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    I think replacing the mounts is a good call so...

    I think replacing the mounts is a good call so you are better off waiting, but once I rotated the crankshaft it was much easier to finesse the pan back on.....I am still not sure how I got the pan...
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    Did you turn the crankshaft/damper with a socket...

    Did you turn the crankshaft/damper with a socket before trying to get the oil pan down? I need to replace my mounts or bushings but was still able to drop the diff just enough to get the pan out...
  3. 2" is sufficient but I don't recommend it. I...

    2" is sufficient but I don't recommend it. I have some threads stripping on the transmission pan due to a few bangs it took, and my oil pan took many hits as well on the infamous topes....I...
  4. I took my Astro from California, through Mexico,...

    I took my Astro from California, through Mexico, Central Am, down into Colombia. I didn't keep track of MPG but you can forget about anything good, you will most likely be loaded down and there are...
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    I threw down some sort of rubber I got online,...

    I threw down some sort of rubber I got online, put some wood over that, and then covered it with rubber tiles...being a surf van this setup is excellent, as it is fairly waterproof and easy to clean,...
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    I know its a large van but I am disappointed with...

    I know its a large van but I am disappointed with the mpg figures after they originally let estimates leak of 35 mpg, even if the Diesel does get up to 26 that is pretty far off, and the gas models...
  7. Look at the bright side, you got the backpacking...

    Look at the bright side, you got the backpacking side of the traveling experience in as well, although a bit forced!
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    You shouldn't have typed all that with a scotch...

    You shouldn't have typed all that with a scotch in your hand.
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    Great, I didn't want to sound like a...

    Great, I didn't want to sound like a dick...again! Def look at as many different vans as you can to narrow it down, but look at them with empty pockets, so you can't possibly be tempted to buy...
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    I think your problem is you are hanging out on...

    I think your problem is you are hanging out on soccer mom forums again!

    Nothing wrong with a milf with a mini...just saying
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    No offense, but you seem to be all over the map,...

    No offense, but you seem to be all over the map, you should really sit down and make a list of what you need vs want. You originally said 10k, up to 15k with the interior build and extras, the less...
  12. I have the same amp and agree its great for $20. ...

    I have the same amp and agree its great for $20. Glad I could contribute to this build thread, you are welcome.
  13. Great thank you, enjoying the progress.

    Great thank you, enjoying the progress.
  14. Did I read correctly that the headliner alone...

    Did I read correctly that the headliner alone supports that shelf, you do not fasten to the van body at all?
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    Astros are reliable overall, the motor is good,...

    Astros are reliable overall, the motor is good, but there are lots of little problems that will pop up, so reliable may be relative. Since you already are looking into gear ratios I think you are...
  16. Sold, and delivered. Thanks!

    Sold, and delivered. Thanks!
  17. Back on the market, Doug and I never connected...

    Back on the market, Doug and I never connected between my move across country and some delayed PMs. I still have the map, it is back for sale. Shipping from San Diego, Ca

    I pm'd doug a week ago,...
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    Same here, my light is permanently lit until my...

    Same here, my light is permanently lit until my inspection comes around. I have both the yellow caution light and the red caution lights for my brakes lit 24/7 on my dash.....shhhh
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    Its 2014, and you mentioned you do not have the...

    Its 2014, and you mentioned you do not have the best mechanical skills, so I would not even bother looking at anything pre-97ish, with your budget you can get a decent newer van and build it up the...
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    Since you said no Astros, and the 1st reply was...

    Since you said no Astros, and the 1st reply was an Astro, I wanted to add that since you are already leaning towards avoiding an Astro, I would encourage that you do just that. I spent 1.5-2 years...
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    Fantastic....I don't even know what Kyrgyzstan...

    Fantastic....I don't even know what Kyrgyzstan is, but I like it.
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    Awesome pics, great to see more families out...

    Awesome pics, great to see more families out enjoying this planet. I am fine with a tank on the back, do what your gonna do, that said, you only need a leak and a spark (static electricity) to end...
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    These work great but take up a fair amount of...

    These work great but take up a fair amount of space, if you are planning any long trips make sure you have somewhere to store them, or go with something less bulky like curtains
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    My basic mechanical skills consisted of changing...

    My basic mechanical skills consisted of changing oil, air filters, spark plugs, and tires on a Honda prelude before buying the Astro....so it was very basic (It still is). Before leaving on my trip...
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    Just an FYI: This is often the idler arms, which...

    Just an FYI: This is often the idler arms, which are a cheap, and easy replacement you can do yourself, easier than changing the oil filter. Obviously there could be more that needs replacing on the...
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