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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby MechBob » June 7th 2020, 3:38am

Interesting, and I think some information is wrong ad crossovered.Anyway,the 233 is probably the best.My really old conversion is with a 231? case(91 S10), and I had to cut out the top of the beam above the /case, run vac hoses to the chamber to switch the front axle(mounted the vac chamber behind the rf front wheel housing, and had to add an on/off switch, to tell the computer it was in low range,so transmission would shift properly.Many years ago.
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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby dcsleeperdcsleeper is online! [OP] » June 7th 2020, 9:19pm

I went to WallyWorld this AM. I got synth oil and filters and white paint for my next trick.
It's about a 25 minute drive each way.
I got to use the time for diagnosis.
My rumble strip noise/feeling is usually around 55 mph.
Touching the brake will cause it to stop.
Already ordered the magical goo Lube Guard Instant Shudder fix.
Thankful cause this is basically why I got my Astro so cheap.
It's an annoyance to the dealer cuzs they can't sell it that way, but it doesn't really affect me. I could drive it this way for years.
And that's exactly how I saw the situation when I was looking it over.
We need this :thu::thu:
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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby sixsix » June 7th 2020, 9:25pm

dcsleeper wrote: ... We need this :thu::thu:


No kidding :thu::thu:
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Well, after all... what would Banacek say ?... “May be hard to believe... President Trump should rest easy and concede what was in fact a foregone conclusion: Another OLD MAN won with only about 50% of the Change Believers/Fools showing up."

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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby Mmusicman » June 7th 2020, 9:50pm

dcsleeper wrote:My rumble strip noise/feeling is usually around 55 mph.

I doubt that has anything to do with the AWD
Might be a drive-line issue
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Postby dcsleeperdcsleeper is online! [OP] » June 8th 2020, 9:24pm

Not very happy with my paint job. I shoulda used a brush. I shouldn't rushed. I shoulda prep'd better. I know all this and still didn't. It's literally a 20 footer.

I also found that contrary to a post I read here, Rustoleum blah blah number is not a direct match for GM Summit White. So now I can't paint my gas door. That would be an obvious mismatch.

but you get the idea...

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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby Mmusicman » June 8th 2020, 11:08pm

I'm confused..
1) Why wouldn't you paint the van with the gas door already installed?
2) Why can't you just paint the gas door with the same paint you painted the van with?
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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby dcsleeperdcsleeper is online! [OP] » June 9th 2020, 9:34am

I only painted the grill. This paint is glossy and stark white. It would really stand out if I painted the fuel door only. I took it off to do just that.

Now I've decided to use a totally different fuel door.

The grill is really growing on me, even though my paint job is amateur hour. It was almost deteriorating and chalky, now it looks more smooth.
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Postby dcsleeperdcsleeper is online! [OP] » June 10th 2020, 12:49am

6 buck fix

lube guard instant shudder fix

took it for a drive, it did it once in the first few minutes of a 20 minute ride

imma call it all good!
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Postby sixsix » June 10th 2020, 2:03pm

dcsleeper wrote:I only painted the grill. This paint is glossy and stark white. It would really stand out if I painted the fuel door only. I took it off to do just that.

Now I've decided to use a totally different fuel door.

The grill is really growing on me, even though my paint job is amateur hour. It was almost deteriorating and chalky, now it looks more smooth.

Was there a pic of the new paint - did I miss something, as usual?
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Well, after all... what would Banacek say ?... “May be hard to believe... President Trump should rest easy and concede what was in fact a foregone conclusion: Another OLD MAN won with only about 50% of the Change Believers/Fools showing up."

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Postby dcsleeperdcsleeper is online! [OP] » June 10th 2020, 4:32pm

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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby dcsleeperdcsleeper is online! [OP] » June 11th 2020, 10:34pm

received yesterday and today
Underdrive pulleys - saw a post here and it got me looking. Well, looking leads to buying. That's how I wound up in an Astro in the first place!
Fog lights - well cause. They just keep getting better and cheaper. And we have seriously dark roads around here.
Vinyl perforated wrap - love the look on Astrowill's, and it'll look good mine. Almost like a windowless van. And hopefully cut down on heat and give some privacy.
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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby dcsleeperdcsleeper is online! [OP] » June 13th 2020, 8:17pm

All that talk earilier about the switch and the 4LO indicator.

I learned all that from this thread:
https://www.astrosafari.com/viewtopic.p ... 0#p1026002
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Postby dcsleeperdcsleeper is online! [OP] » June 16th 2020, 6:33pm

My gas door was replaced with a poorly painted, floppy black one. Not as desired.
That's it under this one. It is almost the same size.

I'm gonna attach this one to the truck, without that door.

Round peg in a square hole.

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Postby dcsleeperdcsleeper is online! [OP] » June 25th 2020, 7:40pm

Ah...
That's better

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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby sixsix » June 25th 2020, 9:26pm

Doesn't look any different to me.

:shrug:
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Postby dcsleeperdcsleeper is online! [OP] » June 25th 2020, 9:59pm

new wheels and tires
225/70-16s

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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby sixsix » June 26th 2020, 1:16am

Nice new to you wheels - did you get the center caps too - or do they have them for them?

Not sparing any expense on photo size n' quality... are ya?
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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby dcsleeperdcsleeper is online! [OP] » June 26th 2020, 5:51pm

sixsix wrote:Nice new to you wheels - did you get the center caps too - or do they have them for them?

Not sparing any expense on photo size n' quality... are ya?


The wheels were cheap and didn't come with caps, but I found a set for also cheap on ebay this morning. Cheaper for all of it than any whole set I've found so far. so, win! I'm cheap. 85 for the wheels, 250 for tires.

Is the photo quality too good or too bad?
I just use my phone and then upload to the gallery.
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Re: 2004 AWD Base Astro - DCsleeper

Postby sixsix » June 27th 2020, 1:08am

dcsleeper wrote: ... Is the photo quality too good or too bad?
I just use my phone and then upload to the gallery.

Pics are kinda' small and grainy when 'enlarged'.

On the "Extremely Bright Side Friday" side... your pics are all right side up.

:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:
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