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 Post subject: Astro V8 5 speed
PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2015 3:03 am 
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I finally get the smurf thing
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Hey guys! Haven't been on in forever! But that's doesn't mean I've lost the Astro bug. I got a wild hair and stumbled on a 1988 v6 5 speed Astro and had to have it. Then proceeded to install a V8. Hope these pictures load properly.

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The donor van for the V8
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Still have some buttoning up to do like the air conditioning and entire exhaust system. Just thought I'd share. :-) Take care!!

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1988 Astro Shorty full cargo - 350 TBI - 5 speed
1993 Passenger 4X4 Astro 305 TBI V8 -2 speed transfer case 5" custom lift - Built by Lockdoc
2015 Ram Promaster City - work car
2004 AWD Express 5.3
2005 Express 15 passenger 6.0
1984 Beauville Full Size Sport Van- built TBI 355-electric fans- 4L60e 95,000 original miles
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 Post subject: Re: Astro V8 5 speed
PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2015 3:09 am 
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I get chills without my van.
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Location: The "Staggering Metropolis" of Lebanon, WI
Long time, no see.

Welcome back! :bounce:

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Back in the saddle on a new horse!

A lot of money is tainted: 'Taint yours, and 'taint mine.

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 Post subject: Re: Astro V8 5 speed
PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2015 5:48 pm 
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Nice find.

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 Post subject: Re: Astro V8 5 speed
PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2015 8:22 pm 
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Another one saved from the crusher and given some TLC. What a great christmas. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Astro V8 5 speed
PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 12:00 am 
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Yep, you still got the bug...
Makin' the poor kid work w/ a busted flipper, shame on you!
Nice find.

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 Post subject: Re: Astro V8 5 speed
PostPosted: Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:53 pm 
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Great to see all the pics together! Now on to an AWD subframe to slip under it.... :whistle:

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-96 GMC Safari AWD Hi-Top Conversion -->Stalled 5.3L swap & 5" lift
-74 Ford Bronco -->Far from perfect but mine!
-99 V-10 Ford Super Duty Super Cab 4x4 -->Stock with 285 Cooper ATs
-00 Ford Focus Wagon -->The Red Turd
-95 Ford 24' Class C Motorhome -->My big block sleeper
-07 Can-Am Outlander XT -->My yellow 4x4 quad for work & play
-04 Ski Doo REV Summit -->Still several chassis behind!


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 Post subject: Re: Astro V8 5 speed
PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:26 am 
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:cheers: Sorry to bump an old thread, but I've info for @Logan on other candidate gears. Richmond Gear/Beloit once produced a ROD six-speed, which I reckon would have made the best installation, as all forks use a Long Machine & Tool external shifter; I'd have advised the 22:37 input/fifth gears, 41:17 first (4.06:1), 35:24 second (2.75:1), 28:30 third (1.57:1), 25:34 fourth (1.24:1), and 25:52 sixth (0.81:1 / 19% overdrive).

Since Richmond discontinued the ROD, TREMEC came up with new light-truck gears in the form of the TR-3160; I've earmarked the B gearset with its 4.06:1 low and staged overdrives as upgrade candidate for my own V6-4300-powered 1997 SLE, and the C gearset has a 3.76:1 low and 0.60:1 overdrive for better enduring today's torquey overhard cam small-blocks in addition to the Vortec 5300 and 6000 and refurb Chevrolet Turbo-Fires. The Borg-Warner shifter offset unit used in 1st-gen Astro/Safari production on the World Class T-5 should also work on the TR-3160.

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