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Old 09-16-2011, 10:10 PM   #29
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Am I wrong, or am I noticing that you've moved the transmission selector over to the left side of the steering wheel? Another question, the 'bullet' type A/C vents, are a bit smaller than what is originally on the A/S motorhome dash, are these too small? Haven't really driven my 'new' '89 much down the road, so really don't know if the dash A/C is sufficient to cool the cab area or not.
Thanks, Derek
I'll give you my perspective from the last three trips I did down the mountain and into and through Redding CA. This may be extreme conditions...average of 105 degrees and low humidity. My answer to if the dash air is adequate in these conditions is "barely". I'm actually surprised that my dash air works as well as it does after so many years. My a/c gets cold almost immediately after starting engine...my two autos don't even do that. I just think in such high heat and with all that glass up front, the MH dash air barely holds it's own. The air is cold but just not enough for such a large space. What really does help is to have the GenSet running and the roof air.

I would bet that in 80 to 90 degree temps the dash air would do a fine job.
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Old 09-17-2011, 12:36 AM   #30
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Hi,
Am I wrong, or am I noticing that you've moved the transmission selector over to the left side of the steering wheel? Another question, the 'bullet' type A/C vents, are a bit smaller than what is originally on the A/S motorhome dash, are these too small? Haven't really driven my 'new' '89 much down the road, so really don't know if the dash A/C is sufficient to cool the cab area or not.
Thanks, Derek
Hi Derek,

My coach has a Cummins 5.9 turbo diesel up front, with an Allison transmission behind it. That is the reason for the different shifter set up. I believe that this combination was a pretty pricey option back in 1989 (maybe $10-12k), so not too many were ever produced this way. I've only heard of one other, but this power train was the main factor in my decision to buy this particular moho.

I'm rebuilding my rig with a separate forward "cockpit". The front compartment will be walled off and accessed through a sliding pocket door in that wall. I'm confident that the dash A/C will be up to the task of adequately cooling that reduced volume of space. Also, the thought of running a generator while I'm driving makes me crazy. The dash air outlets are supplied by the very same flexible hoses that were there originally, and the aluminum vents don't cause any additional restriction. I think it will all work just fine.

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Old 09-18-2011, 07:22 PM   #31
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Transmission temperate gauge. I didn't lie, both time it went to 300 degrees, I needed a transmission.
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:38 AM   #32
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Transmission temperate gauge. I didn't lie, both time it went to 300 degrees, I needed a transmission.
Mine looked like it was stuck at 200 until I added a towed vehicle, then it moved up, I was told not to let it go over 250, your temp results verify that, now I will watch it more often. Here would be a case of needing a light or sound to warn.
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:49 PM   #33
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Seems I got it wrong...
There is no Rear suspension Air Pressure Gauge fitted to my 345.

Having spent some time sitting in the drivers seat and figuring out the best placement of everything. My current plan, based on Ergonomics, and importance is this:

Add mounts or a pods for 2" Gauges for Transmission Temp, Engine Oil Temperature, Air/Fuel ratio, etc to lower part of AA-Pillar. This will keep them very Visible, yet not restrict the forward or side vision or mirrors.


Move switches for Aux Fuel Pump, Driving lamps, Horn Control etc to this vacant upswept section of the Drivers door trim.
I found some really cool and classy Push-Push LED switches that would look great if I can fit them in..


Here are the switches I like...
12V Metal Switch Latching Push Button White Led 19mm | eBay


Air Pressure Gauges and controls here in the Underdash Panel on the RH side of steering wheel...


I really liked this setup... twin needles on the gauge too!
Air Lift Dual Needle Gauge with Twin Paddle Controls
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:11 AM   #34
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Hi Key,

The use of the A-pillar is a great idea. I've got a friend who's done the same thing on his pick-up truck. There is a kit available that provides a very stylish molded trim piece that houses the gauges. It's a good looking set-up that you might be able to adapt to fit. I'll see if I can find out where he got it.

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Old 09-23-2011, 10:43 AM   #35
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I have looked at the available ones, and they are a no go, as the width/angle/position is all wrong for the Airstreams more upright pillar.
In a previous life, I was an Industrial Sculptor/Clay Modeler for the Auto Industry, so I can make one that works.
Planning a totally custom pillar, with neat and tightly stacked gauges. The angle and position will be spot on, the wires and tubes will be hidden from the inside and outside. It will fit in place or over the original A pillar trim.
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Old 09-24-2011, 10:18 AM   #36
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Key,

I guess that past experience explains your diverse skill set. I have no doubt you'll end up with an A-pillar like no other!

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Old 09-25-2011, 09:53 AM   #37
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I have looked at the available ones, and they are a no go, as the width/angle/position is all wrong for the Airstreams more upright pillar.
In a previous life, I was an Industrial Sculptor/Clay Modeler for the Auto Industry, so I can make one that works.
Planning a totally custom pillar, with neat and tightly stacked gauges. The angle and position will be spot on, the wires and tubes will be hidden from the inside and outside. It will fit in place or over the original A pillar trim.
You may find a market here on the forum KeyAir !
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:31 AM   #38
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Thanks Guys!
When you have been doing this type of thing for as long as I have, its hard to stop.
A 6 year Engineering Apprenticeship as a Patternmaker and Toolmaker, followed by 20+ years hopping around the world Contracting for all the major auto makers.
Sheet metal is not my strongest suit, so will need help when I get into that, but I have friends who are experts.
The skill set I have enables me to Visualize, Engineer, Sculpt, woodwork, fiberglass,fabricate, weld, and paint to a reasonable standard.
I lost my Central Vision in my right eye to a blood clot, so was struggling with my job... my Employer of 10 years rewarded me for it by firing me.

Maybe now people will understand why I bought this mild basket case 345!

On my list is:
Repair and take moulds and reproduce parts for:
All front and rear Banana Wraps, spare wheel well, and Spare tire cover.
Build Front spoiler with brake ducts, foglamp housings.
And of course the A-Pillar gauge panel.

Biggest Challenge I have is not having the tools and equipment I am used to having available!
I need a sheet metal Shear and Pan Finger Brake, but can neither afford one, nor do I have the space for one!
Frustrating!
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Old 09-25-2011, 01:03 PM   #39
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Thanks Guys!
When you have been doing this type of thing for as long as I have, its hard to stop.
A 6 year Engineering Apprenticeship as a Patternmaker and Toolmaker, followed by 20+ years hopping around the world Contracting for all the major auto makers.
Sheet metal is not my strongest suit, so will need help when I get into that, but I have friends who are experts.
The skill set I have enables me to Visualize, Engineer, Sculpt, woodwork, fiberglass,fabricate, weld, and paint to a reasonable standard.
I lost my Central Vision in my right eye to a blood clot, so was struggling with my job... my Employer of 10 years rewarded me for it by firing me.

Maybe now people will understand why I bought this mild basket case 345!

On my list is:
Repair and take moulds and reproduce parts for:
All front and rear Banana Wraps, spare wheel well, and Spare tire cover.
Build Front spoiler with brake ducts, foglamp housings.
And of course the A-Pillar gauge panel.

Biggest Challenge I have is not having the tools and equipment I am used to having available!
I need a sheet metal Shear and Pan Finger Brake, but can neither afford one, nor do I have the space for one!
Frustrating!
Most of the parts you mention, are either still available from Airstream or as an aftermarket part.

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Old 09-25-2011, 03:12 PM   #40
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Thanks Andy, and I was aware!
As far as the front ABS parts are concerned, I am thinking to do something Custom, so a stock part would not fit my bill!
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:48 PM   #41
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Thanks Andy, and I was aware!
As far as the front ABS parts are concerned, I am thinking to do something Custom, so a stock part would not fit my bill!
Steve, if you're ever able to build all of your listed 'wants' I'm sure we'll all be happy to see your end result.
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:16 AM   #42
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Just wanted to add that the OEM gauges fitted by Airstream are in fact made by Teleflex...
Thanks to Mel for pointing that out in his engine rebuilding thread!
They were made for boats mainly I think, and pop up on Ebay regularly.
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