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Rough road van
« on: March 31, 2017, 03:55:15 PM »
Sold my Dads Tacoma pu and since I have a utility trailer I decided on a Van for my around the shop/yard needs. I decided after reading some threads about AWD Astros to go that route.
Me and my son have gotten into hiking and some of the roads are a bit rough for my DD. I added 2" to the subframe and added longer shackles in the rear. Also had the pleasure of redoing the front suspension. These vans have a laundry list of issues but overall are pretty stout. Will see for myself. LOL I added taller tires that are ice and snow rated. I have a transfer case to convert it to 4WD but not so sure I'll need it. Have a roof top tent to keep room inside the van but will have to reinforce the roof. I will eventually add kitchen stuff but will have to be removable as I want to haul stuff like lumber and car parts etc. Not cool (like Mikes van) but it just need to be practical.   
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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2017, 06:36:42 PM »
I always liked the looks of those vans.
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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2017, 07:01:14 PM »
Dad had an astro, aunt had three of them growing up.

Good solid vans

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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2017, 07:43:13 PM »
4.3 Vortec?
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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2017, 08:23:15 PM »
I always liked the looks of those vans.
Not bad. Even my wife said its nice looking after I removed the cladding. And she said pre marriage "No mini van!" Good thing this one is mid sized.
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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2017, 08:24:23 PM »
Dad had an astro, aunt had three of them growing up.

Good solid vans

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It should be solid after I replace everything on it. LOL List keeps growing......
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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2017, 08:25:31 PM »
4.3 Vortec?
Yep and you'll like this, Tow Pkg!  thumbsup2
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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2017, 09:50:48 AM »
Know a lot of companies that used them for work vans and had excellent luck with them.  I am with UB in liking the look and they were made in Baltimore.

Neighbor has one with a trick paint job, 350 small block and nitrous.  Its getting some age to it now but in the nineties he got his jolly's red light racing any ricer with a wing.  They were always shocked the fat old guy just blew them away in a minivan lolx
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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2017, 11:50:57 PM »
Surprised by how many V8 vans are out there. It fits well. I'm not done with my last V8 swap, close. No desire to hot rod this boat. I've had it since fall and had the Mrs. blessing since we will go camping in it. Its taking me months to get the lift done and suspension. Now its just  nickel and dime stuff (I hope). This summer I hope to drive some of the http://ridebdr.com/WABDR.



 
Know a lot of companies that used them for work vans and had excellent luck with them.  I am with UB in liking the look and they were made in Baltimore.

Neighbor has one with a trick paint job, 350 small block and nitrous.  Its getting some age to it now but in the nineties he got his jolly's red light racing any ricer with a wing.  They were always shocked the fat old guy just blew them away in a minivan lolx



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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2017, 12:38:05 AM »
Man that link makes me want my Tenere back.
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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2017, 04:21:46 PM »
Had to look up Tenere. Pretty cool!
Needed to clean the garage at my folks cabin near the beach. had to cruise the coast first.
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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2017, 05:17:59 PM »
Man that link makes me want my Tenere back.

Still got my '83 34L - wont ever  be parting with it.

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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2017, 07:37:50 PM »
It's rare that you see them on the road without any rust on them.
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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2017, 09:53:23 AM »
Van has a nice stance for its intended purpose
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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2017, 01:43:00 PM »
Thanks guys, its got some surface but very little rot. Pretty solid. Spent way too much time rewiring the new heater resistor and swapping spark plugs, pulled the LR axle to replace the leaking axle seal, almost missed it because I sprayed it down with BC before really inspecting it. Caught it after finishing up the last spring on the bottom of the shoes. Just in the nick of time.  thumbsup2

Now I wait and wonder how will I deal with the 3/4's of a tank of fuel while I R&R the fuel pump.

I also took out the headliner so I can make a plan on reinforcing the roof as these are iffy at best regarding walking up top and/or roof rack needs.   
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Re: Rough road van
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