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Old 07-13-2016, 08:54 AM   #715
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Panic stations yesterday. Today is moving day, so yesterday afternoon I went to start Bella to take to AS NE for short term storage. Well Bella wasn't keen on the idea and would not start. The tank wasn't pressurized this time but the fuel lines were vapor locked, nothing to the carb. Added 5 gallons fuel in case the tank was low, nothing; turned over with the fuel line disconnected, nothing. It was only when the outside temp dropped below about 85 (later in the evening) that she fired straight up and ran fine.

Panic over (I don't think the new buyers would be happy finding Bella dumped in the drive!) and Bella is over in storage so I can now get on with the rest of the move. But I suspect an auxiliary electric fuel pump is in Bella's future.
Bella's just trying to let you know that she's not thrilled with the thought of being loaded on a ship....

It sounds to me like the mechanical pump may be a little on the weak side as well. I definitely agree with the addition of an auxiliary electric pump. You can also have the new mechanical pump I removed from my 454 when I made the change to TBI.
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:02 PM   #716
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You know the Disney film The Love Bug about Herbie the beetle that has a mind of his own, well we could remake it with Bella in the starring role.

Today she was unhappy that I had left her sitting at AS NE for 10 days whilst I moved out of the house. Tank was half full of gas but she still did her 'you leave me sitting in the sun, I am going to play vapor locked' trick. It was 95 outside and over 100 under the dog house so maybe she has a point.

This time after a couple of minutes running the starter, she fires up. I do the short drive (about 800 yards) to the UPS store to get two banana wraps (removed from the donor) shipped to Brad for Peanut, so by the time she started (straight up) for the second time she was at operating temp and ready to go.The intention was to knock out the 270miles to New Jersey and rather than stop en route I pulled into the local Cumberland Farm gas station and topped up with 89.

Well Bella hated the stuff, water temp was up, misfiring, back firing on over-run, it was like she was trying to spit it out. Not a lot I could do immediately but I made here suffer for about 140miles (during which I had to limit speed to 50mph to keep her going) at which time I could top up with Mobile 89 (at premium prices at the Interstate services).

Now this could only have been a 1/4 tank (maximum) top up, but it was like she approved of the better taste....65-70mph all of the rest of the way, temp down at about 1/3 deflection, no back-firing - there is no way the addition of the new fuel made that difference but I guess she doesn't like Cumberland Farm gas!!!!
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Old 07-24-2016, 06:34 AM   #717
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Bella is certainly exhibiting some really strange behavior. Maybe before you try and start Bella after sitting for a long time you might try removing the gas cap to let the tank breath for a little bit. When Bella sits for a long time the air movement in/out of the tank is at a minimum so I'm wondering if condensation or something similar clogs the grooves you cut in the gas cap if it sits to long with no air movement.

I'm really surprised at the difference in performance between two different gas stations with the same octane rating. I wouldn't have expected that!
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I have got into a routine of checking the vapor pressure in the tank (just loosening the cap) each time I get in Bella and there hasn't been any noticeable build-up since I added the grooves, so I am pretty sure that part is solved. Definitely the next step would be a replacement fuel pump, and maybe a 'primer pump' - any suggestions on what to get?

On a totally different subject, Bella is getting a new feature; I ordered a Gear Vendors overdrive today after a long discussion with Nick the GV tech in Ca, and the shop who will be doing the installation. According to GV the transmission mount stays in place, the transmission is lifted/tipped to allow the tail piece to be removed, the GV is added and the length of the new drive shaft determined, they supply a new yoke for that drive shaft, and installation is completed by,

1) Mounting the controller
2) Running a feed and ground
3) Installing the floor mounted manual switch
4) Dropping the remainder of the loop to the sensor
5) Install the speed sensor, and the speedo cable extension
6) Install the modified drive shaft.....drive off

Well shall see in a couple of weeks when the parts are built and arrive.
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I have got into a routine of checking the vapor pressure in the tank (just loosening the cap) each time I get in Bella and there hasn't been any noticeable build-up since I added the grooves, so I am pretty sure that part is solved. Definitely the next step would be a replacement fuel pump, and maybe a 'primer pump' - any suggestions on what to get?
I just did some research and unfortunately the mechanical fuel pumps from my 454 aren't the same as used on the 350. I would definitely replace your mechanical fuel pump and add an electric primer or booster pump as well.

Stock mechanical pumps are cheap ($30 ish) and the Carter electric pumps are in the $70 range.

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On a totally different subject, Bella is getting a new feature; I ordered a Gear Vendors overdrive today after a long discussion with Nick the GV tech in Ca, and the shop who will be doing the installation. According to GV the transmission mount stays in place, the transmission is lifted/tipped to allow the tail piece to be removed, the GV is added and the length of the new drive shaft determined, they supply a new yoke for that drive shaft, and installation is completed by,

1) Mounting the controller
2) Running a feed and ground
3) Installing the floor mounted manual switch
4) Dropping the remainder of the loop to the sensor
5) Install the speed sensor, and the speedo cable extension
6) Install the modified drive shaft.....drive off

Well shall see in a couple of weeks when the parts are built and arrive.
Not having to fiddle with the transmission mount is about the best news you could get! It sounds like the only challenging part is the drive shaft modification. Any competent shop should be able to handle that.
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Not having to fiddle with the transmission mount is about the best news you could get! .
I'm very interested in and will be closely following your GV installation. Will there be any impact on the parking brake?
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I'm very interested in and will be closely following your GV installation. Will there be any impact on the parking brake?
On the early/shorter MH there is no impact because they are cable operated emergency brakes on the rear drums. At some point (age/size) GM change to a drive train mounted brake and the installation is more complex. There is a kit for MH with the brake mounted on the drive train but those require reworking/re-positioning of the trans mount.
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The Gear Vendor install is simple and straight forward. The most important thing is talk to your drive shaft shop to make sure you know exactly how he wants you to measure the shaft.

The units with a driveline brake comes with a different rear housing so the brake bolts right on. You will need an extension for the cable that GV supplies. There is no change to the trans mount.

My Isuzu diesel isn't a power house but it does drop the rpm's enough to make driving pleasant. It gained maybe 7 or 8 mph in top speed. It will be interesting to see how the 350 does in the 20'.

By the way the GV is one of the best improvements on my 280.
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GearVendors shipment just arrived in NJ, one week for building to order and shipping. Can't ask more than that!

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AC Power for the UK?

Martin,
Are you planning some kind of UK shore power conversion after Bella arrives in the UK?
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Are you planning some kind of UK shore power conversion after Bella arrives in the UK?
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No Greg. Right from day one, everything that went into Bella was low ampage, so even now everything can run on 20amp shore (we have 30amp connections but the main breakers are only 20amp). This was done on purpose and fro 3 reasons,

1) Everything can run on a single Eu2000i generator
2) Everything (apart from the AC) can run on the little MM-1012 Magnum inverter, and we carry enough battery and solar (200amp Zamp) to run everything apart from AC totally un-tethered.
3) The entire electrical system does not have anything that relies on frequency to keep time, so we can run on 50Hz or 60Hz. This is key as it means in Europe we can plug the current 30amp/110v connectors into a simple 240v/110v transformer that is used extensively for power tools for outside/site work.



https://www.sitebox.ltd.uk/tradesafe...-volt-oTRANS55

Literally the only 'conversion we have to do is get a second Fusion 30amp lead and have the shore connection changed to fit the transformer, which are designed to sit outside and carry an IP 'water ingress' rating.
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It surely looks like that arrangement will work without any issues.
Before I retired as I was driving in the UK I saw a number of caravans and caravan parks and often wondered how it would work if I had my Argosy 20 along. A step-down transformer would certainly do the job.
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Bit of a hiccup with the GV install today. The unit comes with a new yoke for the trans end, trouble is Bella has a slip drive at the trans. Having a fixed yoke both ends of the drive shaft is not going to work, so GV recommend not installing the through bolt to lock the GV end yoke position, and instead let the yoke slip. The issue is the through bolt compresses the yoke against the rear oil seal (actually an o-ring) so with the bolt that o-ring will be useless and instead a sealing disk is supplied to cover the through bolt.....GV say that's good enough but it seems a little worrying to me?
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