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LeSafari - 1997 AWD Build

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Putting this at the top while I can still edit - a google doc organizing my plans for the van, to grow and evolve over time:

What could be more helpful for organizing my thoughts and plans for this van than a build thread!? And I can share ideas and pictures and stuff too I guess...

Was looking for a work vehicle last spring and realized that if I played my cards right I could get a work van and a camper van in one vehicle. Started looking at what was available and was drawn to the engine reliability (knowing zero about cars in general at that point) of Astro/Safari's. Plus my uncle had previously owned two that went past 250k, and he loved them.

Found one in NH in a sketchy no picture ad and after the owner sent me a picture and I saw that it wasn't a complete POS, I went to check it out. It had a leak underneath, crap tires, and needed new fluids and a wheel bearing, but NO RUST and only 118k so I snagged it for $1000 and drove it home.
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Impressive engineering effort and great pictures!

I had no idea those actuators were that inexpensive. Thanks for the link. I might have a use for them with a different project.
Rod J
That rut repair has been a lot of work, but hopefully well worth the effort. Thank for all the pictures.
Good choice on the relays and breakers. They are well made and very reliable. I have used several of those in other applications.
Rod J
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