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GMC Safari/Chevy Astro Accessories & Modifications
Last post on Apr 30, 2010 at 3:01 PM
You are in the GMC Safari & Chevy Astro
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Chevrolet Astro, GMC Safari, GMC Safari Cargo, Van
#33 of 42 Re: Hot Rodding a 95 astro conversion....sort of [e_cycle]
Oct 22, 2007 (5:36 pm)
Sounds like you are a very determined person. Like you, I too wish the Astro/Safari vans came with an "optional V8" engine. If they did, I bet majority of folks would have a factory V8 Astro/Safari van. The default V6 4.3L isn't the best for pulling power - especially against a strong head wind and up hills at the same time.
Not too sure if your proposed V8 engine will fit (or not). However, I read many posts about others fitting in a V8 engine into their van and it works. Not only does it work, it blows the doors off the under toque factory V6 4.3 engine. When a a V8 Astro/Safari van pulls up hills on a fast hiway, "look out".
For more details on V8 engine installs, surf:
Hope this helps...
#34 of 42 Re: Hot Rodding a 95 astro conversion....sort of [spike99]
Oct 22, 2007 (5:54 pm)
Thanks Spike. Reportedly, the Astro is one of the most simple V8 conv's out there . A motor mount swap is all thats needed . Plenty of room . A 400 turbo trans bolts right up and the original drive line can be used as well.
#35 of 42 Re: REAR Lift Gate Strut replacement [truhlar]
Mar 31, 2008 (8:18 am)
It's been over a year since your initial post, but in case you never got an answer, here's what I did.
I have a 97 Astro with the same dutch doors. With a screwdriver, remove the clip at the cylinder of the rod (the end mounted on the door) to release it from the ball stud. DO NOT remove the clip from the rod end (the end mounted to the body). Then unscrew the rod until it is all the way out of the mount. It is standard thread (righty-tighty, lefty-loosey). After unscrewing the rod all the way, the electrical switch for the rear window defroster will slide off the end of the rod. It is not connected to the rod mount but it does have a notch for proper alignment. I used a pair of pliers applied just below the switch to loosen the old rod enough to finish unscrewing it by hand. Since this rod is being replaced, it doesn't matter that the old rod will get scratched but take care not to scratch the new rod.
To replace, slide the new support rod through the defroster switch and screw into the top mount. Be careful not to cross thread. It took me 2-3 starts on the first one to get it right. Tighten the new rod by hand to where it is tight enough but still positioned correctly to pop back on the the lower ball stud. I just used my hand to pop it back on, but you may want to use a rubber mallet. Hand tighten only - do not used pliers on the new rod. The StrongArm brand part number is #4219. It took about 10 minutes to change both.
I have 2 repair manuals on this vehicle and neither addresses this procedure. Hope this helps.
#36 of 42 taking out the windows
Jun 10, 2008 (4:57 pm)
does anyone know how to take out the middle row windows on a 2000 GMC safari. It's almost as if it has locking bolts on it or something
#37 of 42 How do I Remove dutch doors on astro van?
Mar 26, 2009 (6:08 am)
#38 of 42 Re: Turning that Soccer-Mom Van Into, Well... [stephjr78]
Nov 17, 2009 (5:25 pm)
IF YOU HAVE INCREASED THE POWER OUTPUT, YOU MAY WANT TO
LOOK AT TRANS UPDATES!
#39 of 42 Re: Serpentine Belt for 95 Astro Van to do away with Air? [garbman]
Nov 17, 2009 (5:28 pm)
Go to you local parts store and tell them you want a belt for your van without
#40 of 42 Re: REAR Lift Gate Strut replacement [truhlar]
Mar 16, 2010 (7:05 pm)
I just replaced both struts on my 95 gmc awd van, when you disconnect the strut
the bar itself has to be turned from right to left and it should come loose from the electrical connector, it wasn't as diffiicult as i imagine but its best to replaced both sides, iam here in montana and the temperature here varies ;i did that this past weekend.
#41 of 42 gmc safari suspension
Mar 16, 2010 (7:14 pm)
I have a 95 gmc awd van that i wonder if its possible to raise or add height to the chasis without going overboard in buying a lift kit, thinking about having it raised about 4 inches at the maxium if its possible,
#42 of 42 Re: REAR Lift Gate Strut replacement [raisyn]
Apr 30, 2010 (3:01 pm)
Thanks for this post. It saved my bacon yesterday. I was trying to pry the ball stud cap from the rod, and would not have thought to try unscrewing it. An internet search led me to your post. Again, thanks!