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First Coat272 viewsfirst coat of the wheel color. Instructions call for two light coats, followed by a third heavier coat.
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270 viewsThis is me jacking on the transmission. This would have been significantly easier if I would have removed the cross member the first time. I subsequently removed it after this picture. The transmission hangs up nicely on the crossover pipe and you can just lower it down. Please note this was done on a stock ride height van with the front end up in the air about 2 inches. There was plenty of room to work.
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Removing trim429 views1989 Astro Heater Core Replacement.

The smell of antifreeze when I used the heater told me that it was past time to change the heater core in my 89 Astro. It's a job I dreaded due to previous experiences with other vehicles, but it wasn't too bad actually. In fact, disassembly is a snap, but I had to get a touch creative to get it back together.

I removed the engine cover first; don't know if it's necessary, but it always seems like I have to do it no matter what I'm up to. Hey, that's the mighty 305 all nestled in the engine bay, by the way.
Next, remove the four Phillips headed screws that hold the heater trim piece in place and then remove the trim piece. Actually, it will fall off when the last screw is removed. Lay it and the screws out of the way.
I failed to get a usable photo of the heater box cover removal, but it's the black object with the louvers you see behind my hand. Four 7mm hex headed screws hold it in place. You'll have to get at floor mat level to see them all, but they're not bad to get at. Unscrew those fasteners and remove the heater box cover. Once that's off, you still won't see the heater core, though. That's because it's behind the heater core cover, located on the right of the heater box, and is held in place by three screws, also 7mm headed. An upcoming photo will give more detail on the location.
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Completed tank assembly.519 viewsTank all painted and everything installed except for the vent line which runs into the engine compartment.

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351 viewsJan 27, 2011
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480 viewsJust threw that in it got black interior three years ago.This was during its tranformation process.Jan 23, 2011
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425 viewsI just painted it and pulled off masking tape pulled it out front for photo op.Sent pic to mom she was worried about it.She bought it new.Jan 23, 2011
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480 viewsGirly man tires I used to paint it and bumper put onJan 23, 2011