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Re: My 1997 Express [Re: Dyno_Dave] #750877
July 24th 2019 3:18 am
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Finally got all caught up. Granted i did start fresh from page one earlier this evening. Great looking van. Where did you get the retrofitted headunit? I would def like to find something like that for my Astro.


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Re: My 1997 Express [Re: Dyno_Dave] #751446
August 08th 2019 5:00 pm
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Thanks guys. Glad you enjoyed it.

Started a new job...very excited about it. I'm actively hunting for a new daily driver, which The Express has devolved into (nothing wrong with it as a daily...I enjoy driving it, but I'm wearing it out). Hope to have something in the next few months, and have her indoors for the winter. Then I can start to address a mounting list of issues she has.

This weekend, LOF, and inspect the RF tire for possible replacement (an crazy driver chased my butt off road over a curb a year or so back, and I suspect it has a broken belt).

She's got more work to do before winter though. At least one more trip south towing, and a trip in September towing.

OutlawZ, the radio came from ebay...I "believe" it came from this seller, but don't make me swear to it.

https://www.ebay.com/usr/delcoman

Re: My 1997 Express [Re: Dyno_Dave] #751495
August 10th 2019 2:00 am
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Originally Posted by Dyno_Dave


OutlawZ, the radio came from ebay...I "believe" it came from this seller, but don't make me swear to it.

https://www.ebay.com/usr/delcoman


Thanks for the info! He has a couple different options i am seriously going to consider. It will be a great way to add the ability to listen to an ipod or iphone to my Astro!


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Re: My 1997 Express [Re: OutlawZ] #751545
August 12th 2019 7:48 am
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Originally Posted by OutlawZ


Thanks for the info! He has a couple different options i am seriously going to consider. It will be a great way to add the ability to listen to an ipod or iphone to my Astro!



You could always install an inline modulator that plugs directly into the antenna, and either put an AUX wire jack in the dash from it, or a Bluetooth adaptor. I did this on a crown vic I had that had a very basic am/fm radio and it worked awesome. I didn't want to change the head unit out, so this was the best option.

Re: My 1997 Express [Re: NEmery] #751593
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Originally Posted by NEmery
Originally Posted by OutlawZ


Thanks for the info! He has a couple different options i am seriously going to consider. It will be a great way to add the ability to listen to an ipod or iphone to my Astro!



You could always install an inline modulator that plugs directly into the antenna, and either put an AUX wire jack in the dash from it, or a Bluetooth adaptor. I did this on a crown vic I had that had a very basic am/fm radio and it worked awesome. I didn't want to change the head unit out, so this was the best option.


Great info as well. The other reason i want to change my head unit out is because all of the bulbs are burned out in it so it is dark all the time at night. So i figured going to a head unit like his would solve that problem and add extra capability to my van at the same time.


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Re: My 1997 Express [Re: Dyno_Dave] #752046
August 30th 2019 6:46 pm
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I had one of the in-line modules in our Venture van. Worked well.

Re: My 1997 Express [Re: Dyno_Dave] #752811
September 27th 2019 3:58 pm
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Really enjoyed this post Dave, epic trip with family, through some beautiful country. Thanks!

Re: My 1997 Express [Re: Dyno_Dave] #754195
November 16th 2019 11:03 pm
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Love the van Dave! I know you mentioned it on TGO a while back to me.

I still use my 97 to tow around my big Jayco.

Since these pics I have swapped a full 8 lug 1-ton setup under it and a healthy 383 under the hood. I am just over 100K on it now too.

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1983 G20 Conversion Van, 350 TPI, Reed Hydraulic Roller cam, Ported 906 Vortec, Edelbrock 3817 TPI-Vortec Base, Doug Thorley Tri-Ys, Dual 2 1/2" exhaust, Speed Density 7730 ECM tuned by ME, 700r4 by ME, Stock 1,600 rpm converter, Rebuilt Stock 10 bolt with posi by ME, 3.08 gears, 358 RWHP @ 5,200, 384 RWTQ @ 3,400, 14.66 @ 95.43 w 2.28s 60'
Re: My 1997 Express [Re: 1983G20Van] #754906
December 14th 2019 2:24 pm
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Originally Posted by Wedgy
Really enjoyed this post Dave, epic trip with family, through some beautiful country. Thanks!


Thanks Wedgy!

Originally Posted by 1983G20Van
Love the van Dave! I know you mentioned it on TGO a while back to me.

I still use my 97 to tow around my big Jayco.

Since these pics I have swapped a full 8 lug 1-ton setup under it and a healthy 383 under the hood. I am just over 100K on it now too.


I may have...I'm old...don't recall! LOL

They do make a great tow vehicle.

Is the 383 you added to your the one from GM Performance Parts....the drop-in L31 5.7L replacement engine?

Re: My 1997 Express [Re: Dyno_Dave] #755188
December 26th 2019 4:07 pm
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Originally Posted by Dyno_Dave
Originally Posted by Wedgy
Really enjoyed this post Dave, epic trip with family, through some beautiful country. Thanks!


Thanks Wedgy!

Originally Posted by 1983G20Van
Love the van Dave! I know you mentioned it on TGO a while back to me.

I still use my 97 to tow around my big Jayco.

Since these pics I have swapped a full 8 lug 1-ton setup under it and a healthy 383 under the hood. I am just over 100K on it now too.


I may have...I'm old...don't recall! LOL

They do make a great tow vehicle.

Is the 383 you added to your the one from GM Performance Parts....the drop-in L31 5.7L replacement engine?

Nope this 383 I built from the ground up. Forged pistons, 6" rods, 11:1 compression, somewhat thumpy roller cam, ported 210cc runner aluminum heads, EFI Connection 24x ignition system with 5.3 coils, Fluidamper harmonic balancer, 7 qt oil pan, windage screen, aluminim timing cover, aluminum valve covers, and lots of other goodies. The only parts left from the L31 are some of the sensors lol. It has a mercruiser dual plane mpi intake, 1,200 cfm 4bbl throttle body, 4" air intake, 100mm MAF, thorley tri-ys, etc. I built it with a goal of 500 hp at 6,000 rpm.

Last edited by 1983G20Van; December 26th 2019 4:09 pm.

1983 G20 Conversion Van, 350 TPI, Reed Hydraulic Roller cam, Ported 906 Vortec, Edelbrock 3817 TPI-Vortec Base, Doug Thorley Tri-Ys, Dual 2 1/2" exhaust, Speed Density 7730 ECM tuned by ME, 700r4 by ME, Stock 1,600 rpm converter, Rebuilt Stock 10 bolt with posi by ME, 3.08 gears, 358 RWHP @ 5,200, 384 RWTQ @ 3,400, 14.66 @ 95.43 w 2.28s 60'
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