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Gordon 1998 Chevrolet Express 2500 8 passenger
#786171 December 11th 2021 12:17 am
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My kids have all loved "Thomas the tank engine", and I have watched more then I should. Gordon is the biggest, fastest, and strongest engine on Sodor Island. He is blue and pulls The Express. Every time I put my foot down I swear I hear, "Express, coming through!"
https://youtu.be/fVqmS-46Slc
Gordon will be replacing Vanessa(my 2005 GMC Safari). I want to do some traveling. I have 5 kids and plan on pulling a camper trailer. Vanessa needed some upgrades. That is where Gordon comes in, L31, 4L80E, 3/4 ton, and 3.73 rear gear.
That takes care of hauling what I need.
I looked up the RPO codes and Gordon was a special order. Fully loaded, 8 passenger, keyless entry, power windows, locks, and both front buckets are power, heated power mirrors, front and rear air/heat, full interior, carpet, Dude just checked every box on the order form, factory and dealer installed options. He kept full maintenance records, I am the 2nd owner. It's been about 5 miles from the dealership it was delivered to new. The motor was replaced at 100,000 miles, it has 165,000 on it now. Very happy with this van. It gets better mileage then the Safari.
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Picked up these wheels last weekend. I'm going to polish them and get new center caps. The tires on the van are 90% so I will just switch them. Going to the "you pull it" next week, looking for some conversion van parts. I'd like some ground effects, overhead console, GMC grill, and some interior parts. I'm also very curious about the differences between the Express composite headlight and the 1998 GM truck headlight. More pictures and parts coming.

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Re: Gordon 1998 Chevrolet Express 2500 8 passenger
SafariTim #786174 December 11th 2021 6:52 am
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Nice one!


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Re: Gordon 1998 Chevrolet Express 2500 8 passenger
SafariTim #786212 December 11th 2021 6:52 pm
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That's a good looking van. Can't wait to see those wheels on it.


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Re: Gordon 1998 Chevrolet Express 2500 8 passenger
SafariTim #786420 December 17th 2021 12:19 pm
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Slick ride man, can't wait to see it progress.


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Re: Gordon 1998 Chevrolet Express 2500 8 passenger
SafariTim #786441 December 17th 2021 11:15 pm
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I never liked Gordon on the show.
He's too uppity and snooty.

So I won't be following this thread.
lol

I'm just kidding.
(I still don't like Gordon, but I'll follow the thread.)
Cool van.
I like that color.


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Re: Gordon 1998 Chevrolet Express 2500 8 passenger
SafariTim #786547 December 20th 2021 1:51 pm
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I went to the you pull it yesterday. Didnt find anything I could use. On the way out I got a flat tire. Then in hours of traffic Gordon started having issues. Running a little warmer then what it normally runs at. Even ran ruff a little. Made it home ok, but what a day. Never missed a lick since.?

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See?
I told you he was uppity.
lol

I wonder what that was about...
I hope it was just a traffic/extended idle sort of issue.


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We hauled Vanessa off the other day. Gordon did great. Been driving the van for a while. I was wrong about getting better mileage, mileage kind of sucks. Gordon has been awesome but there are some weak points that I need to address. The cooling system could use an upgrade. Bigger radiator, electric fans, Gordon can be alittle uppity at red lights and traffic jams. But so far we are getting along. In the process of starting my own business. So, Everything has been going to into that. I have got some work done on the wheels.
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A before, during, and after. They were in ruff shape. The after isn't final, they still need a cleaning and hand polish. Cant
wait to see them rolling in the Florida sun. More to come, I miss my vans!

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Looks like those wheels are cleaning up nicely.


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