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Old 07-05-2015, 06:54 AM   #57
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I'd never heard of electric driven levelers before. The 310 I had, had hydraulic levelers and the pump unit was fairly heavy as were the levelers themselves and their mounting bracketry.

Heck you don't need levelers anyway, Texas is flat isn't it?
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Old 07-08-2015, 05:11 AM   #58
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NO! Not flat in Austin Brad! haha. Come on over and visit sometime.
Guess we'll have to start asking the state parks for level ground campsights from now on. I'm more than happy to carry my 2 simple screw jacks to help level things off. They're light, small, and get stored underneath. A win-win.

Update: Moho is in the shop for exhaust right now. And.. its not cheap. About 1200. However, they are essentially duplicating the banks set-up minus the headers as I'm not going to mess with them at the moment. So, I should be getting 2.5" tubes strait back just past the transmission crossmember, then the pass. side will cross over and parallel the drivers tube and go into a dual inlet 2.5" Flowmaster truck muffler (30" long, so its a big one). From there it exits a single 3.5" and will dump out right before the drivers side rear tires. This is all in mild steel. Brad, I read your comment in the mechanics forum about your stainless preference. Down here in mostly dry Texas the exhaust will last as long as the truck. They virtually never rust in our climate.
I'll post up some pics when its all done. The shop claims Thursday.

Update 2: A tiny bit of exterior cosmetics were in order. The PO had painted my grill white and it was flaking off and looked horrible. It was easy to pull out. I powdercoated it satin black, then sanded off the top face back down to bare aluminum. Then, a bit of wax to keep the face clean. And.. install. Looks Great. I also pulled off the wipers at the same time and coated them in satin black. They'll now match the black updated wiper blades. Just a few simple things, but they do make a difference in my book. Later on I'll be able to do some more of this fun stuff, but for now its been mechanical.
Next week: rear brakes. I've messed with them twice now and CANNOT get the drums off. Even with backing off the adjuster. I have an appointment next week for them. Hate to do it, but it needs to be done.
Thats the update!
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Old 07-09-2015, 04:30 PM   #59
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NO! Not flat in Austin Brad! haha. Come on over and visit sometime.
I sorta lived in Rowlett for about 4 years and drove down to Austin a bunch of times. The country around Austin is pretty country.

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Guess we'll have to start asking the state parks for level ground campsights from now on. I'm more than happy to carry my 2 simple screw jacks to help level things off. They're light, small, and get stored underneath. A win-win.
That's one thing I will like about my 20' Argosy, don't need as many blocks to make it level! Screw jacks sounds like a good idea.

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Update: Moho is in the shop for exhaust right now. And.. its not cheap. About 1200. However, they are essentially duplicating the banks set-up minus the headers as I'm not going to mess with them at the moment. So, I should be getting 2.5" tubes strait back just past the transmission crossmember, then the pass. side will cross over and parallel the drivers tube and go into a dual inlet 2.5" Flowmaster truck muffler (30" long, so its a big one). From there it exits a single 3.5" and will dump out right before the drivers side rear tires. This is all in mild steel. Brad, I read your comment in the mechanics forum about your stainless preference. Down here in mostly dry Texas the exhaust will last as long as the truck. They virtually never rust in our climate.
I'll post up some pics when its all done. The shop claims Thursday.
Well, it's Thursday, is it done yet?!

I hear ya on the lack of Rust. A lot of Triumph enthusiasts that I know like to find cars that have lived in Texas as they are generally rust free. Here in Kentucky forget it. Way to much rain and worse, salt on the roads in the winter.

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Update 2: A tiny bit of exterior cosmetics were in order. The PO had painted my grill white and it was flaking off and looked horrible. It was easy to pull out. I powdercoated it satin black, then sanded off the top face back down to bare aluminum. Then, a bit of wax to keep the face clean. And.. install. Looks Great. I also pulled off the wipers at the same time and coated them in satin black. They'll now match the black updated wiper blades. Just a few simple things, but they do make a difference in my book. Later on I'll be able to do some more of this fun stuff, but for now its been mechanical.
Next week: rear brakes. I've messed with them twice now and CANNOT get the drums off. Even with backing off the adjuster. I have an appointment next week for them. Hate to do it, but it needs to be done.
Thats the update!
Looking good!
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Just picked up the monster this morning. I guess there's only so much you can do to quiet down a big block. Here's my first attempt at uploading a video. I'm pleased with the end result. The shop did solid work and came under budget at $1050. Still not cheap, but worth the expense. I used B&B muffler and Automotive on South Lamar if any local folks are reading this. I can recommend them.
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video, attempt #2.

Fail. 2 minute video must be too long. I'll take another stab at it later today.
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Question for you: Does the exhaust for your engine/onboard generator come out on the same side of your Argosy as the door? Ours does. We're thinking about the possibility of extending the exhaust up the side of the rv so it comes out above the rv.
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Yes, ours dumps directly out the back of the RV on the passenger side. We've honestly never used it while boondocking so I don't know if we have a fume issue. I wouldn't think it would be a problem to relocate the exhaust dump with a little creativity.
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vid test three..
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My '82 280 has the GenSet exhaust coming out the passenger side. It is impossible for me to run the GenSet at all with any window, vent or door open. I will get fumes inside immediately and the CO detector will sound. The trick is to vent the exhaust above the roof. I have made my own "Ven-Turi" to connect to the exhaust pipe when needed. I have used it successfully at Burning Man and Yosemite. They are available commercially. If you make your own you just have to be aware of the materials you use so they don't burn or melt and be aware of creating too much back pressure when using a longer exhaust pipe run of insufficient diameter.

CO poisoning is a serious thing and it can happen quickly.

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Ben, your exhaust looks great! It's just like the Banks System. Adding headers will be easy in the future.

I tried to view your video, but it gives an error.
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Ben, the exhaust looks great! Can you locate the part number for the muffler? I've been poking around on google and have not been able to find anything similar.

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Brad, don't see a part number stamped in the muffler. Receipt says its a Magnaflow XL series Round muffler. I bet its a fleet vehicle muffler. 2.5" dual inlet, 3.5" single outlet.

http://www.magnaflow.com/02product/s...=main&id=10446


This seems odd, but I thought I actually had less power on the way home today with the new exhaust. Might just be my imagination as I can't really imagine the exhaust is restrictive. The engine just isn't THAT big. But, ran smooth on the way home.
Also dropped down one metering rod on the carb to return it to sea level and tuned the idle mixture with a vac meter. Both didn't seem to do much. But, overall the engine runs well. I'll take another stab or two at videos of the exhaust before I give up.
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OK. LAST try at a video.
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