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JJG

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1984 GMC ASTRO 9500 REBUILD
« on: June 04, 2015, 11:55:05 PM »
Another rebuild in the works, the GMC Astro, built around the mid eighties is in need of a rebuild, on the trailer and off to the shop


the paint stripped off


Jim.

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1984 GMC ASTRO 9500 REBUILD
« on: June 04, 2015, 11:55:05 PM »

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Re: 1984 GMC ASTRO 9500 REBUILD
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2015, 04:18:44 AM »

Geez Jim!

All you had to do was polish 'er up, build a multi-axle skateboard and put 'er back to work for Trojan.
Right-wing Old School.

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Re: 1984 GMC ASTRO 9500 REBUILD
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2015, 11:15:04 PM »
Very true Doug!! It was indeed a Trojan.......without the door decals as I had none nor the resources to make them then! I also have a W900 KW in that colour scheme. Always enjoy the colours and variety of trucks they had! Since they are no more, time for a change?

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Re: 1984 GMC ASTRO 9500 REBUILD
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2015, 12:38:54 AM »
the sunvisor is fabricated, vent window pillars installed

to the paint shop, gold applied, masked, Doeskin applied

and the brown met. applied, clear coated

a little tweaking is in order yet ::)

Just looking at this picture it could almost be on with Muskoka Transport now?
I know, another defunct carrier!

Jim.
« Last Edit: June 06, 2015, 12:40:45 AM by JJG »

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Re: 1984 GMC ASTRO 9500 REBUILD
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2015, 04:08:31 AM »

I wouldn't worry about defunct carriers Jim.

At least it's not dirty white and pulling a multi-axle garbage scow.

Starting to look good.
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Re: 1984 GMC ASTRO 9500 REBUILD
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2015, 03:53:24 AM »
A defunct truck should be in the colours of a defunct carrier!
Always!
 8) 8) 8)


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Re: 1984 GMC ASTRO 9500 REBUILD
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2015, 12:48:13 AM »
Lindberg had an engine of sorts added in these kits, while the idea was nice, the engine was not. looked more like a 350V8 gas engine then anything else. Having a few of these awesome Ralph Ratcliffe Detroit's on hand, I decided to make one into an 8V92T

Here it is readied for the install.



Jim.

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Re: 1984 GMC ASTRO 9500 REBUILD
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2015, 01:00:57 AM »
Hi,

Very good job !!!! :D :D

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Re: 1984 GMC ASTRO 9500 REBUILD
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2015, 06:09:28 AM »
I liked the truck before the rebuild, the new paint looks great! I like looking at Astros but my back still hurts from my 77---- 148wb with Hendrickson spring. Hard to keep those "greenhouses" cool in the summer. Out east lots of Astros pulled railroad trailers-- mine did. Jim

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Re: 1984 GMC ASTRO 9500 REBUILD
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2015, 03:35:39 PM »

Looks like a V-12 to me Jim.

Counted six exhaust outlets on one side and 4 rocker cover clamp-downs.

Colour's perfect!
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Re: 1984 GMC ASTRO 9500 REBUILD
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2015, 11:13:32 PM »
I have a couple of those Lindberg kits (Ford CL9000 and GMC Astro, Day and sleeper cabs).  It will be interesting to see how you fit the engine under the cab.  The kit engine is rather crude.

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Re: 1984 GMC ASTRO 9500 REBUILD
« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2017, 11:02:25 PM »
It's been a little while with no activity here, but, picked up the project and started with the challenge of tilting the cab......success.? cab down

and this is hinged and functional


now........back to that little Detroit........it is now an 8V92T

Jim.
« Last Edit: September 09, 2017, 12:00:55 PM by JJG »

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Re: 1984 GMC ASTRO 9500 REBUILD
« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2017, 03:51:09 PM »
Looking good Jim

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Re: 1984 GMC ASTRO 9500 REBUILD
« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2017, 11:57:35 AM »
Thanks John!

And, here it is, a Silver 92!! I think I selected a 13spd transmission out of my collection, hooked together, ready to install! Will it fit?

after filing down the inside of the frame rails -which are a little thick anyway so all is good- she drops down albeit tight! Note the large hole in the floor, the existing doghouse is history but the original interior is still in! Time to create a new doghouse!

cab is down, lots of filing/hoping and it is down with the interior modified

I'm quite pleased with the height of interior mocked up, should be able to work with this, so, for the most part, mission accomplished!!


Now onto detailing!

Jim.
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Re: 1984 GMC ASTRO 9500 REBUILD
« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2017, 08:37:01 PM »
doghouse and new dash is in white, it fits! Now, pant it and that part is done.

 next up, exhaust, turbo/air breather intake assembly.

Jim.

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Re: 1984 GMC ASTRO 9500 REBUILD
« Reply #14 on: September 22, 2017, 08:37:01 PM »