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My van update... Good News finally

Postby JaxSPL [OP] » May 4th 2014, 1:57pm

Well after all the postings I have made here the past couple months, my van is finally road worthy. The transmission is working properly even though it still feels a little harsh from 1st to 2nd, everything else is smooth as butter.

What finally ended up fixing it was a chassis ground. I was on the right track, I knew about this one being bad, but I kept overlooking it. It was the chassis ground right next to the radiator on the battery side. Somehow the piece broke loose which caused the bolt to move about an 1/8" every direction. Once I got all the wiring disconnected from that bolt, I ended up ripping out the chassis ground bolt which left a hole the size of a quarter. Wasn't any way to fix it without a welder, so I started looking for a different ground. Found a nut welded to the chassis next to the driver side headlight. Put a bolt through it, connected all the wires, and tightened down using lock washes and the double nut method.

All the gauges work well, van is changing gears all the time, and it feels like a whole new van. I also ended up getting a new alternator (105amp) right before I moved the chassis ground. Now I'm positive the old alternator might actually be good and will be looking at going dual alternator here soon. I also did a partial big 3 upgrade. 1/0 from the alternator + to the battery +.

So all in all, it's been a big headache, but I am very happy to have a great running 1995 Astro with 150K miles on it.
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Re: My van update... Good News finally

Postby Klunker » May 4th 2014, 2:02pm

Woohoo!! That must feel awesome. Time to tear it up!


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Re: My van update... Good News finally

Postby kennysmoke » May 4th 2014, 2:19pm

Nice! I know that feeling of chasing a gremlin with my '03 when it was losing power and setting no codes... mine ended up being a bad MAF which had clogged my Cat...changed both... van runs great, especially for 208,000 + on it... congrats!
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Re: My van update... Good News finally

Postby JaxSPL [OP] » May 4th 2014, 5:58pm

yes, it does feel awesome. Within the next couple weeks I should be getting the next phase of things started. The p.o. put in door poppers, but never installed the springs that open the doors. I am looking for a place, local, that sells them now.

Then it'll be on to a bigger alternator and battery bank. Getting ready for a 4 to 6 18" subwoofer build on aprox 20,000 watts, from the Slider door to the rear doors. Battery bank is going to consist of 12volt lawn and garden batteries, under the van.

It's going to be a long haul, but it will be easier now that the main problem has been solved.
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Re: My van update... Good News finally

Postby Leeann_93 » May 6th 2014, 2:06am

Congrats!

Had that issue on my '93 Bravada with the compressor ground on the firewall. It looked tight, but when I touched the wire, I could make the compressor turn on and off.

Made a new ground, good to go.
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Re: My van update... Good News finally

Postby DorisTheFunkasaurus » May 6th 2014, 9:16pm

Congratulations. There's no better feeling than figuring it out. Been there many, many times with my van.
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