This is a 1999 Chevy Astro better known as “Slammin Astro”.
The van began its days as a V6 passenger van and now the van has a
1998 LS1 engine paired with the 4L60e automatic transmission.
All the power goes to a custom 4 link Ford 9” rear with 3.56
gearing. The van has an air ride suspension with front and rear
Firestone bags, two Viair compressors and three 5 gallon air tanks.
Each wheel has its own control valve
and is controlled by a Dakota air management system.
The van’s 100”x48” canvas top
opens up nice and wide for that convertible car feel and gives a nice
view of the night sky at the vannins. The interior of the van
was gutted, swivel seats were installed up front, and laminate wood
flooring was installed along with a sofa bed in the rear.
The gray interior is now a mix of black and plaid materials with
future changes in store.
The audio system is nothing too
special. There is a 7” touch screen DVD head unit with a 27”
rear television and a few speakers here and there. Everything in
the van is powered by a pair of batteries that were relocated just
under the wood flooring behind the passenger’s seat.
Slammin Astro is a very interesting ride that makes getting to the
vannins as much an adventure as the vannins themselves.
Future plans include a permanent rear bed with much more storage
available underneath as well as some interior enhancements to give it
a more custom look on the inside to match the craziness outside.
As with all our vans.They are never