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by Bret Schmerker
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: GENERAL PROCEDURES
Topic: Transmission filter change and fluid flush
Replies: 14
Views: 24259

Re: Transmission filter change and fluid flush

:cheers: Sorry to bump an old topic, but thanks for the detail photos. My down-as-of-16-September-2018 1997 Safari SLE's gearbox is coming due for an overhaul and I see a LOT of things that could use major upgrade. R Performance Transmission and Driveline Specialties (Oakley, CA, USA) can do the flu...
by Bret Schmerker
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: NON-STOCK ENGINE SWAP
Topic: swap diesel engine to astro or GMC g20?
Replies: 3
Views: 2631

Re: swap diesel engine to astro or GMC g20?

:D Either or both, depending on the engine. The G20 has the room for any of the Detroit Diesel V8's or alternately the Duramax 6600, which I'd back with an 11" dual-disc clutch and an EATON® FO-8407 single-overdrive with dual PTO provisions. The Astro is trickier; my practical set-up would use an ou...
by Bret Schmerker
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: GENERAL PROCEDURES
Topic: Ignition Coil Replacement Procedure (shown with 2003 Astro)
Replies: 12
Views: 13745

Re: Ignition Coil Replacement Procedure (shown with 2003 Ast

:cheers: Sorry to bump an old thread, but thanks, @chemist, for the briefing. My 1997 Safari SLE packs a High Voltage Switch, and the spark coil's probably on the upper intake near the CSFI injection manifold assembly. Upgrading to a sextet of BOSCH® PLATIN+4's and ACCEL® 8.8's off a stock-replaceme...
by Bret Schmerker
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: GENERAL PROCEDURES
Topic: Expert Question: Retrofitting a Robust Sender to a 1997 SLE
Replies: 1
Views: 713

Expert Question: Retrofitting a Robust Sender to a 1997 SLE

I've a need to harden my 1997 Safari SLE against semi-corrosive fuel. California is infamous for major-brand gasolines that make small-engine survival a SNAFU, and I suspect the pump gas as a contributing factor in the recent "went down HARD" of my 1997 Safari SLE - had ca. 18 gallons 87-octane sti...
by Bret Schmerker
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: GENERAL PROCEDURES
Topic: alternate Oil filter
Replies: 11
Views: 5412

Re: alternate Oil filter

:cheers: Sorry to bump an old topic, but I've an add: Most Chevrolet Turbo-Fire 262 and Vortec 4300 installations in the M-body (e.g. my 1997 Safari SLE) had the engine oil filter awfully close to the headpipe. I'd first used K&N® Performance Oil Filters in two generations of Ford E-series, and they...
by Bret Schmerker
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: GENERAL PROCEDURES
Topic: Fuel Pump - Fuel Sender Assembly - Replacement Procedure
Replies: 19
Views: 27157

Re: Fuel Pump - Fuel Sender Assembly - Replacement Procedure

Hi Everyone, Very good info. My 2003 AWD has 130,000. I have changed fuel filter every 25,000 miles or so. I may cut a hole in floor and install hatch. We should post a card board scaled template to show where to cut the floor. Thank you all for great ideas. AP Smart thinking, @Astrophysics! On 199...
by Bret Schmerker
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: GENERAL PROCEDURES
Topic: Fuel Pump - Fuel Sender Assembly - Replacement Procedure
Replies: 19
Views: 27157

Re: Fuel Pump - Fuel Sender Assembly - Replacement Procedure

Thanks for the advance information on the procedure. As of 13 September 2018 my Safari SLE went down HARD enroute - engine suddenly died and would not restart, on an uphill. No DTC's thrown when it happened. I'd previously changed out the Delphi fuel pump in a now-retired Ford E-250, but the pump/s...