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    VCVC Member Wookee's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by lvjjj View Post
    aftermarket gages are cool. I went crazy and put 8 Autometers and one VDO for the gas guage, in the dash. So had 9 gages with the vacuum gage on top of the dash. They were really needed cause I had to keep track of all the temps and pressures as we towed the trailer up and over mountains. Although now I kinda wish I'd put the gauges on top of the dash and kept the orginal gauge pod. As I read them while driving I'd have to remind myself to look up once in a while to see whats going on in front of me.

    Speedo
    Tach
    Volts
    oil pressure
    oil temp
    trans temp
    water temp
    vacuum
    fuel
    Larry your dash set up looks great....

    Yes i find my self looking at the gauges in the "Beast" more than I really should when we are driving down the road.
    I plan in installing a custom built class 3 hitch behind the tag in the bumper of Big Red...
    I have a small utility trailer her I want to pull around.
    I want to also invest in a new car trailer.
    I have needed one for years.I also would like to be able to take both of my Vans to the nationals or any other event that is more than a days drive away from home.the wife holds a very pretty wheel.Set up correctly Iam sure she would have no problem sharing the driving on a long road trip.
    Being a retired welder fabricator. I have the needed skills to set Big Red up with a Hitch.with electric brakes and a load lever bars. Along with a 12volt power source for a winch .Air bags to allow the van to run level down the road.
    That last couple of sentences is about a months worth of work on my part.How ever i will save a ton of money doing all the work correctly my self...

    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    I had a clean set of power window powe lock door painted and hung on Big Red while Jeff worked his magic on her, body
    Now I have to finish running the harness for the windows locks.
    This requires me to pull the dash back out.
    BTDT,,when I dyed the dash black.Which has held up very well.
    I cut a corner the last time I had the dash out.
    There was a plastic vent tube that directed heat to the floor on the drivers passenger side of the dog house of the van.
    While I was in there this time I decided to put that tube back in.
    When I was reinstalling the upper tube to the defroster vents.I snapped off the connector to the drivers side factory speaker...AAARRRGGG
    These speakers sounded good with my el Cheap O Pioneer head unit.
    Now I need to find a replacement speaker.
    I like to go into the stereo sections of the different stores and play with the stereos and speakers they have hooked up.
    I can't / will not put the dash back together with out speakers in place.
    A good reason to up grade the factory speakers.
    I would also like to find speakers here locally.

    Next stop is a quick internet search to see who has what for sale.....

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    Last edited by Wookee; 01-22-2018 at 08:23 AM.
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    Yea Major pain doing Anything under dash on the newer Chevy Van's.
    Had to do that for my heater core on 89 GMC Cop Van,Did new Speakers(Only had 1) & new dash light bulbs
    Tom

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    At least they can be taken apart....
    This is the 2nd time around for this van.I did a heater core when I first bought it.
    The P.O.had a water leak he fixed with bars leak..which killed the factory heater core
    I am upgrading to all hex head sheet metal screws.
    I picked up a new pair of speakers today.
    Calling for rain tomorrow.

    My pictures should get better.I picked up another inexpensive digital.
    Cheaper than a new phone......

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    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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