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Posted By: SafariTim Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - April 16th 2021 9:21 pm
This is my 2005 GMC Safari.
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It's been 3 years now that I have had this van. So far i have done the front end, new heads, new seals and gaskets in the intake plenum, and basic maintenance.
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Got the door pins installed the other day. I need to get to the store and get a hole saw and change out the door handles. I have have been focusing on the biggest problems first. The next biggest headache I have with the van is the sliding door. I swear I'm the only person that can open and close it. I want to have the door gullwinged in the next 2 weeks.I have the struts, just waiting to talk to the welder about the hinges. I only want to do this once. I may (90% sure I will) add a power lift for the door. Once the door is gullwinged I can add the 1/4 spacers to the rear. The spacers are needed in the front to clearance the calipers. But the rear tires with spacers hit the sliding door.
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Then I'm going to start on the front of the van. The front bumper is looking ruff and rubs the tires when turning tight. Trim the ends and a quick DIY paint touch up. Modify the grill
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I'd paint it black.
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1968 GMC grill emblem. I'm also going to switch the headlights. Think it gives it an older look.
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I will post more as I get it done. Sunday I will be getting a few odds and ins done. Thanks again guys!

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Posted By: kursed Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - April 16th 2021 11:20 pm
Really nice project van man, I dig it a lot. Like the color and everything you're doing so far. Thanks for sharing and keep us posted on how it comes along.
Posted By: SDMickey Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - April 17th 2021 1:36 am
Nice work.
Posted By: Wedgy Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - April 17th 2021 4:55 pm
Aye! Tis! The LEDs on the front in the Headlights are cool. I like the look on the modern Challengers. Slider to Gullwing! Sweet
Posted By: lukester Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - April 18th 2021 11:18 pm
Good looking van. The gullwing is going to be awesome.
Posted By: SafariTim Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - April 20th 2021 12:09 am
Yesterday I got the throttle positioning sensor, IAC, air and fuel filter, and Wolo horn
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All AC Delco parts. The horn is fun, 34 songs and it connects to my phone. I love rolling up with The A-team theme song playing!
Passing someone while playing Dixie, like the Duke boys. And my favorite. La Cucaracha, like Cheech and Chong!
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I'm getting these T hinges for the gullwing. Heavy duty and I think they give a lot more surface to weld them on the body.
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I'm also going to cut a section out of the seat front seat base, at least a inch. I feel like I'm sitting on the van not in it. I will have it welded around the same time I have the hinges welded. I forgot to mention the passenger window isn't going down. Not 100% sure what's up there. I have new switches both sides, just ran out of time yesterday. I should have more time tomorrow while the kids are in school.

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Posted By: kursed Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - April 20th 2021 2:11 am
Originally Posted by SafariTim
I'm also going to cut a section out of the seat front seat base, at least a inch. I feel like I'm sitting on the van not in it. I will have it welded around the same time I have the hinges welded. I forgot to mention the passenger window isn't going down. Not 100% sure what's up there. I have new switches both sides, just ran out of time yesterday. I should have more time tomorrow while the kids are in school.

That's one thing I love most about my vans. Sitting up higher so I can see through traffic. Reminds me of my days driving 5 tons in the Army a lot.

Digging all the cool goodies. Anxiously following along.
Posted By: SafariTim Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - April 21st 2021 2:02 am
I didnt get the windows figured out, ran out of time again. I did get both front exterior door handles changed out and the door springs put back in. I replaced the rear hatch struts about a month ago. Just need that slider gullwinged and all doors are fixed. My brother stopped by with his scan tool. No more "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" light. Besides changing the fluid in the rear end, the drivetrain is done. I'm also changing out the dryer on the A/C. I might order that tonight. I have a lot of alittle boring jobs on the van. The interior a mess.
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The trim around the gauges and radio is dry and brittle. I have all the pieces going to try and fix it. $100 is just too much to spend for another one. It's hard to see but the dash pad is pulling away from the dash. The armrest on the driver door is terrible.
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I didnt know, until today that there are 2 different door panels for this van. My van has this type.
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The armrest is not removable. Which sucks for me.
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This door has removable armrests, no cloth at the top, and no carpet at the bottom. I'm not sure what the interior of the donor van looks like yet, but my plan is to recover all interior panels and headliner then transplant them into my van. Needing a trip to the "you pull it". Looking for a hitch. If I get lucky and find one. I will be towing the donor van home (bad trans in donor) next week. My van is my daily, so really wanting the donor. After interior, future plans would be to get the subframe from donor rolled in to the garage. I will slowly build it. Not sure on the details yet. I'm thinking 350ci, suspension upgrades, brakes. Not sure on trans, but definitely an auto and 2 wheel drive. I will do the same with donor rear end. Lots of research between now and then. I want cheap and reliable. Not a racer, but would like to pull a nice camper. Any info or tips would be greatly appreciated. I will try to get the passenger window fixed tomorrow. Changed both switches today, still only works up. Wish me luck.

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Posted By: tyteric Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - April 21st 2021 3:31 pm
That second door panel with the removable arm rest is from the cargo version. Can't wait to see the gullwing in action.
Posted By: kursed Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - April 22nd 2021 11:35 am
Awesome work so far man, and I didn't realize they had any with removable armrests either, but every single junkyard Astro I've come across has the cracked arm rests just like mine.

I did find a thread a long time ago on the Astro forums where someone was selling fiberglass armrest caps that would cover them. I'd like to find that again and possibly order some for mine.

I use mine for a daily and I love it, but the mileage is painful, so while the wife has been deployed I've been using her 2014 Civic. BUT, her Civic is a turd and is now giving me problems too, so back to the Astro. UGH! I have an appointment to get the Civic in next week and will be setting up an appointment for the Astro soon.
Posted By: SafariTim Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - May 11th 2021 5:56 pm
I'm know I'm behind on my posting, but I have been busy with some "Honey do's". I do have some good news and some bad news. Vanessa died on me at a red light 2 days ago. Not sure what is wrong yet but I'm pretty sure its something simple. Not too worried about her. Missed out on the 2004 Safari donor van. But, now on to the good news! I found a 1997 Chevy Astro AWD. I have been wanting a donor van and this one popped up about 5 miles from my house. Don't want to go into with too many details yet, as she is semi-famous. I'm going to pay and get the title around 4 this afternoon. I will get pictures and post more details on the van tonight. I can't wait to get this beast in the driveway! Hope it fits in the carport, hint hint. I will also update with more on Vanessa's condition.
Posted By: SafariTim Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - May 11th 2021 9:20 pm
Just got this beast home! 18' wheels, 7 inch lift, rear air bags, custom roof rack, headers, 3 inch exhaust, too much to list! This thing is awesome! Introducing "The Disastro!"
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Posted By: SDMickey Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - May 12th 2021 12:49 am
That is cool !
Posted By: kursed Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - May 12th 2021 4:05 am
Freaking neat man, cool score
Posted By: SafariTim Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - May 16th 2021 4:53 am
No good news with Vanessa. Today I changed cap, rotor, coil, still not firing. Getting gas, getting power to the coil but nothing coming past that. "Borrowed" the crank sensor from Disastro, nothing. Tomorrow going to keep working on her. I pulled the radio out and a/c controls. Working on the trim piece for the new radio, tonight in the garage. Coming out nice. Taking pics and will post them in the next day or two.
Posted By: SafariTim Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - May 19th 2021 5:32 pm
Still having problems finding out why Vanessa will not start. So far, I have changed cap, rotor, ignition Module, coil, coil wire, crank sensor, and down to switching parts between the safari and astro. Getting fuel to the pressure check on motor. Useing a test light I see that when the key is on I'm getting power to both wires on the coil. Just cant seem to figure it out.
Posted By: kursed Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - May 20th 2021 11:56 am
Strange, no idea on this one.
Posted By: NateB Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - May 20th 2021 12:32 pm
A professional diagnosis may be your next step.
Posted By: SafariTim Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - May 21st 2021 2:31 am
My baby is back! Thanks to anyone who replied to help. I'm not a mechanic, but I know a few things and have some common sense. I dont know the name of this part, ignition module? Its mounted on the same bracket as the coil.
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During the break down I started on the dash and new radio. I went overboard on the screen size. About 90% done with that.
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The head unit is around 10x6 inches. Which means for a factory look everything has to be rearranged. The factory CD player will be moved to The Disastro. For now I will not be useing the rear A/C or rear wiper controls. The A/C controls are being moved down to replace the lighter and cubbyhole.
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I will post more pictures once I get it all done. I should have it back together thus weekend.

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Posted By: SafariTim Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - May 24th 2021 6:39 pm
The gulwing slider is on hold, but will happen. We just paid our house off, so "Honey do's!" Have gained an exclamation mark. I'm still clipping away at the radio. Made this bracket to get it centered in the hole.
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It was harder then I was thinking, getting the screen center and flush. It's not done yet. Still have some adjustments and to finish the trim piece. I will wrap it in vinyl later. But I'm very happy with it so far. I have not taken pictures yet but the A/C controls have been a lot easier. Going to be cutting out the cup holders, drinks never sit right anyway. Just goin to make it into a deep tray. The rear A/C isn't working at the moment and I have never used the rear wiper so I will be leaving them out for now. Will keep you guys posted.

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Posted By: frscke1 Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - May 24th 2021 8:09 pm
SWEET WORK ! ! !
Posted By: newkirkinc1 Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - May 24th 2021 11:06 pm
Nice work you have done!
Posted By: kursed Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - May 27th 2021 2:37 am
That came out awesome! Love it.
Posted By: SafariTim Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - May 28th 2021 10:02 pm
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Lol, got to keep updated. I'm going to be installing a starter button by the steering column on the same piece of trim. After that is done I will wrap the piece in black vinyl. The whole interior will be black with red accents.
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Still working on the a/c controls. Just finish work now really. I did not have to cut anything going to the a/c controls, wires and hoses were long enough for me. Thanks for all the positive comments. Loving this site!

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Posted By: lukester Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - May 29th 2021 2:42 am
Very nice.
Posted By: SafariTim Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - June 02nd 2021 2:16 pm
Been moving slow with Vanessa, but I have some progress. The Disastro has/had a pretty nice intake system.
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After a good rub down the 3M scotchbrite.
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Machine polish.
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And a final hand polish.
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Not sure if I will put it in Vanessa or back into The Disastro.
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I did take this from The Disastro and put it in Vanessa, kind of handy. Still working on the a/c controls. I should have more time to finish it tonight.
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I will post more as I get it done.

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Posted By: SDMickey Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - June 06th 2021 2:45 am
Nice progress.
Posted By: newkirkinc1 Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - June 07th 2021 12:05 am
Very nice!
Posted By: Customatic1969 Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - June 07th 2021 8:07 pm
find it hilarious that you have got web browser running in your head unit, that's new technology can do, i'm just happy if i can hear some good tunes on some good old tapes
Posted By: Lee7673 Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - June 07th 2021 8:47 pm
Nice mod
Posted By: SafariTim Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - June 12th 2021 7:03 am
Just another sneak peek. First good coat of primer, still some spots to touch up. Again everything will be covered in vinyl as the process continues.[Linked Image]
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Sanding sucks! A little of this and some of that and it will be ready to go back in.

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Posted By: newkirkinc1 Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - June 12th 2021 12:01 pm
Looking good can't wait to see it covered.
Posted By: SDMickey Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - June 12th 2021 8:28 pm
Good progress,
Posted By: Lee7673 Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - June 16th 2021 2:07 pm
This is looking very cool
Posted By: kursed Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - June 16th 2021 5:16 pm
Looking sharp man.
Posted By: SafariTim Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - June 19th 2021 2:51 am
Had a free day yesterday. Not liking the gloss! I hate it enough that I'm leaving it to keep me motivated to get it wrapped. I ordered a new a/c control. It blew off the shelf once or twice, guess it had some air left in it. Lol. Once that gets here I will be putting it in the van. I started with the cover off the Disastro, it was broke, some cigarette burns and dirty.
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I was going to cut that out anyway. The cover in Vanessa is in perfect shape, it and the CD player will be going to the Disastro.
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Not perfect but good enough to be covered. I moved the 12 volt outlet into the glovebox. My USB adapter has a nice blue LED that lights up the inside of the glovebox, kind of a bonus. Got to catch up on that "Honey do!" list, but I will be back soon!

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Posted By: SafariTim Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - June 24th 2021 3:15 am
Slipped in a quick needed upgrade. Safari door armrests suck. Quick fix. [Linked Image]
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Seen it at astrosafari. I have tons of 3/4 plywood. Cut them, sanded, some body filler, more sanding, primer and more of the overly glossed paint. I drilled 2 holes on the back side, I'm going to epoxy small bolts to hold them in place. 8 bucks, 2 hours, and no more cut up elbows!

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Posted By: kursed Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - June 24th 2021 4:04 am
Nice!
Posted By: SafariTim Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - June 24th 2021 4:09 pm
This morning all was dry, so I epoxyed the bolts in place.
I'm going to epoxy the top of the armrest, in hope to stop it from getting worst. Then drill 2 holes, in the door panel to bolt these in place.
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Not going to be installing today, maybe this weekend. My passenger side window isn't working. I replaced the window and both switches. Something messed up somewhere, cut wire? I need to take the door panel off and get into it. I also have some speakers that have been kicking around. So I'm getting a few quick upgrades while I have the door panels off.
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I have 4 of these speakers, 2 in front doors and 2 in back Dutch doors. Thanks for the comments! More to come.

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Posted By: SDMickey Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - June 26th 2021 5:39 am
Nice work on the armrests: Vanner Engineering !
Posted By: lukester Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - June 27th 2021 2:19 am
Nice job
Posted By: SafariTim Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - August 09th 2021 3:52 pm
Its been too long! Been vacationing with the family, had a great time. Now back to the vans! [Linked Image]
The old lady got sick of me bragging about my vans, so she got another van. It's nice, 30,000 miles, rear DVD, and lots of extras. It's all set up to be a family cruiser. So, Vanessa is going to be Daddy's van! I will be changing a few plans and build it to more of my needs. Last night I finished the backup camera, USB, and GPS. Loving it! Now the van has all the modern functionality of a new car. I'm hands-free texting in my VAN. [Linked Image]
I cut out the blank for the keyhole on the plate holder. Pretty basic, but keeps it factory looking. Works great. The old 07 town and country has to be cleaned and put up for sale. So I will be stuck on that for the day or two. Missed this place!

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Posted By: SafariTim Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - September 14th 2021 2:02 pm
Been working on a rendering of my van. Vinyl stripes, perforated over the rear windows. My initials are TL. So, a "T" on the hood and "L" down the side. I call the van Vanessa, so I also put a "V" on the hood. I dont have a marker to match the factory color, but it will be staying the same. Flares, air dam, folding rag top. I'm happy with the final look of the van. I will be doing an interior rendering soon.[Linked Image]

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Posted By: lukester Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - September 15th 2021 1:59 am
I really like that rendering. Looking forward to seeing it come to life.
Posted By: kursed Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - September 15th 2021 2:39 am
Love it man, the stripes flow really well on that. Can't wait to see how it comes out.
Posted By: SDMickey Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - September 15th 2021 6:11 am
Nice art work. Cool concept.
Posted By: newkirkinc1 Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - September 15th 2021 10:15 am
That looks great!
Posted By: SafariTim Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - September 15th 2021 5:24 pm
Thanks for the awesome feed back! I framed the rendering and have it hanging in the garage. Hoping it helps keep me focused. My brother in law does vinyl wraps. I will be sending him the rendering today to get a quote. I really want to find a vinyl with a heavy flake. I was working with my daughter on her graduation cap(pre-k). She picked out this "iron-on" material, l like it.

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Posted By: SDMickey Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - September 15th 2021 8:14 pm
That's pretty cool, I would of never guessed it was vinyl
Posted By: SafariTim Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - September 16th 2021 12:04 am
The last picture is of an iron-on material that my daughter picked to decorate of cap for pre-k graduation. Its made to be ironed on to a t-shirt or any kind of fabric. It's just something I have kicking around and like the way it works with the factory color of my van. Also my color choice may seem odd, but I am color blind. I just like the way they look together. I feel for my younger brother, he is color blind too. But he paints cars for a living! A customer found out and went nuts, lol. "How can you paint my car blue if you're color blind?"
He said, "The can says blue right there."
I once seen a hit and run, and was telling the cops about the car. I gave make, model, year, trim option, tire size, and motor options available for that body style, but I couldn't give the color. Life is a bitch!
Posted By: kursed Re: Vanessa, 2005 GMC Safari RWD. - September 16th 2021 12:48 am
That's freaking hilarious! lol
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