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89 4x4 pathfinder hybrid build #733792
March 06th 2018 11:24 pm
March 06th 2018 11:24 pm
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So I thought I would start this thread to show everyone what's going on and share ideas. I have had chevy pathfinder vans for 20 years now. This will be my 3rd one. I have worked on a ton of 2x4 vans also. Chevy has always been my favorite from when I was a little kid. So my first van was an 86 carbed van. Just a ratty old cargo van with 2 seats and a sliding door that never worked right and a ton of rust. I found a 92 chevy van that was 2 wheel drive and swapped everything over to it and made it a 4x4. In 2012 I purchased a Ramjet 350 crate engine and put in the van. I had a lot of fun in the van but years have past and the rust has once again won the battle. 2 years ago I found an 89 g30 2 wheel drive for sale in Las Vegas NV and bought it and flew a buddy there and he drove it back. It is in immaculate shape other than being white which will be taken care of shortly. I am getting ready to place an order for an atlas 2 transfer case. The van will have an nv4500 manual transmission in it. Already have the hydraulic clutch pedal installed. I will try to remember to post pictures as I go. Going to set the motor in soon.

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92 van just after 4x4 build 2008
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Ramjet 350 uncrated
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89 van from vegas totally stripped
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Installing new insulation and covering engine well with treadbrite
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Custom front leaf spring perches completed yesterday
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9.5 14 bolt ready to go in. Upgrading to a 10.5 14 bolt soon
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Fuel tank is back in. I cut a neat access hole so I will never have to remove the tank again to get to fuel pump.
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Inside of van sprayed with fire retardant foam to kill noise and strengthen body panels

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Re: 89 4x4 pathfinder hybrid build [Re: JNPerformance] #733793
March 07th 2018 12:26 am
March 07th 2018 12:26 am
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SWEET ! nice work on a choice van ...


SUNSHINE VANS-VAN DIEGO
ADRENALIN BY THE GALLON & CHASIN RACIN
ONE FOR THE DIRT & ONE FOR THE STREETS
'93 CHEVY G30 454 4X4 SPORTVAN EXT 146" WB
'92 CHEVY G30 454 BEAUVILLE EXT 146" WB
Re: 89 4x4 pathfinder hybrid build [Re: JNPerformance] #733795
March 07th 2018 8:22 am
March 07th 2018 8:22 am
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Ellettsville, Indiana
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I appreciate the kind words. I love working on these vans.


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Re: 89 4x4 pathfinder hybrid build [Re: JNPerformance] #733796
March 07th 2018 8:27 am
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Looks like a sweet project!

Couple of things. First. I'm not sure what insulation that is on the walls, but here in Indiana, it will probably hold moisture and rust the walls. I'd remove it as much as possible!

Also, can you take some pictures of the hydraulic clutch pedal setup and the master cyl? Hoping to swap my mechanical/linkage clutch to hydraulic soon and looking for pictures of this please!


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Re: 89 4x4 pathfinder hybrid build [Re: JNPerformance] #733803
March 07th 2018 10:22 am
March 07th 2018 10:22 am
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What year is your van? The insulation is closed cell so water won't penatrate it. Will get some pictures posted soon. It is an aftermarket wilwood pedal/hydraulic assembly.


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Re: 89 4x4 pathfinder hybrid build [Re: JNPerformance] #733858
March 08th 2018 9:45 am
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Mine's a 1985. Gotcha. Closed cell should be good to go.


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Re: 89 4x4 pathfinder hybrid build [Re: JNPerformance] #733879
March 09th 2018 4:02 pm
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Going deep into another quality Chevy build.

I like the diamond plate shroud you crafted in there. Unique.
Nice work JN! Performance is right!

Re: 89 4x4 pathfinder hybrid build [Re: JNPerformance] #733906
March 10th 2018 11:58 pm
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I appreciate it. It's a nice alternative to seeing crappy insulation that blows out over time. Posting a picture of the red van. Tore it all to heck today. It was a nice day to work outside in Indiana today. The steering columns are different between an 89 and a 92 so having to engineer some custom parts. I believe I'm going to be able to use the brake pedals from both vans so my clutch pedal will look stock. Will post some pics soon. Getting ready to place the order for the atlas 2 transfer case this week.

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Re: 89 4x4 pathfinder hybrid build [Re: JNPerformance] #734806
April 06th 2018 10:20 pm
April 06th 2018 10:20 pm
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Posting pictures of brake lines and engine crossmember.

Aldo new wheels and tires!

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Re: 89 4x4 pathfinder hybrid build [Re: JNPerformance] #734808
April 06th 2018 10:35 pm
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Coming along nicely ! !


SUNSHINE VANS-VAN DIEGO
ADRENALIN BY THE GALLON & CHASIN RACIN
ONE FOR THE DIRT & ONE FOR THE STREETS
'93 CHEVY G30 454 4X4 SPORTVAN EXT 146" WB
'92 CHEVY G30 454 BEAUVILLE EXT 146" WB
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