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Nothing wrong with that at all, a diamond in the rough, I see no rust on it, looks like you need some front end pieces and a paint job. Here's mine, lol. View attachment 57142
That's a nice looking van! Wish mine shined like that..
I've got the front end parts but a decent paint job will be a lot of work in body prep. At 61 yrs old with a bad back I just don't have the motivation to tackle the job, however I've been trying to visualize some kind of down & dirty Road Warrior type paint job that wouldn't take a lot of work and would look cool.

I've thought of hitting it with Rhino-Liner and then misting it with a different color Rhino-Liner..maybe cut some stencils and create a lizard skin effect..
 

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Wow, you 61 and 62 year old guys are scaring me with your health issues; hopefully 63 will be immune from such issues as I'll hit that threshold pretty soon. :p
 

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Take your vitamins, be careful what you do, keep your fingers crossed and hopefully you'll grow old enough to tell 61 yr olds that they're still youngsters!
 

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Take your vitamins, be careful what you do, keep your fingers crossed and hopefully you'll grow old enough to tell 61 yr olds that they're still youngsters!
LOL, I don't take vitamins and I am rarely careful, as evidence by numerous broken bones over the last couple of decades. :p

The above said, I do try and eat well and keep fit (most of the time).
 

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Shipo, you're right, I have to apologize. This thread got WAY off topic. I guess I took a liking to Vanom because it seemed like we had stuff in common. Us older guys got to stick together!

And Vanom, my opinion is to paint your van with actual paint and not that Rhino-Liner. Even a half-ass paint job will look ok. Best part for you is NO RUST. I just had $3000 of rust repair done on mine a couple months ago. Save up for a while and repaint. (y)
 

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Shipo, you're right, I have to apologize. This thread got WAY off topic. I guess I took a liking to Vanom because it seemed like we had stuff in common. Us older guys got to stick together!

And Vanom, my opinion is to paint your van with actual paint and not that Rhino-Liner. Even a half-ass paint job will look ok. Best part for you is NO RUST. I just had $3000 of rust repair done on mine a couple months ago. Save up for a while and repaint. (y)
I was thinking rhino liner because it could add a bit of sound deadening and I wouldn't have to do any body work. I have the interior stripped out so it is a bit noisy. That and I couldn't spend $3000 on this. Too many other things need my money.
BTW pardon me for getting off topic!
 

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No, no please don't get me wrong. I'm glad we went off topic, I like the human factor of this as well as the vans! I meant I was sorry to scare shipo with the health talk lol. Just joking around.

Anyway, I had to spend the $3000 because my van rusted. Yours didn't, so you don't need to do the rust repair, just the prep and paint. I have an idea for you, you know those tech schools where young men and women learn the trades? Auto repair and bodywork are taught at those schools. I hear they're always looking for vehicles to work on to gain experience. And I heard they do a decent job, the students take it seriously. They could do it for the cost of materials (you supply the materials). The labor (the expensive part) is no charge. What do you think?
 

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No, no please don't get me wrong. I'm glad we went off topic, I like the human factor of this as well as the vans! I meant I was sorry to scare shipo with the health talk lol. Just joking around.
No worries, I was joking as well. :)
 

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Hey Vanom, did you ever wind up fixing that starter?
Sadly no, my physical condition worsened. I can still remove the starter but while the van is down I'm not able to drive my manual transmission Nissan Frontier.
Thankfully it looks like things are turning around a bit as overnight I gained some flexibility and cessation of pain so will see if this lasts.
I'm looking at this repair kit, it's got the seal and some other parts not included in the cheaper sets...When I disassemble the starter we'll see what it needs

DENSO STARTER SOLENOID REPAIR KIT CONTACTS Dodge Caravan 2.4L 3.0L 228000-3010 | eBay
 

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Hey there, sorry to hear about the health issues, I do hope you make a good recovery.

That kit looks pretty complete, I say put everything in, and you should be set for a long time. Let us know how it looked inside (photo) when you do the job.
 

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Hey there, sorry to hear about the health issues, I do hope you make a good recovery.

That kit looks pretty complete, I say put everything in, and you should be set for a long time. Let us know how it looked inside (photo) when you do the job.
Yes I will -
 

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This thread is kind of depressing. I have to keep my comments to myself as they are very not pc. Nor do I want to hurt anyone's feelings.

I helped a few people out with their vans for free in the PDX area, and one that was in California. I don't mind helping people at all as its just the American small town way.

It just feels bad that out older members don't have help with these things. It just makes you understand that as men, we really are all alone. I hope that someone will lend a wrenching hand.
 

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Appreciate your post.
As we get older we'll face situations like this. Heck, I'm the mechanic in my circle of friends and truth be told I could just take this to my mechanic and get the job done. Of course the bill would be around $200 (including starter) and I don't want to spend that kind of money when I can/could do it for the cost of the rebuild kit and an hour of my time.

In many circumstances we men and especially older men are alone. I do have friends but it seems my friends are a lot like me - just kinda doing my own thing and sticking close to The Cave.
They also have physical limitations or are out of town a lot and so on..

I was talking to my sister yesterday and she was ready to drive from AZ to here in Florida to help me out. I wouldn't let her do it but it highlights another problem with our mobile society - our families are spread all across the US and are not close enough to help each other when we're in need.

As they say - "It is what it is"
 

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Hi Vanom, did you ever wind up fixing that starter?
I've been wanting to get to it but my leg has become a long term problem. Even with the blood thinner the swelling hasn't gone down much, if at all, so I need to see a vascular specialist...In the meantime I've been listing things on eBay to keep money coming in and trying to stay off my feet as much as possible...The job is still at the top of my list but for now it's starting so I can put it off
 

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We can Bail out Cruise ships and give away 25 Million dollars and lay of people and PAY Planed Parenthood to keep doing abortions during this Covid 19 thing, but or all of that, I still am helpless to do anything about this and it sucks.

This is not the America I signed up for.
 
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