• 1997 Chevrolet Astro

    Thought I'd start a new blog for my new Astro as there's quite a few bits to do until I'm happy

    Watch this space for updates ..........
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    1. saleen 192's Avatar
      saleen 192 -
      Apparently you have to pay entry to the park and pay to display your car. That would have been £46 quid plus fuel plus 5 hours driving total in what looked to have been pretty crappy weather.
      crazy suprised people went m as you say weather was total crap,
    1. an88fiero's Avatar
      an88fiero -
      Just booked her into have a custom exhaust done in a couple of weeks as she really is loud especially when towing

      Here she is after doing her job for our week away ........

      Van and caratent
    1. saleen 192's Avatar
      saleen 192 -
      coollllll
    1. TransAmDan's Avatar
      TransAmDan -
      Where are you going to get the exhaust done? Was the recommendation useful?
    1. chris68coupe's Avatar
      chris68coupe -
      Sidmouth again? (Not the exaust - holiday?)
    1. an88fiero's Avatar
      an88fiero -
      Exhaust is being done by Pipecraft in Basildon. Used them before a couple of times and they are also well known for their American vehicle work
    1. an88fiero's Avatar
      an88fiero -
      Quote Originally Posted by chris68coupe View Post
      Sidmouth again? (Not the exaust - holiday?)
      Yep Sidmouth again. Only because it's the first time we've used the caratent and just wanted somewhere we knew this time round
    1. an88fiero's Avatar
      an88fiero -
      Decided to clear out all the cubby holes and pockets etc - ended up with half a carrier bag full of rubbish and old screws, nuts n bolts, fuses and bulbs etc etc.

      After that was done I fitted a new rug which goes in between the front seats and rear bed and added a new set of cushions. Pictures to follow as I forgot

      Once all that was done I decided to remove the CB and also the box that was in between the two front seats. One thing lead to another and we ended up removing all the wiring that is no longer needed apart from two that might require the carpet to come out
    1. AmericanThunder's Avatar
      AmericanThunder -
      I hate dealing with other people's attempts at wiring.
      I always solder my connections and cover in heat shrink, so to find a bodge of twisted connections, scotchlock connectors, black insulation tape wrapped around twisted connections and use of 240v mains wires used in a DC 12v circuit..... yuck.
      Most of it is now gone with one circuit left for me to investigate and some now dead wiring to pull out.
    1. TransAmDan's Avatar
      TransAmDan -
      eeeek, them scotchlocks are great for creating puzzles in wiring later on. I'm sure people put them in just to bugger someone else up looking at it a few months down the line. Connections seem to make and break in random patterns. I agree, soldering and heat-shrink is the best way to go.
      Sounds like you are getting there and making great progress.
    1. AmericanThunder's Avatar
      AmericanThunder -
      Weather depending I may have another look later, but by the time I get home, exercise and eat there is generally not much time/daylight left.
    1. an88fiero's Avatar
      an88fiero -
      Noticed that the tyres kept loosing pressure so took her to the tyre shop this morning and had all valves replaced and wheels balanced and cleaned around the rims
    1. saleen 192's Avatar
      saleen 192 -
      tempting fate now you will get a punture sods law says you will,,,,,,,
    1. an88fiero's Avatar
      an88fiero -
      Washed her for the first time today - wasn't the outcome I had hoped for.

      For some reason the paint has gone hazy when the sun is directly on it.

      I contacted the paint guy who's going to have her back in - think it might just be that they didn't do the final buff properly. Watch this space!
    1. saleen 192's Avatar
      saleen 192 -
      Not good, hope it's a quick fix?
    1. AmericanThunder's Avatar
      AmericanThunder -
      and I finally removed the rest of the wiring.
      Stock horn operation now restored, the front air horn and the wiring and switch that went with it is history!
    1. TransAmDan's Avatar
      TransAmDan -
      Sounds like good progress on the wiring.

      Hows the paint looking now its dried off?
    1. AmericanThunder's Avatar
      AmericanThunder -
      It's not bad but it's going back to the painter.
      Bit short of time this week as it's booked into an exhaust shop On Saturday
    1. an88fiero's Avatar
      an88fiero -
      And she's back at the body shop
    1. an88fiero's Avatar
      an88fiero -
      And now she's back home

      Must admit she looks much much better, even from when we picked her originally - but then it's so goddam dark in the evenings now - can't see properly. The weekend will be the test.

      Now we can concentrate on going to a Basildon on Saturday to get the exhaust done to quieten her down some what - cant wait!