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Old 07-24-2013, 09:20 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Work Van - '89 Chevrolet Astro
90 day: 28.43 mpg (US)

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Originally Posted by Big Dave View Post
Good work, JB3.

What transmission did you use for your van?

There are a lot of old 80s Benzes out there starting to lose the battle with rust but their engines are still the same old bullet-proof design. Since your Astro is a S-10 pickup chassis with a van body, a small pickup project would seem to be feasible.
I'm using a T5, with non wc S-10 gearing and an astro specific shifter adapter. (Design of the van has th engine over on the passenger side a few inches so there is a special shifter t bring the stick over to the driver side). The engine and tranny are mated using a 4x4labs adapter kit, which is a pretty slick product

Interestingly the astro van chassis are a hodge podge of gm stuff. The van is actually a unibody with the front subframe from things like the caprice wagon, and the drivetrain frm the s10, k1500, ect. The 4.3 came in everything it seems
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