Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it 4wd

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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Wed May 06, 2015 3:02 am

Update time : I got the sub frame dome an tires on it .I also got the cylinder heads back from the machine shop so this weekend i get to reassemble them an start on putting the motor together. Of course there is always pics

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I know this is not lift related but I thought you all would like it.

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ok that's all i got for now
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Thu May 21, 2015 3:48 am

I got another box in the mail today . it contained headers for a 4.3 l inn a full size chevy truck 96 to 2000. there made by pace setters part# 70-1321 okay here are some pics

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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:44 pm

Update: The engine is almost done an in the next two weeks I will be dropping it in the subframe . Then I will be able to see how those headers will really fit .Okay picture time

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Well that's it for now.
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Thu Jul 16, 2015 3:52 am

Update time : I finished the body spacers today . Sorry this is taking so long but real soon everything will come together.Well here some pics

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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by Captn. Crunch » Fri Jul 17, 2015 3:06 pm

Slow and steady wins the race. Nice body mounts-I like your thought prossess. Headers are a PITA but if you wanna run em read markinnh's post in the exhaust forum "cool header idea. I think it's right up your alley. You sure appear to be handy!
Was that the nose of a 70 Chevelle I saw poking into one of your pics? NEVER shoulda let go of my big block SS. Still cry over that one on occasion. Great build. Your doing what almost all of us wish we could do, your doing it right and your doing it all at once. Good on ya!
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Sat Jul 18, 2015 1:40 am

Yes your right its a 70 chevelle belongs to a customer..I do mechanical work at the shop so the owner of the shop lets me work my own stuff with his help sometimes .Thank you for the kind words. I have been doing this on a tight budget an calling in favors
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by truC » Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:27 am

Great work so far, best of luck with the rest of your project. These Van look so much better lifted, even the the 2" lifts make a huge difference.
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:02 pm

Thank you truC . There is going to be about a two weeks before I can post again . My puter took a beer bath so its getting fixed .using my phone to post is a PITA
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by racrx7 » Sun Oct 04, 2015 4:45 am

Looking good. :supz: Do you have a part number for the torsion keys?
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by Stroverlander » Mon Oct 05, 2015 1:15 am

For '96-ish - up with 1.5" hex, lift torsion key part number is KEY-X-ASTRO-30.

From Airbagit for $90 + s&h

http://www.airbagit.com/product-p/key-x-astro-30.htm

or Ebay user chassis_tech for $54

http://www.ebay.com/itm/KEY-X-ASTRO-30- ... ac&vxp=mtr
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Tue Oct 06, 2015 10:52 pm

here is a long awaited update got my puter back now just need to re hook up internet. as far as the van goes its almost done

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here is a teaser pic . I have a ton of pics of everything we did to the van so in about a week or so i will be back online an share everything with you all
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Sat Oct 17, 2015 1:17 am

Well i'm done with the van an now i'm driving it all over the place.
The 4 wheel drive works great

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I will fill in all the blanks as soon as the modem arrives
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by AstroWill » Sat Oct 17, 2015 1:31 am

NICE! Glad to hear you are out driving it!

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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Sat Oct 24, 2015 4:01 am

Finally i got net going !!!!!!!!
I was able to get the rest of the pics downloaded on to my puter
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van is headed to the shop
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making the shift lever for T-case
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np 233 mated to my trans
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add one motor
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putting assembly into subframe
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painting headers
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test fitting headers
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Re: Lifting my new to me 95 safari on a budget and making it

Post by akforceten » Sat Oct 24, 2015 4:02 am

Ok here we go more pics

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tear down time
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its out
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new stuff going in
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headers fit nice
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time to build a steering shaftl
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all the parts to build a new shaft
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new shaft done
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exhaust time using the stock exhaust
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