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 Post subject: Re: What did you do to/with your van today?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:51 am 
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OOPS! Typo
It is a '98.
DUH!

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 Post subject: Re: What did you do to/with your van today?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:36 am 
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Hi,
My 200 Astro hydro boost power brake unit failed causing loss of power steering and power brakes.
Got a rebuilt NAPA unit 527363 hydro boost.

Will install in the next few days.

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 Post subject: Re: What did you do to/with your van today?
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:13 pm 
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Just a picture of the Astro at work, on it's first major outing.
On a mountain top in NE Washington State, being used as a amateur radio station.
Everything worked as planned and the old military 'shelter half' worked excellent as alternately as a rain fly, sun shade, and hail stone repellent, while allowing me to operate from the relatively comfortable interior.
I had a small Honda generator (EU1000) to top off the radio batteries when needed, and it also ran a small electric heater if needed and/or and a small microwave...all the comforts of home!


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 Post subject: Re: What did you do to/with your van today?
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:20 pm 
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Hi Rod,

That is great. Ham radio will be fun for 4x4 trail too.

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 Post subject: Re: What did you do to/with your van today?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:38 am 
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Great outdoor shot Rod.

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I tried to install rancho 9000’s scocks on my rear axle. I have nt done the shock mount relocation. Turns out there is not enough room between the stock arms to fit the larger 9000 shock body.

Back to the drawing board.


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2004 Astro (was AWD now 4X4) 125,000 miles: purchased April 2012
Colorado Camper Van poptop
4" Overland lift, Rancho 5000 Cooper AT3 245/75/16 C,
4x4 - NP236 Transfercase
Propex HS2211 propane heater
I am copying a few of you hope you don't mind!

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 Post subject: Re: What did you do to/with your van today?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:36 pm 
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I put them on my van years ago without any issues I would phone Tenneco and see if they have made a revision to them or if the part number you received is the correct part.

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1998 GMC Safari AWD, BFGoodrich AllTerrain T/A
Jet performance tuner 91 octane preset, Jet under-drive pulleys
Rancho 999000 series shock, on-board controller to be installed later
DHC rock rails and skid plate Add-A-Leaf
G3500 front calipers
Zexel Torsen Diff
11" drums
180 amp Alternator
Long tru-cool 4590 trans cooler

1997 in storage (project coming soon)
1992 Chevy Astro "Z" vin (engine/trans in storage body crushed)
1995 Chevy Astro need lots of help project vehicle


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 Post subject: Re: What did you do to/with your van today?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:05 pm 
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The too-rare post from me with nothing technical or mechanical to update. Just using the van. Went camping in the local mountains to celebrate the end of the school year and Father's day. Started teaching my kiddo how to build a fire for 1-match lighting. Also whacked myself in the shin with a log after a failed attempt to split some wood for kindling, so I got to teach her about 1st aid, too. :D

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 Post subject: Re: What did you do to/with your van today?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:40 pm 
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Nice setup and great looking camp site.

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 Post subject: Re: What did you do to/with your van today?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:16 pm 
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Wrapped a couple of projects this weekend, despite the blistering heat:

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Got some help from my ladies to get the rear bed platform painted, after making some small adjustments to the fitting so that the rear seat reclines smoothly. (There was initially some interference between the back of the rock-n-roll seat and the platform making it such that the back didn't come down flush as designed.) The new water tank cabinet is done, too, but I'll talk more about that later.

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Finishing the painting also meant I could wrap up my project to put a tool drawer under the driver's side of the rock-n-roll bed. These tools were accessible by flipping up the rear bench seat, but I wanted to make sure they stayed "corralled". I also wanted to be able to retrieve them from the back of the van, too, since lately it seems like I'm at the rear when I need a tool. The notch on the left side of the drawer is to clear the support arm that holds the bench up when in bed-mode. Using every available cubic inch.

Next up, I'm going to try to re-upholster the seat cushions by re-cutting the original conversion van upholstry and sewing them into full covers.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:34 pm 
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Very nice camper van!

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 Post subject: Re: What did you do to/with your van today?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:01 pm 
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That looks like a great setup.
The only thing I would change is the handle on the tool drawer. I would suspect that will rattle and clank a bit on other than smooth roads, if nothing was pushed up against it. I would have just cut a small opening in the face of the drawer, for use a handle.
Rod J

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 Post subject: Re: What did you do to/with your van today?
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WE7X wrote:
That looks like a great setup.
The only thing I would change is the handle on the tool drawer. I would suspect that will rattle and clank a bit on other than smooth roads, if nothing was pushed up against it. I would have just cut a small opening in the face of the drawer, for use a handle.
Rod J


The handle is spring-loaded, so no rattles. Same reason I used a spring-loaded sash lock instead of a barrel bolt to keep it in place.

I actually put a handle on both sides so I can take the whole drawer out and move it around as needed. (I had a pair of leftover from another project.) A small cut-out was an option, but wanted to be able to load the drawer without worrying about what my fingers/hands would run into. A rope/cord/strap handle would also have worked, I suppose.

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 Post subject: Re: What did you do to/with your van today?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:37 am 
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Good point about being able to get a-hold of the drawer when loaded, and the spring loaded handles are a nice touch. You were way ahead of my thinking.
My setup has to convert from 5 passenger people mover (have not had a request to use the third seat yet), to a two-seat general materials and tool hauler, and then to a weekend warrior/ham radio van/camper. As a result, I cannot build anything very permanent. My interior 'design' is still fairly flexible as I get more outings on the odometer.
In the ~2000 miles I have accumulated since purchasing the van, (213K+ on the odo) I seem to be averaging about 16 MPG. A lot of that is local mileage; and the two longer trips (two tanks of fuel or more) included quite a bit of mountainous travel, so I do not get the advantage of long flat highway trips like in the mid-west.
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