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Hello from East Tennessee

Postby tnhillbilly [OP] » January 25th 2009, 4:21am

Hi, My name is Tim. I bought a 1996 GMC Safari high top conversion van in November of 2008. It has 175000 miles on it. The drivetrain is all original. I bought it with a blown head gasket. It was so bad that it bubbled in the radiator as soon as it was started. The previous owner had to put a new radiator on it because it blew the plastic end off the old one. After I got it all tore apart and put back together, which by the way was a job, I had to have the cooling system flushed because it was so nasty. I had trouble with the rear heat and air. Conversion companies are so nice, they give you no way to access the rear unit. To get to it you would have to take the whole side panel out. NOT!!! I did some fabricating to get into it and then put it back together and used a stain matched thin piece of wood trim to cover the cut up. No one would know it didn't come that way. It still needs quite a bit of interior cleaning, previous owner had several children and pets, but I'm getting there. I installed a 15" lcd digital tv in place of a non-working 9" with a vcr and a ps2. I have got a sub and 2 small front speakers to install for the entertainment system yet. We have got a 12 volt cooler and coffee pot for trips also. I think the kids will love going on vacation this year. I have got most everything fixed on it now. Not finished yet, but getting there. I am getting a code thrown that I am going to ask about on this site.
1996 Safari high top conversion rwd 175,000 miles original engine, tranny, and rear end.
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Re: Hello from East Tennessee

Postby Matrixx » January 25th 2009, 12:51pm

Hi tnhillbilly
Welcome aboard. Sounds like your getting things to together quite nicely. Head gaskets are a chore for sure. If you plan on driving it around a lot on trips, then might I suggest you put a transmission cooler in it if it doesn't already have one. This really does help preserve it on those long hot days while traveling.

Another suggestion here is to change all of the drive train fluids when you can. I suggest at least a synthetic blend in the drive train if possible. I run a blend in the motor and transmission and full synthetic in the rear end. That's helped a great deal (for me anyways) to squeeze more mileage out the drive train parts.

Any questions just ask away when you can and I'm sure someone here will help you out with it. :)
96-GMC Safari - Rwd - Original Transmission - Exhaust - Air Cared - 3.73 Limited Slip Rear End - Motor Replaced - 91 octane (Chevron) for the last 14 years - MFI Upgrade - 640,000 Kilometers.
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Re: Hello from East Tennessee

Postby astro355 » January 25th 2009, 9:04pm

Sounds nice. Welcome to the site.
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Re: Hello from East Tennessee

Postby astroturf » October 3rd 2009, 5:32am

As DollyWood say: Howdy. Jim
My Cup is neither half empty nor half full... But has a hole in it. Holy Cup Holders Batman. LOLz, Jim
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Re: Hello from East Tennessee

Postby Mr_Bowtie » November 20th 2009, 3:41am

Better late then never! WELCOME! :thumbup:
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