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Old 05-19-2016, 11:47 AM   #239
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Ben,
For future reference a direct bolt-in replacement available is Siemens VDO PM351 available from Autozone for $18.99 or O'Reilly (under the Murray name) also for $18.99.
The nice thing about this replacement motor is the end cover is closed whereas the original that you show in your picture is open. The open cover allows driven rain to enter the motor as you drive.
I had to attach the orange wire to ground and the black wire to+ to get the correct rotation.
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Old 05-20-2016, 06:11 AM   #240
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Gregg, that's great info. Oddly enough, when I connected my e-bay motor to 12V last night there was nothing.. So I'll be returning the defective product. Looks like I'll stop by Advance on the way home. Thanks.
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Old 05-23-2016, 06:22 AM   #241
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progress

Made some progress this weekend in getting the old girl back on the road for summer travels.
Steering column.. If you followed my old posts you know my son destroyed something inside the column and I effectively lost the ability to shift into 2nd and low, as well as the column shifter floating around without locking into a gear. Worked, but dangerous to drive like this. I pulled the column out over the weekend to work on in the garage but didn't have much success in a repair. Time to source out another column to drop in.
While I was in there, or under there, it was very easy to remove the rag joint attached to the steering gear. The PO had rebuilt the dual steering belcranks and the rest of my steering system is pretty tight. I'm hoping a new ragjoint further tighten things up a bit. If not, its a good WYAIT item, and only costs 10 bucks. It took a little grinding to remove the old studs, but the new kit comes with hardware to replace it. All in all about an hour of work that should last another 30 years.
Also, over the weekend was polyurethane sway bar bushings. The old ones looked a little worse for the wear. Again, cheap and effective. I should be doing the slalom like a Porsche in the near future.
Oh, and I cleaned the original blower motor and she spun up like a champ. Time to return the non-functioning e-bay unit I purchased. Defrost. Check.

That's the update for now.
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Old 05-23-2016, 10:13 AM   #242
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I wasn't aware you could buy rebuild kits for the rag joints. I ended up just replacing the entire joint with a new one.

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Old 05-25-2016, 11:42 AM   #243
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steering column match

Just posting up some steering column reference pics for Brad.
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Old 05-25-2016, 01:17 PM   #244
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Ben, here's some pictures of my steering column.

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Anything else you need to know about it before I start boxing it up?

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Looks pretty close Brad. Connectors are different? but the shaft and tilt assembly looks the same. I should be able to use my turn signal assembly/wiring and upper shroud with your bottom end. Might take a little work but I'm pretty sure I can make one good one out of the two. Sold.

I'll PM you for contact info.
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Old 06-18-2016, 08:16 AM   #246
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Success! Brad, your column works GREAT. I did have to mod it a bit to accept the reverse brake light switch. Its mechanical and mounts to the column on mine. Your column didn't have a provision for this. But, a little dremel work and the new unit functions perfectly as the old one. Will be installing the 'new' unit this weekend and should be ready for inspection on Monday. She shifts through the gears like a champ now.

Great to get this project wrapped up and get the old girl back on the road where she belongs.

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Old 06-20-2016, 09:08 AM   #247
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That steering column sure looks nicer than when it left my place!

I'm glad you were able to make it work for coach. The switch you added to the steering column should also have the neutral safety switch in it as well. Does your transmission have a physical switch for neutral safety or was it originally in the steering column?
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Brad, I know for sure I don't have any mechanical switches on the transmission.
I hadn't thought of it, but I think the answer to your question is Yes, the neutral safety switch is integrated into the reverse light switch on the column.
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Brad, I know for sure I don't have any mechanical switches on the transmission.
I hadn't thought of it, but I think the answer to your question is Yes, the neutral safety switch is integrated into the reverse light switch on the column.
I'm going to have to look at Peanut (1977 model) and see if it has the transmission mounted switch. I'm betting its on the column like your 78.
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My 77 has a neutral safety switch mounted on the steering column just below the dash. This switch also includes the backup lamp function.
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So sometime after 1974 they moved the switch to the steering column from the transmission. I'm glad I had the steering column from the 345 that I could install in my Argosy!
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Old 07-13-2016, 06:00 AM   #252
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success!

Yep, success! Yet another 3000 mile round trip to MN and back in the Argosy completed. The old girl just keeps chugging along in triple digit temps without missing a beat. The only 'casualty' was having to replace the original steering box in my folks driveway up in Duluth. Not too shabby for a 38 year old motorhome.
Brad, after installing the new steering column I assume I disrupted the system just a bit and started leaking fluid out the top seal of the box. No big deal, had to top off with fluid a couple times on the drive up. 4 hours later and a bit of a headache sourcing a new steering coupler and the job was done.
Oddly enough, my original box had a 16 spline output shaft which has long since been superseded by a 31 spline shaft. Sourcing out the new coupler was difficult, but ended with a happy ending. 3 cheers for vintage iron.
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