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 firstname.lastname@example.org....thna
ks and I will try some how to get some pics up or email some.....peace....Matt.