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Old 03-18-2007, 02:05 PM   #85
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Do you remember the last time the M-Ball was used to replace a motor?
I thought I saw you takin' my picture.
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Old 04-06-2007, 03:28 PM   #86
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So nearly there...

Well, finally got to spend a day working on Ethyl, and I am delighted to report that we are oh so nearly there. The gearbox is out and we are going to attempt to slide the block (with heads still attached Glenn, here's hoping) back and out. Watch this space... or if it fails, check out the 'Parts for Sale' section

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Old 04-06-2007, 03:45 PM   #87
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Old 04-06-2007, 10:34 PM   #88
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Old 05-07-2007, 09:28 PM   #89
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Never say Never!

It's done! Finally, it's out.

Thanks to a good friend, two engine hoists (the first, rented, was to large to fit under and into the engine compartment, the second purchased - look for future eBay sales!) and a whole lot of sweat and tears, Ethyl reluctantly surrendered her defunct 454 at around 16:30 PST yesterday.

Now, with the gearbox already rebuilt, the radiator recored, and the Missus seemingly eager to get the job done, I am postponing installing a replacement engine so that I can draw this process out as long as... sorry, I mean so that I can rebuld the front suspension and steering. Then begins the process of saving for a new engine, though I am still toying with the idea of using a great local guy to perform a purpose made rebuild/replacement.

Many thanks to all who sent out such positive 'vibes,' it was good knowing emergency advice was to hand.

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Old 05-07-2007, 09:58 PM   #90
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Way to go Andrew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are one tenacious fellow. Hope you're sharing these little "life lessons" with the kids.
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Old 07-19-2007, 12:51 PM   #91
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It is July19 and I was woundering how you are doing on or if you got (Ethyl) going . I have been following your progress and have not heard of your latest achievements. I need all the encouragement you got ,my 75 Argosy 26 footer needs the same treatment. Keep up the good work!!
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Old 12-21-2007, 07:43 PM   #92
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Yes, we are still alive in Fallbrook.

Sorry for such a total lack of news, it is, sadly, reflected in the progress made. But hopefully, things have begun to move forward once more.

I was finally able to raise the money for a remanufactured 454 from Chevy and have it almost prep'd for the big instsll. As much as I loved the idea of the 502, the kids insisted on eating and having clothes that fit, so I was not able to pony up the $6000 required; the $3000+ for the remanu'd Chevy was bad enough.

The plan is to at least make a big start on the reinstall over the Christmas break... I will keep you posted as to progress and pleas for advise.

Watch this space, but do not hold your breath!

Happy Holidays to one and all from the Bridges Clan.

P.S. I was hoping to drop in at the Temecula rally, but, naturally, I will be traveling that weekend. Please have a beer for me.

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Old 12-21-2007, 10:52 PM   #93
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Andrew,
Glad to hear that you haven't given up. Keep us posted and Happy Holidays. Ron
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Old 12-22-2007, 09:17 AM   #94
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Andrew,
Great to hear you're alive and kicking. Ethyl's going to be purring soon, I just know it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My son ended up purchasing my '78 Argosy MH and has been living in it full time the past 6 months. He was forced into an apartment this past week given an extended run of sub-20 degree weather in his area. I think he's hooked, however, and is already making plans for some mod's that will make it more "winter ready". I don't think he wants to hear about your southern California weather. Ha I'm still working on my Excella TT, but always have an eye out for another vintage Argosy or AS motorhome. Looking forward to your future progress reports.
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Old 01-11-2008, 12:36 PM   #95
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Angry Help

I a piston went through the block of my on the way from the U.S.teminal I think I am interested in your service manual for getting engine out that may be my first problem as I am in the U.K and big chevy engines are a little rare may try a diesel any help ideas would be greatly appreciated thanks norman >
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Andrew, I have done the engine swap and it is not a pretty sight. You will have to dismantle the entire front end of your motorhome. The chassis came to the AS factory with the engine installed then they put the body around it. If you do want to attempt this feat, I have a factory service manual with instructions for taking out the engine. Let me know and I'll copy them for you.
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Old 01-11-2008, 01:02 PM   #96
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what diesel

what diesel wiuld fit in most easily unfortunately I am in the U K so choice might be different any ideas are welcome
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Old 01-18-2008, 01:54 PM   #97
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If you have seen the seen the pictures of my busted engine I am not sure which way to go you say go diesel have you any idea which diesel would be the easiet to fit and give the best performance without having to mortgage my soul other problem am in United Kingdom any advice is helpful thanks for your time Norman
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Old 01-18-2008, 03:01 PM   #98
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Our motorhome has an Isuzu 6BD1 with an Allison 4-spd Transmission. I would think they would be easy to find there. They are probably the most inexpensive as well.
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