I just got a 1977 Dodge Tradesman 200 Van with a 400 V8 Big Block and Van Man Custom Interior. I am going to restore it and I am looking for any kind of info I can get including owners manual, brochures, etc...if you can help, or have some info on the van or the 400 engine, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org</P>
I would also like to hear from other 70's Classic Van Owners!</P>
Ah the old dodge vans. My dad has a 74 B200 sportsman with a 360, I have to 77's both B200's one a shortwheel base with a 318, and the other is a long wheelbase non maxi with a 400 also. Mine are both tradesman vans. Nice van ya got there. As for manuals try http://www.moparmanuals.com/mopar/main/home.asp This is were we got our 70 Challenger manual.</P>
<P>I just got a 1977 Dodge Tradesman 200 Van with a 400 V8 Big Block and Van Man Custom Interior.Â* I am going to restore it and I am looking for any kind of info I can get including owners manual, brochures, etc...if you can help, or have some info on the van or the 400 engine, please email me at: <A href="mailto:email@example.com" target="_blank">firstname.lastname@example.org</A>Â*</P>
<P>I would also like to hear from other 70's Classic Van Owners!</P>
<P>You can check the van out at my cardomain page: <A href="http://www.cardomain.com/id/77vanman" target="_blank">http://www.cardomain.com/id/77vanman...></P>
Very interesting.........We have a 78 Tradesman-200 w/a 318 it's all original except for the wheels & tires..........this van was purchased by us, used from Bolles Dodge in Ellington Ct. , we picked it up in 1995 w/69,000 original miles.........after owning it for a while, i found the build sheet,hidden under 26 yrs. worth of road grease on the underside of the hood & upon reading it i was amazed to see that EVERYTHING on & In the van came from the factory that way.........it has a custom "button tuck" & carpeted interior, 3 sunroof's ,factory tach, etc............the build sheet says "custom deluxe Vinyl interior".......& it even list's the corny tape stripes as " White Accent Stripes"............we really enjoy our "Luv Machine",_______5TOEZ_______here's a few pic's..........P.S. If ANYBODY out here has any info on this van, i'd really appreaciate it, cause the people whom we bought it from knew jack **** about it...........in fact they couldn't WAIT till we got it off thier lot.
That's a beauty. I'm not exactly sure about yours but i believe mine is also a factory custom as far as the bucket seats anyways. Mine also has a fully carpeted interior. with a "U" shaped seat & table that drops down to make the bed in the back. Yours looks very good with those rims and tires though, nice choice.
Hi, cool site and cool vans. I myself am a very proud owner of a 77 tradesman300 one ton camper van. Im the second owner and bought it from a estate of a pro swimmer who sported it when it was new.
Its a 360-2 727 dana 4:10 harvest yellow and is as close to unrestored mint as ive seen or found. It has 107k miles which 95k were put on it before 82.
I bought the van and it still had the org water pump which also meant to org tim-gear set but drove it the 2500 miles to my home.
The motor seemed strong but did smoke a bit and at one point I heard a little rod bearing rattle on a warm startup. So I decided to pull it apart and god, as we all know about the great penstar alu-plastic upper time-set gear I almost sh-t. I could of got it to jump a tooth with my fingers.
So upon inspection it has turned out its in great shape but simply the wearable parts need replaced.
I go to the machine shop this afternoon to pick up my block crank and heads and hell yes im told the crank only needed a light polish and the block just needed honed. So im very pleased to have all standard sizes however I sprung for new std size slugs just for kicks.
Between ebay for parts.....oem cam 5 bucks, rings 17 bucks, felprogasket kit 35 bucks....ect my est cost when done will be under 7 bills for a totally fresh 360.
This old swimmer owner who bought the van new also at the same time bought a mopar dealer maunal and kept a record and a history from day one including a burnt valve replaced under warrenty.
As with the stored old muscle mopars this still has all the paint markings and marks from the assembly line underneath for those who might really be restoring one Id take all the pics needed.
All ive done so far other than the motor work that is in progress on the 360 is sand blast the matching 77 date coded 16.5 rims for a repaint and also the rear bumper.
Im looking for ways to get more than the 10 mpg it seems to want to get, it had its second set of bias ply tires when I bought it and replaced them with rads for the trip back but still 10 mpg with the 4:10 gears.
I love this van, its almost too sweet to drive but im a traveler in alot of ways so I must.
The current pics I have are like 888 kb and no site seems to want to let me post them.......due to size.
Id really like to network with other tradesmen owners and get help and try to help others...so feel free to contact me or email me at email@example.com....thnaks and I will try some how to get some pics up or email some.....peace....Matt.
I'd like to see your van, it sounds nice, the first one my dad and I customized was a 78 maxi. Your van must rev high on the highway with the 4:11's if you travel a lot you may want to go to a higher set 3:55 or 3:23's. Also the 360's are a notorious gas guzzler. I replaced my 2bbl with a rochester quadrajet on my 318 and my highway milage improved, as long as I don't dip into the secondaries to much. The primaries on the 4bbl are smaller than the 2bbl.
Hey sps yea im up on the gear swap thing and ive thought about a dana from a 3/4 to to help but honestly I like the 4.10 ratio as its a tank but yes down the interstate its a screamer im thinkinh 3600-4000 rpm all the way home on my trip. Ive had two prior camper vans both v dubs and thier way over rated one was air cooled one watercooled.....dam slugs and twice the mpg dont make up for 35 mph on hills.
I was passing everyone in the rockies on my way home and id like to find a time era small camper to turn into a living, party room so I gots to keep the 4:10 gears. Pluse its cool to sit a do a posi sliding smoke shot in a one ton van.
Its got the opt 36 gallon fuel tank in the rear and its a great hill climber, ive considered findoing a 4x4 chassis to do a swap but they want like 4 k for a pos one and im not that well off at the moment.
Im sitting on a small block six pack set up off my wrecked aar cuda and so badly want to cam and converter out my one ton since its all in the open to do right now......I just got a set of headers from ebay for 50 bucks in the box but have decided tonot use them yet so if someone needs headers I will have a set in a week or so to resell.
The thought of some good 3 inch pipes and flow masters on my van dam near gives me a .........but Im faithful to the stock theme....but they want 90 bucks for y pipe and mines in good shape but the org and id like to do it now...the rest of the exhaust is org and in great shape.......however ive thought about the headers and comming off the collectors use a 3inch pipe 2 into one like a big y pipe and a single 3 inch exhaust through one flow master to keep it in the single exhaust theme.....I think it would rock with headers and a single 3 inch flowmaster exhaust system.
But if I do that id do the rv cam and I got my stock oem cam from ebay for 5 bucks plus 12 shipping....so whats a guy to do.
Oh and for the ones wanting to pull thier engine...its a breeze, I was very spooked but I simply removed the front of the van and the heads and used a long 2x4 on a small stand I built between my seats and lifted it with on hand and slide the short block on the chain down the 2x4 right on out...by myself. But on install im gonna have a friend help as not to mess up my new short block paint. Ive never been too up on chrysler blue so opted for the cry indrustial red and its the new ceramic paint and paint and flows well and should really look nice after it gets hot a few times and bakes on......
Hey....I tried to emaiul you but it wouldnt let me...I got some pics up in the gallery section under my name yellowsub1977......nice van ya got thier by the way....you can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com later for now!
I looked at your pic in the gallery, nice van. It's very similar to my parents old '76 they had. Good luck on finding your bolt. I was lucky when I did my engine swap that i had the other vehicle there to steal from.
I have one too with a 400BB and a sliding door on the side with one big door in the back it's really cool !! I'm thinking of doing a restore on it it has some rust in the nomal spots and I'm having a time finding parts for it. I found some of the body panels I need ...but some of the gauges and electronics are very hard to find and some of the shift parts are near impossisble to find i has a 727 trans and a 12 bolt Dana rear . When I bought it it was done up like a hippe van of the 70's with wood paneling on the inside ...I use it to move my band equipment around but would like to make a cool 70's retro custom van. anybody got some Ideas where I can get some of my parts.