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Postby tommckay [OP] » August 18th 2009, 3:36am

I just bought a 1995 Astro cargo van as a replacement for a F-150 pick up. I was looking for something that would still store my "stuff", get a little better mileage, and allow me to park closer to the building when my job moves me to the GM Tech Center in Warren. This little Van should fit the bill nicely. The Van runs out real nice right now, has 141,000 on the Odo & I was skeptical until researching and found this site. After reading thru some of the posts and seeing what kind of support I could look forward too, I pulled the trigger and bought it. I pick it up tomorrow.

I hope I never need any help from here, but it looks like there's a wealth of knowledge here if I do.
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Re: Metro Detroit Newbie

Postby Mr_Bowtie » August 18th 2009, 6:44am

Welcome to the site. Thats a nice lookin' ride.......I'm sure she will treat you good! Any problems that come up post it up on here. Most times you will find out where to get the part cheaper or diagnosis it right the first time.
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Re: Metro Detroit Newbie

Postby evil_motors » August 18th 2009, 4:25pm

not really a cargo van but it looks nice anyways. it will definately haul your stuff and keep it safe.
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Re: Metro Detroit Newbie

Postby tommckay [OP] » August 18th 2009, 6:56pm

evil_motors wrote:not really a cargo van but it looks nice anyways. it will definately haul your stuff and keep it safe.

Seems to be a cargo to me, there ain't nothin' behind the seats shown in the pic but a rubber mat. But the seats and carpet make it look Conversion Vanish & it does have alot of options for a cargo van.
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Re: Metro Detroit Newbie

Postby Leeann_93 » August 18th 2009, 8:11pm

I was just looking at the entrance to the Tech Center on Sunday.

Welcome and nice ride!
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Re: Metro Detroit Newbie

Postby evil_motors » August 18th 2009, 9:28pm

well i was just going by the huge glass back window and the fact that it has a full interior. cargo vans are made as cheap as possible they wouldnt have carpet or those door pannels and seats. the cargo i had was all metal besides a black mat in the back and the seats were cheap vynal and the doghouse didnt have carpet. but like i said its a nice looking van none the less.
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Re: Metro Detroit Newbie

Postby astro355 » August 18th 2009, 9:47pm

Yes, welcome to the site. I'm sure I'm biased but I think this is the best minivan ever made.
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Re: Metro Detroit Newbie

Postby tommckay [OP] » August 18th 2009, 10:47pm

Based on what I see, it could be a van meant for a conversion company but got diverted. There are no windows down the drivers side at all and the dutch doors do seem to be an odd choice for a cargo van. I got myself an odd duck!

I hope I will grow to feel the same as Astro355.
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Re: Metro Detroit Newbie

Postby evil_motors » August 19th 2009, 2:59am

lol maybe someone pieced it together? whatever it is you have a unique van there. so you should learn to love it. just ask us anything you dont know and you will get alot of great help.
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Re: Metro Detroit Newbie

Postby Matrixx » August 19th 2009, 6:21am

Hi tommckay

Welcome to the Forum

Those are great pictures, thanks for posting them. Van looks good as well.:)
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Re: Metro Detroit Newbie

Postby tommckay [OP] » August 19th 2009, 1:52pm

27 gallon tank? Oh my god! :eek: I was not expecting that! Imagine my surprise when I stopped to fill it for the 1st time yesterday. Is that common?

Here's a pic of the rear interior:
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There is a smattering of trim here & there, I wonder if it once had an interior that someone ripped out of it? It does have plastic vapor barriers on the dutch doors.
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Re: Metro Detroit Newbie

Postby evil_motors » August 19th 2009, 2:04pm

yeah thats what it looks like to me.. just like mine did when i ripped all the interior out. i guess the PO wanted to use it as a cargo van and gutted everything from the seats back. whatever you do keep that mat they are hard to find and are usually pricey when you do find them. what did you plan on using the van for?
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Re: Metro Detroit Newbie

Postby tommckay [OP] » August 19th 2009, 5:18pm

I mostly haul around my Radio Control cars to the races here and there. All the RC stuff plus tables, EZ-up, chairs, and sometimes a generator takes up room. And having the area heated will help for the wintertime races.

I will probably just panel over the inside of it to cover it up and help insulate it.
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Re: Metro Detroit Newbie

Postby evil_motors » August 19th 2009, 6:25pm

well you could insulate it like another member did with actual house insulation.. or do some kind of dynomat like i did. i hope you enjoy your van and the many miles it will give you
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