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by Herbie
Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: LIFT KITS
Topic: Terrain Tough Xtreme Ball Joints for my lifted 95
Replies: 7
Views: 839

Re: Terrain Tough Xtreme Ball Joints for my lifted 95

Nice find- those certainly look burly enough. Let us know how installation goes. Front ball joints on my 2003 was easily the most frustrating job I've ever done on any vehicle any time. I would rather attempt to rebuild the worlds most finicky automatic transmission on my dining room table than mak...
by Herbie
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: ENGINES GENERAL/PERFORMANCE
Topic: Is the 4.3L an 'Interferrence' motor
Replies: 6
Views: 1910

Re: Is the 4.3L an 'Interferrence' motor

Thanks! I’ve never understood why someone would design something like a zero clearance engine when you don’t have to. Things break-design it to live to fight another day. Compression ratio. If you design the head-to-piston space such that the combustion chamber is tall enough to accommodate the val...
by Herbie
Tue Apr 02, 2019 2:09 am
Forum: CHASSIS
Topic: HELP??? Crunching Noises front right wheel AWD
Replies: 16
Views: 5746

Re: HELP??? Crunching Noises front right wheel AWD

Now I trust the Astro to go off roading to try out the 30" Cooper tires. My 3,42 axle ratio really needs to be re geared to 3.73 or even 4.10. For a 30" tire, I'd definitely go 4.10. That's right about the height I've got (~29.5") and it's just about perfect. My highway cruising is still at a decen...
by Herbie
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: CHASSIS
Topic: HELP??? Crunching Noises front right wheel AWD
Replies: 16
Views: 5746

Re: HELP??? Crunching Noises front right wheel AWD

Now I trust the Astro to go off roading to try out the 30" Cooper tires. My 3,42 axle ratio really needs to be re geared to 3.73 or even 4.10. For a 30" tire, I'd definitely go 4.10. That's right about the height I've got (~29.5") and it's just about perfect. My highway cruising is still at a decen...
by Herbie
Thu Mar 21, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: MEMBER'S VANS PICTURE/VIDEO POST
Topic: Camping Pics - Big Sur
Replies: 2
Views: 687

Re: Camping Pics - Big Sur

I love it!

Great photos.
by Herbie
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: CLIMATE CONTROL
Topic: AC not blowing through upper vents
Replies: 41
Views: 21840

Re: AC not blowing through upper vents

I had had this issue for a little while, and I finally got around to fixing it this weekend. I'd been "building up to it" by making sure I had the main vacuum line (Part #15967970) and a spare check-valve/tee on-hand so that I could fix everything up in one pass. Turns out, I needn't have bothered, ...
by Herbie
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: MEMBER'S VANS PICTURE/VIDEO POST
Topic: Eastern Sierra Pics
Replies: 3
Views: 788

Re: Eastern Sierra Pics

Awesome photos!
by Herbie
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: DRIVETRAIN
Topic: Help find replacement rear Driveshaft
Replies: 4
Views: 900

Re: Help find replacement rear Driveshaft

I haven't heard of issues with play in the rear diff, but it doesn't sound impossible. I don't hoard many parts, but I did make sure I stocked up on a spare fuel pump and MOOG bits for the front suspension a while back. They're all ready to go since I know replacements there are a matter of "when", ...
by Herbie
Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: BODY
Topic: Grill Guard
Replies: 4
Views: 1666

Re: Grill Guard

I bought a grill guard from a similar-year Silverado truck, with the intention to add some brackets to make it fit on my rig. (Width and headlight-shape wise, it's perfect.) I eventually decided I didn't want the weight on the front axle. Anyone looking for a "grill guard starter kit", let me know, ...
by Herbie
Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: SUSPENSION
Topic: Urgent help needed: Jacking for the leaf springs van fell
Replies: 8
Views: 1136

Re: Urgent help needed: Jacking for the leaf springs van fel

Man, I was travelling all weekend, so I just saw this. Really glad you got it sorted, as that must have been scary/frustrating as hell. I wouldn't have offered much more than what Snowgeek did - while probably not the preferred method, I have put jackstands under the rear hitch while I was doing axl...
by Herbie
Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: DRIVETRAIN
Topic: Help find replacement rear Driveshaft
Replies: 4
Views: 900

Re: Help find replacement rear Driveshaft

When my front drive shaft starting clunking, I was able to get a (used) replacement via eBay. $50 and a half hour of my time and I was GTG. If your mechanic doesn't know about http://car-part.com/, he should really get on that. Not a lot of new parts available for our vans these days, so he and you ...
by Herbie
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Topic: New User - Santa Cruz CA
Replies: 7
Views: 1328

Re: New User - Santa Cruz CA

Welcome!

Great photos, and a High-Five to yet another owner of a "That Color" van.

I swear GM only made them in like three colors for those last few years.
by Herbie
Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: REAR AXLE / DRIVE SHAFT
Topic: I think it's finally re-gear time. Where to source parts?
Replies: 36
Views: 9581

Re: I think it's finally re-gear time. Where to source part

So after a few months, here's the verdict: The Powertrax Lock-Rite is a bad fit in my application. I think the main problem is that my van is way overloaded - I'm over the rear axle rating by more than 200 lbs. At any rate, the on-road behavior I have is downright scary, so I'm about ready to contac...
by Herbie
Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: DRIVETRAIN
Topic: Encoder motor question
Replies: 2
Views: 905

Re: Encoder motor question

Hi all I've been coming here to research the replacement of the encoder motor on my 1999 Safari AWD What I've learned is that the motor should not be adjusted to fit I to the transfer case, nor should you add power to adjust it's position. What I can't find the answer to however is what SHOULD I do...
by Herbie
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: OFF TOPIC - We have SMURFS!!!!!
Topic: I'm now a registered member of ALS forum
Replies: 28
Views: 11681

Re: I'm now a registered member of ALS forum

I'm very sorry to report that it appears T.Low has passed away. "Railvan", aka Brian, was Tom's neighbor and frequent trip partner in Bellingham, and has posted a brief message on the Expedition Portal today. https://expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/a-tale-of-two-vans-travels-over-25-trips-togethe...