Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-22-2013, 11:19 AM   #15
4 Rivet Member
 
Jenniflow's Avatar
 
1982 34' Limited
1986 34.5' Airstream 345
Sausalito , California
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 405
Send a message via Skype™ to Jenniflow
Important distinctions, thanks!

These are all really helpful points, thanks. Getting a rebuild make sense to me, at least at first pass, so I'll look for an Experienced Mechanic because the way life is here, I'm unlikely to try to learn to do it myself.

There are lots of hot rodders around. Come to think of it, my cousin in Santa Cruz is a hot rodder. But I don't believe he still gets under the hood. I'll have to check.

Yesterday, I had to move the moho again so I gave it some gas, started the engine, and let it run for about 25 minutes before moving it. No problem. I may have reset the clutch by mistake on one of those other attempts when I didn't give it much gas before I started it and ended up pumping in more after it was running. Probably too much more. I have to remember that driving this thing is really different from driving my old M3. Usually I remember before I start the engine!

Also, I'll check to see what the garage put in the engine last time around and what I need to top it off with.
__________________

__________________
Jenniflow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2013, 10:02 PM   #16
cwf
Rivet Master
 
cwf's Avatar
 
1999 34' Excella
Currently Looking...
Hillsboro , Texas
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 5,928
Images: 2
Results?
__________________

__________________
Peace and Blessings..
Channing
WBCCI# 30676
cwf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2013, 01:14 AM   #17
4 Rivet Member
 
Jenniflow's Avatar
 
1982 34' Limited
1986 34.5' Airstream 345
Sausalito , California
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 405
Send a message via Skype™ to Jenniflow
Had to delay the service

Due to time pressures, I've had to delay the service on the coach until the spring. But I was able to move it without incident once I started it carefully and warmed it up well.

When I do get her looked at I will report! Thanks for asking!
__________________
Jenniflow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2014, 11:52 AM   #18
4 Rivet Member
 
Jenniflow's Avatar
 
1982 34' Limited
1986 34.5' Airstream 345
Sausalito , California
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 405
Send a message via Skype™ to Jenniflow
Ok, it's coming to the Great Moment when we remove the carburetor for rebuild. I have found someone who is a hot rodder of Dodge Rams who apparently knows these engines. I'm figuring having him remove it is a good choice? The chances of my finding someone in my neighborhood who knows the 345s is very slim. I could take it to the garage where they did the brake work, but that's where I got the chin-stroking treatment I mentioned earlier. No one there very familiar with AS mohos.

For lack of anything better to do, I'm thinking we'll send the carb to the guy at SMI who's in Southern CA. I've emailed him to ask if he's familiar with the unit and the application.
__________________
sent from my hipflask
Jenniflow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2015, 08:35 PM   #19
4 Rivet Member
 
Jenniflow's Avatar
 
1982 34' Limited
1986 34.5' Airstream 345
Sausalito , California
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 405
Send a message via Skype™ to Jenniflow
Question On the carburetor verge?

Hi folks!
If it weren't for life, I'd have gotten a lot of stuff done by now!

So here's a new piece of advice on the rebuilt carb question. I was about to call SMI, and then I heard this and thought I'd run it by you-guys to see if you had any thoughts.

I've been trying to find a mechanic in the greater Portland OR area who could remove and replace a rebuilt carburetor and in the process of not-yet-finding-one, I ran into this piece of advice, by a self-named Geezer Mechanic:

"1. Find an old Geezer mechanic and it's wiser to buy a remanufactured carb instead. They will have new bushings and are better builds than a "bench job." They will have new floats, power valves, pull-offs and such. Just a better value in the long run.

2. I wouldn't waste time paying for the labor rebuild. Purchase a remanned one from most any auto parts store around portland. Make sure the mechanic checks floats and external linkage presets, install, adjust idle mixtures/auto choke, set trans kick down (app to auto trans) and be done with it. (Holley has online adjustment info. if it's a Q-jet, carter, FoMoCo/Autolite, have to get the manual or contact them and have them email set up procedures.
"

My questions are:
1) Do any of you think I can/should find a remanned one rather than a rebuilt one? And are they available for this rig? A 1986 345 MH?

2) Do any of you know a mechanic in Portland who could knowedgeably replace the old with the new, whatever it turns out to be?

thanks! And happy holidays!
__________________
Jenniflow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2015, 03:50 AM   #20
Rivet Master
 
2005 19' Safari
GLENDALE , AZ
Join Date: Aug 2004
Posts: 2,440
Your best bet is to rebuild your existing carburetor. It will probably be about the same price as buying a remanufactured one, but you won't face the challenges of trying to get a slightly different carburetor with the same stock number on it to run on your engine.

I'd check out speed shops, auto parts stores that specialize in parts for vintage cars, and the local car shows that display old muscle cars. Someone there will know where to find a shop that will rebuild your old carburetor to like-new condition.
__________________
Phoenix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2015, 05:17 PM   #21
4 Rivet Member
 
Jenniflow's Avatar
 
1982 34' Limited
1986 34.5' Airstream 345
Sausalito , California
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 405
Send a message via Skype™ to Jenniflow
Thumbs up I'm heading for a rebuild

Thanks Phoenix,
Now I do remember someone talking about the small differences among carburetors. That would be a nightmare.

I'll see if SMI will do it and let you know here what happens.
__________________
Jenniflow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2015, 12:40 PM   #22
4 Rivet Member
 
Jenniflow's Avatar
 
1982 34' Limited
1986 34.5' Airstream 345
Sausalito , California
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 405
Send a message via Skype™ to Jenniflow
Thumbs up Park Rose Auto Truck appear to have solved it

Hey folks,
I'm here to report that after reading volumes here on the forums, Mike from Park Rose appears to have solved the vapor lock problem, although we really haven't had a good test yet in the warmest conditions.

He replaced the cracked gas lines, insulated all the way up into the engine and discovered that not enough power was getting to the rear (year-old) fuel pump. I'm not sure exactly where the electrical problem was, but he fixed it and now the whine of that pump is music to my ears.

I'll report after a better test.
__________________

__________________
Jenniflow is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:36 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.