Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby AstroWill » December 23rd 2020, 11:23pm

I like the layout, LOVE those huge windows!

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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby Brewtus [OP] » December 24th 2020, 6:16pm

AstroWill wrote:I like the layout, LOVE those huge windows!


Thanks, Will! Vivian loves the huge windows, too! I am concerned about heating/cooling efficiency with such large windows. :violin: Currently exploring some really insulated window options!
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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby Brewtus [OP] » March 30th 2021, 8:34pm

Update:

The van is about half way coated with POR-15. I'm planning to finish up painting the rusty bits before going over almost everything with some of the rubberized undercoating. I'm hoping to prolong the life and appearance quite a bit with this step! :bow: I painted over the fuel tank but was sure to leave the groovy manufacturing sticker from 1988 so. cal. :cheers:

Once this step is done, it will be time to start installing a floor for a base to build on.

Also! I discovered the source of a severe vibration I felt when driving it. I was concerned it was something to do with the transmission having issues or something, but it is actually just a worn carrier bearing. I am super excited to replace it and see how much better the driving experience is. :driving: Still a full convertible. but I imagine it'll ride smoother.


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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby LumaWJ » March 30th 2021, 9:18pm

Jeep looks awsome and I a long project on your Astro! Keep going :rockon:
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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby Brewtus [OP] » April 7th 2021, 6:40pm

LumaWJ wrote:Jeep looks awsome and I a long project on your Astro! Keep going :rockon:


Thanks, Luma! I sold the Jeep finally (more money and room for the van).
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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby Brewtus [OP] » April 7th 2021, 6:42pm

Thank you to our supportive Astro-Safari community. I have joined a couple other forum sites for other vehicles and AstroSafari.com has been much more enjoyable to participate in. I appreciate everyone's positive way of interacting with one another as well as overall helpfulness. <3
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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby LumaWJ » April 8th 2021, 12:07pm

I have seen the coupling of the wires on the tank, I believe this is not a good thing. This will get corroded for sure in the future and you will be stuck, with taking the tank down, I would for sure use solder and shrink sleeve. I can tell you that I cut so many couplers from my van, that you would not believe... :rockon: :rockon:
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Re: Brewtus: 1987 Astro Aerolite Rebuild

Postby Brewtus [OP] » April 8th 2021, 4:40pm

LumaWJ wrote:I have seen the coupling of the wires on the tank, I believe this is not a good thing. This will get corroded for sure in the future and you will be stuck, with taking the tank down, I would for sure use solder and shrink sleeve. I can tell you that I cut so many couplers from my van, that you would not believe... :rockon: :rockon:


I appreciate your advice on those electrical connectors. I hadn't planned on doing anything to them, but I will now! I'll plan to solder and shrink sleeve, like you suggest. I think the shrink sleeve will look a lot better than the butt splices, anyway. :cheers:
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