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by Bret Schmerker
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: STEERING
Topic: Replacing 97 Astro Power Steering pump
Replies: 26
Views: 17800

Re: Replacing 97 Astro Power Steering pump

:bounce: When the shaft broke on my stock pump after 217,xxx miles, I was able to pull the pulley right off, once the serpentine belt was off (I jackstanded the front end of the M11006 for clearance for myself, the tools I needed, and a large drain pan for the old fluid first). Separating the pulley...
by Bret Schmerker
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:31 am
Forum: ELECTRICAL
Topic: Retrofitting trailer wiring on a 1997 Safari
Replies: 5
Views: 2678

Re: Retrofitting trailer wiring on a 1997 Safari

\:D/ Update 4: LASFIT® has the nod for the exterior relamp. Headlamps: L1-9006 drive and L1-9005 pass beams, in either stock Guide/GM or upgrade ANZO® dual luminaires. Front directional/park/markers: L-3157A, L-T10A, in stock Guide/GM luminaires. Rear brake/tail/turn/reverse: T-1157R, L-T10A, T-1156...
by Bret Schmerker
Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: TRANSMISSION
Topic: Manual Transmissions in Astro/Safari Vans (History Question)
Replies: 10
Views: 6506

Re: Manual Transmissions in Astro/Safari Vans (History Question)

:cheers: @doyoulikeithere Thanks for confirming my research into a stickshift retrofit. For my 1997 GMC® M11006, the gearbox I'm really after is not a BORG X WARNER® World Class T-5™ - rather, a TREMEC® TR-3160B with Small-Block Chevy bellhousing. Already anticipated shortening the propshaft, as the...
by Bret Schmerker
Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:52 am
Forum: TRANSMISSION
Topic: 2000 column shift linkage problem
Replies: 7
Views: 1114

Re: 2000 column shift linkage problem

@steeplecab My 1997 GMC® M11006 has the same column design as broke on you. Haven't needed to remove 'em so far, but the upper and lower shrouds should be joined with a number of either Philips- or Torx-head sheetmetal screws. Remove these and the Combination Switch (left) and Ignition Switch Assem...
by Bret Schmerker
Thu Dec 26, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: AUDIO / VIDEO
Topic: Adding an AUX input to your Delco Stereo
Replies: 11
Views: 11143

Re: Adding an AUX input to your Delco Stereo

:whistle: What GM Part Number the nine-pin shell? I am currently considering three flavors of 1 Factory Radio Cat. No. 638.01007C AM/FM/Compact-Cassette receivers with Dolby Laboratories Noise Reduction Type B (all professional remanufactures of General Motors P/N 15757047 as used in the 1996-2005 C...
by Bret Schmerker
Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: ELECTRICAL
Topic: Retrofitting trailer wiring on a 1997 Safari
Replies: 5
Views: 2678

Re: Retrofitting trailer wiring on a 1997 Safari

:-k Update 3: One thing I'll need for a watertight, flood-proof connection for harnesses such as the Pollak® PK 11-998 or equivalent? A properly-specificated CANNON® connector set through the bottom of the jack compartment. With two pins needing 100 max A current capacity, two pins 50 max A, and the...
by Bret Schmerker
Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: TOWING
Topic: Hitch for '03 Cargo
Replies: 4
Views: 2097

Re: Hitch for '03 Cargo

:bounce: I did some advance research on receivers for my M11006 and found two acceptable models offered by etrailer® . Ye know about the DRAW-TITE® Model 75122 (3500# gross / 350# tongue weight-carrying; 6000# gross / 600# tongue weight-distributing), incidentally my first choice on fit for an exten...
by Bret Schmerker
Sat Nov 23, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: AUDIO / VIDEO
Topic: Safari SLE upgrade-speaker question
Replies: 8
Views: 1623

Re: Safari SLE upgrade-speaker question

:guitar: Update 6: After researching a bunch of items at Parts Express® , I've a fallback shortlist in the event that the Kenwood® woofers my previous Reply cannot be obtained à la carte. The GOLDWOOD® GW-6024 should fit the cab doors and Dutch doors with minimal modification to the nacelles. The La...
by Bret Schmerker
Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: AUDIO / VIDEO
Topic: Safari SLE upgrade-speaker question
Replies: 8
Views: 1623

Re: Safari SLE upgrade-speaker question

:axe: Update 5: KENWOOD® packages the best sub I have found for a 7" GM location as of 24 October 2019 in a duplex component group: The eXcelon® Reference™ XR-1703HR, which includes two 25mm silk dome tweeters in surface-mount "bullet" enclosure plus two 12 dB/octave LC crossovers. The ø6.5" woofer ...
by Bret Schmerker
Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: REAR AXLE / DRIVE SHAFT
Topic: G80 & GT4 for 2004 AWD Astro Conversion
Replies: 33
Views: 3679

Re: G80 & GT4 for 2004 AWD Astro Conversion

:bounce: As a side note for those considering ancient GM axles with 3.73:1 R&P (RPO GT4), I already looked at the 1955-series GM 8.400" dropout used on Chevrolet and Pontiac passenger cars through 1963 and would not recommend it for those needing a locker; EATON® supports the 8.400" only with a Posi...
by Bret Schmerker
Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: TOWING
Topic: Trailer wiring for your van.
Replies: 29
Views: 32308

Re: Trailer wiring for your van.

:-k Addendum: Pollak® is actually expecting the following AWG and colors for the PK 12-907: 1609 - 14 GN Trlr Tail Lic Run 1618 - 14 RD Trlr LH Stop Dir 1619 - 14 BR Trlr RH Stop Dir 1620 - 14 OR Trlr Ctr Stop 1624 - 14 YL Trlr B/U and Surge Brk Defeat 1639 - 12 GY Trlr Batt Chg Rly 1642 - 8 BK Trlr...
by Bret Schmerker
Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: OFF TOPIC - We have SMURFS!!!!!
Topic: R.I.P. T.Low you will be missed
Replies: 7
Views: 1826

Re: R.I.P. T.Low you will be missed

:-({|= I originally went with the GMC M11006 to replace a Ford E-250, on my own. E-250 was beyond my ability to support - too heavy, too gas-guzzling. Hadn't known about T.Low or his medical condition at the time, and I ran into this Thread: :usa: TOM "T.LOW" LOWELL END OF WATCH - 17 October 2018 18...
by Bret Schmerker
Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:22 am
Forum: OFF TOPIC - We have SMURFS!!!!!
Topic: Astro/Safari Replacement Has Arrived!
Replies: 11
Views: 5020

Re: Astro/Safari Replacement Has Arrived!

=; I don't consider the Metris a successor to the General Motors M-body mid-van. Parts for the Metris, being the Mercedes-Benz® it is and engineered to survive running for at least an hour flat out on the Autobahn (DEU), probably cost thrice as much as for any of the CHEVROLET®/General Motors City E...
by Bret Schmerker
Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: TIRES
Topic: New set of tires YES!!!
Replies: 1
Views: 267

Re: New set of tires YES!!!

\:D/ What make, model, and size format tires? I'm in the process of getting my M11006 on the correct size, already landed one pair of IRONMAN® RB-12's in 215/75R15 100S for the steer axle at Tred Shed® Tire Pros (50 Bliss Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565-4938 USA). (The drive axle's shod with undersize t...
by Bret Schmerker
Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: AUDIO / VIDEO
Topic: Safari SLE upgrade-speaker question
Replies: 8
Views: 1623

Re: Safari SLE upgrade-speaker question

:swords: Update 4: Things have gotten really interesting now! The previously-unconsidered KENWOOD® apparently has exact fit transducers in the eXcelon® range. The woofers for the KFC-XP184C two-way component package should drop right into the nacelles still occupied by GM 19116641 and/or 19116642 (a...