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 Post subject: Allow me to introduce The Van
PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2015 1:41 am 
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Hello, My name is Mike. My wife and I are the Caretakers of a 1992 Astro LT that we were granted Stewardship of in 1994.
We anticipated a long road trip out west back then and started with "The Van" 6 months prior to Iron out any Kinks.

There were no Kinks and the 6,000 mile trip was an enormous success.

... Well that was 200,000+ miles, 6 other big trips and 20+ years later. We have taken very good care and PMed the heck out of it - so, here it is - still kicking. But needing a bit of "Out of the Ordinary" care and repair and could use a little updating.

Now - here we are - looking for tips and ideas to better our "Old Ride". We have been to other Forums and belong to a couple as members. I am looking for some "FRESH" thoughts.

Here are a few photos of "The Van" prior to our Retirement and it's "Revival":

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One of the Major areas that We were concerned with was the Front end Plastic, Grille, Lights, etc.:

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All of the Top Tabs had to be reconstructed and all 3 major Parts had cracks and parts missing - Paint was horrible, Silver all but gone. A lot of work was done under the Hood - And it Shows. We also did an Enormous amount of work on the Interior - Headliner, Overhead Console, Lighting, Carpet, etc - rinse and repeat as needed...



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 Post subject: Re: Allow me to introduce The Van
PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2015 2:36 am 
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every time i see a pic of the engine bay and firewall, like that, I think holy cow,,,,
that just looks so naked without a clutch master cylinder sitting in that empty spot.... ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Allow me to introduce The Van
PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2015 3:26 am 
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You know you can buy the grill and bezels for the astro new on ebay. When I got the one to cut up for my phantom grill I think it cost less than $100 shipped.

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 Post subject: Re: Allow me to introduce The Van
PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 12:27 pm 
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Oh... I'm sorry... nodded out there for a day or so. Good to hear from you Woody !!!

Uh, thanks for the advice - next time ( yeah, right... ) I will order it or them online or buy one locally.
FLEABAY has them way, way cheaper than $100 - even "Already Broken" ones. Such a deal awaits you...
A few hours repair, sanding, $20 in paint & supplies - these 3 look like new. The Masking for the Silver sucked monumentally, tho.

Now, let me get back to my nap while I wait for the next post...



Mike

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 Post subject: Re: Allow me to introduce The Van
PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 12:34 pm 
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doyoulikeithere wrote:
... sitting in that empty spot.... ;)
Now that's really funny - 1st I have ever heard anyone say "empty spot" when referring to under the hood of these vans.
Believe me - as soon as the engineers saw where that vacuum canister sat - they had plenty of things in mind.
There is NOT ONE SPOT that a baseball could fit or sit easily.

It's a good thing these older Vans don't have much go wrong with them under the hood. You would never be able to fix them.



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Here's the Gen I Trip Computer I retrofitted to the Dash.
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 Post subject: Re: Allow me to introduce The Van
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 11:39 am 
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Nice looking 92.

Almost makes me miss my 94, almost.

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2005 Astro (Gandalf) - AWD, 4.3L, 3.42, 130k+ miles
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 Post subject: Re: Allow me to introduce The Van
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 1:15 pm 
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Very nice van, you should be proud. :supz:


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 Post subject: Re: Allow me to introduce The Van
PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 3:25 pm 
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Darn nice. and I thought my daily driver '92 was clool with the 108,000 miles on it.


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 Post subject: Re: Allow me to introduce The Van
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Really nice shape. You take good care of it.

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 Post subject: Re: Allow me to introduce The Van
PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2015 6:52 pm 
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ihatemybike wrote:
Nice looking 92. ...
okie1 wrote:
Very nice van, you should be proud. :supz:
bruce27 wrote:
Darn nice. and I thought my daily driver '92 was clool with the 108,000 miles on it.
Smiliesafari wrote:
Really nice shape. You take good care of it.


I thank you all from the guy who's head is too big :yellin:
now to fit on the EDIT/COMPOSE page anymore

So... next is ALL the doors - Electrics & Mechanical.



Mike

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Here's the Gen I Trip Computer I retrofitted to the Dash.
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