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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #30 on: August 07, 2017, 03:55:21 PM »
Made it to our campsite, 1st trip with the boss. She despite the no working RH window, no working A/C, roof vent not yet installed, headliner still off, gave the trip thumbs up during the hottest week of the year. So I got that going for me (which is nice)
It fits in the shop with the RTT installed. Big plus!
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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #31 on: October 25, 2017, 05:38:58 PM »
Boring stuff, clunks and not sure why? I know it needs upper ball joints that might fix it. I am thinking about replacing the axles while I am at it. Tested the roof rack several times and no leaks. Added the vent and seemed to be leak free, till the wind driven rain the other day. Had my wife inside the van with a light while I hit the roof area with the hose. Turns out the 3rd brake light was leaking so since its sunny out I popped it off to dry out before I seal it up. Sky opened up and soaked it good.
Did manage to get out and look for camp sites before the fires closed all the area roads. Now snow is here. AWD for the win!
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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #32 on: October 26, 2017, 11:14:57 AM »
Thank you for sharing that! thumbsup2
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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #33 on: October 27, 2017, 11:43:26 AM »
Speaking of vans,,,, where did the member with the van go who also had the Hi-powered Dodge coupe? I believe he was from Cleveland.
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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #34 on: October 27, 2017, 12:06:46 PM »
Speaking of vans,,,, where did the member with the van go who also had the Hi-powered Dodge coupe? I believe he was from Cleveland.
Mike Vango, he's been lurking but hasn't been posting much lately.

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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #35 on: November 07, 2017, 08:42:44 PM »
There is a very fine line between a hobby and a mental illness.

Does the need justify the want ? Or does the want suffice?

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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #36 on: November 08, 2017, 09:24:12 AM »
Speaking of vans,,,, where did the member with the van go who also had the Hi-powered Dodge coupe? I believe he was from Cleveland.

You are thinking Mikevango and Chopper. I believe Chopper passed away.

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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #37 on: November 08, 2017, 09:55:11 AM »
Thank you for sharing that! thumbsup2

+1 -- quite a unique ride and project. I like it a lot.

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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #38 on: November 08, 2017, 01:18:59 PM »
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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #39 on: November 09, 2017, 02:35:29 PM »
It passed emissions! Very happy.
Sucker still clucks and squeaks like a Mutha.  Had to help a buddy with picking up furniture last night and sent him into the back of the van to pinpoint noises. Rear dutch doors. Need to figure out a more permanent repair besides grease on the latches. For the life of me I have no ideas...
   
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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #40 on: November 09, 2017, 02:46:48 PM »
Thank you for sharing that! thumbsup2

+1 -- quite a unique ride and project. I like it a lot.

Thanks guys!
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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #41 on: March 13, 2018, 07:07:03 PM »
Good news! I had a Detroit Locker put in the van and it grabs and goes. Couldn't spin and snow and ice (except one very brief moment around a corner) Hurt the wallet but happy I did it.

Bad news its just sitting waiting for my very odd health issues to get figured out. On my 3rd week off work due to pain etc. Couldn't even read or watch TV. Having some inflammation issue that may be Psoriatic Arthritis or maybe Vasculitis or both? I don't think they know yet.
Pain pills, sleeping pills suck.
I went cold turkey off beer, coffee, sugar, any processed foods, heck after that kicking the pain pills don't scare me.
Enough whining, thought I would update mostly due to boredom.

   
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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #42 on: March 13, 2018, 07:26:50 PM »
Nice looking old van. Around here, those are standard equipment for all the mexican painters

I hope you are able to get the health issues sorted out soon. Summer is just around the corner.

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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #43 on: April 06, 2018, 01:40:19 PM »
My mom had a dark green AWD v8 astro growing up. I will never forget the day she spun it into ditch with all 3 of us in the van with her. Mom and sisters where crying and screaming, I was grinning and asking do to it again, I was in the 1st or second grade at the time.
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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #44 on: April 07, 2018, 12:03:57 AM »
My parents and the people 2 houses down both bought the Bivouac package Astro vans new in 1992, probably 2 months apart. Ours was a total piece of shit and had constant issues until dad finally had enough of it in 95. Theirs ran for years and they finally got rid of it around 2010. We never had any luck with Chevrolet’s.

A Taxi Company that hauls us at work ran those vans exclusively for as long as they possibly could. Several of the logged 300,000 miles. Some of them they couldn’t keep on the road. I guess you either get a great one or a piece of shit, but that’s been GM in general from my experience  shrugx
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Re: Rough road van
« Reply #44 on: April 07, 2018, 12:03:57 AM »