Hooniverse Weekend Edition – Hot Rod 1986 Chevy Astro Van in Craigslist

No, this isn't for sale, but used for Illustration Purposed Only!


Starting off this Sunday Edition of Hooniverse Weekend, I will continue combing through the Hooniverse in-box. The Chevrolet Astro was a very long lived compact van that was introduced as an answer to the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager twins in 1985, and were discontinued only recently (at the end of the 2005 model year). Well, one enterprising customizer near St. Louis put a potentially exciting Astro Van together, and its now For Sale…

This is a 1986 Chevrolet Astro that has been modified with more power, better brakes, new paint, and an interesting name plate. According to the listing:

86 Astro Van, very good condition. Extra clean, strong running V8 engine, 350 turbo transmission shift kit, 2000 stall conventer, inverted 120 volt Kenwood tuner amp, and 5 disc CD changer. New paint, new carpet, new brakes, and new exhaust! 
Good T.A. radio tires (R 245/ 60 R 15). Corvette rally wheels like new, full race tacometer. Plus extras!
You really must see this to truly appreciate it. VERY SHARP VAN, A REAL HEAD TURNER!

Well, at least the van looks good, even if the guy listing the van can’t spell…. Speaking of which, the price for the van is $1! One Dollar? This is your typical Craigslist search engine baiting practice, so I wonder what the read price is. See the listing here:
Lead Image: Project Cyber Van

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  1. lilwillie Avatar

    "350 turbo transmission shift kit" "full race tacometer"
    Oh, how I'd love to see how this thing is put together.

    1. tonyola Avatar

      I'd also like a full-race burritometer and an enchiladameter.

      1. west_coaster Avatar

        I tend to set my sights lower, so I'll be fine with a half-race tacometer.

        1. CptSevere Avatar

          Hell, I'd settle for a guacamole warning light.

    2. OA5599 Avatar

      I would have expected an Astroglide instead of a TH350.
      <img src="http://yilmazonur.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/ad_vintage_astroglide.jpg?w=530&h=599"&gt;

  2. west_coaster Avatar

    Well, the seller points out "Good T.A. radio tires" (sic)
    But this post asks rhetorically, "I wonder what the read price is." (sic)
    Spellcheck and proofreading programs for everyone…and put it on the Underhills' tab!

  3. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

    Hey, you guys got the Astro van, we got the Astra van.
    <img src="http://www.motorbase.com/pictures/contributions/20000319/std_1985_Bedford_Astra_Van_-LF-1.jpg&quot; width=350>
    Just a little bit of midday pr0n for all you '80s Pontiac LeMans fanciers.

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      There are mid 80s Pontiac LeMans fanciers?

  4. Alff Avatar

    He's building a lowrider – a Chevy Cabrón.

  5. hwyengr Avatar

    It's a shame he didn't post pics of the engine bay, the 4300 barely fit in there from the factory. That must of been one hell of a shoehorn.

    1. P161911 Avatar

      The 4300 is just a 350 V-8 with 2 cylinders lopped off. So a V-8 is just a little bit longer, this is a pretty common conversion. I think it just requires a thin electric fan or some such.

  6. IronBallsMcG Avatar

    I promise this isn't me.

  7. boxdin Avatar

    I had one of these, a 91 RS model w sway bars front & rear, 4.10 rear gears, 4.3 HO and it had the louvers in the rear quarters.
    It flew and handled like it was on rails. It was really a nice van.

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