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Re: Project Junkyard Dog: 03 Astro Build Thread

Postby Rinny » March 29th 2018, 12:40pm

That came out fantastic. Looks like it grew there!!
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Re: Project Junkyard Dog: 03 Astro Build Thread

Postby 1lowcab [OP] » March 29th 2018, 4:38pm

Thanks!

I start working on the dutch doors next, got some 8" 2 way speakers coming and am going to turn the doors into speaker boxes.....hopefully. lol!
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Re: Project Junkyard Dog: 03 Astro Build Thread

Postby WinnieVan » March 29th 2018, 8:46pm

If you ever have to completely pull the dash -- doing the entire thing in bedliner would look great!

Best Radio opening I've seen yet! Awesome work.
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Re: Project Junkyard Dog: 03 Astro Build Thread

Postby 1lowcab [OP] » March 30th 2018, 2:36am

If you ever have to completely pull the dash -- doing the entire thing in bedliner would look great!


I think it would too, hopefully I never have to pull the dash!



These came in today, they will be living in the rear doors in custom boxes.
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Re: Project Junkyard Dog: 03 Astro Build Thread

Postby multimoto » March 30th 2018, 4:18am

I think the way it is now would look better than all black. if I had to pull the whole thing, I would replace it with an '80s dashboard lol but Im not a huge fan of the later dashboards

how youve painted it really helps it look better.
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Re: Project Junkyard Dog: 03 Astro Build Thread

Postby 1lowcab [OP] » March 30th 2018, 3:54pm

Next on my list is an 80's shorty rwd.......carbed, cammed v8 swap.

That guy still has this, engine is shot but it has ZERO rust, southern car.
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Everytime I look at that pic I can feel my wife getting mad, lol!
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Re: Project Junkyard Dog: 03 Astro Build Thread

Postby icebrrg3rd » March 30th 2018, 8:11pm

So where in OH is that 80's no-rust southern van...?


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The dash looks great, I agree with leaving just that section black, looks nice two-toned.

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Re: Project Junkyard Dog: 03 Astro Build Thread

Postby 1lowcab [OP] » March 31st 2018, 12:25am

So where in OH is that 80's no-rust southern van...?



lol, I ain't tellin!!!
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Re: Project Junkyard Dog: 03 Astro Build Thread

Postby 1lowcab [OP] » March 31st 2018, 12:56am

Got the 2 way 8" speakers in.

It's not how I wanted to do it, I wanted to build boxes that fit into the doors but I forgot about the licenses plate box :roll: oh well.
I'll be doing away with that in a future mod....... 8-)


Anyway, heres what I came up with.

Before
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Old 6.5" puny speakers
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Metal cut to fit the new, larger speakers
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Sealed up with sound deadening
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Liquid nailed
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1/4" plywood cut to fit the recess with new, larger speakers installed. Plywood screwed to the metal of the door.
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Original door panel installed.
I'm going to re-carpet the door panels and cut the speaker openings better, but it is what it is for right now.
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And the after shot
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I wanted the speaker placement to be more to the center and higher but that damned plate box is RIGHT in the way...can't wait to delete that thing.

The new speakers put out WAY more mid-bass then those 6.5's could ever dream of making.
All in all I'm happy...for now. lol!
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Re: Project Junkyard Dog: 03 Astro Build Thread

Postby 90safari » March 31st 2018, 2:12am

The dash/radio combo came out great. Looks better 2 yoned off like you did. :)
Rear door speaker arrangement came out good too. Nice job on that. Did you add a sub woofer in the front edge of the right tire hump?
The sound quality should be very good now inside that space now.
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Re: Project Junkyard Dog: 03 Astro Build Thread

Postby 1lowcab [OP] » March 31st 2018, 2:16am

Thanks!


Did you add a sub woofer in the front edge of the right tire hump?


Yeah, check out page 14 for the sub/amp install.
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Re: Project Junkyard Dog: 03 Astro Build Thread

Postby Rinny » March 31st 2018, 3:17am

So if and when I blast through (Ohio is it?) I am stopping for more stereo upgrades to my 8" subs kenwood replacement speakers and amp!!
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Re: Project Junkyard Dog: 03 Astro Build Thread

Postby 1lowcab [OP] » March 31st 2018, 5:03am

Bring it on over, We'll get that sound system sorted!
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Re: Project Junkyard Dog: 03 Astro Build Thread

Postby stent » April 6th 2018, 9:28pm

hi 1lowcab,
you have a great build thread going here and you did the 1st double din install i've seen that makes me want to take the DD plunge.
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Re: Project Junkyard Dog: 03 Astro Build Thread

Postby 90safari » April 6th 2018, 10:01pm

1lowcab wrote:Thanks!


Did you add a sub woofer in the front edge of the right tire hump?


Yeah, check out page 14 for the sub/amp install.


Sorry I missed that. But then it might have been late when I was lurking thru your build. Even when you were doing the engine swap, it wasn't very clear with the parts inside.
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Re: Project Junkyard Dog: 03 Astro Build Thread

Postby 1lowcab [OP] » April 7th 2018, 1:11am

hi 1lowcab,
you have a great build thread going here and you did the 1st double din install i've seen that makes me want to take the DD plunge.
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Thanks! It's pretty easy to fab up that 2 din opening, you should have no problems making a copy of it.

Even when you were doing the engine swap, it wasn't very clear with the parts inside.


Yeah, for some reason my camera would freak out when I'd take a shot of the inside, that and I had all those parts sitting everywhere, lol!
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Re: Project Junkyard Dog: 03 Astro Build Thread

Postby 1lowcab [OP] » April 11th 2018, 10:51pm

Got my alignment done the other day, now I can actually take it on extended runs.

Just got back from a 150 mile round trip with it (it drove flawless, love it), I was tracking mpg the whole way.
I haven't checked the mpg with this new engine yet...until today.

I averaged 18.3 mpg round trip holding pretty much 63mph the whole time! And thats with a short jaunt of city driving too....I can live with that!
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Re: Project Junkyard Dog: 03 Astro Build Thread

Postby Rinny » April 11th 2018, 11:50pm

Very nice 18.3!! So you are pretty much done for now?
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Re: Project Junkyard Dog: 03 Astro Build Thread

Postby 1lowcab [OP] » April 12th 2018, 1:13am

Not really done..it'll never be "done". :D

Next up is bringing the AC back to life, then the windows are going darker, then custom front and rear steel plate bumpers, but right now I'm in the middle making the majority of the interior black.

Then I need to add some sort of ditch lights, when I'm out on trails at night I would like more light cast to the sides, still thinking on how I want to incorporate that....I have a few ideas I'm kicking around. :twisted:
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Re: Project Junkyard Dog: 03 Astro Build Thread

Postby 1lowcab [OP] » April 16th 2018, 7:09pm

So my windshield wipers have been acting funky lately, on delay the timing would change on its own from full on to long delay periods.

I went out today and pulled the pulse board to check for bad solder joints.

At least it's easy to get to
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Unplug it
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Remove the 3 T15 screws and pull the cover
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Grab the board by the connector and give it a little tug and it pops right out
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Heres the board
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I went over the whole board with my loupe and noticed maybe 2 cracked joints, they weren't cracked all the way around but I reflowed them anyway.

I DID notice this right away tho, a little corrosion right where the board plugs into the motor
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And the same corrosion on the board side
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I cleaned the motor and board contacts with some fine emery cloth, sprayed them down with contact cleaner and blew it out with some canned air. I also reflowed those contact points on the board.

Put all back together and gave it a test, it still works but I'm going to have to wait till it rains to see if it fixed the delay problems.

You can buy these boards new for around $25, Dorman Help Wiper Motor Pulse Board Part #88136
But why spend the money when you can fix it for FREE!!
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