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Cobra
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Re: What did you do to/with your van today?

Post by Cobra » Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:11 pm

finally got to play in the snow i love my van. :muhaha:
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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Re: What did you do to/with your van today?

Post by blacknome » Fri Jan 15, 2016 2:56 pm

Well I got the van back Tuesday night. The shop found a near break in the O2 sensor wiring =D> Monday and repaired it. However I wanted the shop owner to take the van home for the night to see if he could get it to misfire. He made it 2 blocks in the cold and called my cell because the heater fan wasn't working. High speed hasn't worked for a couple years but they were all dead. At least he had rear heat. Ughhh SMH !

Had them give me the van back. I picked up a new resistor block and fan motor Wed afternoon and started everything yesterday at work between phone calls :)
Broke one of the tabs on the overflow and dove into the resistor block. The wiring harness melted into the resistor block. Tested the fan and its OK so I swapped the fan for a new wiring pigtail. Soldering connections in the wind and 25 f temps doesn't work very well LOL. Got it all buttoned up though ( with a couple breaks to thaw out my fingers ).

So now I have heat, no misfire, no codes. Noticed the battery and tray are a little more corroded than I like so this weekend I will pull the battery and clean those up before the next cold snap. Why doesn't this van act up when its nice out ??

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Post by Cobra » Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:43 pm

probably does the same thing mine does gives a heads up its going to go weird, if ignored it waits for the worst possible time as punishment. :rolleyes:
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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Re: What did you do to/with your van today?

Post by blacknome » Tue Jan 26, 2016 2:59 pm

couldn't get the battery tray off. The one bolt ( and clip ) behind the PCM are spinning. I cleaned up all the grounds and the battery tray best I could. Coat of motor oil to get it thru the winter.

No codes, runs great. Mileage back up to 13.1 mpg ( winter gas and 90% city driving ). Looking to tackle the abs/brake light issue next time I get some time.

Today I have to take the front seat out for an signage install tonight. The boards to install are 9' long x 2' wide and wont fit in the back of the van. Its supposed to rain so I cant leave it hanging out the back.
Stuff like this really makes me want to get one of those ugly nv2500 vans. All the seats are clipped in and removable.

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Post by Astrophysics » Tue Jan 26, 2016 3:05 pm

Hi,
I installed folding bucket seats from an Olds Silloutte FWD van into my 2003 Astro. Now front bucket seat can fold flat for long boards, as well as reclining.

AP

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Post by Captn. Crunch » Fri Jan 29, 2016 2:11 am

I've had to pop the hood and tap the blower motor housing on occasion. This morning my luck ran out and I had no fan. Well below freezing and my breath and the steam from my coffee all crystallizing on the inside of the windscreen made for an interesting ride to work. I'm on my second resistor so I changed both motor and resistor after work. All is right with the world.
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1994 Safari conversion (sold) and miss'n it!
1999 Safari SLE AWD junked
2003 GMC Safari AWD SLT
cast iron Torsen equipped front diff
S-10 leafs-G80 rear w/3.73’s
2” body lift w/Falken Wildpeak AT’s

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Re: What did you do to/with your van today?

Post by tequilasunset » Fri Jan 29, 2016 3:30 am

Gave it a new home... MINE!

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Gets delivered tomorrow :guitar:

2005 Safari AWD... going to be converted for camping...
05 Safari AWD
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Re: What did you do to/with your van today?

Post by Herbie » Fri Jan 29, 2016 4:59 pm

tequilasunset wrote:Gave it a new home... MINE!

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Gets delivered tomorrow :guitar:

2005 Safari AWD... going to be converted for camping...
I love it. Another AWD in "That Color". There are like five of us now.
"My minivan is cooler than your bro-truck"
2003 Astro AWD Astrolander/ZMB - GTRV Top Transplant, 4" OLV Lift, NP233 T-case, evolving interior
1995 Safari GTRV Organ donor - gutted and gone.
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Re: What did you do to/with your van today?

Post by danfromsyr » Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:29 pm

Welcome to the Darkside Tequila ;-) :guitar:

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Re: What did you do to/with your van today?

Post by tequilasunset » Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:21 pm

danfromsyr wrote:Welcome to the Darkside Tequila ;-) :guitar:
LOL... fancy meeting you here :cheers:
05 Safari AWD
85 Vanagon tin top 1.8T with Westy interior (stealth)
14 Lancer AWC
07 Tango (Home)

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Re: What did you do to/with your van today?

Post by tequilasunset » Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:22 pm

Herbie wrote:
tequilasunset wrote:Gave it a new home... MINE!

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Gets delivered tomorrow :guitar:

2005 Safari AWD... going to be converted for camping...
I love it. Another AWD in "That Color". There are like five of us now.
Thanks Herbie!
05 Safari AWD
85 Vanagon tin top 1.8T with Westy interior (stealth)
14 Lancer AWC
07 Tango (Home)

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Post by racrx7 » Wed Feb 10, 2016 2:53 am

Sweet looking ride Tequila. Congrats :cheers:
O3 Astro 4X4
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Dropped front IFS axle
Journeys rear spring hangers and shackles, S-10 leaf springs, 2" body lift
255/70-16 BFG KO2's on 16x8 Fuel Revolvers

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Post by doyoulikeithere » Sat Mar 05, 2016 12:21 am

Took it up into the misty mountains to walk the dog :) and play with the transfer case :)
I like to see just how far I can get it in 2wd before locking in the front axle with the pull cable.
I can even run it in 2wd LO range that way just for fun. with the LS rear axle, This thing is amazing at where it will go.
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1990 Astro - AWD - Brown.
1987 Astro - With 5 Speed & 4wd - Silver & Blue.

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Re: What did you do to/with your van today?

Post by ihatemybike » Sat Mar 05, 2016 3:56 pm

Spent 6 hours driving it around for Uber yesterday, made $120 before taxes.
Aaron

2005 Astro (Gandalf) - AWD, 4.3L, 3.42, 130k+ miles
1997 Astro (Grumpy - $250 Rally Van) - AWD, 4.3L, 3.42, LSD, 2" lift, 31" tires, 335k+ orig engine, $30 eBay fuel pump
Prev Astros:99,97,00,94,87,86

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Post by H2OJoe » Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:32 am

Just got back from Baja California "adventure" trip. Lots of surfing, windsurfing and some unintentional traversing of 70 miles of serious "Baja 1000" terrain. Changed flat tire half way thru (3" cut in sidewall) and noticed a slight leak in rear differential. Got back to civilization and promptly forgot to check/top off rear diff. Heading home, close to Patterson, CA, the diff locked up. Thanks to Thompson Chevy Dealership in Patterson we were back on the road 24 hours later with a new rear diff. 2001 Chevy Astro AWD LT with 4" lift and 30x9.5/15LT has far exceeded my expectations for offroad capabilities.
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