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Re: 1987 G20 Gypsy
1983 G20 Van #811598 March 07th 2024 7:10 pm
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Land of CW McCall...elevation makes a big difference on performance. Be safe and have a blast.

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Re: 1987 G20 Gypsy
MufflerMan Mike #811630 March 08th 2024 8:50 pm
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Originally Posted by MufflerMan Mike
Land of CW McCall...elevation makes a big difference on performance. Be safe and have a blast.

If I lived at this elevation, first thing I would do is add a turbocharger.

Been having a blast. Winter wonderland today outside. Woke up and walked outside drinking my coffee while watching the Canadian Geese peck the river bank right off the front porch of the Air B&B we are staying in. Then retreated to the kitchen, fired up the oven and range and cooked a big breakfast.

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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'
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Sounds like a great time.

Re: 1987 G20 Gypsy
1983 G20 Van #811818 March 23rd 2024 8:06 am
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Nice crimper you got there.


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Re: 1987 G20 Gypsy
newkirkinc1 #811853 March 25th 2024 6:05 am
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Originally Posted by newkirkinc1
Nice crimper you got there.
I am really happy with it. I am glad I decided to tackle that job on my own. For a similar price to having hoses made one time, I can now make them for other projects in the future. Really a big cost saver when you are only paying for materials and not someone elses labor as well.

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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'
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1983 G20 Van #811854 March 25th 2024 6:20 am
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I am actually headed back to the shop in the next few days. Have a bunch of small miscellaneous stuff that has arrived to finish the project. New temperature and oil pressure sending units, a few electrical connectors, some silicone grommets for wiring, more harness looming tape and numerous other small items. Also have a set of shocks for all 4 corners. The all important license plate and registration has arrived from the state too. When I get back to the shop, those parts will be installed and then it will be visiting both an alignment shop and muffler shop. Then I will be cruising it around a bit, testing out all the systems before it makes its first ~100 mile road trip. My mom has a 50' x 20' metal covered car port beside her house. The interior will be largely gutted and re-done there. She has a nice commercial grade Singer sewing machine so that I can work on re-upholstering the seats. Because we have also been working on finishing a house remodel there (spent the last ~2 weeks working on a bathroom, kitchen island, tilling a garden area, mowing weed eating, etc), wood working tools and supplies are also there. Just easier to bring the project to the tools at this point.


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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Re: 1987 G20 Gypsy
1983 G20 Van #811855 March 25th 2024 6:25 am
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I did spend a few hours working on this though. Lumina Euro steering wheel I picked up 20 years ago in practically new condition for $10-15 at a local junkyard. I covered it with a stitch on leather cover that came off the clearence rack at Oreilly. I think it was a $2.76 cover. Not bad a bad looking wheel for under $20 and it is super comfortable feeling being double leather wrapped. I considered dying the rest of it black, but I think I might just leave the center section the lighter grey color. It is not perfect but its probably been a decade since I have stitched one of those up. Guess I am going to get good at them though. Both the 97 Express and the 2011 Pathfinders OE steering wheels are starting to degrade a bit and I have the same style wraps for both of them. The one I have for the Pathfinder even has a couple of carbon fiber looking inserts in it that line up with the spokes on the wheel.

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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'
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Re: 1987 G20 Gypsy
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Nice leather wrap

Re: 1987 G20 Gypsy
SDMickey #812074 April 05th 2024 1:09 pm
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Originally Posted by SDMickey
Nice leather wrap
Thanks. I feel like it turned out nicely. It is a nice upgrades compared to the goey mess of a stock wheel that was in the van. I need to get some more pictures and catch this thread up in the next week or so. I have finished a lot of smaller things on it in the past week or so. AC is done, vacuumed and charged on a 90F day here. It was cooling to 29*F before the compressor cycles even without the engine cover on it. The grille and headlight bezels are installed hopefully for the last time. I have done some more work on cleaning up and looming the harness. The oil pressure and coolant temperature sending units are installed, hooked up and the gauges in the cluster work. I still need to wire the daytime running light LEDs and turn signal LEDs in the headlamps up to make them functional, but not overly important. I need to get the new shocks on all 4 corners. It is going to the muffler shop next week and also needs to get an actual alignment. I feel like I should change out the rear brake hose since I already have it and should probably replace the rear wheel cylinders at the same time. The rest of the drum brake system actually looks great. Very little wear on the shoes, drums are in great shape, are somehow still round and the hardware looks newer than the van. I feel like the rear brakes were serviced not long before it was parked by the previous owner or a shop. Before it goes on Power Tour I probably should change the U-joints as well. It still has the OEM GM injection molded units in place. Other than that I have spent the past few weeks at my mothers house, working on the remodel that is still under way there. Nearly finished the bathroom, worked a lot on the utility room and a bunch of other stuff. I needed a change in project for bit. Once the 87 is road worthy, the 97 is going into the shop. I have a new milder custom grind Erson cam and Lunati lifter set to go into it and it will be getting a different intake manifold with a 102mm throttle body. Also have to pull the 4L85E to repair the fluid leak up front, probably pulling the pump to reseal it and drill out the fluid return passageway for the input seal since it has failed twice, assuming pressure buildup on that seal.


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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