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I cut (sawed) the rusted pipes at the point of where the rust stopped (plus 1-inch. Take that cut portion of the pipe to any auto parts store and get BULK Rubber Heater Hose. Remember to add on a few inches (2) for each end to fit onto the pipe (on the Van) at each end. Use the pipe you brought to get the correct size (diameter), fitting the pipe snuggly into the rubber hose. Buy 2-adjustable band clamps for the hose, one for each end. Make sure you get the correct size diameter clamps.
Hint: When putting the rubber hose you bought onto the metal pipes on the Van : to slide the hose onto the pipe easier use grease on the outside of the metal pipe and on the inside of the rubber hose you bought (about 2-inches).
Clamp them down at least 1-inch from the end of the cut.
Replacing the metal pipes is more expensive and more labor. I did mine for about $5.00 and was done in 15-minutes, The Rubber Hoses will not rust on you.
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