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Old 08-08-2007, 12:57 PM   #15
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What a nice family you have ... Triumphs and Airstreams ... and all the other critters. Hope to see you down the road, and you might even be easy to recognize.
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Old 08-08-2007, 01:28 PM   #16
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I was talking to my mom on the phone as I saw this sight, and calmly kept talking as I yanked out the camera and desperately angled for the shot. Got it! (Okay, it's not the best...)
I've been to that Airstream Dealer. That's in Cookeville, TN. I've also driven I-40 from the NC to Nashville, TN. You had quite a trip with that load.

Thanks for sharing the fun , and good luck with the restorations.

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Old 08-08-2007, 02:21 PM   #17
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Now that you mention it, that is where I bought our Airstream! Nice folks. Treated us really well. I'd recommend them to any body...well, I guess I just did.
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Old 08-08-2007, 02:55 PM   #18
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Thanks so much for sharing the trip. You two have more guts than I do. While you might have lost sleep on the way home, I would have run out of clean underwear! I am guessing that the roads home were no better than the roads to pick the vehicle up. (I have a keen sense for the obvious).

Anyway, great pics and a wonderful story.

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Old 08-08-2007, 04:33 PM   #19
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Hi Brad and Susan,

Remember when Uhaul had that painted on their trucks? Then they realized that adventure was the last thing anyone wanted during moving. Same for Airstream pickup.

Thanks for the photo documentary. Glad you are back home safely. Agree about the 454. Good as the 350 is, the big blocks are outstanding engines. I look forward to your progress.

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Old 08-08-2007, 09:17 PM   #20
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What a great trip. 53 miles per hour is two less than Chummy's top speed, now you can appreciate all the wonderful things we see at that speed.
Chaplain, actually 53 mph was our TOP speed

We probably averaged no better than 50 mph for the trip and possibly a little less. I think it took us something like 18 hours of driving (with gas stops) to make the return trip.

All in all I'm glad we made it back and now I'm looking forward to when I can actually start working on it.

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Old 08-08-2007, 09:20 PM   #21
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Hi Brad and Susan,

Remember when Uhaul had that painted on their trucks? Then they realized that adventure was the last thing anyone wanted during moving. Same for Airstream pickup.

Thanks for the photo documentary. Glad you are back home safely. Agree about the 454. Good as the 350 is, the big blocks are outstanding engines. I look forward to your progress.

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I can certainly do with less "adventure" for a while

First order of business will be to steam clean the underside. Even our Triumph sports cars don't get THAT greasy underneath

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Old 08-08-2007, 11:04 PM   #22
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You know, Brad, with the right 454 in that engine bay, and a bit of suspension work, maybe you could leave the race car at home and just use the MoHo. I wonder what class you'd be in?

It makes sense if the have the big block already in stock and given the loads you are anticipating hauling to do the swap now. It sounds like it's in a vehicle so you'll have all the appropriate brackets etc. Have fun. I hope you don't have tight time lines for any of this, it would seem that you have quite a few projects on the go and need to find some time for R&R with the other motorhome.

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Old 08-09-2007, 05:40 AM   #23
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You know, Brad, with the right 454 in that engine bay, and a bit of suspension work, maybe you could leave the race car at home and just use the MoHo. I wonder what class you'd be in?
Yeah, I can see it now, we're out there on the track (hey, its a 2 seater right ) and ALL of the competition is drafting behind us waiting to make their move.....

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It makes sense if the have the big block already in stock and given the loads you are anticipating hauling to do the swap now. It sounds like it's in a vehicle so you'll have all the appropriate brackets etc. Have fun. I hope you don't have tight time lines for any of this, it would seem that you have quite a few projects on the go and need to find some time for R&R with the other motorhome.

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The 454 is sitting in an 81 chevy 1-ton dually. The TH400 is bad but the engine runs. We're planning on rebuilding the engine so we're looking at ideas on how to build it to suit our needs. I'm starting to look into TBI but for me its a slow learning curve. Any motor that has more than 4 cylinders is new to me, I've only rebuilt 4 cylinder Triumph motors or the 4 cylinder diesel on my Case backhoe. I'm sure there will be a learning curve involved!

Yes we do have quite a few projects. We've been trying to whittle them down some. Picking up this Argosy will actually save time because the 53 Panel truck we had planned on using would have required to much rework and time to make it useful for us. As far as being driveable all the Argosy needs is the 454 installed, the front end of the Moho reinstalled and a bunch of clean up work, etc. Making it look pretty can be dealt with over time.

Thanks,

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Old 08-09-2007, 07:12 AM   #24
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Whew...
Looks like you had good heart exersize pulling that load.
Try to stick with a 400 type trans, maybe a 425 (400 with straight cut gears)
If your going Fuel Injection, a 4L80E masybe? (overdrive 400)

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Looks like you had good heart exersize pulling that load.
Try to stick with a 400 type trans, maybe a 425 (400 with straight cut gears)
If your going Fuel Injection, a 4L80E masybe? (overdrive 400)
The Argosy came with a freshly rebuilt TH400 transmission but I don't know anything more about it than that. Its not the original transmission to the Moho, its from a 78 Chevy 1-ton pickup. We'll see how this one holds up and as a backup I can rebuild the one that we have out of the 81 1-ton.

Not sure we want to spend the money for a 4L80E. Would be nice though!

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Any motor that has more than 4 cylinders is new to me, I've only rebuilt 4 cylinder Triumph motors or the 4 cylinder diesel on my Case backhoe. I'm sure there will be a learning curve involved!
Hi Brad,

Not that much of a learning curve. After all, it has 4 cylinder heads, just two of them. Check out the RV/Towing options offered by http://www.edelbrock.com/. Their carburetors are excellent and they offer complete packages including the carb, intake, and cam all designed to work together for specific purposes. http://www.flowmastermufflers.com/index.html also has RV specific products. I have quite a bit of V8 and large engine experience. Iíll be glad to help out or advise. Iím a short distance away.

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Hi Brad,

Not that much of a learning curve. After all, it has 4 cylinder heads, just two of them. Check out the RV/Towing options offered by Edelbrock.com - Edelbrock Corporation. Their carburetors are excellent and they offer complete packages including the carb, intake, and cam all designed to work together for specific purposes. Flowmaster, Inc. also has RV specific products. I have quite a bit of V8 and large engine experience. Iíll be glad to help out or advise. Iím a short distance away.

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Vaughan,

Thanks for the info on the edelbrock carbs. The big decision will be whether its going to be TBI or Carburetor. Fortunately (or unfortunately) I have plenty of time to figure that one out.

Might just take you up on your offer one of these days.....

Thanks,

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Thanks for the info on the edelbrock carbs. The big decision will be whether its going to be TBI or Carburetor. Fortunately (or unfortunately) I have plenty of time to figure that one out.

Might just take you up on your offer one of these days.....

Thanks,

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Edelbrock also offers an EFI unit for vehicles that originally had carbs.

Edelbrock.com - Electronic Fuel Injection - Pro-Flo EFI Systems

Might be simpler than trying to convert to a factory TBI. Still something else to consider.

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