• 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. an88fiero's Avatar
      an88fiero -
      Up in the air being worked on

      Attachment 87849
    1. saleen 192's Avatar
      saleen 192 -
      stainless ??????
    1. an88fiero's Avatar
      an88fiero -
      Quote Originally Posted by saleen 192 View Post
      stainless ??????
      Oh yes - sure is
    1. AmericanThunder's Avatar
      AmericanThunder -
      Long day, up at 4:30 for this appointment with the exhaust place! But the work is top notch. Very particular and picky with this own work. A quality system and sounds so much better.
      Sound bite to follow.....
    1. an88fiero's Avatar
      an88fiero -
      I'll get a better one
    1. TransAmDan's Avatar
      TransAmDan -
      Looks and sounds great.
    1. an88fiero's Avatar
      an88fiero -
      Lots of packages arrived recently. Expect a few updates to this thread soon ......
    1. saleen 192's Avatar
      saleen 192 -
      pictures pictues this blog short on pictures lol,,,,,,,
    1. AmericanThunder's Avatar
      AmericanThunder -
      Quote Originally Posted by saleen 192 View Post
      pictures pictues this blog short on pictures lol,,,,,,,
      Says the man who hasn't updated his Trans-Am thread in months!!!
    1. TransAmDan's Avatar
      TransAmDan -
      Lol, not done anything in months.
    1. AmericanThunder's Avatar
      AmericanThunder -
      Changed the transmission oil and filter and the engine oil and filter today.

      Turned out to be a sh*t of a job!
      Two bolts on the trans pan snapped whilst undoing them. One took me by surprise, it didn't feel tight or as if the threads were binding but 'snap' and the oh Sh*t moment.
      Then I noticed another binding up so went into tighten/loosen repeat mode with liberal sprays of WD40 around the top of the threads and after some effort it came out in once piece. Another bolt snapped despite the same treatment. Fortunately there is one bolt between them and after reassembly with a new gasket and some instant gasket smeared on both sides of it there are no leaks. New filter went in easy and I suspect the filter and oil were original!!! I have seen worse but it certainly wasn't good.
      Whilst I had it apart I added a transmission cooler too. Heat kills automatic transmissions and towing can certainly increase the slippage of the torque converter which increases heat.
      I thought this was a relatively cheap addition to avoid killing the gearbox and ending up with a £1500 rebuild in the future. Simple mod, just used a pipe cutter to cut the line from the trans to the radiator and then fed that into the cooler. The return from the cooler then rejoins the original pipe back into the original cooler in the radiator. You also don't want the transmission too cool and in cold weather that could no easily happen, so this means that it would be re-heated to somewhere close back to water temp which is of course its designed operating temperature. The cooler is mounted in front of the AC condenser.

      The engine oil was filthy and the filter had been installed by King Kong. Fresh 5W30 and a new filter resulted in an instant increase in cold oil pressure, from 40psi to 59psi.

      All in all, I was out there for 6 hours! But some jobs worth doing. Just need to read test it really but the headlamps are out for a clean and polish!

      Now the next jobs get interesting!
    1. saleen 192's Avatar
      saleen 192 -
      Says the man who hasn't updated his Trans-Am thread in months!!!
      now photobucket have screw up everyones thread that they post with pictures bastards.....

      but she has been on the road this year Dan has the evidance
    1. an88fiero's Avatar
      an88fiero -
      Quote Originally Posted by saleen 192 View Post
      now photobucket have screw up everyones thread that they post with pictures bastards.....

      but she has been on the road this year Dan has the evidance
      Go Flickr
    1. an88fiero's Avatar
      an88fiero -
      Removed the headlights and sidelights and used a product to get rid of the yellowing. Good stuff!
      Also replaced the dipped and high beam lights to very bright LEDs
      I'll take some pics when it gets dark
    1. an88fiero's Avatar
      an88fiero -
      After all the fluid changes a couple of weeks ago we did a check over today to make sure no leaks.
      All seems ok and she now runs and drives lovely
    1. July92RS's Avatar
      July92RS -
      What bulbs have you used
    1. AmericanThunder's Avatar
      AmericanThunder -
      Graeme!!

      Long time no hear!