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frscke1, NEmery, Oz105
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New here , looking to start a van build. #791864 06/07/2022 1:37 AM
by Oz105
Oz105
Hello, Oz here I am new here but not to Vannin , I built a 1993 Chevy ASTRO a long time ago, but it's been awhile.

Life caught up with me and after being medically retired from the Army for my combat injuries and all the recovery surgery related I finally feel strong enough to start something new.

Plus my kids are older now so I get to teach them skills along the way now too.

Currently working on getting 1995 Chevy G20 Van not sure the model yet just know it has a 5.7L V8 and seating for 7 that's in fairly good condition.

Supposed to pick it up this weekend and then I'll start tearing it down to make it my own.

Anyhow nice to meet yall. I'll try to post pics once I get the van.
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Re: New here , looking to start a van build. #792094 Jun 13th a 09:08 AM
by Oz105
Oz105
I went and ordered a new AC compressor kit and new hoses for it so far so I can get some cold air running in it cause it was hot as heck here . Engine runs really smoothly Iwas very impressed at how clean it runs. I still plan to rebuild it with fresh parts but it was nice to drive it and feel it run good so far. I ordered a new driveshaft and u joints too cause it needs a replacement too.
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Re: New here , looking to start a van build. #792096 Jun 13th a 12:46 PM
by NEmery
NEmery
Oz, looks like a great start! It was hot as hell here in the lowcountry this weekend for sure. I am sure I will see the van at some point. we have been slacking a bit this year due to super busy work schedules, but we usually host some vanners a few times a year for a fire and food and drinks. I will let you know when we do it next time.
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Re: New here , looking to start a van build. #792335 Jun 21st a 05:35 AM
by pontiac59
pontiac59
GM did like to change things every 2 or 3 years, but nothing changes in the vans from 1994 to 1995 except the torque lockup uses a stepper instead of going full lock. The computer tune is a tad different also. The "Express" van was a 1996 model although the "classic" continued as a 1-ton only for that year.

I did find with my 95 van they stopped using the manifolds that dump just about straight down and use the same as on pickups which dump at about a 45' angle. If you had to do an exhaust, I would swap to the older manifolds because the parts, the Y-pipe and converter, are much cheaper than the one it has which combines the Y pipe and converter in one piece.

The column interchange is 93-95 only (probably 96 1-ton too) because of the airbag and because they changed the intermediate steering shaft - it's longer than previous years and it has a cover to protect it under the hood. Fortunately for swapping, once it's unbolted from the floor and dash it just slides out, the shaft is a two piece deal. It is possible to take the clockspring off to get to the lock plate and all that to swap lock cylinders, but it's a lot less headache to get one with keys or have a lock place make keys.

I sold a used '95 tilt last year for $400 (eBay), so if you can get one in a you pull yard get it there.

Now the shaft and splines itself is the same old Chevy so getting a different wheel on there shouldn't be a big deal.

Ripping the interior out of a conversion like that is a real pain in the behind, back in the day I pulled stuff out of a couple and those are not made for easy removal. They do vary in how they're made though, it may just have been the upfitters who made the ones I was yanking stuff out of.

You might swap a back bucket seat to the driver's front to get one that's not worn and more comfortable.
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Re: New here , looking to start a van build. #791865 Jun 7th a 01:45 AM
by lukester
lukester
Welcome from Florida and thank you for your service.

Looking forward to seeing your van.
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Re: New here , looking to start a van build. #791871 Jun 7th a 03:43 AM
by frscke1
frscke1
Welcome to the site OZ ... Chevy van parts are plentiful to create whatever you like...

Put a 454 in it

again welcome
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Re: New here , looking to start a van build. #791890 Jun 7th a 06:42 PM
by billybob
billybob
Good luck welcome to vannin
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Re: New here , looking to start a van build. #791897 Jun 7th a 11:50 PM
by newkirkinc1
newkirkinc1
welcome to the site from Pittsburgh.
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Re: New here , looking to start a van build. #791901 Jun 8th a 12:11 AM
by Starlord
Starlord
Glad you've joined us, enjoy your build.
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Re: New here , looking to start a van build. #791916 Jun 8th a 01:27 PM
by OVANNER
OVANNER
Thank you for your service and I own a 95 shorty as well. Good luck with the build!
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Re: New here , looking to start a van build. #791921 Jun 8th a 06:29 PM
by NEmery
NEmery
welcome. I am just a short trip from you up in Beaufort.
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Re: New here , looking to start a van build. #791942 Jun 9th a 04:20 AM
by SDMickey
SDMickey
Good luck with your build. Welcome to the site. Fellow Bow Tie Guy . Proud owner of a 1974 G10 Shorty chevy
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Re: New here , looking to start a van build. #792233 Jun 17th a 11:39 AM
by NEmery
NEmery
I would assume that any column after like 81 (When they changed to the locking column with key) should work. i do not know this for fact, though.
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Re: New here , looking to start a van build. #792266 Jun 18th a 07:00 PM
by frscke1
frscke1
Thats a tough question .. will a 94 fit a 95.

This is when Chevy changed from "The G Series" to "The Express" model vans and the 454 to the Vortec motors. Some things were brought over to the new style, some were not.

I have '92 & '93 I KNOW I can get '88 to '94 with no problems. Was lookin for a driver side exhaust manifold a while back and found a '95 and it was different. So I be putting my eyes n fingers on any Item before Id buy it.
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Re: New here , looking to start a van build. #792328 Jun 21st a 04:59 AM
by SDMickey
SDMickey
Nice ride Oz105. Welcome chevy
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Re: New here , looking to start a van build. #792265 Jun 18th a 06:01 PM
by Oz105
Oz105
I was thinking the same thing , I went and grabbed one out of a 94 model for few bucks and will compare them side by side soon
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