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Old 06-13-2006, 11:39 PM   #1
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Found my wife'* trusty 225k 1990 Lumina APV leaking fluid tonight. I've never replaced a rack but have been handy in turning wrenchs, replacing and rebuilding engines etc....
What'* involved and should I give it a try. As old as it is I can't break it!

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Might help if we know what motor you are working with, along with the year.
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DUH! He said it was a 1990 Most likely it is the 3.1 TBI.
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Yep, 3.1 was the only engine that came standard in that first year of the APV.

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i guess as our resident dustbuster owner i'll field this question. it'* a bitch. you gotta drop the back of the cradle down a bit. i'll send you the procedure from haynes in a PM if you'd like. also here'* a link to a really crappy Dustbuster forum. (why do you think i hang out here?)

http://www.automotiveforums.com/f1110-trans_sport.html

it'* actually for the poncho'* but most of the mechanicals are the same. (spring rates are a bit different and the interiors are nothing alike, but under the hood they're the same...
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Thanks, send it. It'* a dustbuster, but it hasn't sucked too bad. It'* got 225k on it and the engine still running strong.
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it'* away. and that took forever. i'm not volenteering to that again...

while you got the cradle dropped you should pull that 3.1 and toss it into your neighbor'* pool. grab yourself a weilder and fab up a set of motor mounts and drop a caddy 4.9 in there. gobs of torque and your current computer and wiring harness will run the TBI system with no problems. plus, everybody loves a V-8.
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it'* away. and that took forever. i'm not volenteering to that again...

while you got the cradle dropped you should pull that 3.1 and toss it into your neighbor'* pool. grab yourself a weilder and fab up a set of motor mounts and drop a caddy 4.9 in there. gobs of torque and your current computer and wiring harness will run the TBI system with no problems. plus, everybody loves a V-8.
4.9--- by far the worst motor caddy every made!!!!
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no... the 4.1 was the worst caddy ever made...
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no... the 4.1 was the worst caddy ever made...
a caddy motor is a caddy motor all junk all the way back to the 4-6-8 motor
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