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I wanted to keep the dash as close to stock as I could for a retro look The instrument bezel is from a Dodge Sportsman van about 1968 I think.It is Cast aluminum instead of the stamped steel one in the stock A-100. I have since stripped off the green paint and polished it . It looks so cool that way. I was able to make the stock Dodge steering wheel fit on the Chevy steering column. unless you really know your vans you would never know its not a Dodge unit!
The wiring in the overhead console cant be finished till I know where it all goes.so I am mocking up the overhead and wiring all the goodies up there. There are 3 monitors for the cameras on the sides and rear, the Sirius radio head, clock, interior light switches, and the power window switches all going in the console.
This is the cruise control module from a late model astro. it will work perfectly with the steering column connections. I can't get it hooked up till the module arrives and then the wiring is FINISHED!. Dale was down this past weekend and we pressure tested the cooling system and air conditioning too. It all checks out. The cooling system is now full of coolant and it doesn't leak. Amazing!. Ran the engine up to temp. The fan kicked on just like it was suppose to. Got the trans fluid full.
All systems seem to be working. The radiator needs an overflow tank. Dale came up with the idea of making a tank to fit right behind the serpentine bracket,and follow the shape of the components. I mocked it up out of cardboard and Vance said he will weld it together for me.
I have been working on this project for 3 years. The last time I sat behind the wheel and drove this thing, I was in Vegas and the brakes went out! LOL.. (wasn't funny then). SO last night we finally were ready to see if this thing would actually move under its own power.
WOW I'm getting close, Today I ordered the material for the interior.
Next time I'll have her ready for paint. The pace is about to pick up! Later!