Mounted the new motor and transmission to the Astro subframe

Today I got the 6.5L diesel engine and 4l80e transmission mounted to the subframe. It was not difficult to mount, it was just a very slow job.

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Removed the old motor from the Astro

Took all day but I got the old drivetrain out of the Astro. Tomorrow I will fit the 6.5 and 4l80e onto the subframe.

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Start of My 1 Ton Chevy Astro Project

So I have had my Astro for long enough I decided what I wanted to do with it. I use it to haul a lot of stuff around and am wanting to make it able to haul and tow anything I need. The easiest way is to put a 6.5L diesel in it and the rest of the 1 ton drivetrain under it. With a reinforced frame it should be a pretty good van by the time I am done with it.

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Adding Rear Remotes and Top and Tilt to a BX24 Tractor

The Kubota BX24 is a pretty versatile machine. It is also pretty easy to add accessories on to. Here is how I added rear remotes and a top and tilt setup to it. The remotes will work with the backhoe on or off. I also have the parts list included so anyone else can add them to their machine.

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Heading to Geopalooza with my Metro. Live tracking is working.

This weekend is the 3rd Geopalooza where everyone with a Geo Metro gets together and shares stories and ideas. Mostly we just hang out and are lazy. I am heading there like I usually do a day early. I will be hauling my Metro there instead of driving it. The thing is very rough riding and has no real comfort of any sort to make the 6 hour drive bearable. So the next best thing is to put it on a trailer and haul it there on my van.
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Key West Trip

image I didn’t post daily on this trip. It was a pretty short trip and my computer was very flaky and would not stay running long. So I just saved all my pictures and posted everything in one big post instead.

I managed to get the bike put back together a few days before we left and put 150 miles on it so I figured it was as good as new and went for it. The trip was 2350 miles total. We spent 5 days on the road. It should have been 4 days but we stopped a few hours from home due to the weather and not actually being in that much of a hurry.

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DR650 3rd Gear Broke on Me :(

I guess everything breaks sometime or another. At 21,000 miles on my bike 3rd gear decided to break in half. Here are pictures of what happened.

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How to Move the Passenger Seat Brackets Back in an Astro

Every Astro made has the passenger seat adjustment way to far forward. I have no idea why the factory thought only little kids were going to ride in that seat so I had to make a set of brackets to move it back some.

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Dual Battery Setup on an Astro

One of the biggest problems I have had with my Astro conversion van is running the battery down from watching TV ,playing games, or other random messing around in the van. The best solution was to add a second battery to handle the load while the van is off. I wanted an automatic solution that didn’t require me to remember to flip switches or mess with it in any way.

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What Worked and What Didn’t on my Motorcycle Vacation

trip So the trip is over, the bike is waiting on new tires to get back on the road and I am finally unpacked. Here are my final thoughts on what worked and what I would do differently on my next trip.

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