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Old 03-29-2018, 09:18 PM
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How about using an old Formica countertop as a slide?
Now that's a cool idea!
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I got a new Caravan 2 yrs ago. We also used them for service
at the shop & used a G-20 for big multi deliveries. Caravan will
work great. You can also lay 4X8 plywood etc flat in it & close
it up. And they start under 20K....... They are all the same
drive line so the only important option is fold away seats. The rest is
just crap & cosmetics. Even the cheap radio / CD sounds good.
You will also be surprized with the power. Almost 300 horsies.
You mean the new model ones? As for the older Caravans, some did have 4 cylinders. Which might seem like a better choice over the v6, but I wouldn't. The 4 banger doesn't have enough get-up-and-go for anything, really.
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Great ideas. There's a Harbor Freight about 5 miles away.
Saw a GMC Safari for sale for $2K. Gonna check that out today.
Looked like it was already set up for cargo.
Would like to stay with a rear wheel drive vehicle. Those front wheel models are difficult to work on.
Clearly you've never worked on an Astro/Safari before. Miserable. And the vortec v6 is garbage. Give me a caravan any day.
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Used to own an Astro van, like Safari. Sit in the passenger seat and evaluate if the legroom will work for any passengers you may have.

Make sure the instrument cluster works reliably.

Evaluate the unloaded ride quality. Mine defined the term 'bouncy'.
Bought it brand new, traded it after only 12 months.
^ All excellent suggestions if you're seriously considering the Safari.
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I think all the mini vans are bouncy, the Caravan is.
Well, like most vans in general, all of the weight is in the front, none in the back. So yeah, bouncy by comparison. But a new pair of rear shocks would help any used car's ride quality.
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I have owned about 7 Astro vans (same as Safari). They are easy/cheap to work on, and they can haul all the junk I can stuff in 'em, and pull a trailer too!
I mean... if that's your thing, that's cool. I can't stand them personally. I suppose 'repair difficulty' compared to a Caravan, is not so much that one is 'harder' to work on than the other, but rather a different kind of work. ie - the difference between spending 2 hours fighting to get to each spark plug on an Astro (lifting, removing tire, removing dog house, etc) or spending 2 hours on the Caravan spark plugs (remove wiper tub, remove intake [which you don't even have to do on 01-07]). Really comes down to preference.
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Old 03-29-2018, 10:49 PM
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The first gen Scion B is low to the ground and has a cavernous cargo space with the rear seats removed, 30+ MPG don't hurt either.
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Old 04-01-2018, 10:29 PM
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I had an older full-size GM van; those, & the old Ford/Dodge competitors, are extremely versatile vehicles. Right now my company vehicle is a Transit Connect. It's been reliable enough & the last time I checked it was averaging 29mpg, and that's with it idling most of the day. My biggest complaint is that FoMoCo exerted no effort whatsoever in balancing that engine. You can't leave anything light weight sitting around because at idle it will shake everything until it falls on the floor.
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Old 04-02-2018, 01:45 AM
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My biggest complaint is that FoMoCo exerted no effort whatsoever in balancing that engine. You can't leave anything light weight sitting around because at idle it will shake everything until it falls on the floor.
You may be right, but in my experience, those (ford focus-based models) have very weak motor mounts that always wear out and then the car vibrates annoyingly.
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Old 04-02-2018, 09:07 PM
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MadMan, I had forgotten about that. I remember when Escorts were still showing up in the shop on a regular basis they always seemed to be extremely "buzzy" compared to everything else, and I've seen it with some aging Focus models as well. My T-C is closing in on 100k and, yep, might just be showing its age.
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:00 PM
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I know the title of this thread is best Truck/Van for tv pick up, But I gotta put in a plug
for the good old 1986 Honda prelude as the BEST vehicle choice for picking up those
gotta have tvs.....

We got a good choice of large vehicles at our little piece of heaven, a Big Van, I got a
pick-up, a sedan of pretty ample size - tv speaking.... But I got some pretty neato
deals showing up in my Maaco special.... I mean try negotiating a lower price on a
$50. simulated-wood grain covered must have when yer stepping out of a $40K
Almost new Suburban might be hard....... Turn that around and show up in a rusty
old Honda and you might just get that "awe this poor guy" sympathetic "Oh, I'll
take xx" even if you didn't even ask.... Happened to me once...... Not sure if the Prelude
was the reason though.....

Then you know, the "I just don't have room for that" thing, and then there's the all
too common Wife Objection to another set.... Even if for the most part the stuff is
outa sight. Well at our parking lot, viewing from the front window I usually keep
"the little car that could", behind the van, or behind the pickup - as viewed from the
front window, which overlooks our vast parking expanse.

If by some chance a tv appears on CL and It's a Sharp Linytron, or some other -
otherwise non collectible set with a too good to pass up price tag. I can always
keep the wife up late the night before, and run off real quick one morning in the
prelude early, while the wife sleeps late, and be back before anyone knows what
just happened.... Ahhh. And if she did happen to get up and walk past the front
windows, all looks normal cause you can't see the prelude from the window
anyway...... Just leave a radio on in a room she ain't going to venture into
I use the garage.... Also good to keep a stable full of 20+ year old cars on hand,
that way you can be out in the garage a lot, or at least pretend to be.....

And with the humble prelude, you'll most likely never run into that temptation
to pick up something either too heavy to lift by yourself, Saving your back, or
too big to fit the car..... And thus save that valuable space at the cassa.

I was able to get my 25" 1985 Sharp Linytrons with Simulated Wood Finish,
( Plastic cabinet portables you know...) and an RCA 9-T-240 into the passengers seat with
no problems...

Just food for thought on this good tv void night.......


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Old 04-13-2018, 11:12 PM
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My T-C is closing in on 100k and, yep, might just be showing its age.
Motor mounts are not terribly expensive / hard to change.

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Turn that around and show up in a rusty
old Honda and you might just get that "awe this poor guy" sympathetic "Oh, I'll
take xx" even if you didn't even ask....
LOL I gotta remember that one!
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Old 07-21-2018, 04:36 PM
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And the T-C fleet get the motor mounts changed around 90K, standard habit with us. The Focus Wagon left got us in that habit.
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Old 07-21-2018, 07:36 PM
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I like my Suburban a lot... It is part way full with a Sylvania slide scanner/color TV console as I type.
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Old 07-21-2018, 08:51 PM
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Excuse a quick off-topic, but are you planning to restore the slide scanner? Would love to see that.
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Old 07-22-2018, 11:44 AM
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I recently acquired my parent's 1985 Peugeot 505 wagon (North American Spec) and have been working on getting it road worthy. The cargo area is roughly 7 1/2" by 3' with the rear seats folded down and you can throw over 1000lbs of crap in it (according to the owners manual), not to mention it is RWD with a live axle, semi trailing arm/coil spring rear suspension, and a limited slip diff. It also floats over bumps in the road unlike my W250

The drawback is being a passenger car based vehicle, there might not be the clearance needed for some console TVs
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Old 07-22-2018, 05:30 PM
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Excuse a quick off-topic, but are you planning to restore the slide scanner? Would love to see that.
Likely, depends on what is wrong with it. I have some family slides to use it with if I do.
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