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How was the Astro named?

Postby ccookie66 [OP] » July 30th 2012, 7:54pm

Why did they call the Astro, the Astro? Was it during the space age or something? Or was it because during the 90s it was advanced in technology? :confused:
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Re: How was the Astro named?

Postby astro1957 » July 30th 2012, 8:45pm

Chevy had a concept car in 1967 called the Astro 1.Maybe they just used that name,I don't know.

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Re: How was the Astro named?

Postby redfury » July 31st 2012, 12:50am

my guess would be the popularity of the space shuttle at the time...look at the Aerostar, put a tailfin and some vector thruster pods on top and it's damn near a ground shuttle. Why Safari was chosen for the GMC conterpart, I have no guess.
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Re: How was the Astro named?

Postby Shad0wXCalibur » July 31st 2012, 12:59am

:lol: Have you seen the original astro commercial? They show it flying in space.
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Re: How was the Astro named?

Postby 76_iron » July 31st 2012, 1:30am

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Re: How was the Astro named?

Postby tedanderson » July 31st 2012, 3:00am

Yeah.. I remember when they featured the Astro on Motorweek. They were test driving the actual prototype. I remember thinking how "spacey" and futuristic it looked... and how weird and out of place it would look in traffic. :D
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Re: How was the Astro named?

Postby Leeann_93 » July 31st 2012, 4:22am

And it was the 80s, not the 90s...
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Re: How was the Astro named?

Postby TDMobile » July 31st 2012, 5:33am


Pretty good special effects for a 1984 commercial.....I mean movies back then were on the up and up, but this takes it!
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Re: How was the Astro named?

Postby ccookie66 [OP] » July 31st 2012, 6:12pm


Haha that commercial cool! :D
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Re: How was the Astro named?

Postby Lumpy » July 31st 2012, 6:47pm



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Re: How was the Astro named?

Postby Shad0wXCalibur » August 1st 2012, 1:30am

I miss my 87. Throttle body injection! Seems more reliable than the CPI. I dread the day I start having issues with it on my 2000.
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Re: How was the Astro named?

Postby ccookie66 [OP] » August 1st 2012, 1:31am

Shad0wXCalibur wrote:I miss my 87. Throttle body injection! Seems more reliable than the CPI. I dread the day I start having issues with it on my 2000.

TRUST ME. Its not fun messing with the CPI unit. :banghead:
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Re: How was the Astro named?

Postby Leeann_93 » August 1st 2012, 1:39am

The 2000 doesn't have CPI; it has CSFI. Central Sequential Fuel Injection. Instead of batch-firing, it fires sequentially, only the cylinders that need fuel. The FPR was redesigned and is much more robust. It's also a lot easier to work on with a redesigned plenum.
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Re: How was the Astro named?

Postby ccookie66 [OP] » August 1st 2012, 2:35am

Leeann_93 wrote:The 2000 doesn't have CPI; it has CSFI. Central Sequential Fuel Injection. Instead of batch-firing, it fires sequentially, only the cylinders that need fuel. The FPR was redesigned and is much more robust. It's also a lot easier to work on with a redesigned plenum.

Thats good to hear. Working with the 93 was pretty hard. Its good to see GM made it easier. I haven't seen a newer Astro upclose sense I was like 10 or younger.... :?
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Re: How was the Astro named?

Postby Shad0wXCalibur » August 1st 2012, 2:40am

Didn't know that. Good to know. Now I just have the intake gasket to worry about at some time in the future.
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