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Rurgundy - Safari camp rig

Postby nonhog [OP] » November 12th 2016, 12:11am

Brace yourself for a long drawn out project. ;)
Only had this 96 Safari less than a week. Drove home well, I am surprised at how easy it drove and how it fit o.k. I was worried about foot room but on the hour drive home I was fine.
Since I have got it home its obvious that something is leaking. Windshield maybe, been searching and learning a bunch. For example the Dutch doors seem to be sealed at this time?
Just ordered some spacers (2") and some shackles thanks to some reading here and the other similarly named site (seems a bit slower there?)
I became interested in Astro/Safari's after reading Sharkfox post on Expedition Portal.
I am 52 and growing weary of car projects so I will try and keep this a driver more than a project. I have recently gotten back into hiking mostly due to my boy and my buddy and his son. Really looking forward to getting further out with this van so I can explore more. Love old mines and ghost towns.
So after the lift I will add my Tepui roof top tent, that will help keep the van area more open if we are camping and want to get out of the weather.
So this weekend I will give it a better once over and make a maintenance/repair plan while I wait for my lift items.
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Re: R Burgundy - Safari camp rig

Postby TurnNburn » November 12th 2016, 12:46am

Another Ron Burgundy?! THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE :angry-boxing: !!!

In all seriousness, welcome, and thanks for posting pics
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Re: R Burgundy - Safari camp rig

Postby thegreenmachine » November 12th 2016, 2:03am

TurnNburn wrote:Another Ron Burgundy?! THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE :angry-boxing: !!!

In all seriousness, welcome, and thanks for posting pics



And mine is the original.
"that looks legit"

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Re: R Burgundy - Safari camp rig

Postby THEEwhiteboy » November 12th 2016, 3:35am

Good luck bud. You appear to be in better shape that my " i changed the oil once a year" revival. Did the owner let yours lay dormant like mine did.
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Re: Rurgundy - Safari camp rig

Postby nonhog [OP] » November 12th 2016, 7:40am

Not a big fan of naming vehicles, I should have searched 1st. :banghead:
I suspect that this rig was taken care of before it sat for a spell. I will learn more this weekend as I look it over.
I checked with my connection at a local GMC dealer who says it has 3 recalls yet to be done. I hope they will give it a once over while there (in hopes of an upsell?)
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Re: Rurgundy - Safari camp rig

Postby TurnNburn » November 12th 2016, 8:39am

Oooo do you know what the recalls are?
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Re: Rurgundy - Safari camp rig

Postby WoodButcher » November 12th 2016, 3:04pm

My '93 is named Phil, short for Philomena and while her paint is faded, she, is the original,,,,

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DRZ was here first with his '88

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Lol. Welcome aboard!
These little vans because of their age generally take a bit of work to get up to snuff and running right but once there are well worth the effort. Once you start it can be hard not to turn these into a project because there are so many fun and interesting mods that can be done.
Many of us find it hard not to go deep. I bought my '93 w/ the intent the of a V8 swap. I had it torn apart for almost 4 months and the bride would often ask when I would be done. Knowing my nature I would reply "when I'm on my back with some guy throwing dirt on my face". As long as I watch my purse and keep the rent paid she's happy, she enjoys the stop light games as much as me. The look on the face of a guy driving his new Mustang or the kid in his lowered Honda with cold air and popcorn exhaust when a "soccer mom's van" has smoked them is priceless.
Enjoy your new van and keep us posted.
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Re: Rurgundy - Safari camp rig

Postby nonhog [OP] » November 12th 2016, 5:23pm

TurnNburn wrote:Oooo do you know what the recalls are?


n010036 seat belt warning
n030023 wiper motor
n980007 coil wire

only concerned about the wiper motor, but I doubt they will let me select?
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Re: Rurgundy - Safari camp rig

Postby WoodButcher » November 12th 2016, 5:27pm

I should think your long past any recall deadlines but if they offer take what you can get.
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Re: Rurgundy - Safari camp rig

Postby nonhog [OP] » November 12th 2016, 5:39pm

WoodButcher wrote:Many of us find it hard not to go deep. I bought my '93 w/ the intent the of a V8 swap. I had it torn apart for almost 4 months and the bride would often ask when I would be done.
Enjoy your new van and keep us posted.


I get the urge to dig in! I had started a frame off resto of a 66 SS396 Chevelle I bought it in 1983 and put maybe 15 miles on it. Had it going back together (after 10's of thousands of dollars and my lifestyle changed -Big "D")
Sold it in 2002, talk about long term project. As for V8 swaps, I love the idea and may do it if the 4.3 fails. I am not yet done with my last V8 swap (but close!) I remarried a car nut who had a Volvo with a bad engine. Swap in an 8. Easy right? 6 years later..... (have build threads if anyone is interested?)

If I get anything done today I will post.
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Re: Rurgundy - Safari camp rig

Postby WoodButcher » November 12th 2016, 11:28pm

Absolutely, we love build threads and pictures here.
Even pics of your kids with nice cars,,, :lol:

'83? yeah, I was a strong, young buck back then too. :rockon:
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Re: Rurgundy - Safari camp rig

Postby nonhog [OP] » November 13th 2016, 7:46pm

Boy those cladding are tough to remove (w/o tweaking them)
Found a few leaks(seeps) underneath might have to get it up on a rack to pinpoint from where.
Lots of water dripping from exhaust, hoping that its not a head gasket gone south? It runs fine and doesn't blow steam from the exhaust which is weird even if its just condensation. See the puddle pic.
Also looked like water finding its way down one of the shocks which seems odd.
Front brakes looked real good. Front tire wear shows its overdue for an alignment.
Not too rusty under the really rusty cladding bracket.
Have to look up the roof rack weight limit, seems pretty flimsy when pulling myself up while standing on the rear tire.
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Re: Rurgundy - Safari camp rig

Postby WoodButcher » November 14th 2016, 12:33am

250 lb on the rack, it really isn't much more than a glorified tie down. The load would need to be on the roof itself and I've seen more than a few stove in roofs from just a guy walking up there.
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Re: Rurgundy - Safari camp rig

Postby chevymaher » November 14th 2016, 5:21am

I wouldn't worry about the water from the exhaust. There is alot in there from condensation. By product of a good running engine is water. New cars actually have drain holes in the mufflers for it. All my cars spit that much out when they are first started warming up.

If it is just water your gold.
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Re: Rurgundy - Safari camp rig

Postby nonhog [OP] » November 15th 2016, 5:34pm

WoodButcher wrote:Absolutely, we love build threads and pictures here.
Even pics of your kids with nice cars,,, :lol:

'83? yeah, I was a strong, young buck back then too. :rockon:


This is my wife's Volvo I am still working on, but it moves now. :)
http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/show ... p?t=366363

1st page is a link to my boys Volvo.

Ordered FSM for the van, as well as a couple door handles and rear glass struts. And most important a pinstripe tape remover! :P
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Re: Rurgundy - Safari camp rig

Postby nonhog [OP] » November 15th 2016, 5:36pm

WoodButcher wrote:250 lb on the rack, it really isn't much more than a glorified tie down. The load would need to be on the roof itself and I've seen more than a few stove in roofs from just a guy walking up there.


Looks like a better rack is going to be part of my build. Was hoping just to add a couple more cross bars. Ah well.
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Re: Rurgundy - Safari camp rig

Postby WoodButcher » November 16th 2016, 12:44am

I've never been a big fan of the Volvo, That wagon is cool but the boxy sedans never did it for me. Gotta admit with a 5.0 in it certainly get my attention. :thumbup:
I have seats from a '94 240 in my '93. Manual adjustments and heated if I ever get to wiring the damn things. :roll:
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Re: Rurgundy - Safari camp rig

Postby nonhog [OP] » November 17th 2016, 9:00pm

My wife brought home my Amazon order last night, pinstripe removal wheel, works great.
Just now I got my partial lift 2". Need to source bolts and am considering cushion replacement.
Having fun now! :dance:
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Re: Rurgundy - Safari camp rig

Postby nonhog [OP] » November 22nd 2016, 12:45am

Looking at tires and I think I must be missing something obvious?
I would think the LT rated tire https://www.walmart.com/ip/Kumho-ROAD-V ... R/45693122 would have the higher load rating?
Yet this one looks to be a higher rated tire 108 vs. 104 for the LT tire?
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All for cheaper but hate to make a mistake. Thoughts (and ribbing) welcome. :poke:
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Re: Rurgundy - Safari camp rig

Postby Wimpazz » November 22nd 2016, 12:52am

The cushions are FREAKY expensive at the dealer, and shot at the JYs.
Rockauto has them for cheap, http://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php ... 460&jpid=0
(toss the bolts if using with any lift)

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I used these guys; great folks: http://www.metricspecialties.com/

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