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Clean Francine - 2000 Astro LS #747947
May 03rd 2019 6:17 am
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Okay folks, I'm not going to bore you to death with this thing, but I thought I would do a "build" thread under the Reader's Rides section just to show any progress or maintenance done that might help.

We picked up this gal yesterday for the new family wagon. 2000 Chevy Astro LS with 85,000 original miles. Garage kept, single owner, and pretty darn clean. She's not perfect, we saw quite a bit of rust scale underneath from the PA salty roads, but mostly scale on the frame and leaf spring perches. Also a bit on the front crossmember. We will be taking care of that very soon. We got this to replace my Wife's 2000 Jeep Cherokee XJ as we had it on the lift last week doing the rear shocks and found the floor pans were rusted out from the firewall to the back cargo area on both sides. So needless to say we're a little anxious about rust these days.

The driver front window motor overheats, so the window goes up and down when it feels like it. Usually you can get it about half way, then wait for it to cool off and get a little more. I've ordered a new motor from Amazon along with a lock actuator for the driver door power lock while I have the door panel off. Going to look at some 5.25 speakers for the doors today or sometime this weekend.

Overall I'm very pleased with it. I love how she rides like a full size van instead of your typical modern minivan. The kids (7, 13, and 14) are all super excited to have something with some leg room that they can spread out in for a change (compared to the 2014 Civic or 2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport we typically daily drive).

Here she is.
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Re: Clean Francine - 2000 Astro LS [Re: kursed] #747948
May 03rd 2019 8:18 am
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Nice score!


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Re: Clean Francine - 2000 Astro LS [Re: newkirkinc1] #747953
May 03rd 2019 9:07 am
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Originally Posted by newkirkinc1
Nice score!


Thanks bud. Getting the tags and title done right now. Wipers and OBD2 scanner next. Then drive drive drive.

Super comfy and clean ride, but man o man that driver window is bugging me. Can't wait til the new motor gets here.

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Re: Clean Francine - 2000 Astro LS [Re: kursed] #747975
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That was a nice buy there. Very nice condition for the age.

Re: Clean Francine - 2000 Astro LS [Re: kursed] #747976
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Great looking van.


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Re: Clean Francine - 2000 Astro LS [Re: kursed] #748022
May 05th 2019 8:39 am
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That's a nice one! Love those M/L vans.

Re: Clean Francine - 2000 Astro LS [Re: kursed] #748031
May 05th 2019 10:20 am
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Thanks guys, we are having a good time with her for sure.

Power window motor arrived yesterday. Still waiting on the lock actuator, door panel clips, and Memphis 1" tweeters to arrive.

I stopped in my local audio store and the owner had found some Memphis speakers stashed in a supply room they had forgotten about, so I snagged a pair of 5.25" for the front doors for $20. Ordered a pair of matching 1" tweeters on Amazon.

Took the kids camping at one of our favorite local spots last night. Man it was so nice to have so much room for the kiddos and all the gear. We had a giant cooler, a huge easy up two room cabin tent, everyone's personal gear, myself and three kids, and the back seat was still empty.

I'll post up some pics later today.


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Re: Clean Francine - 2000 Astro LS [Re: kursed] #748042
May 05th 2019 3:46 pm
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Waiting for the kids to get off the bus on Friday.
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Grabbed these 5.25" door speakers for $20 thanks to the local sound shop owner forgetting he had a bunch in the back from a couple years ago. LOL.
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All loaded up and ready for some camping!
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Just finished setting the tent up, ready for some fun.
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Update on parts, the door panel clips and lock actuator just arrived from Amazon. I'll post links to everything after I get things in and can do a proper review. Still waiting on the Memphis Street Reference 1" tweeters for the doors to arrive, then I'll install everything.

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Re: Clean Francine - 2000 Astro LS [Re: kursed] #748055
May 06th 2019 7:31 am
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Having fun is what its all about.


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1981 Chevy-the Love Shack
2012 Chevy Van
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Vannerz
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Re: Clean Francine - 2000 Astro LS [Re: kursed] #748066
May 06th 2019 12:18 pm
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Glad to see you're out enjoying it.

How do you like those Dutch doors on the rear? Always an interesting design, I thought. Nothing else quite like them in the van world.

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