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Old 06-23-2003, 09:55 PM   #43
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Discount GM parts

I will never buy a new GM part from a dealer without emailing Dallas "Dal" Slabaugh at Van Devere Pontiac-Buick- etc. etc. in Akron. He is a big hero on the Suburban boards and he sold me a turn signal lever-cluster for my '01 Suburban for $151.35 when the local dealer wanted $305 list and a Pace search only got down to $164. www.vandevere.com 800-3629494. A really nice guy.
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Old 06-24-2003, 06:36 AM   #44
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WOW!! Dal is a hero on the Impala SS threads too. He is really great too. He can finish part numbers from memory as you are talking about what you need.

Also, if Dal doesn't have it for some reason, do a yahoo search for Z Frank Chevrolet. Frank Capozzi is the parts manager. Great prices and great service just like Dal!

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Old 06-24-2003, 09:22 AM   #45
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Here's the photo of the second governer that the MH ate:
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Old 06-24-2003, 09:30 AM   #46
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Ohhh that's ugly!
Have you tried moving the the tail shaft around and in and out on the transmission to see if there is play? Something has to be out of place to eat that up like that.
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Brett and Edie,
Greetings road warriors!!
We just rolled into Austin, the old 79 started to sputter 1 mile before we reached our house (that darn rear fuel filter).
Do the right thing and get a crate motor and a new transmission. You would have to do it sooner or later anyway.
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Old 06-25-2003, 07:42 PM   #48
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I just got of the phone with the rebuilder. They are going to redo the current engine. Mechanic will pull it and ship to the rebuilder.

Only reused parts are block, crank, heads and rods. Everything else will be new. Soudium filled valves, HD springs, HD rocker arms, HD pistons, moly rings, HD wrist pins, oil pump, bigger cam, timing chain and gears. Motor will be sim tested with valve lash pre-adjusted prior to crating. They will be balancing the motor as well.

The motor rebuild including freight is going to cost $2300.00 excluding labor to R&R. BTW it will come with a 12 month 12000 mile warranty that has a dollar payout for the labor to pull in again in case of a failure. Their normal warranty is 7/70 but on a motorhome they don't go out that far.

Now for the irony of the siuation, the rebuilder is in WA!

The transmission will be checked and the govenor issue will be resolved either by a new tail bushing of just a simple cleaning of the gear the govenor runs against. If the transmission needs to be replaced, it will be.

Since I have the motor out it will get a new starter, and a high performance Alternator not to mention a new waterpump. I also plan on changing out the oil cooler to be sure I do not contaminate my "new" engine.
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Now for the irony of the siuation, the rebuilder is in WA!
Get out! Who are you using up here in WA (PM me if you don't want to say)? How come you couldn't find someone in TX to do it? Or are these guys supposed to be top of the line or something.

Either way, the cost doesn't sound too bad, and you'll be on the road like new. That will be nice.
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I found them on the Web. They are in Renton, WA

Here is a link

They also offer NEW radiators for the p30 chassis motorhomes and can do the transmission too if needed.

Big issue for me is the Warranty. The local builder in TX offers a 90 day warranty. That will barely let me get it broken in. Even the Mechanic said he would go with the rebuilt from WA based on the local guys reaction to warranty. 12month, 12K miles is what the WA rebuilder offers. 7/70 on a car or light truck engine.
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They also offer NEW radiators for the p30 chassis motorhomes and can do the transmission too if needed.

Big issue for me is the Warranty. The local builder in TX offers a 90 day warranty. That will barely let me get it broken in. Even the Mechanic said he would go with the rebuilt from WA based on the local guys reaction to warranty. 12month, 12K miles is what the WA rebuilder offers. 7/70 on a car or light truck engine.
Correct me if I am wrong, but the radiator is unique to that year and not a p30 Motorhome radiator. Been there, done that. Recore was the only way.
And you don't want warranty, you want reliability! Good wrench crate.
I know and understand the $, but metal fatique is a big factor on a high mileage engine. (I don't trust rebuilds)
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Sorry to hear the news.

The positive side is that you will be putting your money into a unit that you seem really happy with! The floor plan seems to be more of what you ultimately wanted compared to the Basher. I'm sure you'll have a great time putting 70,000 miles on the new engine! I say you document the route and do a victory lap next summer!
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Correct me if I am wrong, but the radiator is unique to that year and not a p30 Motorhome radiator
That would be interesting to know. If so Airstream scrapped a bunch of radiators to go with a custom one, that had to be expensive.

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Uhhhh you could probably buy a GM crate 454 with a 3 year 50k warranty for around $2400. thats a NEW GM factory motor.
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The forum comes through again!!!!

I was discouraged by the first 3 dealers I spoke with they all wanted close to 4K

I was able to find a local Dallas dealer that buys by the truck load. He will deliver and pick up the core for less than $2200.00. It is NEW, and comes with the 3/50K warranty. The mechanic tried to get it for less, but no go. so now we wait for the engine to be pulled to see what the transmission is going to be .


Thanks for all of the help and reccomendations.
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Good deal!!!!

I had a 350 crate in my 79 Blazer. It was a great engine. Can't beat the warranty and honestly even with me doing a lot of the work I couldn't really beat the price (It's about $1400 for the stock replacment 350. Ran extremely well. I think you will be very happy with it.

Uhhh GM sells tranny's as well
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