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Re: Just spent $700 on a steering gearbox - ask me anything!
vaNsquared #783327 October 04th 2021 11:54 pm
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Originally Posted by vaNsquared
A nice van becoming nicer! Looking forward to following along
Thanks! More to come soon... When the parts arrive 😂

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Re: Just spent $700 on a steering gearbox - ask me anything!
ah64pilot #783714 October 14th 2021 12:23 am
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Just had windshield replaced with old style gasket. Looks like that did the trick. I do have a drop of water on a fuse block bolt, might need to check the firewall sealing areas 😩.

Also just ordered this to deal the pop out windows in back and passenger side rear:

TRIM-LOK - 6100B3X1/8A-25 Trim-Lok Trim Seal with Side Bulb – Fits 1/8” Edge, 5/8” Bulb Seal Diameter, 25’ Length – PVC Plastic Trim with EPDM Rubber Seal, Easy to Install for Cars, Boats, RVs, Trucks, and Home Applications https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NL44VUC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apan_glt_fabc_Z754YEME2AFN86NM8GBP

And also saving this for later when I fix the rust spots at the big windows out back. Will replace with solid glass instead of T sliders: http://www.dcmco.com/dcmvangl.htm

And last but not least, got this installed today and all I can say is holy shit Batman! I feel like I'm driving a sports car. Steering is tight like you wouldn't believe, the wheel is now straight, and the feel is unbelievable. Best single improvement I've done so far. Lee Power Steering isn't cheap but they're the best in the business and I'm so happy I got one!

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Re: Just spent $700 on a steering gearbox - ask me anything!
ah64pilot #783753 October 15th 2021 1:01 am
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Sounds like it was well worth it.

Re: Just spent $700 on a steering gearbox - ask me anything!
ah64pilot #783780 October 15th 2021 8:52 pm
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Went to look at a stainless roof rack yesterday, turned out to be a turd. Decided last night that I didn't need a roof rack at all and so I set out to clean up the look of Buckeye.

Before with morning dew:

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Removed roof rack and ladder. Filled bottom ladder holes by tapping them to 10-32 and installing stainless pan head bolts with rubber flat washers and a dab of ultra black.

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I also got rid of the IBS emblem (integrated belting system) cuz ain't nobody needa be riding down the road advertising IBS.

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For the top holes I just got a new strip of reflective tape and covered them after covering the bare metal with touch up paint. It wasn't too bad getting all the old stuff off but the new tape is a tad wider than the factory stuff. It looks ok I guess. Good enough until I get it painted.

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Then I tapped the 7/16" holes on the roof to 7/16 - 20 and filled them with some stainless hex bolts I had laying around. I cut the bolts to 1/2" long and put a 3/8" O-ring on the bolt and a dab of ultra black. This will last until I get some 7/16" pan head bolts to make it look a little cleaner... And that should last until I get it painted in a few years and have the holes welded up.

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I'm pretty happy with the way it looks without all the jewelry.

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And how about that Central Texas sunset?

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Re: "Buckeye" - '95 G2500 StarCraft Conversion
ah64pilot #783786 October 15th 2021 11:33 pm
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Awesome pic Bro. The van is looking cherry, ( no joke intended ) grin

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Re: "Buckeye" - '95 G2500 StarCraft Conversion
ah64pilot #783806 October 16th 2021 4:56 pm
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Looks great.


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Re: "Buckeye" - '95 G2500 StarCraft Conversion
ah64pilot #783813 October 16th 2021 6:59 pm
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Beautiful van, you do very nice work.

Re: "Buckeye" - '95 G2500 StarCraft Conversion
ah64pilot #783814 October 16th 2021 7:18 pm
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Looks sweet!


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Re: "Buckeye" - '95 G2500 StarCraft Conversion
SDMickey #783816 October 16th 2021 11:50 pm
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Awesome pic Bro. The van is looking cherry, ( no joke intended ) grin
Hahaha thank you! I'm loving the red, it stands out wherever we go and gets a ton of looks. It's been really fun driving cross country today.

Re: "Buckeye" - '95 G2500 StarCraft Conversion
Meanmachine #783817 October 16th 2021 11:52 pm
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Originally Posted by Meanmachine
Beautiful van, you do very nice work.
Thank you very much! Sometimes it doesn't turn out exactly how I want it but that's how it goes I guess.

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