulfilled through an Amazon warehouse, mainly Phoenix because Amazon avoided California for years to avoid sales tax. Incredibly fast shipping. Sometimes I order in the morning and get the item the next day.

Autozone is spamming me almost daily with coupons and discounts, they must be getting squeezed by Amazon and eBay. Amazon must get some huge discounts on shipping because there is no way a casual seller paying full price for shipping could make money at the prices they are selling for.

I looked at radiators on Amazon at radiators and they had some good deals. If I was driving cross country on a shoestring I would take advantage of being stuck in a cool place and fix the problem the cheap way. Flagstaff is a little cool at night now, but the days are nice.

I buy so much on Amazon that when I tried to return an item recently Amazon just refunded the purchase and told me to keep the item. Might have been because sellers pay Amazon monthly to store items. If the seller decides to quit selling on Amazon they have to pay to have Amazon ship everything back, a lot of them just tell Amazon to keep the stuff. Returns might be the same deal, it is cheaper for the seller to have the buyer keep the item because I am sure Amazon charges them to restock the item.

Mountain climber
Apr 19, 2013 - 07:14am PT
Another lurker here..............
Wishing Happi good luck
Shake it off like water off a duck
Hope you make it through
Shine on

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Apr 19, 2013 - 12:17pm PT

Good luck with your van.

Have a bitchen summer

come back next year

thanks for helping out "vertical" when they needed it the most.


Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 19, 2013 - 04:22pm PT
JLP - I did get to the garage.

I KNOW the boilover is bad. I stopped as soon as possible, but was on a damned mountain pass.

The engine has had the compression test.

The radiator and thermostat have been replaced.

I am now waiting to continue onward, but need to take care of some matters before doing so.

I am exhausted. I think we can call this thread closed now.
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