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88 G20 slow resurrection #751668
August 17th 2019 8:57 am
August 17th 2019 8:57 am
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Riverdale, new jersey, united ...
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Figured, I'd share a bit of my progress with my 88 G20 van. Back story, my father bought the van in the late 80's, and it was used as the primary family/ travel vehicle for most of my childhood. In approx 2007 the van was put out to pasture so to say, after having a reman engine installed in 06. After his passing, family decided it was destined for the scrap heap, but me being sentimental, and crazy enough to bring it back i acquired it from the estate. Now i'm left with a very rough chevy van not worth the money I'll be spending on it, but I feel the end result cruising an interstate again in this van is priceless, smiles per gallon not miles right?.
These are previous posted pics from photobucket, new pics will be postimage which is preferred by another forum i frequent for my mini's
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First step was to verify it was a functioning engine, so after making sure it was not seized, i rigged up a fuel system. Yes that is a 5 gallon home depot pail with a fuel sending unit in it running off the cig lighter from the dash... no it's not safe, yes it did work.
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After ensuring the engine was running, and taking it around the block amazing trans shifts well, and brakes were working fine although all of those systems will be checked and gone through before this sees any road use. Next step is making it mechanically sound, and a few small upgrades to go with it. Basic tune up clean the valve covers noticed a small crack on one manifold so that needed fixing.
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The long tubes are from headman, the black paint was not a high temp coating just shipping paint so i had to strip them down to metal and used some header paint to try to protect them for as long as possible while i have the van.
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Also did the ultimate tbi mods, by grinding down the fins near the ports to the tbi unit and the shaft also added a 1/4 fuel pod spacer. I know that the quest of horse power is lost on an 88 tbi 305, but if i can squeeze a few mpg's I'll give it a try.
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This is the only section of actual rot underneath, it happens to be on a section of structure, i'll have it addressed later thinking it would have to be cut out and welded not something i have the equipment or talent to do, but i'll have someone help me with that.
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Re: 88 G20 slow resurrection [Re: Juntao_DW] #751669
August 17th 2019 9:05 am
August 17th 2019 9:05 am
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Juntao

Are you related to MacGyver? I have never seen anyone run a fuel pump off of a cigarette lighter.

You are correct the love of vanning is smiles per gallon! With a little labor of love you'll have smiles a mile wide when cruising your van.

Good luck with the repairs/mods/customizing. Love the pics, it always adds to the story...

Re: 88 G20 slow resurrection [Re: Just4fun1991] #751670
August 17th 2019 9:12 am
August 17th 2019 9:12 am
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Originally Posted by Just4fun1991
Juntao

Are you related to MacGyver? I have never seen anyone run a fuel pump off of a cigarette lighter.

You are correct the love of vanning is smiles per gallon! With a little labor of love you'll have smiles a mile wide when cruising your van.

Good luck with the repairs/mods/customizing. Love the pics, it always adds to the story...


Lol, no relation unfortunately i feel like i'd have a much more adventurous life if i were. I think if falls more to laziness is the mother of invention, i realized that the driveway at my parents house was quite a steep incline and with narrow roads, and no real safe way to remove it from the driveway i had to get it running. also the trailer was not equipped with a winch that is a whole lot of steel to push up that trailer.

Re: 88 G20 slow resurrection [Re: Juntao_DW] #751671
August 17th 2019 10:32 am
August 17th 2019 10:32 am
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West Texas
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Looking Good! Nice Van, good work too. Motor sure cleaning up nice. That's going to be one happy little smallblock Chevy!
Cool story Junato, priceless Van. More than a feeling. Pop's is proud!

Van On!

Re: 88 G20 slow resurrection [Re: Juntao_DW] #751673
August 17th 2019 1:21 pm
August 17th 2019 1:21 pm
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Riverdale, new jersey, united ...
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Thanks Wedgy, progress is going to have a few spurts here and there, then quiet down. This is a more recent sort of "shop truck" project i did for myself. 95 s10 pulled from a salvage yard threw a real terrible Frankenstein 92 corvette LT1, with a carb swap manifold, with a tbi fuel injector adapter to keep it fuel injected and control the 4l60e with the computer.
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Motor was laid inside the frame rails when i bought the truck hence why i took it.
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cleaned up wiring needs more but this was a "budget build"
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this is during testing/tuning making sure everything works Heat and AC included, put another nose on it i had
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after a another face lift from the original
Problem is i have one more of these trucks to build, customers truck 98 s10 getting a V8 of some sort and a manual transmission of some sort, but since he has no parts yet i'll take the time to wrench on the van this week.

Re: 88 G20 slow resurrection [Re: Juntao_DW] #751679
August 18th 2019 6:37 am
August 18th 2019 6:37 am
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Pittsburgh,Pa USA
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Nice work on the van for sure.


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Re: 88 G20 slow resurrection [Re: Juntao_DW] #751717
August 18th 2019 10:29 pm
August 18th 2019 10:29 pm
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Staunton, VA
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Both sweet rides. Keep up posted on the progress, it's coming along nicely so far.


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Re: 88 G20 slow resurrection [Re: newkirkinc1] #751724
August 19th 2019 7:49 am
August 19th 2019 7:49 am
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Originally Posted by newkirkinc1
Nice work on the van for sure.


Nice Jab! Jim!

Subtle....

adj. So slight as to be difficult to detect or describe; elusive.

Re: 88 G20 slow resurrection [Re: Juntao_DW] #751747
August 19th 2019 9:55 pm
August 19th 2019 9:55 pm
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Juntao

I am curious. I have not heard of this

"ultimate tbi mods, by grinding down the fins near the ports to the tbi unit and the shaft also added a 1/4 fuel pod spacer"

Do you know has it added any MPG?

Can you enlighten me any more on what it is and how it's done?

Bob

Re: 88 G20 slow resurrection [Re: Juntao_DW] #751757
August 20th 2019 9:40 am
August 20th 2019 9:40 am
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I will 2nd the request on the 1/4 fuel pod spacer information.

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