1999 astro cargo build thread

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Re: 1999 astro cargo build thread

Postby Leeann_93 » February 3rd 2021, 3:11am

stent wrote:the desktop screen of the moment..........
bwine1.jpg

sixsix wrote:... and a phone with a cord!
And those are some Mighty Fine Gaskets you got there, sonny boy...

i did a wider angle pic this time to get the phone in. RCA in basic black.....
i thought that as many people as get the lower intake leak i'd put in good closeup pics of the fel-pro gasket set to see what you get in the box. the new manifold bolts are a separate buy, i got them just because they come with thread sealer already on them.
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On a nice older iMac, too (she says looking at the pic on her 27" iMac)

check out the keyboard - it's from the solid white series prior to this one and has the clickety-clack keys.



the desktop screen of the moment..........
bwine1.jpg

sixsix wrote:... and a phone with a cord!
And those are some Mighty Fine Gaskets you got there, sonny boy...

i did a wider angle pic this time to get the phone in. RCA in basic black.....
i thought that as many people as get the lower intake leak i'd put in good closeup pics of the fel-pro gasket set to see what you get in the box. the new manifold bolts are a separate buy, i got them just because they come with thread sealer already on them.
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Dear God...Thunderbird and Night Train...haven't seen that since I was in college and worked at the 'low rent' liquor store in town :shock:

I did see the keyboard. I killed my last one like that spewing beer while laughing at something on here...who knows what at this point. I have a chiclet key rechargeable bluetooth keyboard now. I still prefer the clickety-clack keys, but they're hard to find.

I have two -T Fel-Pro gasket sets here I got on clearance. Cheaper for the 2 than 1 at regular price. Have to do them on my '05 soon, but the other set isn't yet spoken for (the '00 had them done not long before we bought it). Yeah, that was an impulse click.
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Re: 1999 astro cargo build thread

Postby stent [OP] » February 9th 2021, 10:06pm

just the desktop screen of the moment and a quickie leak update :
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meat


the intake leak is still plugged :
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Re: 1999 astro cargo build thread

Postby stent [OP] » March 9th 2021, 1:46am

another month went by - the coolant leak is still plugged.
the $30.00 bottle of BAR'S LEAKS is amortizing nicely...
i got some more parts i need to take pics of to post here with the part numbers - water pump & radiator hoses; power steering pump & all 3 hoses.
i still plan on getting a higher output alternator but haven't decided on a specific one yet.

notes :
still haven't needed to add any coolant.
i have an Ultragauge OBDII scanner that displays the coolant temp numerically in degrees.
in the cold, colder & coldest weather we've had this winter the temperature is running right around the 180 degree thermostat - the Ultragauge is sensitive enough that you can watch the temp drop when the thermostat opens.
today is shirtsleeve warm & i ran some errands with the coolant temp at 186/188.
all the driving i've done so far with the goop plugging up the leak has been on city streets, but i go all over metro Denver.
no highway driving or high speed blasts.

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current screen pic - nutdriver handles

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tank level on 3-8-21

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Re: 1999 astro cargo build thread

Postby stent [OP] » April 11th 2021, 1:22am

screen of the moment - bon scott with booze :
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leak update :
a couple of weeks ago i smelled antifreeze when getting out of the van.
i've been checking the expansion tank level regularly and it was always full.
i checked the radiator at the filler neck and needed to add about a coke can's worth of antifreeze.
over the next few days i added about a half gallon of antifreeze to the radiator, the expansion tank stayed full, i think maybe the stopleak had plugged up the expansion tank hose. when i added the stopleak i did put about a third of the bottle INTO the expansion tank because it was freezing *** cold and the radiator wouldn't glug glug the whole bottle.
i never did try to force compressed air through the hose to verify a clog..
last week the level in the expansion tank dropped a little, i topped off the radiator & the expansion tank (it seems to be drawing antifreeze in & out again now) a few more times.
then the leak stopped again - yay!
i never did see any drips on the ground, but i could smell antifreeze several times.....i'm wondering if a clogged expansion tank hose could force antifreeze out of the radiator cap or somewhere else due to the pressure of heat expansion of the antifreeze......??
i was due for an oil change so i pulled the pan plug & let the pan drip dry - no sign of any antifreeze in the oil, also no sign of a new antifreeze leak while under the van.
now i am taking off the radiator cap & looking down the neck to check the level.

pics today :
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tank level on 4-10-21

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radiator neck 4-10-21


i've been steadily collecting new parts & it's warmed up to where i won't freeze if i have to fix the leak right now.
throughout the time since i dumped the stopleak in, the van has never run hot & the heater core has not plugged up.
just got my second covid shot on april fools day (Pfizer, i didn't have any trouble with it for either shot other than feeling like somebody punched me in the arm).
i'll wait some more unless i can't control the leak - then i plan on parking the van in the back lot of my work for a week (maybe next month) & riding my bike & taking the light rail some while i thrash it out with tools..
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Re: 1999 astro cargo build thread

Postby sixsix » April 11th 2021, 10:02pm

Stent, I must say... you got the best lighting arrangement for your Now-Famous "Radiator Neck / Green Water" pics.
Keep 'em coming, I got a couple gig left... LOL

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