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Old 11-01-2020, 01:55 PM   #121 (permalink)
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On powering the vent windows:
First generation chrysler minivans had rear quarter power windows. These came in manual or power. A teleflex cable was in the headliner from the the front of the car to the back to make it work.

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Old 11-02-2020, 08:16 AM   #122 (permalink)
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Yes, this vehicle is very impressive, better MPG than would be expected for a vehicle with that engine and tow rating. Gives me hope for my Suburban project.
I'm very interested to see how your Suburban turns out, too!

I've thought that if I had to do this over again, I might start with a 2500 Suburban instead of another Caprice. The wide availability and compatibility of truck parts with that platform would have made this project much easier. And, there are times I've found myself wishing that I had four wheel drive (despite already having a selectable locker and mud tires).

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Old 11-02-2020, 08:19 AM   #123 (permalink)
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On powering the vent windows:
First generation chrysler minivans had rear quarter power windows. These came in manual or power. A teleflex cable was in the headliner from the the front of the car to the back to make it work.
I pulled some quarter window motors 6 or 7 years ago. I forget now exactly what they were from (probably a Nissan van).

I've still got them in storage somewhere--just haven't gotten around to doing it. Clearly, it isn't a pressing need.

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Old 12-31-2020, 05:28 PM   #124 (permalink)
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Interesting given that most people would think to go the route of light duty/light weight parts to get better MPG that the route of super heavy duty parts can give similar results when chosen wisely! Awesome project!
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This thread has been a blast to read! I have always had a fondness for big wagons and, after owning a 2005 diesel Excursion, I've experienced owning the biggest wagon of all, lol!

What you've pulled off with the Caprice is truly impressive! Makes me much more confident with plans to "upgrade" any SUV's I find myself with in the future! Rock on!!!
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Old 01-04-2021, 10:48 AM   #126 (permalink)
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Thanks, britttolbert and Planecrazy, for the encouraging comments!

We've just finished moving, to a different place in Virginia that's about 190 miles away. We moved almost all of our stuff with this wagon, in five loads--three using our 16' open trailer, and two borrowing a friend's 16' x 7' box (enclosed) trailer.

We drove faster than usual on each trip, averaging about 55 MPH, so that we could go up, unload, and drive back in one day. The open trailer averaged about 20 MPG round trip each time--probably ~18 there and ~21-22 back.

The box trailer averaged right at 16 MPG both trips. However...when you consider that a "normal" gas powered pickup or SUV would have probably averaged about 10 or 11 MPG with that trailer--that's still pretty good.

It was kind of unnerving seeing the average that low, for so many miles. However, once I unhooked the trailer the trip averages immediately went back up to the low 40's MPG, so all is well.

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