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Astro 95 4x4 by Luma

Postby LumaWJLumaWJ is online! [OP] » March 29th 2021, 3:12pm

Hello every one! :rockon:
I am here quite a long time, but have had nothing to post. I own 1995 Astro Safari 1995 already 3 years, but I did not have time to start working on it. Actualy I have had fear to start working on it. It was quite cheap as it was after fire near HVAC. I do not have any picture of inside, but I think it is not need it. Some plastic stuff disapeared. Headliner is gone and a LOT of wires were gone. :mrgreen:
With my friend we said, that we have to start working on it finaly! During Christmas we put a meters of the new wiring and finaly before end of the year she was running!!! We did not believe it :rockon:
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Re: Astro 95 4x4 by Luma

Postby LumaWJLumaWJ is online! [OP] » March 29th 2021, 3:21pm

3 month later, we are working on few projects:
- insulating inside with K-flex 20mm foam
- find out few lost wires and get going doom lights
- get going the wireles door opening ( i do not know, where is a box)
- make headliner from scratch
- working on the lift (3+1") with moving frame forward 15mm by using tubes instead of pucks
- changing BW4472 to Chevy NP233C manual shift (Jeep KJ lever)
- making hidden plate for the winch
- making hidden rear hitch

so many plans and everything need to be finished before summer :mrgreen:
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Re: Astro 95 4x4 by Luma

Postby M_a_t_t » March 29th 2021, 5:51pm

I like the blue color. I have a soft spot for 95's too. I've been thinking about getting rid of my 04 awd and looking for a 95 awd.

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Re: Astro 95 4x4 by Luma

Postby LumaWJLumaWJ is online! [OP] » March 29th 2021, 5:59pm

I live south of Brno area on the way to Vienna. In the vine region.
Blue is very nice, only 95 sucks, as somenthings are from older years and something from new gen
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Re: Astro 95 4x4 by Luma

Postby LumaWJLumaWJ is online! [OP] » March 30th 2021, 4:34pm

I try to put together courtesy lights, but I do have somwhere missing cable. Does anyone has handy wiring diagram for courtesy lights, I should get FSM next week, but would be nice to finosh up wiring over eastern.
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Re: Astro 95 4x4 by Luma

Postby LumaWJLumaWJ is online! [OP] » March 30th 2021, 6:58pm

Bit of work done today after work on insulation. It calls Kflex and it is normaly used on the ventilation. 3/4" thick material.
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Re: Astro 95 4x4 by Luma

Postby Brewtus » March 30th 2021, 8:39pm

Hey Luma, I really like the progress you've made on your van so far. It looks like you're quite thorough! I dig the color of it. :rockon:
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Re: Astro 95 4x4 by Luma

Postby LumaWJLumaWJ is online! [OP] » March 30th 2021, 9:09pm

Thanks Dylan, Colour is beutifull, I love it!
Yeh, I have a lot of thoughts, not too much time. Today I figure out that I need better stronger rocker panels. i will probably make them from square tubing. :mrgreen:
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Re: Astro 95 4x4 by Luma

Postby LumaWJLumaWJ is online! [OP] » April 2nd 2021, 6:03pm

Yesterday arrived frame from the sanding, so I painted it immediatelly. Today I checked allbthe possible thin parts and holes and it is done by now. The most probelamtic parts were bumper bracket, front part arround steering box, holes ubder stabilizator brackets. And that about it. Tomorrow will weld in tubes forn the 3" lift.
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Re: Astro 95 4x4 by Luma

Postby domsan » April 2nd 2021, 6:37pm

nice work ! :banana:
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Re: Astro 95 4x4 by Luma

Postby sixsix » April 2nd 2021, 8:48pm

LumaWJ wrote:I try to put together courtesy lights, but I do have somewhere missing cable. Does anyone has handy wiring diagram for courtesy lights, I should get FSM next week, but would be nice to finish up wiring over eastern.

Still need those Courtesy Lights Wiring Diagrams ?
Let me know, "I have Detailed Files" and post Good Pics if you like. None of that upside dn/sideways stuff...
But there are 3 different page sets:
- Dome Lamps w/o Aux. Lighting Pkg.
- Dome/Courtesy Lamps with Aux. Lighting Pkg. ( RPO - TR9 ) Also has the Int. Roof Console ( RPO - DK6 )
- Stepwell Lamps which also shows the TR9 Dome Lamps.

Somehow missed your build and frame / suspension / interior work.

I see that big bracket for the Console - probably not using it.
We have since upgraded our old Gen I for the newer Gen II style w/ doodads aplenty. "More Wires", you say...
Seems the Europeans have "Taken Over" the Astro / Safari / 4.3 V6 Rebuild threads...
- quite the enthusiasm !!

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Re: Astro 95 4x4 by Luma

Postby The Drummer » April 3rd 2021, 12:43am

Good work , take good care of the radiator support where it meet the subframe , maybe drill a wheep hole , its the first place that rusts and they all cave in right there eventualy , here its salt land fest every winters tho .Image Image
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Re: Astro 95 4x4 by Luma

Postby LumaWJLumaWJ is online! [OP] » April 3rd 2021, 6:11am

Drummer, thanks for reminder, this is all done by now. Good point to make some new drainige hole. Radiator support is done from square metal with big openings on bottom :rockon:
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Re: Astro 95 4x4 by Luma

Postby LumaWJLumaWJ is online! [OP] » April 3rd 2021, 6:20am

sixsix wrote:
LumaWJ wrote:I try to put together courtesy lights, but I do have somewhere missing cable. Does anyone has handy wiring diagram for courtesy lights, I should get FSM next week, but would be nice to finish up wiring over eastern.

Still need those Courtesy Lights Wiring Diagrams ?
Let me know, "I have Detailed Files" and post Good Pics if you like. None of that upside dn/sideways stuff...
But there are 3 different page sets:
- Dome Lamps w/o Aux. Lighting Pkg.
- Dome/Courtesy Lamps with Aux. Lighting Pkg. ( RPO - TR9 ) Also has the Int. Roof Console ( RPO - DK6 )
- Stepwell Lamps which also shows the TR9 Dome Lamps.

Somehow missed your build and frame / suspension / interior work.

I see that big bracket for the Console - probably not using it.
We have since upgraded our old Gen I for the newer Gen II style w/ doodads aplenty. "More Wires", you say...
Seems the Europeans have "Taken Over" the Astro / Safari / 4.3 V6 Rebuild threads...
- quite the enthusiasm !!

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


Thank you sixsix,
I need help, for sure. I am bit confused now, as I have one gray wire not attached to anything, than bunch of wires at the radio bezel, I do not have courtesy switch and also I do not know, if there were also fog lights switch. FSM arrived on thursday so had a lot reading done in evening. I still should hook up wirelles key box to something :mrgreen:
Give me a day or so and I will ask more specific questions... :rockon:
Today will do brackets for the lift, hopefully will end nice and tidy!
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Re: Astro 95 4x4 by Luma

Postby LumaWJLumaWJ is online! [OP] » April 3rd 2021, 4:40pm

Today have been loong day. I was ready for the lift, lot of measurementds were done and a lot of welding also done. I think all went well.
Posts were welded in 15mm back from both sides and cleaned prepered for painting.
All ready for 3+1" lift and will get a bit more room for tires.
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Re: Astro 95 4x4 by Luma

Postby Rockridge » April 4th 2021, 4:06pm

Nice work, that looks bomber!
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Re: Astro 95 4x4 by Luma

Postby LumaWJLumaWJ is online! [OP] » April 4th 2021, 6:58pm

Thank you!
Today I took day off from welding, but there need to be done more modifications to the frame...
I took some serious work done on the wiring :mrgreen: As you do not know, I bought car with burned passanger side of the dash and half of the wiring was gone under dash. So I am as Sherlock Holmes fondong wires, putting zhem together and not always I am succesfull. BUT toda I think I finished. I only need to wire two front speakers and two wores for RL speakers. The rest is working.
Only one srupid question, I do have on kies wireless remote control from factory, but I do not see any conectors anywhere and no box(pls how does it look like and where it is located?
If someone has extra fog light switch and also dome light switch for reasonable price let me know. We do not have JY here so only buying on ebay and there is zero possibilities...
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Re: Astro 95 4x4 by Luma

Postby LumaWJLumaWJ is online! [OP] » April 4th 2021, 7:09pm

sixsix wrote:
LumaWJ wrote:I try to put together courtesy lights, but I do have somewhere missing cable. Does anyone has handy wiring diagram for courtesy lights, I should get FSM next week, but would be nice to finish up wiring over eastern.

Still need those Courtesy Lights Wiring Diagrams ?
Let me know, "I have Detailed Files" and post Good Pics if you like. None of that upside dn/sideways stuff...
But there are 3 different page sets:
- Dome Lamps w/o Aux. Lighting Pkg.
- Dome/Courtesy Lamps with Aux. Lighting Pkg. ( RPO - TR9 ) Also has the Int. Roof Console ( RPO - DK6 )
- Stepwell Lamps which also shows the TR9 Dome Lamps.

Somehow missed your build and frame / suspension / interior work.

I see that big bracket for the Console - probably not using it.
We have since upgraded our old Gen I for the newer Gen II style w/ doodads aplenty. "More Wires", you say...
Seems the Europeans have "Taken Over" the Astro / Safari / 4.3 V6 Rebuild threads...
- quite the enthusiasm !!

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


Done! It was a bit of hasle, took the wiring harness appart again, and found all the main wires for radio and for the dome override switch. Fornthis one I had to make new white wire to get running. All works well! I need to find some speakers for dash, does any one knows size? And also radio with it! :rockon: :rockon: :rockon:
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Re: Astro 95 4x4 by Luma

Postby LumaWJLumaWJ is online! [OP] » April 5th 2021, 6:56pm

Not too much done, only relocation bracket for the bumper, thought it will be easy, bit somehow it went not well, I have had some other idea...
In the evening I painted frame and some other parts. Not finished so :rockon: :rockon:
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Re: Astro 95 4x4 by Luma

Postby Brewtus » April 7th 2021, 6:44pm

Wow! You are making a tonnnn of progress. Your welds look great and all the additions you're making seem so functional. Nice job!
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